If you are like me, then you are always dreaming of travel. If I’m not researching travel captions for Insta then I am listening to songs about travel. Honestly, I wonder sometimes if I have a problem…I really seem to be obsessed with travel!
If someone were to see my travel songs playlist, they would probably be really confused as to what genre of music I am into. I think that is the great thing about music though, there are great songs throughout all genres.
Songs about travel just make me happy! That is the reason that I wanted to share this list of 125 travel songs with you. Hopefully, you will find inspiration and happiness in them as well!
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125 Songs About Travel
Kokomo by Beach Boys
Singing songs by the Beach Boys just makes me smile. They are so fun! Kokomo is no exception to this also. I mean, just listen to the lyrics!
“Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you
To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go
Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We’ll get there fast
And then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokomo”
Blue Hawaii by Elvis Presley
Everyone loves the king of rock-n-roll, right? Lucky for us, he also wrote several songs that invoke our love for travel. This one has me wishing I were in Hawaii!!
“Dreams come true
In blue Hawaii
And mine could all come true
This magic night of nights with you”
Holiday by Madonna
Not only does this song make me want to rush out and book my next plane ticket, but it also has me jumping around singing and dancing!
“If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice
Everybody spread the word
We’re gonna have a celebration
All across the world
In every nation”
Gravity by Coldplay
While this song doesn’t expressly mention travel, I feel like it can still invoke that spirit. Check out some of the lyrics and see what you think.
It’s been a long time coming
Such a long, long time
And I can’t stop running
Such a long, long time
Can you hear my heart beating?
Can you hear that sound?
‘Cause I can’t help thinking
And I won’t stop now
And then I looked up at the sun
And I could see
Oh, the way that gravity pulls on you and me
And then I looked up at the sky
And saw the sun
And the way that gravity pushes on everyone
Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet
This song is a classic song about travel. So much so that there are bars all of the world celebrating it! Listening to Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet makes me wish I was drinking a margarita in the Riviera Maya! Let’s check out the lyrics!
“Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville
Searching for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame
But I know it’s nobody’s fault”
Midnight Train to Georgis by Gladys Knight and the Pips
Midnight Train to Georgia talks about going back to find a simpler place and time. Honestly, that is how I feel about travel so much. We often get caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle of the world and forget to just stop and appreciate the simple things in life. I think that is one of the things I loved about our trip to Estes Park, Colorado. We just took things slow and enjoyed relaxing.
“Oh, he’s leavin’
On that midnight train to Georgia, yeah
(Leavin’ on that midnight train)
Said, he’s goin’ back
(Goin’ back to find)
To a simpler place in time”
What We Live For by American Authors
If this song doesn’t make you want to load up your road trip essentials and hit the road, then I don’t know what will! What do you think?
“I drive a beat-up car, a caravan, the color blue
Reminds me of your eyes and all the places we’ve been to
We’re tethered to the leather, searching for a better view
It’s interstellar when it’s me and you”
Travelin’ Man 1961 by Ricky Nelson
This fun song just makes you visualize the journey of the travelin’ man that it is referring to.
“I’m a travelin’ man
Made a lot of stops all over the world
And in every port I own the heart
Of at least one lovely girl.
I’ve a pretty Seniorita waiting for me
Down in old Mexico
If you’re ever in Alaska stop and see
My cute little Eskimo”
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira
I love songs that make us think about the culture and core of a country. Waka Waka by Shakira does just that.
“When you fall, get up, oh oh
And if you fall, get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
‘Cause this is Africa”
Hello Seattle by Owl City
It’s a pretty simple song, but it will definitely get you thinking about Seattle. LOL!
Havana by Camila Cabello
You can take the girl out of Havana but you can’t take Havana out of the girl. LOL!
“Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana”
Rio by Michael Nesmith
Who hasn’t dreamed of jumping on a flight and taking off? Imagine if that place were And I think I will travel to Rio!
“And I think I will travel to Rio
Using the music for flight,
There’s nothing I know of in Rio,
But it’s something to do with the night.
It’s only a whimsical notion
To fly down to Rio tonight,
And I probably won’t fly down to Rio,
But then again, I just might.”
Leaving Las Vegas by Cheryl Crow
Whether you are leaving Las Vegas or trying to get to it, this song will definitely have you thinking of the city for sure!
