Meaningful Travel Songs: 15 Songs For Your Travel Playlist

Songs are powerful pieces of art. Songs tick on our emotions and tell inspiring stories. When we relate to a song, we give ourselves the knowledge that we are not alone in the thoughts, feelings, and desires we create. Songs could be our influence to achieve our dreams, have a good life, and travel.

Listening to travel-flavored songs brings us many benefits. Aside from they spark wanderlust within us, travel songs make us realize what matters most with our lives. They give us reasons to travel, dream and live.

Inspiration - Travel Songs

From the thousands of travel songs out there, I found these 15 songs where you can obtain meaning and inspiration to travel or to succeed in life in hope to travel the world.

Way Back When

by Kodaline

Listen to Way Back When


This travel song helped me find the reason why I should travel. That is, to create beautiful moments which I can always reminisce when I become older. It made me realize that I want a life full of worth remembering times, a life lived to the fullest and lived with meaning.

Way Back When is the song that inspired me a lot to pursue my dreams. So when my time comes to an end, I want to say to myself: I had my fun and have lived my life. That then I could die peacefully, most likely.

Lyrics of Way Back When

We never had that much to do
So we just lay around in someone’s house
Someday I’ll have it all again
Just like way back when

Back then we’d sleep until the afternoon
Then we’d just get up and go outside
Open a window, let the breeze blow in,
Forget everything

Yeah, those will be the days that I’ll be missing
When I’m old and when I’m grey and when I stop working
I hope that I can say
When all my days are done
We were just having fun

Well we’d go drinking in the afternoon
Lie out on the grass and fall asleep
Oh will I ever see that girl again?
The girl from way back when

Yeah, we used to share a cigarette
And throw together everything we had
And then go driving in my parents’ car
We never strayed too far

Oh, yeah, those will be the days that I’ll be missing
When I’m old and when I’m grey and when I stop working
I hope that I can say
When all my days are done
That I had my fun

Those will be the days that I had my fun

Yeah time can move so fast
Some things aren’t made to last
So here’s to you, my dear old friend
From way back when

Yeah, those will be the days that I’ll be missing
When I’m old and when I’m grey and when I stop working
I hope that I can say
When all my days are done
That I had my fun

Tiger Striped Sky

by Roo Panes

Listen to Tiger Striped Sky


A very relatable travel song that will spark your urge to travel. I always listen to Tiger Striped Sky whenever I feel that I’m losing control over my life or when I caught myself doing a boring unbeneficial routine. This song always reminds me that I can always break the lifeless cycle and seek the things that make me spiritually wealthy.

Lyrics of Tiger Striped Sky

Handsome reader reads through the dappled shadows
Light was pouring down upon the stepping stones
Felt like morning coming for his throne
I don’t know why
But it looked like a tiger striped sky

Half the world was pulling on his colors
As nights turned into day to the hours
A glow was coming down, coming down
I don’t know why
But if felt like a tiger striped sky

Tell me why
I’m underneath the tiger striped sky
Oh tell me why
I’m underneath the tiger striped sky

Tired of seeing adventures on café walls
Think I’ll take a turn from the known road
Think I’ll write a tale of my own
I’m going southbound to where the
Ocean’s flirting with the coast

Tell me why
I’m underneath the tiger striped sky
Oh tell me why
I’m underneath the tiger striped sky

So I’ll be giving up my stripes
Be painting with new colors
Beginning with dove-white
Oh I’ll be giving up my stripes
Be painting with new colors
Beginning with dove-white
(Oh I’ll be giving up my stripes)
(Be painting with new colors)
(Beginning with dove-white)
(Oh I’ll be giving up my stripes)
(Be painting with new colors)
(Beginning with dove-white)

Open Road

by Roo Panes

Listen to Open Road


My favorite travel song! Every lyric of this song shall make you feel that you need to travel. Perhaps, Open Road is the summary of all the beautiful reasons why we should be traveling.

Like what Roo Panes have said in the song, I also believe traveling helps us find our silver lining. It helps us determine our weaknesses, our strengths. Traveling gives us the freedom to introspect, allowing us to know ourselves and learn what really matters to us.

