Travel Inspiring Songs

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Lists like this already exist— all claiming to have compiled the most wanderlust-inducing songs to have ever been made. I often find them uninspiring. That’s the unfortunate truth. There have been countless times I’ve tried travel lusting to these songs. Alas, to no avail. I hate to say that even Spotify’s many travel themed playlists fall short for me.

All of us have varying tastes for music in general. There is no guideline for what makes travel inspiring songs. What one might like another might not. That’s all.

Songs do not necessarily need to be about a destination to promote wanderlust. What works for me is a combination of ambient noise, sweeping strings, soulful voices, folky tunes. Subject matter is irrelevant. As long as the feeling is there, that’s what counts.

With that said, here is my list of transporting tracks currently on repeat:

Naan Nee – Shakthi Shree, Dheekshitha

Morocco – Moon Taxi

Winter Song – The Head and the Heart

Fire In The Middle – Nightmares On Wax

My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven

Now We Are Free – Lisa Gerrard

Celebration – The Game

Homesick – Kings of Convenience

Hoppípolla – Sigur Rós

Barcelona – George Ezra

Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand – Primitive Radio Gods

Patch Kids – Bryce Vine

I Wanna Go – Summer Heart

Coming Home – Leon Bridges

I encourage you to give them a try. Perhaps, they’ll fuel your traveler’s itch. Maybe not.

I’ve made this playlist accessible via Spotify.

What are your favorite wanderlust inducing songs?


Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.

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