songs to inspire you to travel

Trying to find the inspiration you need to take you around the world? Movies, conversations, and reading are all great ways to ignite your wanderlust, but don’t forget about the power of song. Music can make your trip better, remind you of trips you’ve taken in the past, and even encourage you to see the world. Here are 9 songs that do just that.

1. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes – Jimmy Buffett

It’s right there in the title. Sometimes routine can wear you down. Getting out of that routine and catching a flight is the best cure for hard times. If you throw this track on, you’re going to be inspired to hit the beach Jimmy Buffett style.

2. Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane

You knew this one would make the list. The ultimate road trip song, Life Is A Highway’s sure to get you evaluating places on the map. It’s been remade by Rascall Flatts if you’re more of a country music person, but for us, the original is still the go-to.

3. Africa – Toto

Her flight get’s in at 12:30 – when does yours? Hurry up it’s waiting there for you.

4. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head

This song is honestly, a little hilarious. It might be the most obviously 80’s song on our list. That being said, it’s sure to make you think about taking a trip to Thailand. Just remember – one night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.

5. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

To name a few of the places:

Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota, Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma, Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma, Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana, Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana, Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa, Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa, Tennessee to Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake, Grand Lake, Devil’s Lake, Crater Lake, Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika, Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica, Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport, Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport, Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina, Pasadena, Catalina, Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, El Dorado, Larimore, Admore, Haverstraw, Chatanika, Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelaka, Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Sioux City, Cedar City…and Dodge City.

Mr. Cash has seen it all, you should see it all too.

6. Leaving On A Jet Plane – John Denver

When it’s time to pack your bags, you’re going to have to say some goodbyes. But don’t let them stress you – coming home is always one of the best parts of traveling. With no goodbyes, there’s no happy reunions.

7. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson

Another great song for starting a long road trip. Might we recommend taking the I-5 straight up the west coast of the US? It’s an amazing journey.

8. Kokomo – The Beach Boys

Lots of songs from The Beach Boys will inspire you to hit the surf, but Kokomo, in particular, puts us in the mood to hit the Caribbean.

9. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

Relaxing and motivating at the same time, Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me is the perfect track to throw on when you’re leaving to explore the world.