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55 Songs About Travel & Adventure For The Ultimate Wanderlust Playlist

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Whether you're looking for the perfect songs to accompany your travel videos or are putting together a playlist for your vacation, these songs about traveling will fuel your wanderlust and set the tone for adventure.

Songs About Traveling

1. "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

If you haven't heard this song before, it will likely become your favorite travel song.

It's one of those travel songs that's infused with the best travel tips: go your own way!

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2. "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by John Denver

You can listen to music while traveling by downloading songs to your phone.

If you're traveling by plane, this song will definitely set the mood for you. 

3. "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson

This song is absolutely perfect for road trips. Pump up the music and sing along with your friends. 

4. "Come Sail Away" by Styx 

You don't have to be literally sailing away for this song to resonate.

Sailing away, metaphorically speaking, can represent leaving home to jump into the unknown.

5. "Road To Nowhere" by Talking Heads

This is a great song to rock out to when you're traveling to a new destination for the foreseeable future.

When moving, you might have to wrestle with a lot of bittersweet, complex emotions. This song is perfect for coping with those changes. 

6. "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Night & The Pips

This Grammy Award-winning song is about traveling from LA to Georgia on a train that departs at midnight.

7. "Travelin’ Man" by Ricky Nelson

Or traveling woman, or traveling person, of course. This song is quite literally about traveling, so it will be perfect for any travel-themed playlist.

8. "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel

Ever wanted to travel all so you could avoid home?

This song is about leaving home and constantly being reminded of it. 

9. "Send Me On My Way" by Rusted Root

This is a song about moving forward in life — but being happy and hopeful about it. 

10. "Life Is A Highway" by Rascal Flats

Life Is A Highway is a metaphor about living life to the fullest and taking big risks. 

11. "Space Oddity" by David Bowie

"Space Oddity" came out the same year that astronauts landed on the moon — 1969.

12. "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

If you're driving down the road in a fast car — or even a slow one — this song will be perfect for your travel playlist.

13. "Orinoco Flow" by Enya

In this song, the narrator fantasizes about sailing away and traveling the world.

14. "See The World" by the Kooks

Want to see the world? Turn this song up to full blast. 

15. "Road Trippin'" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

This song is perfect for your road trip playlist, as it is about going on a road trip.

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Good Vacation Songs

16. "Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Sly & The Family Stone

Nothing screams summer vacation like hot fun summertime. 

17. "Malibu" by Kim Petras

Malibu is such a good vacation song. It's perfect for relaxing and chilling by the beach. 

18. "Island in the Sun" by Weezer

Island in the Sun is all about sailing away to a fantasy beach. If only escaping your problems could be so easy. 

19. "Surfin’ USA" by The Beach Boys

The music was based on “Sweet Little Sixteen” by Chuck Berry.

This song covers all of the best surfing locations in the United States.

20. "California Girls" by Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

California Girls — they're undeniable! If you've ever been — or lived — in California, it might not ring true.

But it definitely covers all of the California stereotypes that potential tourists might assume are accurate. 

21. "School’s Out" by Alice Cooper

Nothing better than the end of the school year! What's more fun than celebrating the beginning of summer with a little Alice Cooper. 

22. "Don’t Worry, Be Happy" by Bob Marley

This carefree song will perfectly put your work life woes on pause. Close your eyes, take a breath, listen to this song, and enjoy yourself.

23. "Soak Up The Sun" by Sheryl Crow

Traveling to a sunshine place? This song is perfect for listening to by the pool or beach.

24. "Vacation" by The Go-Gos

What better way to celebrate your vacation than with a song that's literally called Vacation.

25. "It's Nice To Go Trav'ling" by Frank Sinatra 

It's nice to go traveling, don't you think? Rocking out to this song is the best way to enjoy your travels.

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Songs About Different Destinations

26. "Meet the Parents" by Kim Petras

In this song, Kim Petras sings about taking someone to the beach, Paris, Miami, and New York.

27. "Galway Girl" by Ed Sheeran

Galway is a city in Ireland. The song is about a narrator that falls in love with a girl from Galway, Ireland.

28. "New York, I Love You" by LCD Soundsystem

What better way to embrace the big apple than with this hit song?

29. "Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand.

30. "Free Man In Paris" by Joni Mitchell

Ever been to Paris? Ever been to Paris listening to this song? It's perfect for the first or next time your plane lands there.

31. "Paris, Tokyo" by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco said he wrote this song because he loves Paris and he loves Tokyo.

32. "American Boy" by Estelle ft. Kanye West

In this song, one of the narrators asks the other to take her to New York and LA. 

33. "Destination Calabria" by Alex Gaudino ft. Crystal Waters

This song is about leaving home without a plan set in stone. 

34. "Havana" by Camila Cabello

You've most likely heard this song unless you're living under a rock. It goes, "Havana ooh na na."

35. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Great song if you're visiting Alabama anytime soon.

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Best Travel Songs for Videos

36. "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton 

A thousand miles is a fun travel song, especially if you're traveling a thousand miles away from home.

37. "I’ve Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash

This song is great if you've been traveling all over the place.

38. "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac

Similar to the Johnny Cash song, this song is perfect for traveling. 

39. "Roam" by the B52s

This song invites you to explore the world, wherever you want, whenever.

40. "My Travelling Star" by James Taylor

My Travelling Star explores the tension between home and the rode, apparently.

41. "Come Away With" Me by Norah Jones

This song is all about asking someone to leave with you.

42. "Shut Up and Drive" by Rihanna 

Definitely consider adding this to your road trip videos — especially if the driver talks too much!

43. "The Long Way Around" by The Chicks

Really any song by The Chicks will suffice for your road trip blues.

44. "Route 66" by Nat King Cole

Route 66 is one of the most famous routes in the United States.

45. "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" by Tony Bennett

This is the perfect song when moving feels more bittersweet than sweet.

46. "Montego Bay" by Amuzulu

Montego Bay is Jamaica's third most populous city.

47. "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner

This song is about a steamboat traveling up and down the river.

48. "On Top of The World" by Imagine Dragons

This song is all about moving forward and letting go of the past. It's great to listen to this place when you're saying goodbye to a place you won't see for a while.

49. "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers

This song is perfect for road trips. It's one of those songs that everyone loves to sing along to in a car.

50. "Runaway" by Kanye West

This song is perfect for any travel video — especially if you're traveling to get away from your problems.

51. Bruno Mars TikTok Song

This Bruno Mars remix is a staple for travel TikTokers.

52. TikTok Snapping Song

Transition your travel videos with a snap with this song in the background for a cool effect.

53. "Sunny Day" by Ted Fresco

This upbeat song adds a fun, lighthearted mood to your travel videos.

54. "Vacation" by The Dirty Heads

This has quickly become the ultimate vacation video song thanks to TikTok.

55. "Paradise" by Bazzi

Show everyone a piece of your own paradise with this travel song.

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Izzy Casey is a writer who covers pop culture and entertainment for YourTango.

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