Travel Playlist Essentials: The Classics

Music is one of those beautiful art forms that permeates every aspect of our lives from entertainment, to exercise to ambiance. And travel is no stranger to the music bug, with many artists drawing inspirations from their time on the road or in memories of home.

We’re sure that many of you travel with the help of music, so we’re giving you our favorite classics that should be on everyone’s playlist. Plus, see below for a chance to win a pair of exclusive Global Connections, Inc. headphones!

Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”

There are few experiences as fulfilling as hopping in a car with family or friends and seeking out of life’s great wonders.

The Allman Brothers Band – “Ramblin’ Man”

Some of us are incapable of idleness.

The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

Another song professing affection, but familiarize yourself with the lyrics and play that on a road trip. You can’t deny its power. Da lat da!

Lindsey Buckingham – “Holiday Road”

Also used as the theme of National Lampoon’s Vacation, this song will have you cruising down the highway to Wally World in no time.

The Go-Go’s – “Vacation

Though it’s really a love song, the vibe and refrain of “Vacation” sums up most of our Monday mornings.

Johnny Cash – “I’ve Been Everywhere”

One of the greatest songwriting achievements of our time, as it simply lists cities and states. If you’ve been to half of the places Johnny has, you’re truly living.

Simon and Garfunkel – “Homeward Bound”

For some of us, the best trip we’ll ever take is the one back home.

Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild”

If the first verse doesn’t get you amped for adventure, nothing will:

“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way”

U2 – “Where the Streets Have No Name”

Even places you can’t find on a map can leave a lasting impression, as long as you’re with the people you love.

Eddie Money – “Two Tickets to Paradise”

Isn’t that the dream: Your significant other presenting you with an already-paid romantic getaway. You wouldn’t be able to leave fast enough.

Careful – listening to too many of these songs together could give you a serious urge to travel! Come back tomorrow when we share some of our favorite modern-day hits.

Headphone Contest


We want to hear what you’re listening to on your travels. And to help spread the joy of music, we’re giving a few lucky members a pair of stylish Global Connections headphones (on-ear, collapsible).

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Share your favorite songs from your travel playlists in the comment section of this post, on our Facebook page or mention @GDVTravel via Twitter.
  2. Tell us why it makes you want to travel.
  3. We’ll share our favorites as their own playlist and send the winners a pair of exclusive Global Connections headphones. Winners will be contacted via email.

Restrictions apply. Contest ends Friday, September 2, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. CST. No purchase necessary. ENTRIES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

17 thoughts on “Travel Playlist Essentials: The Classics

  1. Lane Boy by Twenty One Pilots
    While this song may not make me want to travel (who doesn’t want to travel already?!), we prefer to take lots of road trips throughout the year and this song is definitely a thought I often have while driving…

    better, “stay in your lane boy, lane boy, lane boy; but [you] go where you want to…” 🙂

  2. Going Down to the Crossroads by Cream. The song inspires me to find an adventure at every turn. The bass line reminds me of wheels rolling toward the excitement to come while the vocals shout out the freedom to search for the growth I want to find on vacation. Crank it up and go!

  3. Good to be alive by Andy Grammer is my favorite song. I also absolutely love Radar Love by Golden Earring and Home by Marc Broussard.

  4. Highway to Hell
    Here I Go Again on my Own
    Ticket to Ride
    Leaving on a Jet Plane
    Money for Nothing
    Walk of Life
    Hit the Road Jack
    Kentucky Rain
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    Proud Mary

  5. I like Traveller by Chris Stapelton – upbeat tune which in the lyrics it states “I couldn’t tell you honey, I don’t know
    Where I’m going but I’ve got to go
    ‘Cause every turn reveals some other road
    And I’m a traveler, oh, I’m a traveler”

    describes me perfectly since I like to discover new places, meet new people and enjoy what life bring my way. Thanks

  6. TURN THE PAGE by Bob Seeger & the Silver Bullet Band…fine song which invokes great memories of my time on the road with The Bill Caudell Band
    Also, Jackson Browne’s tribute to his roadie crews on all those long tours titled STAY
    (originally written by Maurice)

  7. Has to be Holiday Rd. listening to my 10 yr old son and 5 yr old daughter singing in the back seat on the way to vacation is as memorable as any part of the trip.

  8. Dierks Bentley- Drunk on a Plane
    Reason: he is literately singing about getting drunk on a plane to Cancun. How does that not make you want to grab a cocktail with a little umbrella.
    Rascal Flatts – Life is a Highway
    Reason:Super catchy song that is great to sing and dance to.

  9. Don’t Look Back by Boston – just plug it in, put the top down, open the sunroof or roll down the windows and away you go from destination to destination to a world of adventure and awe filled appreciation for this masterpiece of a planet we were put here to explore. Don’t forget the underwater sights, there’s a whole other world under the surface of our tropical oceans. Check out the lyrics – so fitting! Here’s a tiny taste of them: “Don’t look back, a new day is breakin’
    It’s been too long since I felt this way
    I don’t mind where I get taken
    The road is callin, today is the day”

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