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10 Travel-Inspiring Songs to give you the itch to start your next adventure.

Music is the soundtrack of our lives and can your best companion as you travel the journey of life.

1. Roam by the B-52’s.

Roam if you want to, roam around the world
Roam if you want to, without wings without wheels
Roam if you want to, roam around the world
Roam if you want to, without anything but the love we feel.

The chorus says it all. Be free, go where you want to and take only what you need with you. Not to mention the music video incorporates multiple cultures around the world.

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2. Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks

Who doesn’t know what I’m talking about
Who’s never left home, who’s never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone
Many precede and many will follow
A young girl’s dreams no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out west
But what it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes.
At some point in our lives, we want to go somewhere new and different. The Dixie Chicks were basically sending us on our way with this early 2000s hit. Perhaps corn fields aren’t so bad after all 😉
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3. Drops of Jupiter by Train

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s a time to change, hey, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

Yes, this song may be about a guy and a girl, but if you really think about it, isn’t it telling us that traveling can change us for the better? Traveling gives us all types of experiences and Train really understands that.

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4. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson

Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get onboard a fast train
Travel on a jet plane, far away
And breakaway

If this song doesn’t make you want to travel, then I don’t know what will. While this song can be used for many situations, let’s take it at face value. Kelly talks about traveling on a jet plane, sleeping under palm trees and feeling the warm breeze. What more could you want from your travels?

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5. What Dreams Are Made Of by Hillary Duff

Have you ever seen such a beautiful night?
I could almost kiss the stars for shining so bright
I would never want to miss this
’cause in my heart I know what this is
This is what dreams are made of.

Ok, so while this song may not specifically be about traveling, every time I hear it, I want to travel to Italy. It is catchy and for anyone who has seen the Lizzie McGuire Movie, it brings back a ton of memories as well as some awesome scenes in Italy.


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6. Africa by Toto

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what’s right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.

While I have never travelled to Africa, I can only imagine that this is true. This is just one of those songs that you can sing along to on a road trip or on an airplane (maybe not out loud on the airplane).

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7. Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid

Up where they walk, up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wandering free
Wish I could be, part of that world

What would I give if I could live
Out of these waters?
What would I pay to spend a day
Warm on the sand?

A Disney classic and definitely a song that represents the desire to explore. We’ve all had our own Ariel moment. After all, isn’t part of the lure of travel the idea of exploring somewhere new? We look at a photo and tell ourselves that someday we will be there and be a part of that.

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8. Ordinary Day by Vanessa Carlton

And he said take my hand,
Live while you can
Don’t you see your dreams lie right in the palm of your hand
In the palm of your hand.

Please come with me,
See what I see.
Touch the stars for time will not flee.
Time will not flee.

This is not as popular of a song as some of the others, but it definitely one of those that inspires travel. The overall mood of the song just makes you want to go out and explore! Maybe go lay in a field of tulips in Holland or run along a beach in Jamaica.

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9. Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift

Walking through a crowd
The village is aglow
Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats
Under coats
Everybody here wanted something more
Searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before
And it said
Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York.

First of all, this is one sick beat. Second, the words “New York” can easily be interchanged with any two-syllable city/state/country name. Let’s try it. Welcome to Hong Kong, Welcome to London, Welcome to Utah, Welcome to Japan, etc. This song is a great anthem when entering a new place.

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10. Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts (Originally by Tom Cochrane)

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you’re going my way
I wanna drive it all night long.
Through all these cities and all these towns
It’s in my blood and it’s all around
I love you now like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights.

I chose the Rascal Flatts version because it has a faster tempo and it fun to sing along to in the car while traveling across the country. Just like the lyrics say, life is a highway and we should drive it all night long, or day, or whenever, as long as we are going somewhere.

This is not a complete list by any means but hopefully after listening to the songs on here, you will want to go out and explore new territory. Whether it is another city or another continent, it is always a great idea to travel. What’s your favorite travel song? Let us know in the comments:)

Hayley Good

University of Indianapolis | 10 stories

Hayley is a Public Relations and Journalism major with a minor in Spanish at the University of Indianapolis. She is President of UIndy chapter of PRSSA as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Hayley is also a Team Captain for her university's swim team. She enjoys traveling, reading and making others laugh. Hayley is also a fan of Wicked the Musical and Taylor Swift. Follow her daily musings on Twitter: @Goodgirl1209 and on Instagram: @defygravity1209

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