Summer Journey Play List

New Zealand mountain roads

Summer is the ideal time for getting away, whether you’re traveling by train, plane, boat, or automobile, one thing is certain – a play list is a necessity. From many road trips with my friend, Lara, around the U.S. to navigating the back roads in New Zealand with my cousin, Michelle, to 2.5 hour flights to Miami or 21 hour flights to New Zealand,my i Pod has helped me along the way. No matter what layovers or delays came my way, I was prepared and content because of my music. This is why I’ve complied a list of a few of my favorite songs for traveling.

This list changes with time and I always update it before a trip, but this list includes a some of my all-time favorites and a few more recent additions. Enjoy!

Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Three words: Watch Almost Famous.

Ryan Adams – Wonderwall

Lissie – In Sleep

Ray Lamontage – Beg, Steal, Borrow

Arcade Fire – Wake Up

The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
The lyrics are perfect, “Load the car and write the note/Grab your bag and grab your coat/Tell the ones that need to know/We are headed north.”

Florence and the Machine – The Dog Days are Over

The Shins – Caring is Creepy

Plastiscines – Barcelona

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
Everything Sufjan does is amazing, and this reminds me of Little Miss Sunshine. Perfect road trip song.

Mumford and Sons – The Cave

Regina Spektor: On the Radio

Santigold – L.E.S. Artistes

One Republic – The Good Life
Honestly, this song just makes me happy, and it’s true life is good, especially if you’re traveling.

Feist – I Feel it All

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed

Little Boots – Remedy

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
This song just makes me happy, especially the lyrics: But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun, and count every beautiful thing we can see.

Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody

The Black Keys – Tighten Up

The Smiths – There is a Light that Never Goes Out
Maybe not the ideal lyrics for a road trip, but I still love this song for a drive in the car.

Metric – Gold Guns Girls

Scars on 45 – Give Me Something

If you are driving, these songs are great to listen and sing along to, however, you may need a couple songs to keep you awake (the last thing you need is to fall asleep at the wheel). Here are a couple I’d pick:

Hot Ride in New Zealand

Stromae ft. Kanye West and Gilbere Forte – Alors on Danse (Remix)
Great beat and Kanye – you can’t lose with this one. Not only will it keep you up, it’ll keep you dancing.

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

Don Omar & Lucenzo Ft. Daddy Yankee, Arcangel – Danzo Kuduro (Remix)
A reggaeton song that screams summer, palm trees, and ocean air.

Afrojack ft. Eva Simons – Take Over Control

Rihanna ft. David Guetta – Who’s that Chick?

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
Because there’s no reason not to like this song, plus the lyrics are so easy, you’ll be singing it the whole way.

Discobitch – C’est Beau La Bourgeoisie

Edward Maya – This is My Life

As for plane and train rides, my list is relatively similar, though I try to download a new album, one I haven’t listened to fully. If I know the lyrics to songs, I will stay up throughout my entire ride dancing along, but if I make sure they are new songs, then I can listen while also using the time to sleep. For my 21 hour trip to New Zealand, I downloaded Krishna Das’ Heart Full of Soul album. The chants are not only easy to fall asleep to, but they also ease any travel stresses you may come across. With so many distractions (movies, t.v. shows, games, languages to learn, etc.) to keep me awake on the plane, listening to this album has now become a tradition of mine to get some sleep while traveling.

No matter where you are traveling to or how you get there, make sure you have a good play list to get you through whatever your travels bring your way. If you come across delays and traffic (or livestock in your path), you’ll be grateful you thought out your play list before you left. Trust me.

Traffic problems in New Zealand

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