Let’s Go Get Lost: 10 Songs For The Road

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One of the main questions when I plan to travel is: What music am I taking?
People, including me, sometimes spend days buying, downloading, copying and generally preparing music for trips.

Regardless of whether it is in the car while you drive through gloriously beautiful places, or on your headphones while you backpack, you always need some good sounds to take with you. So here are 10 suggestions!

Warning: This is a personal collection with some all time classics in it, but I hope you find your music in it too.

Rudimental – Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre

It a great beat, and she has been waiting all night, so it just makes you want to travel in some direction faster. Works for driving but it is also a great one for urban travel.

Nickelback – “Burn It To Ground”

I find it hard to choose only one of Nickelback’s songs. I like “Figured You Out” but I also have personal sentiment towards “Someday”. “Burn It To Ground”, however, is a perfect example of the rock beats these boys are famous for.

Battleme – Hey Hey, My My

The entire series is, in a way, a tribute to life on the road and including its soundtrack in your travel playlist makes sense, especially if you are into harder music. This song is so nostalgic and gets you in the right mind to just appreciate the road and where it takes you in life.

Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”

Oh those country boys and their crazy sounds! So wild, so vibrant, so hip this summer that you just have to take Marcus and the guys with you wherever you go. Their energy simply takes you over!

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Scar Tissue”

There is something so romantic about this song in the nostalgic way it makes you forget and enjoy the moment. It is hard to describe – just like many of the emotions that traveling and meeting new people induce.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Around The World”

I know, I know for sure
That life is beautiful around the world
I know, I know it’s you
You say, “Hello” and then I say, “I do”

I just love this RCHP verse inspired by Roberto Benigni’s movie. It is such a romantic break in this otherwise wild song. More importantly, it brings the feeling that yes, somewhere, after you’ve learned all you need to learn on the road, there is someone and you would know at “Hello” that that’s the one you’ve been searching for.

Florence + the Machine – “Landscape”

It’s called “Landscape”, it has a good beat, Florence is amazing, what more do you need?! This song just sets me into the right rhythm for taking to the road and gets me energized to enjoy every moment of it.

Foltin – “Milice”

This is a personal one. It takes me back to a great summer in the Southeastern Balkans (Bulgaria) and more specifically to a specific scenic drive. If you are interested, Foltin are an important Macedonian jazz band. Check them out!

Negrita – “Rotoland verso sud”

…ogni uomo e’ solo quello che
scoprirà inseguendo le distanze dentro se…

South is always the best destination but Italian band Negrita also suggest that we should explore the distances within us to find who we are. Generally, this is a free-spirited song that just calls on you to open your car window and drive fast downhill towards the sea. I first “met” Negrita in my crazy Italian days some time ago.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – “Road Trippin”

Yes it is somewhat predictable, but it is my all time favorite and I am sure I’m not alone in my feelings.

No matter where I go, who I travel with, or what I encounter on the road, this song somehow always feels right and it always gives me a feeling of appreciation for travel and the people you share the road with. Because as amazing as the path is, sharing it and all the emotions it brings sometimes makes it stay with you longer.

So, irrespective of where you go – Old Europe, The Galapagos, ancient Asia, the magnetic Mediterranean or vibrant South America, and no matter what you plan on doing – spending your days in a hammock, doing multisport adventure, doing Stand Up Paddle(SUP) Boarding or enjoying historic sites, make sure you got…Let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost