We all know that travel is life, but there is something that I consider to be just as important when I’m getting ready for a trip. Almost as soon as I’ve booked my ticket, I’m popping in the headphones and starting a new playlist. I don’t mean finding a new playlist – I’m talking about setting one up, from scratch and searching out the best music for my trip, because for me, music is also life.
I use music before a trip to set the scene, build a picture of the place I’m visiting and generate excitement. Whilst I’m there, I use music to help me to link memories and create an atmosphere of the trip. Those of you who are into your music will be nodding your head at this point – you get it. For those of you who are wondering why I’d dive into a playlist rather than shopping for holiday bits and bobs – I’m sorry, this post is probably not going to make much sense to you!
I’m talking to those travellers who need music to create the heartbeat of their trip. Who plan 3 hours of driving tunes to perfection to meet the tastes of all of the travellers on the road (I’ve absolutely done this!) and who download playlists to their phone ‘just in case’ it doesn’t work online (I’ve done this too – this can wreck the pre-night out preparation time). I wanted to share with you some of my song choices for road trips we’ve taken – it would be great to know if we have any choices in common!
New York Tunes
- No Sleep Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
- Empire State of Mind – Alicia Keys & Jay Z
- (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
- New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
- NY State of Mind – Nas
- Can’t Tell Me Nothing – Kanye West
- All I do Is Win – DJ Khaled
- The Joker And The Thief – Wolfmother
- Dynamite – Taipei Cruz
- Viva Las Vegas – The Blues Brothers
- Right around – Flo Rider
California Road Tripping
- Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
- California Dreaming – Beach Boys
- California – Phantom Planet
- Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys
- California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
- I Get Around – Beach Boys
- All Summer Long – Kid Rock
- Hotel California – The Eagles
- Beverly Hills – Weezer
- Society – Eddie Vedder
- Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder
- In fact, anything off the ‘In to the Wild ‘ soundtrack – nothing can beat this when you are surrounded by trees and campfires. Nothing!