I love how Roo Panes described hitting the road or traveling helps us express ourselves and find freedom and inner peace. I don’t want to brag, but I could attest to that to be correct as I was blessed to experience them happen to me altogether on one of my trips.

The song completely hooked me up the first time I heard it. All the good memories came back, and I felt bliss once again.

Lyrics of Open Road

Open road, no one stopped you from trying
To lose your load, to find your silver lining
You left my side, because mother let you run and hide
But even from afar I hear you crying

Let me out of this cage, before I swell up with rage
Let me sing to old age before I’m done
Let me shout to the skies that I’m too young to die
And that fate will never stop me from trying

Finally found, the dreaming lived those ties unbound
That quest for peace, that hopeless search for sweet release
You’ve found your feet, but now they only run to meet
A hope that’s hanging loosely whilst your crying

Let me out of this cage, before I swell up with rage
Let me sing to old age before I’m done
Let me shout to the skies that I’m too young to die
And that fate will never stop me from trying

Open road, you will only lead back home
Because you stole the heart, but your heart is still alone
You left my side, and mother let you run and hide
Because wisdom knows the eyes through which you’re crying

Let me out of this cage, before I swell up with rage
Let me sing to old age before I’m done
Let me shout to the skies that I’m too young to die
And that fate will never stop me from trying

The Woods

by Hollow Coves

Listen to The Woods


It is a travel song that will make you feel that you are inside a travel movie when you listen to it. And if you love the mountains, I’m sure that you will like this song too. The Woods by Hollow Coves tells us that we do not need a fancy getaway with the person we care about to make lovely moments together. 

There is the nature which we can go freely. This song pictures out the perfect moment we dream of having in the mountains; a quiet, solo moment with someone special and a campfire, appreciating the little things we have in life.

Lyrics of The Woods

We’re all falling and
We need a place to hide
A safe place somewhere in the woods
We can start a fire
All we know is what will be
Our home
We will stay
Till the break of dawn

The cold night takes us to a place to escape the chill
Tucked up somewhere in the woods, on a hill
Wake up, feeling the cold in between our toes
Is there a way back? Nobody knows

And we leave it all behind
Can’t you see we need some time?
And we all sit around the fire
We feel a little warmer now
And we all sit around the fire
We feel so much better now!

And we all sit around the fire
We feel a little warmer now
And we all sit around the fire
We feel so much better now!

And we all sit around the fire
We feel a little warmer now
And we all sit around the fire
We feel so much better now!

Coastline

by Hollow Coves

Listen to Coastline


Coastline is a travel song that will make your desire to go to the beach insanely compelling. Like The Woods, it is another song full of feels composed and sang by Hollow Coves. Coastline has a lovely story of all the beautiful things occurring on a beach, and I could not agree more with every word and lyric said in the song.

Yes, the beach is magical. It is a place that we all dreamed of, where we can free our minds, and indeed, it keeps us young. Whenever I listen to this song, I could cherish all the crazy moments my friends & I had on the beach. Our first getaway on a remote island (Cagbalete) in the Philippines is one of the most joyous moments in my life that I cannot forget.

Lyrics of Coastline

I’m leaving home for the Coastline
Some place under the sun
I feel my heart for the first time
Cause now I’m moving on yeah, I’m moving on

And there’s a place that I’ve dreamed of
Where I can free my mind
I hear the sounds of the season
And lose all, sense of time

I’m moving far away
To a sunny place
Where it’s just you and me
Feels like we’re in a dream
You know what I mean

The summer air by the seaside
The way it fills our lungs
The fire burns in the night sky
This life will keep us young yeah, keep us young

And we will sleep by the ocean
Our hearts will move with the tide
And we will wake in the morning
To see the sun, paint the sky

I’m moving far away
To a sunny place
Where it’s just you and me
Feels like we’re in a dream
You know what I mean

I’m moving far away
To a sunny place
Where it’s just you and me
Feels like we’re in a dream
You know what I mean

I’m moving far away
To a sunny place
Where it’s just you and me
Feels like we’re in a dream
You know what I mean

We Will Run

by Hollow Coves

Listen to We Will Run


We Will Run is a travel song that contains the story of many travel stories of two friends who have gone to many different places. During their journey, the person narrating the story realized that they spent too much time traveling. But instead of regret, he felt delighted because he was able to set his heart free.

Hollow Coves’ song, We Will Run, proves that traveling brings you no regret. I believe it is the healthiest addiction we could ever have and the most effective medicine to heal the wounds we could not see.

Lyrics of We Will Run

Oh friend of mine
Down by the sea side
Skipping stones
We watched the changing tides
Far from home
Now we sleep in rows
Stories told
Walking down windy roads

The water flowed
Down in the valley
Where we arose
And hiked the mountain side
The cobblestones
All through the cities
On the road
We’ve come to know that
Time is all we have

So we’ll go
And won’t look back

We will run
With a heart that is oh so young
We have come
To a place we can go as one
We will run

We found a place
Among those five towns
Along the coast
Where color came to life
On the road
So many faces
Both young and old
We’ve come to know that
Time is all we have

So we’ll go
And won’t look back

We will run
With a heart that is oh so young
We have come
To a place we can go as one

And oh
My life
Was lost in time
But now
I see
My heart is free

We will run
With a heart that is oh so young
We have come
To a place we can go as one
We will run
With a heart that is oh so young
We have come
To a place we can go as one

Bloom

by The Paper Kites

Listen to Bloom


Bloom by The Paper Kites is the most beautiful travel-flavored love song I have ever heard in my life. Bloom is a song that has a melody that contains a feeling that is so strong and has lyrics that express pure love intent.

You know what, I think Bloom will be the background song I will play when I kneel and hand over the ring. As a traveler, my ultimate goal is to create unforgettable moments with the person I love at the most beautiful place I know. And it is this song that describes it perfectly as I imagined.

Lyrics of Bloom

In the morning when I wake
And the sun is coming through,
Oh, you fill my lungs with sweetness,
And you fill my head with you.

Shall I write it in a letter?
Shall I try to get it down?
Oh, you fill my head with pieces
Of a song I can’t get out.

Can I be close to you?
Ooh-oo-oo-ooh, ooh
Can I be close to you?
Ooh, ooh.

Can I take you to a moment
Where the fields are painted gold
And the trees are filled with memories
Of the feelings never told?

When the evening pulls the sun down,
And the day is almost through,
Oh, the whole world it is sleeping,
But my world is you.

Can I be close to you?
(Ah) ooh (aah), ooh (aah).
Can I be close to you?
(Ah) ooh (aah), ooh (aah).

[whistling]

Can I be close to you?
(Ah) ooh (aah), ooh (aah).
Can I be close to you?
(Ah) ooh (aah), ooh (aah).

Can I be close to you?
Ooh, ooh.

Old Pine

by Ben Howard

Listen to Old Pine


When you listen to Old Pine, I am sure that you will feel nostalgic for all your beautiful travels or memories from the past. This travel song is Ben Howard’s masterpiece which will make you want to travel and create heartfelt moments. In this song, he narrated his experiences from their camp on a beach. Simple it may be, but those times made him realize what matters most in this life.

I instantly feel connected with Ben Howard when I discovered Old Pine. I saved the song to my playlist as soon as I heard the second line of its lyrics. I could not agree more with Ben Howard telling us that memories were the best thing we could ever have.

Lyrics of Old Pine

Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags,
I’ve come to know that memories
Were the best things you ever had
The summer shone beat down on bony backs
So far from home where the ocean stood
Down dust and pine cone tracks

We slept like dogs down by the fire side
Awoke to the fog all around us
The boom of summer time

[Chorus]
We stood
Steady as the stars in the woods
So happy-hearted
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
As the old pine fell we sang
Just to bless the morning.

Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags,
I’ve come to know the friends around you
Are all you’ll always have
Smoke in my lungs, or the echoed stone
Careless and young, free as the birds that fly
With weightless souls now.

[Chorus x2]
We stood
Steady as the stars in the woods
So happy-hearted
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
We stood
Steady as the stars in the woods
So happy-hearted
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
As the old pine fell we sang
Just to bless the morning.

