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Ben from London asked

Do you have a certain song that reminds you of your travels?

Hey all,

Just starting a playlist on SoundCloud​ for songs that remind us of travelling.  You know the ones that you hear on your iPods/phones when you're on that hot & stuffy train, songs you have heard throughout time that act as signifiers for a certain place, songs that are inextricably linked with a destination etc.

Just wondering if you had any particular songs that you would like to share that remind you of travelling or previous travels?

Do you have songs that like to listen to when you're reading blogs etc. researching your next trip that gives you that extra sense of wanderlust?

Check out the playlist here​ & a blog about it here​.  

It'll great to get all your ideas :)

Cheers,

Ben

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Courtney from Los Angeles

Diva by Annie Lenox. It was big when I went to Paris for the first time. 


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Cherie from Bay Area

Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra :) 


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Perla from Alexandria (Virginia)

Leaving on a jet plane by Peter, Paul and Mary


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Lyn from Manhattan Beach

On The Road Again by Willie Nelson.


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Maria from Dublin

Hi Ben,

What a great question! Music is always a great way to transport me back to a memorable trip. Many albums, listened to in the dead of winter, remind me of warmer days travelling. India Arie's "Acoustic Soul" always brings me back to long summer days driving through the vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussillon with the roof rolled back.

Last year, in California we listened to 2pac's "California" and forever it will invoke balmy mornings walking on Runyon Canyon and in Griffith park.

Little Dragon's "Ritual Union" transports me to a wonderful, wine-filled night in La Latina Madrid. Tom Waits' "Rain Dogs" brings back a driving trip to the West Cork coast, Prince's "Kiss" transports me to a long-ago trip to New York State in late spring.

Noah and the Whale was the only album we had in our rental car on the trip from London to the Cotswold District and forever  "The first Days of Spring" will bring a big smile to my face when I think of that wonderful trip. Cyrus Chestnut always reminds me of Lisbon and I can't listen to Olu Dara without feeling that I'm on a train in Italy 

I hope your playlist makes you as happy as mine makes me!


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Cassandra from Montreal, Quebec

Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf? Reminds me of a cross country drive across Canada up to the Yukon. It was playing as we drove away from my hometown. :-)


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Cassandra from Montreal, Quebec

 Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America(albums) by Supertramp remind me of driving/camping our way through France and Spain when I was a kid. Especially the lush Spanish countryside.. sigh.  :-) I love how music can just 'bring you there'. 


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Emily from Hockessin, Delaware

Walk On The Wild Side www.wildbeachdog.com/playlist-to-release-your-inner-explorer/


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Heidi from Colorado

The entire Californication album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We listened to it as we were crossing the desert in Northern Utah on a road trip from Denver to Seattle.


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Maria from Fort Worth

Road to Nowhere by the Talking Heads


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Brenda from Long Beach

Oktoberfest...doesn't matter which tent, doesn't matter which year....the Aviator (Fliegerlied) song. SWIM, SWIM, SWIM over to you. Google it, it's a divine memory!!!


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Ben
hahahaha heard that song toooooo many times!!!!! But it's a bonafide classic :)
 
 
 
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Stephanie from Santiago

The song Switzerland by Last Bison. I listened to it throughout my entire trip to Iceland and just the energy and lyrics of it really reminds of you of being in the great outdoors 


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shawn from Portland

Now until the break of day.

Also, Far Away Trains Passing By (Ulrich Schnauss) and Moby Destroyed


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Kelly from Massachusetts

"Old Cape Cod" by Patti Page always reminds me of the Cape! If you have ever been there you will appreciate the song.


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Rafael from Antwerp, Belgium

Society - Eddie Vedder :)


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MaryBeth from Los Angeles

Roam by the B-52s.


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Ruth from Utah

I always think of:

"On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson mainly, for playing or singing when I travel the roads of the United States,

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"Country Road" by John Denver and so many more!


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Phil from Seattle

Firstly your blog is very good! What theme do you use?

The song that reminds me most of my travels is; Bon Iver- I cant make you love me. It was the only song that was soothing enough to help me through a rough ferry journey from Phi Phi to Phuket in Thailand whilst hungover and suffering from food poisoning.


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Ben
haha we've all had that feeling... The site is on Square Space, cheers!
 
 
 
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Janelle from Charleston

Anything by Stevie Nicks.  She kept me company through plenty of long taxi brousse rides and airport delays in Madagascar.


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Júlia from Sepsiszentgyorgy

I have a lot of these songs!!!!

Passenger-Restless Wind

One Republic-If i Lose Myself(Kasual Edit)

Calvin Harris- Blame

Kid Rock- All summer long

The Killers- Shot At the Night

Vance Joy- Riptide

Snoop Dogg- Young, wild and free


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Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Ben. Interesting question! There is a tropical song "Bailando por ahi" (Juan Magan) that reminds me of a beautiful trip my daughter and I spent in Madrid back in 2012.

Yanni Prelude always accompanies me when writing on my blog or  searching a new destination.

Saludos!


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MaryBeth from Los Angeles

Zanzibar by Billy Joel while I was in Zanzibar.


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