“I’m leaving Las Vegas
Lights so bright, palm sweat, blackjack on a Saturday night
Leaving Las Vegas
Leaving for good, for good
I’m leaving for good
I’m leaving for good”
Free by Donovan Frankenreiter
I know I would love to just be free and go where the sails take me.
“Here comes corner winds and the changin’ tide
We better drop them sails and get inside
When will the weather ever let us go
I guess we’ll have to wait until the trade winds blow”
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
Do you dream of just flying away? If so, where would you go?
“Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away
If you could use some exotic booze
There’s a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away”
One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head
OK, I am going to tell on myself here. For years, I had no idea that this song was about chess! I honestly just thought it was about spending a night in Bangkok. You can laugh at me, I don’t mind!
“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a God in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel slidin’ up to me”
Graceland by Paul Simon
“In Graceland, in Graceland
I’m going to Graceland
For reasons I cannot explain
There’s some part of me wants to see Graceland:
The Passenger by Iggy Pop
How awesome to be the passenger on a road trip and see all of the great places in the world!
“I am the passenger
And I ride and I ride
I ride through the city’s backsides
I see the stars come out of the sky
Yeah, they’re bright in a hollow sky
You know, it looks so good tonight”
Life is a Highway by Rascal Flats
Life is a Highway is definitely a song that will get you in the mood to hit the open road. Of course, I always relate it to Route 66 thanks to the Cars movie.
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones is one of the romantic songs about travel on our list. This one is all about sneaking away with your loved one. It makes me want to check all of the items off of my couple’s bucket list with Marty!
“Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountain top
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop lovin’ you”
Leaving on a Jet Plane by Peter Paul and Mary
Wouldn’t you just love to jump on a jet plane and be off to some amazing destination?
“I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
I don’t know when I’ll be back again”
Have Love, Will Travel by The Sonics
This is one of the travel songs we love. Have Love, Will Travel by The Sonics will have you singing along in no time.
“Well I might take a boat or I’ll take a plane
I might hitch hike or jump a railroad train
Your kind of love drives a man insane
So look for me walking just a any old way”
These Days by The Foo Fighters
Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch and I realize that. I think I consider this a travel song because I think about how one day we will all be gone and so you better live life to the fullest while you can.
American Boy by Estelle featuring Kanye West
I just love the chorus to this song. It is all about travel dreaming!
“Take me on a trip, I’d like to go some day
Take me to New York, I’d love to see LA
I really want to come kick it with you
You’ll be my American boy.”
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
How awesome to see things through fresh eyes and feel like it is the “first day of your life”.
“I went out in the rain, suddenly everything changed
They’re spreading blankets on the beach”
Miles Away by The Maine
I love how Miles Away by The Main is all about closing your eyes and reliving one of your travel memories. I find myself doing this often. Most of the time if you asked me where my answer would be Cinque Terre, Italy!
“I didn’t ever want to come down
From that west coast rush and summer high
And easy, peaceful sense of time
(I felt so alive)
Now I’m alone when I’m back home
It’s cold and old
But in my mind
Miles and miles
Take Me Home by Phil Collins
Take Me Home by Phil Collins reminds me that I don’t want to live an ordinary life. I want to live an EXTRAORDINARY life!
“Take that look of worry
Mine’s an ordinary life
Working when it’s daylight
And sleeping when it’s night
I’ve got no far horizons
I don’t wish upon a star”
Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford and Sons
“So when your hope’s on fire
But you know your desire
Don’t hold a glass over the flame
Don’t let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road
But hold me fast, Hold me fast
‘Cause I’m a hopeless wanderer
And hold me fast, Hold me fast
‘Cause I’m a hopeless wanderer”
Carolina In My Mind by James Taylor
Another classic song about wishing to be some place other than where you are.
“Gone to Carolina in my mind
In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine
Can’t you just feel the moonshine
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine
It hit me from behind”
Destination Calabria by Alex Gaudino featuring Crystal Waters
I think the first verse of this song speaks for itself as to whey it has to be on your list of songs about travel:
“I left my job, my boss, my car and my home
I’m leaving for a destination I still don’t know
Somewhere nobody must have duties at home
And if you like this, you can follow me
So let’s go”
Toes by The Zac Brown Band
One of my all-time favorite travel songs, Toes not only makes me feel like I am on the beach but it also always puts a smile on my face as I sing along to every word!
