29 Songs about Traveling and Adventure - The Perfect Road Trip Songs

29 Songs about Traveling and Adventure – The Perfect Road Trip Songs (Plus: Songs during Covid-19)

Traveling videos are filled with epic, memorable travel songs. They glorify the trip. And let’s be honest, everyone plays once in a while the favorite song in the head while traveling the world.

This list is dedicated to songs about traveling and backpacking. Every single song is written with the wanderlust-mindset.

We created one more article dedicated to travel music. Listen to 31 best travel songs we play over and over.

We also recently discovered an incredible Road trip on Spotify. If you use it, check this Road trip playlist now.

BUT… This collection of 29 songs about traveling is something special and differe

And if you’re interested in more travel quotes, you can check out these good reads.

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My favorite song is #28. So keep scrolling and give it a play. At the end of this list, you will find now as well songs to keep you motivated during the Covid-19 Crisis. These are also songs about and for travelers, but being stuck at home.

Let’s start with a bit Traveling Wilburys, these guys know how to make your trip more pleasant with a song.

1. Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring (End of the Line)
Waiting for someone to tell you everything (End of the Line)
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring (End of the Line)
Maybe a diamond ring

2. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time would pass me by?
‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you tonight

It’s always times like these
When I think of you
And I wonder if you ever think of me
‘Cause everything’s so wrong
And I don’t belong
Living in your precious memory

‘Cause I need you
And I miss you
And now I wonder

3. Kongos – Traveling On

So long my friend, my foe, my love, my pain
The road’s calling out my name
Dreaming of La Boheme
Maybe I’ll go to Barbizon
Or see a girl before she catches cold and she’s gone
Or maybe I’ll just travel on
Travel on

So long my flame, my warmth, my fear, my fight
The road’s calling again tonight
Dreaming under street lights
Maybe I’ll catch a train to Rome
See the world until I can’t go on
Then maybe I’ll come traveling home

4. Travelling – Paper Lions

Travelling the road, last known is where I want to be
My compass directing, electing, an open road with golden trees
But there’s an old man in need on the ground, I try not to make a sound
He holds out his hand as I walk away, I hear him say

Please don’t be a stranger in my place
Traveling come to a tavern for a momentary rest
I see the old man that I passed on the road in his distress
As I turned to go I can hear him say, “Son, stay. Have a drink, I’ll pay.”

5. Peter, Paul, and Mary – Leaving on a Jet Plane.

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go

I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
I don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Then close your eyes, I’ll be on my way

Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the time, I won’t have to say

6. John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads.

All my memories gather round her, miner’s lady, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.

7. Passenger – Travelling Alone

This song is a very special one. It is about an old man traveling the world – missing his passed wife.

I included the video where Passenger explains the story behind the traveling song.

Australian man, Scandinavian tan,
Kicking stones round a square.
Sat for a while and carved out a smile,
As if someone would care.

Said I’m a long way from the Gold Coast.
Furthest I’ve ever known,
Oh and this just ain’t my home.
It was my wife’s idea, but she’s no longer here.
She left me travelling alone.

I never heard silence ring out like a bell.
I never heard silence like last night in my expensive hotel.
Well, I’m loving a shadow, I’m trying to catch the rain.
But I never heard silence ’til I heard it today.

She walked out of the hotel,
I could still smell the smoke of the burning heart left inside.
She said men are all assholes
And life’s a bad joke.
She laughed and started to cry.

This is the full song and the official video:

8. Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man 1961

I’m a travelin’ man
Made a lot of stops all over the world
And in every port I own the heart
Of at least one lovely girl

I’ve a pretty Seniorita waiting for me
Down in old Mexico
If you’re ever in Alaska stop and see
My cute little Eskimo

Oh, my sweet Fraulien down in Berlin town
Makes my heart start to yearn
And my China doll down in old Hong Kong
Waits for my return

Pretty Polynesian baby, over the sea
I remember the night
When we walked in the sand of Waikiki
And I held you, oh, so tight

9. BUDAPEST – George Ezra

My house in Budapest
My, my hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo

Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

My acres of a land
That I’ve achieved
It may be hard for you to
Stop and believe

10. Bright Eyes “First Day Of My Life”

This is the first day of my life
Swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain, suddenly everything changed
They’re spreading blankets on the beach

Yours was the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
I don’t know where I am, I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go

And so I’d thought I’d let you know
That these things take forever, I especially am slow
But I realized that need you
And I wondered if I could come home

11. Blaumut – Vent que mou el temps

T’imagino cap per avall,
amb les cames a una branca i el teu cos, que es va gronxant,
mentre cauen pensaments
que es desprenen amb la força d’un got d’aigua a l’inrevés.

