Travel Playlist: A Musical Journey Around the World

One of the things I love about travel is getting onto a bus (or train) headed somewhere new, putting my headphones on and watching a new world go by. It’s the sense of freedom I imagine someone in the throws of a midlife crises feels when he hops into his newly purchased Porsche, cranks the stereo up and hits the road.

Music has been a big part of my travels, and everyone loves a good playlist! If you need some travel inspiration, check out these songs about (or sometimes just named after) places around the world. Click on the title to listen to the song on YouTube or just watch the whole playlist below.

London Calling  The Clash

Vancouver – Jeff Buckley

Alabama Song – The Doors

Mykonos – Fleet Foxes

Postcards From Italy – Beirut

Florida – Modest Mouse

Atlanta  Stone Temple Pilots

Machu Picchu  The Strokes

Africa – Toto

Australia  The Shins

Moving to New York – The Wombats

Of Montreal – The Stills

Kashmir – Led Zepplin

China Town – Thin Lizzy

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas 


Can you think of some more songs about places around the world to add to my travel playlist? Let me know!

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Jon Algie

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  1. April 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    I enjoy and live for music as much as its most ardent fans but oddly enough I very rarely listen or have something playing when I’m on a bus, train or plane.

    Good list, btw. 🙂

    • April 14, 2014 at 11:14 pm — Reply

      Interesting! I find travel so hectic sometimes that when I’m on a long journey I just like retreat into my own world for a while.

  2. April 13, 2014 at 2:34 am — Reply

    Great playlist… seriously! Modest Mouse, The Clash, Led Zepplin and a couple new ones I need to listen to. I’m going to share this with my husband, he’ll love it. Thanks for sharing!

    • April 14, 2014 at 11:16 pm — Reply

      Cheers, I hope he likes it!

  3. April 16, 2014 at 6:11 am — Reply

    I’ll have to add some of these to my Iphone. I like listening to music when I’m on a crowded train or bus. I find the time passes more quickly.

    • April 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm — Reply

      Yeah me too, and sometimes it’s good not to have to talk to anyone haha.

  4. September 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    Great playlist. Just gonna add two more: Billy Joel’s Vienna and George Ezra’s Budapest. More poppy than the classic rock or alternative stuff which you include, but I’m excited for an upcoming Eastern European visit, so these two songs are ringing on my mind right now haha.

    • September 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm — Reply

      Cheers Andrew – I love Budapest (the city) but I can’t stand that guy’s voice, I really wanted to like that song!

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