“I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today
Life is good today”
Travelling Alone by Passenger
kicking stones round a square
he sat for a while and carved out a smile
as if someone would care”
You Only Live Once by The Strokes
“Twenty-nine different attributes
Only seven that you like, oh
Twenty ways to see the world, oh”
Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money
Oh man, could you imagine someone coming up to you and telling you to pack your bags because they had tickets to paradise? Where exactly would that be for you? I know I can think of several places!
“I’m gonna take you on a trip so far from here,
I’ve got two tickets in my pocket, now baby, we’re gonna disappear.
We’ve waited so long, waited so long.
We’ve waited so long, waited so long.
I’ve got two tickets to paradise,
Won’t you pack your bags, we’ll leave tonight,
I’ve got two tickets to paradise,
I’ve got two tickets to paradise.”
Walking in Memphis by Mark Cohn
If anyone mentions Memphis, I immediately start singing this song. Am I the only one???
“Then I’m walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel”
Africa by Toto
The opening lines of this song just sum it up:
” I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in, 12: 30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation”
Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
Have you ever just jumped in the car and head out to an unknown destination? I know we have, especially on one of our road trips in Texas. I love spontaneous trips and just letting the road take us where it may, and this song reminds me of just that!
“We’re on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Takin’ that ride to nowhere
We’ll take that ride”
California Dreaming by The Mamas and Papas
There is a reason that people flock to California. It is a beautiful place. We were obsessed with it after our first trip to San Francisco, so I can totally feel this song.
“All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk on a winters day
I’d be save and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winters day”
Beverly Hills by Weezer
While we are on the subject of California, let’s allow Weezer to sing to us all about Beverly Hills.
That’s where I want to be
Livin’ in Beverly Hills
Rollin’ like a celebrity
Livin’ in Beverly Hills”
Born to Be Wild by Steppenswolf
Another song that just makes me want to jump in the car and take off on a road trip is Born to Be Wild!
“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way”
Not Today by Imagine Dragons
I love the creativity of Imagine Dragon songs, and this one is no exception.
Do You Want to See the World by the Kooks
To me, this song is all about getting out and living your life. You know, seeing the world!
“Do you want to see the world?
Do you want to see the world?
Do you want to see the world?
In a different way, yeah”
April in Paris by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Paris is definitely a place of dream, and who wouldn’t love to see Paris in April? Let this song carry you away to do just that!
“April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom
Holiday tables under the trees
April in Paris, this is a feeling
No one can ever reprise”
A Million Miles Away by David Byrne
A million miles away from here
And I ain’t gonna work here no more”
Get Here by Oleta Adams
This song is all about all of the ways you can travel to get to the one you love.
“You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway
You can reach me on an airplane, you can reach me with your mind
You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man
I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can”
Vacation by The GoGo’s
The chorus of this song sums up my travel addiction:
“Vacation, all I ever wanted
Vacation, had to get away
Vacation, meant to be spent alone”
Catch & Release by Matt Simons
“There’s a place I’m going
No one knows me
If I breathe real slowly
I let it out and let it in”
Road Trippin’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Another fun song about taking a road trip. I love how it mentions snacks. You have to have snacks on a road trip!
“Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town, it’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.
Let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost…”
Take Me Home (Country Roads) by John Denver
A classic song about someone dreaming of being in a different place.
“Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads”
Lovers in Japan by Coldplay
“Lovers, keep on the road you’re on
Runners, until the race is run”
London Calling by The Clash
Anyone mentioning London takes me back to the 4 days in London that Marty and I spent there. We had such a great time and really loved the city!
“Now get this
London calling, yes I was there too
An’ you know what they said, well, some of it was true
London calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won’t you give me a smile?
Around the World by Daft Punk
Simple lyrics, but still a fun song. It really just says “around the world.”
Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz
This song has many meanings, but I associate it with grabbing the person you love and setting off on a great journey.
We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The Animals
“We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life
For me and you”
Sail Away by David Gray
This is one of those travel songs that just makes you feel like you want to get on a boat and never return.
“Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hand
Sail away with me honey
Now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
Travel Songs That Get You Singing Along
Wake Up in Paris by Hot Sardines
Do you dream of waking up in Paris? Many people do. Paris is a great city and one that Marty and I really enjoyed visiting. Let the lyrics of this song get you to dreaming about it.
“I want to wake up in Paris
As the city greets the day
I want to wake up in Paris
And watch the sun rise on the quais”
Malibu by Miley Cyrus
Escape to the beaches of Malibu with this song.
