It’s no secret that we love to travel, but some of you might not know that music is our other major passion. We’ve been to music festivals on 5 continents. When we first started dating I introduced Rob to travel and he introduced me to the world of live music. We made an agreement that for every new land I show him, he owes me a new band and vice versa. “For every band – For every land” became a sort of motto to remind us to keep doing what we love. Our wedding bands are even inscribed with the sayings. I guess Rob owes me a lot of bands in the future (especially since his wedding ring is now at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia).
Until then, these are some of our favorite travel songs that keep us going. We hope these 22 songs make you want to get out and hit the open road, or maybe just remind you to do whatever it is that makes you happy.
1. Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips
“Do you realize that life goes fast? It’s hard to make the good things last.”
***This song was the last song played at our wedding on a beach in Mexico***
2. What’s the World Got in Store? by Wilco
“What’s the world got in store…for us?”
3. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
“If I could, Baby, I’d give you my world. Open up, everything’s waiting for you”
4. Rearview Mirror by Pearl Jam
“I took a drive today, time to emancipate”
***We think of how we put our old jobs in our rearview mirror, when we hear this one.***
5. Swim Until You Can’t See Land by Frightened Rabbit
“Swim until you can’t see land”
6. Roam by The B-52s
“Roam if you want to without anything but the love we feel”
7. Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
“Home is wherever I’m with you”
8. Laredo by Band of Horses
“Impossibilities at the door, I won’t be needing them anymore”
9. End of the Line by Traveling Wilburys
“Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze. Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please.”
10. Moab by Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band
“Washed under the blacktop, gone beneath my wheels, there’s nothing that the road cannot heal.”
11. Fantastic Voyage by Coolio
“Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage”
12. Let’s Win! by Alexander
“To the ladies of Vietnam, take my arm, and walk me in. To the children of old Iran, take my hand, and walk me in. Oh, dancing. Let’s win!”
13. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
“We gotta get out while we’re young, cause tramps like us, Baby, we were born to run!”
14. We Danced Anyway by Deana Carter
“In a happy little foreign town, where the stars hung upside down, a half a world away, far, far away…”
15. Where the Streets Have No Name by U2
“I want to run, I want to hide. I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.”
16. Back Down South by Kings of Leon
“All’s I wanna know, is how far you wanna go, fighting for survival.”
17. Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
“It felt so good, like anything was possible”
18. Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
“We’re on a road to nowhere, come on inside. Takin’ that ride to nowhere, we’ll take that ride.”
19. Wheel in the Sky by Journey
“I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow. Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin”
20. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
“Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky. That’s where I’m gonna go when I die. When I die and they lay me to rest, gonna go to the place that’s the best”
21. King of the Bongo by Manu Chao
“Every monkey like to be in my place instead of me”
22. Ruin by Cat Power
“As far as I’ve seen, from the bush in the wilderness to every known city”
What Are Your Favorite Road Trip Songs?
Travel songs to brighten your day. Road trip songs to inspire you to get out and hit the open road. Travelin’ songs just because. What are you favorite travel tunes? Leave yours in the comments below!
When these road trip songs give you an itch for the open road, may we suggest seeing Europe by car!?!? Check out how we spent the summer Leasing a car in Europe.
If you’re feeling these jams, here’s a link to our Mix Tape of all 22 Road Trip Songs on Youtube!
If you just wanna let the jams roll, here’s a Spotify play list!