Un, dos, tres…,
són les últimes gotes, i res més.
Tres, dos, un…,
s’evaporen i s’enfilen cap amunt,
amunt, amunt, van tan amunt…

Que l’aire es torna vent,
vent que mou el temps,
temps que passa ràpid i fa empentes al present,
present damunt del cap
i el cap massa ocupat
a no deixar-se res a les butxaques del passat.
Vent que mou el temps.

12. Alvaro Soler – El Mismo Sol

Te digo claro claro
No es nada raro raro
Así se puede amor
Un mundo enano enano
Estamos mano a mano
Solo hace falta el amor
Se puede amor
Yo quiero que este sea el mundo que conteste
Del este hasta oeste
Y bajo el mismo sol
Ahora nos vamos
Sí juntos celebramos
Aquí todos estamos bajo el mismo sol
Y bajo el mismo sol

13. Matt Simons – Catch & Release

There’s a place I go to
Where no one knows me
It’s not lonely
It’s a necessary thing
It’s a place I made up
Find out what I’m made of
The nights are stayed up
Counting stars and fighting sleep
Let it wash over me
Ready to lose my feet

Take me on to the place where one reviews life’s mistery
Steady on down the line
Lose every sense of time
Take it all in and wake up that small part of me
Day to day I’m blind to see
And find how far
To go

Everybody got their reason
Everybody got their way
We’re just catching and releasing
What builds up throughout the day

14. Ed Sheeran ft. Kygo – Running Away

I’ve known it for a long time
Daddy wakes up to a drink at nine
Disappearing all night
I don’t wanna know where he’s been lying
I know what I wanna do
Wanna run away, run away with you
Gonna grab clothes, six in the morning go

How long you leaving?
Well, dad, just don’t expect me back this evening
Oh, it could take a bit of time to heal this
It’s been a long day, thumb on side of the roadway, but

I love him from my skin to my bones
But I don’t wanna live in his home
There’s nothing to say ’cause he knows
I’ll just run away and be on my own

I’ve never seen my dad cry
Cold as stone in the kitchen light
I’ll tell you it’s about time
But I was raised to keep quiet
This is what I’m gonna do
Gonna run away, gonna make that move
Gonna grab clothes and when it’s morning go
How long you leaving?
Well, dad, just don’t expect me back this evening
Oh, it could take a bit of time to heal this
It’s been a long day, thumb on side of the roadway, but

15. American Authors – What We Live For

This is what I live for
Baby, you’re my open road
You can take me anywhere the wind blows
Right into the great unknown
We can throw our hands up out the window
This is what we live for
We look up at the stars, a perfect night to dream with you
Got nineties retro on the radio, our favorite tune
I put the pedal to the metal just to laugh with you
It’s interstellar when it’s just us two

16. Tom Walker – Fly Away With Me

I’m strummin on the corner
About to catch the last train home
I’ll have to jump the barriers
So can you spare a penny for my thoughts
I’ve been praised upon the pavements
Passers by don’t pay much
Chased away by neighbours
Seen things you couldnt make up
If the streets could talk they’d tell a story or two
I’ll paint a picture for you

I can tell you what it feels like
To lose your home on a cold night
Can you see the blood in my red eyes
Have another total forget life
So come on fly away with me
To a place where we could be anyone we wanna be
And we can bottle up our fears
Grow a taste so sweet, knock us off our feet and more
Burn our troubles
Inhale them all
Paint our future on a fractured wall
So come on fly away with me
To a place where we can be anyone we wanna be

17. Epic Road Trip Acoustic/Folk/Indie Compilation – Summer 2017 (1-Hour Playlist) #3

18. Summer Drive Playlist (INDIE/POP/ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)

19. Daft Punk – Around The World

Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world

Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world

20. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

City’s breaking down on a camel’s back
They just have to go ‘cause they don’t know whack
So all you fill the streets, it’s appealin’ to see
You won’t get out the county ‘cause you’re bad and free
You got a new horizon, it’s ephemeral style
A melancholy town where we never smile
And all I wanna hear is the message beep

21. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill

When I was six years old I broke my leg
I was running from my brother and his friends
And tasted the sweet perfume of the mountain grass I rolled down
I was younger then, take me back to when I

Found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long, I know I’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at ninety down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

22. CHANGE by Some Poetries

As long as I turn my face into the light

As long as I turn my face into the light

I leave dark things behind

It feels like

I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive for the first time

I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive for the first time

Just because we found each other

Just because we cross dark ways

Just because we found each other

Just because of the pretty face

23. Our Adventure (EP) – The Long Valley

We found this travel music by chance.

We were looking for the most beautiful cities to visit in France, when we came across this video.

This video has the background music of “The Long Valley” “Our Adventure”.