“We watched the Sun go down as we were walking
I’d spend the rest of my life just standing here talking
You would explain the current, as I just smile
Hoping that you’ll stay the same and nothing will change
And it’ll be us”
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
“But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door”
Ramblin Man by The Allman Brothers Band
This song speaks to me because I have the hardest time staying in one place. LOL!
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man”
San Francisco by Scott McKenzie
San Francisco is such a fun, vibrant city. This is where we first fell in love with California, and this song brings me back to it every time.
“For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair”
Change by Some Poetries
I love the following verse of this song so much. It reminds me that each day we can determine what our life will be.
“Today I woke up, knowing that thing will change, and that thing will change
So I open up my eyes ready to write the story of my life.”
Take It Easy by The Eagles
Another fun classic song that reminds me of how free we can be if we only choose to be.
“Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy”
Come Away by Sons of the East
“Come away with me, baby
Join me in my car
We can go real far away
Away from here”
Back in the U.S.S.R. by The Beatles
This fun Beatles song talks about the places they have visited all over the world, but that they are happy to be back in the U.S.S.R.
“I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the U.S.”
Wanderlust by The Weeknd
This is me. I’m in love with wanderlust!
“You’re in love with something bigger than love
You believe in something stronger than trust
Sweet Home Alabama by Leonard Skynard
“Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you”
New York by Cat Power
A world-famous song about the vibrancy of New York City. Tell me, would you like to wake up in the city that never sleeps?
“Start spreading the news
I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York”
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
“So I’m just go sit on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
I’m sitting on the dock of the bay
Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys
Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys has we dreaming of sunny California and wishing I had an ocean.
“If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody’d be surfin’
Mexico by James Taylor
If you have ever visited beautiful Cancun, or anywhere else in Mexico, then you can definitely relate to this song.
It sounds so simple I just got to go
The sun’s so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I’ll have to go now”
Island in the Sun by Weezer
Island in the Sun by Weezer is such a fun song, all about the excitement of a vacation!
“When you’re on a holiday
You can’t find the words to say
All the things that come to you
And I wanna feel it too
On an island in the sun
We’ll be playin’ an’ havin’ fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain”
Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root
“I would like to hold my little hand
How we will run, we will, how we will crawl
Send me on my way
Send me on my way”
Wonderful Life by Black
I love how the opening verse of this song focuses on the magic that surrounds us. Think about that!
“Here I go out to sea again
Sunshine fills my hair
And dreams hang in the air
Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes
You know it feels unfair
There’s magic everywhere.”
When I’m Gone by Anna Kendrick
I loved this song since I first hear it performed by Anna Kendrick on the Movie Pitch Perfect. Here is my favorite verse:
“I’ve got my ticket for the long way ‘round
The one with the prettiest of views
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, it’s got sights to give you shivers
But it sure would be prettier with you”
See the World by Gomez
“See the world, find an old fashioned girl
And when all’s been said and done
It’s the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you earned”
Travelin’ Prayer by Billy Joel
Travelin’ Prayer by Billy Joel is a man’s prayer to protect his loved one while she is traveling.
“Hey Lord, take a look all around
And I’d a find where my baby’s gonna be
Hey Lord, would ya look out for her tonight
‘Cause she is far across the sea”
America by Siman & Garfunkel
“They’ve all come to look for America
All come to look for America”
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Are you “born to run” like Bruce Springsteen?
“We’ll run until we drop, baby we’ll never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
Because baby, I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I got to find out how it feels”
Kathmandu by Bob Seger
Here’s a fun song to get you in the travel spirit!
“I think I’m going to Katmandu
That’s really, really
Where I’m going to
If I ever get out of here
That’s what I’m gonna do”
Wish You Were Here by Incubus
I love this song by Incubus so much. Check it out and see what you think.
“I dig my toes into the sand
The ocean looks like
A thousand diamonds
Strewn across a blue blanket
I lean against the wind
Pretend that I am weightless
And in this moment
I am happy, happy
I wish you were here”
Come With Me Now by KONGOS
I know this song isn’t officially about travel, but I tell Marty often to “come with me now!” LOL!
I heard him say
(Come with me now)
I heard him say
(Come with me now)
I heard him say
(Come with me now)”
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
Well, it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well, it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand”
Moon River by Audrey Hepburn
Moon River is a classic song by Audrey Hepburn that just takes me away to a dreamy place.
“Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me”
California Love by Tupac and dr. Dre
Do you notice how many songs are written about California? I think that should tell us something!!
California knows how to party
California knows how to party
In the citaaay of L.A.”
God Bless Texas by Little Texas
Of course, you know that we are a little biased when it comes to texas. God Bless Texas is the perfect song to get you in the mood to visit the Lone Star State. While you’re here, be sure to check out some of our Texas posts.
“‘Cause God blessed Texas with His own hand
Brought down angels from the Promised Land
He gave them a place where they could dance
If you wanna see Heaven, brother, here’s your chance”
Englishman in New York by Sting
Englishman in New York is a fun song by Sting about exactly what it sounds like, An Englishman living in New York.
“See me walking down fifth avenue
A walking cane here at my side
I take it everywhere I walk
Im an Englishman In New York”
Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran
This fun song by Ed Sheeran makes me want to sing along every time! Not only that, but it takes me back to our time in Dublin!
“You know, she played the fiddle in an Irish band
But she fell in love with an English man
Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand
Said, ‘Baby, I just want to dance’”
On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
I think everyone knows this song! Willie Nelson will have you singing along and wishing you were ‘on the road again’!
“On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again”
Big Jet Plane by Angus and Julia Stone
Big Jet Plane makes me want to grab my sweetie and jet off to a faraway place.
“Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Hey hey, hey hey”
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
I know this song is more about breaking up, but I like to think of it more like a getaway song just encouraging people to go their own way and see the world!
“If I could
Baby I’d give you my world
Everything’s waiting for you”
I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
I love this fun song by Johnny Cash. I haven’t been everywhere yet, but I want to!
“I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere”
Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
“I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill”
Anywhere by Passenger
I love how this song is all about going anywhere with the one you love.
“If you get up in a jet plane
Or down in a submarine
If you get onto the next train
To somewhere you never been
If you wanna ride in a fast car
And feel the wind in your hair
Darling just look beside you
Oh, I’ll go with you anywhere”
Miami by Will Smith
Another song about California on my list. This fun song will have you jetting off to Miami in no time!
“I’m goin to Miami
Welcome to Miami
Yo I heard the rainstorms ain’t nothin to mess with
But I can’t feel a drip on the strip, it’s a trip”
Traveling On by KONGOS
“So long my friend, my foe, my love, my pain
The road’s calling out my name
Dreaming of La Boheme
Maybe I’ll go to Barbizon
Or see a girl before she catches cold and she’s gone
Or maybe I’ll just travel on
Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
Another song about people just wanting to get in the car and get away. Are you seeing a theme here?
“You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere”
Budapest by George Ezra
“My house in Budapest
My hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo”
King of the World by First Aid Kit
“I keep running around
Trying to find the ground
But my head is in the stars
My feet are in the sky”
Hotel California by The Eagles
Another classic song, this one takes us to a strange but interesting place, Hotel California.
“Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
(such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year
(any time of year)
You can find it here”
Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
“Then this adventure, more than I
And if we’ve only got this life
You’ll get me through alive
And if we’ve only got this life”
Leave by R.E.M.
“It’s under, under, under my feet.
The sea spread out there before me.
Where do I go when the land touches sea?
There is my trust in what I believe.
That’s what keeps me,
That’s what keeps me,
That’s what keeps me down,
To leave, believe it,”
On Top of The World by Imagine Dragons
This song summarizes how I feel every time I get to travel!
“‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.”
A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
“If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time would pass me by?
‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Another song about California. This one is pretty catchy. Check it out if you’ve never heard it!
Permanent Vacation by Aerosmith
Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to be able to be on a permanent vacation! Aerosmith nailed it with this song dreaming of all of the fabulous islands you could visit if you were on a permanent vacation.
“I got to take myself a permanent vacation
The sky’s the limit but my plane won’t fly
My nose is clean and lordie don’t need no sedation
Yeah, yeah, and that’s the reason why”
In America by Neil Diamond
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream”
Roam by the B-52s
I would definitely love to check items off of my bucket list roaming the world free as could be. What about you?
“Roam if you want to
Roam around the world
Roam if you want to
Without wings, without wheels
Roam if you want to
Roam around the world
Roam if you want to
Without anything but the love we feel”
Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley
Another great song by Elvis Presley, Viva! Las Vegas will have you wishing you were on the Las Vegas strip living the good life!
