10 Best Travel Songs to Inspire your Wanderlust


Traveling is an emotional experience that fills our souls with excitement and curiosity. Whether it’s a school picnic, an international flight, or a trip to a place that holds a special place in our hearts, the feeling of adventure and anticipation is something we can all relate to. As music lovers, we all have our own special playlists for different emotions. For me, there’s nothing quite like the travel songs that I play when I’m feeling that wanderlust. From emptiness to happiness and everything in between, these are the tracks that always seem to capture that feeling of wanderlust and inspire me to hit the road.

So, pack your bags and join me as we explore some of my most-played travel songs on Spotify. Whether you’re planning your next adventure or simply reminiscing about past trips, these songs are sure to transport you to that special place where wanderlust and music meet.

Barcelona, by George Ezra

A lively and upbeat track that perfectly captures the energy and excitement of exploring a new city. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of experiencing the Spanish city and the carefree spirit of traveling. It was my instant favorite when I listened to it in 2022 and I’m still yearning to visit Barcelona.

“A native man sang in a foreign tongue
I still ache to know the song that he sung

Paint, by The Paper Kites

A gentle and contemplative song that evokes the sense of wonder and awe that often comes with traveling. The lyrics speak to me as a sense of wondering and contemplating the path of traveling and the compromises one had to make along the way.

“I chose to travel as a lonely man
So much that I lacked, so much that I lacked
I’m always wishing I was walking that road
It’s something I hold, something I hold
I take it with me all the places I go
How little you know, how little you know”

Like real people do, by Hozier

A song that is perfect for when you want to add a touch of romance to your travel playlist. The lyrics tell a story of a sparking romance, understanding very well the pain each other possess but letting it be and enjoying the little times that they get to share.

“I will not ask you where you came from
I will not ask you, neither should you
Honey just put your sweet lips on my lips
We should just kiss like real people do”

Ilahi, by Arijit Singh

A Bollywood song that captures the essence of traveling with no plans and going with the flow. A perfect nomad song. I get goosebumps and connect myself to the song’s character whenever I listen to this song.

English translation

“My philosophy is – my bag is on my shoulders.
I go wherever the path takes me..
Not on the drops,
But the sea of drops itself..”

Guaranteed, Eddie Vedder

A song that evokes the sense of freedom and adventure that comes with traveling. The lyrics speak of breaking free from the constraints of everyday life and embracing the unknown.

“Leave it to me as I find a way to be
Consider me a satellite forever orbiting
I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me

Sleep on the floor, The Lumineers

A song that captures the sense of adventure and spontaneity that can come with traveling. The lyrics speak of a guy asking for his girl to pack everything and leave the town that’s “caging” them and to break free and explore. Listen to “The Ballads of Cleopatra” for the full story which is so beautifully portrayed with beautiful songs.

“Leave a note on your bed
Let your mother know you’re safe
And by the time she wakes
We’ll have driven through the state
We’ll have driven through the night
Baby, come on”

Stay alive, José González

While re-watching “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, I was struck by a song that spoke to my craving for adventure and the need to embrace the unknown. It became my anthem, propelling me to explore, connect, and create lasting memories.

“There’s a rhythm and rush these days
Where the lights don’t move and the colors don’t fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean
But there is a truth and it’s on our side
Dawn is coming open your eyes
Look into the sun as a new days rise”

I lived, by One Republic

A song that speaks to the idea of living life to the fullest and making the most of every moment. The plot follows the real story of Bryan Warnecke who is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and has only a 36 years life-span. The song shows how he is defying the odds and making the most of his life by doing the things that he loves the most. The lyrics encourage listeners to make the most of every opportunity and take chances, making it a perfect anthem for travelers.

“I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived”

Society, Eddie Vedder

A song that evokes the sense of longing and wanderlust that can come with traveling. The lyrics speak of wanting to escape the constraints of society and embrace the freedom of the open road, making it a perfect addition to any travel songs playlist.

“Society, you’re a crazy breed
I hope you’re not lonely without me”

I hope you enjoyed this playlist full of travel songs that inspire wanderlust. Do you have some more? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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I love traveling and I love writing about it. It's my sincere hope that through my content, you will find some helpful information and inspiration for your own travels. :)

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