24. Asaf Avidan – One day / Reckoning Song

One day baby, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
And think of all the stories that we could have told
One day baby, we’ll be old

Oh baby, we’ll be old
And think of all the stories that we could have told

No more tears, my heart is dry
I don’t laugh and I don’t cry
I don’t think about you all the time
But when I do, I wonder why

25. Part-Time Friends – Here We Are

Something rise and fall
We thought we never lost control
Here we are
Something rise and fall
We thought we never lost control
Here we are
Et si les vagues éteignent nos âmes
Dans l’étourdissant vacarme
Here we are
Dansent les milles visages
Dans ce si beau mirage
Here we are
Je t’emmène une dernière fois suivre cette lumière qui ne s’éteint pas
Here we are
Something rise and fall
We thought we never lost control
Here we are
Something rise and fall
We thought we never lost control
Here we are

26. Jose Gonzalez – Step Out (from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Dark as night, let the lightning guide you

Time to step outside, time to step outside
Time to step outside you

House on fire, leave it all behind you.
Living life, feeding appetites.
Stayed through every hard stop, every go.
Being bland
Breathing half the time.
House on fire, leave it all behind you.
Dark as night, let the lightning guide you

27. Coldplay – Gravity

It’s been a long time coming
Such a long, long time
And I can’t stop running
Such a long, long time
Can you hear my heart beating?
Can you hear that sound?
‘Cause I can’t help thinking
And I won’t stop now
And then I looked up at the sun

And I could see
Oh, the way that gravity pulls on you and me
And then I looked up at the sky
And saw the sun
And the way that gravity pushes on everyone
On everyone

28. Imagine Dragons – Not Today from ME BEFORE YOU

There she goes in front of me
Take my life and set me free again
We’ll make a memory out of it
Holy road is at my back
Don’t look on, take me back again
We’ll make a memory out of it
We finally fall apart and we break each other’s hearts
If we wanna live young, love, we better start today
It’s gotta get easier, oh easier somehow
‘Cause I’m falling, I’m falling
Oh easier and easier somehow
Oh I’m calling, I’m calling
And it isn’t over, unless it is over
I don’t wanna wait for that
It’s gotta get easier and easier somehow
But not today
Not today

29. Alkey – Travel of life

30. On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ey
I’m on top of the world, ‘ey
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ey
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ey
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I could gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause

Covid-19 Travel Songs

It is indeed tough times; for pretty much all of us. We extended this list for  favorite songs you can listen to when you are stuck at home due to lock-downs and restrictions.

O “Fly On” – Coldplay

A flock of birds
Hovering above
Just a flock of birds
That’s how you think of love

And I always
Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
‘Cause they fly always
Sometimes they arrive
Sometimes they are gone

They fly on
A flock of birds
Hovering above
Into smoke I’m turned and rise
Following them up
Still I always

Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
‘Cause they fly always
One minute they arrive

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

So, this is what you meant?
When you said that you were spent
And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top

Don’t hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check
I don’t ever wanna let you down
I don’t ever wanna leave this town
‘Cause after all

This city never sleeps at night
It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was

Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am
So this is where you fell
And I am left to sell
The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell

Right to the top
Don’t look back
Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain check

Dani Martin – Cero (Spanish Song)

All what we saw has gone
I dreamed that always I’d go by side
That what we invented it’s not anymore
Now just exists past

And it’s time for me to understand
What I do with your hugs
Now it’s time to learn
How to stop loving
To know how to erase it well
And how It comes it gone
That today it’s ZERO

I want
That everything starts all over again
That everything turn back
That everything comes from Zero
From zero

And I want that everything sounds again
That everything shines again
That everything comes from zero
From zero

Original Lyrics in Spanish:

Que todo vuelva a empezar
Que todo vuelva a girar
Que todo venga de cero
De cero

Y quiero que todo vuelva a sonar
Que todo vuelva a brillar
Que todo venga de cero
De cero

Queen – We Are The Champions

I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime

And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I’ve come through
And we mean to go on and on and on and on
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end

We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions of the World

Skylar Grey – Coming Home

Summary: Travel Music for your Road Trip

I hope this list ultimate travel playlist gave you a great boost of wanderlust while you are road-tripping, getting to your holiday destination, or simply dreaming about traveling again.

The world of music is rich with songs about travel and adventure. Popular songs about traveling, whether they are modern compositions or classics, often have a way of evoking the thrill and beauty of discovering new places. These songs may have subtle travel references in the lyrics or might revolve entirely around the theme of journeying.

For those seeking a romantic aspect, there are songs about traveling with your love, which make perfect soundtracks for couples’ road trips or backpacking adventures.

Moreover, various genres depict this universal theme, from the narrative tales in country songs about traveling to the rhythmic beats and poetic expressions in hip-hop travel songs.

Not to be left out, rock songs about traveling often capture the raw energy and freedom associated with hitting the road.

Each genre brings a unique perspective to traveling, yet all share the universal message of the transformative power of journeys.

You can also listen to the 31 best travel songs about Wanderlust we found.

Or maybe have a good read of these inspiring travel quotes and captions to match Instagram photos and WhatsApp statuses.

Safe travels!


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