“Viva Las Vegas with you neon flashin’
And your one arm bandits crashin’
All those hopes down the drain
Viva Las Vegas turnin’ day into nighttime
Turnin’ night into daytime
If you see it once you’ll never be the same again”
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
If you are like me, your taste for travel might make you always feel like you still haven’t found what you’re looking for.
“I have climbed highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”
Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
“And you and I we’re flying on an aeroplane tonight
We’re going somewhere where the sun is shining bright
Just close your eyes
And let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street
Marrakesh Express by Crosby, Still, and Nash
I feel like Marrakesh Express by Crosby, Still, and Nash paints such a picture. What do you think?
“Looking at the world
Trough the sunset in your eyes
Trying to make the train
To clear Moroccan skies
Bugs and pigs and chickens call
Animal carpet wall to wall
American man is five foot tall and you”
Pompeii by Bastille
“But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?”
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
No matter where I am, I know that I am right at home as long as Marty is with me. I feel like that is what Ho Hey by the Lumineers is saying as well.
“Took the bus to china town
(hey!) I’ve been standing on Canal
(ho!) And Bowery (hey!)
(ho!) And she’d be standing next to me (hey!)
1, 2, 3 I belong with you you belong with me you’re my sweet heart
I belong with you, you belong with me you’re my sweet heart”
On My Way by Phil Collins
One of my favorite things about travel is all of the friends that we have made along the way.
“Tell everybody I’m on my way
New friends and new places to see
With blue skies ahead, yes I’m on my way
And there’s no where else that I’d rather be”
Ventura Highway by America
“Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
You’re gonna go I know
‘Cause the free wind is blowin’ through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air”
New York State of Mind by Billy Joel
“It comes down to reality
And it’s fine with me ’cause I’ve let it slide
Don’t care if it’s Chinatown or on Riverside
I don’t have any reasons
I’ve left them all behind
I’m in a New York state of mind”
Fly Away With Me by Tom Walker
Who would you choose to fly away with?
“So come on fly away with me
To a place where we could be anyone we wanna be
And we can bottle up our fears
Grow a taste so sweet, knock us off our feet and more
Burn our troubles
Inhale them all
Paint our future on a fractured wall
So come on fly away with me
To a place where we can be anyone we wanna be”
Time of Your Life by Green Day
I love this song by Green Day. I know some people might think it is cliche, but I love it. I hope you have the time of your life not only when you are travelling, but everyday!
“Another turning point a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go
So make the best of this test and don’t ask why
It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable but in the end
It’s right I hope you’ve had the time of your life”
Paris by The Chainsmokers
Paris by The Chainsmokers makes me visualize this young couple living in Paris, doing what they can to get by and have a great life.
“We were staying in Paris
To get away from your parents
And I thought, “Wow, if I could take this in a shot right now
I don’t think that we could work this out.””
Travelling by Paper Lions
“Travelling the road, less known is where I want to be
My compass directing, electing, an open road with golden trees
But there’s an old man in need on the ground, I try not to make a sound
He holds out his hand as I walk away, I hear him say
Please don’t be a stranger in my place”
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
This fun song gets me dancing and singing along every time. I can just picture myself on a beach somewhere sipping a Pina Colada myself!
“If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape
I’m the lady you’ve looked for, write to me and escape”
Rocky Road To Dublin by The Irish Descendents
If you haven’t made it to Dublin yet, then don’t delay! Dublin is such a great town to visit and Ireland is a great country to explore!
“In the merry month of june, from me home I started
left the girls of Tuam, so sad and broken hearted
saluted father dear, kissed me darlin’ mother
drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother,
then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born,
cut a stout black thorn to banish ghost an goblins,
bought a pair of brogues, rattlin’ over the bugs,
frightened all the dogs, on the rocky road to Dublin,”
Running Away by Ed Sheeran ft. Kygo
“You got your bags packed
Hoppin’ on the train tonight
Nothing to say cause you’re drifting like a satellite”
Final Thoughts on Songs About Travel
Well, there you have it, our list of 125 travel songs that will inspire your wanderlust. I hope that his list of travel songs has something that you fall in love with also.
Of course, our list isn’t all-inclusive, so be sure and comment below what other songs we should add to our list!
Happy Travels, Friends!!
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About the Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time.
Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.