We grow, grow, steady as the morning
We grow, grow, older still
We grow, grow, happy as a new dawn
We grow, grow, older still
We grow, grow, steady as the flowers
We grow, grow, older still
We grow, grow, happy as a new dawn
We grow, grow, older still

Ollala

by Blanco White

Listen to Ollala


Ollala is the travel song that will keep you holding on. It will fill you with hope by helping you recall the wonders of the world you saw from traveling. This song shall remind you that this world has a beautiful side, and the suffering you are currently experiencing will pass. This world isn’t ugly as you might think. You will eventually reach the other side, do believe in better times.

My experience with this song might sound very literal from its lyrics, but honestly, I always recall the image of the city lights seen from one of the camps in Mount Pulag whenever I listen to this song. That wonderful glittering sight, together with this song, helped me end my anxiety.

Lyrics of Ollala

[Verse 1]
Olalla more than a name
Rest your eyes and stay in the shade
You are hiding over the hill
In a quiet never so still

[Chorus]
From Olalla to the city lights
Somebody told me to believe in better times
From Olalla to the city lights
Somebody told me to believe
To believe

[Verse 2]
Oh Olalla where will you go?
If the line ends out on the road
There’s a story meant to be told
When the door is shut in the cold

[Chorus]
From Olalla to the city lights
Somebody told me to believe in better times
From Olalla to the city lights
Somebody told me to believe
To believe
To believe
To believe
To believe

[Verse 3]
Oh Olalla on the border line
There is a world down on its knees
For better times
Oh Olalla don’t you fear the night
There’s only time to believe
To believe

Lifting The Sea

by The Hunts

Listen to Lifting The Sea

If you are looking for a relaxing and good vibed song, you must listen to The Hunts’ Lifting The Sea. This travel song cheers you to follow your heart, jive on your rhythm, and seek your love. Lifting The Sea also tells the story of life in the countryside. It highlights the delight in living with simplicity in the company of the person you admire.

Lyrics of Lifting The Sea

Well we went down
Followed your rhythm
Down to your doorpost
I asked for your company
Well we went up
Up to the water
Where I heard you laughing
And I saw the strangest thing

I saw waves lifting the sea
Waving at you
But they don’t see me

Well they were sleeping
All of the shepherds
In their own pasture
You hear children laugh from afar
You showed me
That life was just simple
Loving your neighbor
We’re really not too far apart

When you look
Look at the sea
She’s waving at you
And waving at me
I see waves lifting the sea
Waving at you
And waving at me

It’s amazing, it’s amazing
Isn’t it crazy, isn’t it crazy
That you and me are both in this world

It’s amazing, it’s amazing
Isn’t it crazy, isn’t it crazy
That you and me have found one another

Waves, lifting the sea
Waving at you
Waving at me

Young Bodies

by Westward the Tide

Listen to Young Bodies

Young Bodies is the song that you could hear playing in a coffee shop. This Last-Song-Syndrome-inducing song is a reconciliation story between two lovers happening on a drive to the canyon. The composer also used nature figuratively in the lyrics, giving you a sense of wanderlust while listening to the song. Westward the Tide’s Young Bodies has a very chill-vibed melody and perhaps could be a theme song for a touching movie.

Lyrics of Young Bodies

Built on an emerald lake
Oh, how the rain showed its face that day
The morning the storm rolled in
Hearts would race
And the wake we made
Would cause all the waves to crash in

Let’s take a drive through the canyon
Oh, you can be my companion
I’m just rambling on

Promises mean only two ways out
I’m not afraid, can’t you hear them calling out
You and I, we’ve got young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls

You and I, we trailed around
These ancient words that each of our hands did not know
You and I kept pressing on
I lost my faith and I lost what I thought was my soul

Danger so close, see right through my lies
Forgive me, babe, I could not see straight that night
You and I, we’ve got young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Only us left
Nowhere else to hide
You and I, we’ve got young bodies, old souls

Young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls
Young bodies, old souls
(faded out)

Never Come Back Again

by Austin Plaine

Listen to Never Come Back Again

When you feel a desire to travel, to live your life, let this travel song transform that desire into a compelling force you can’t stop. You could take the song’s message from both literal meaning and interpretation, but, absolutely, the song tells you the story of a man wanting to make the best of his life.

Austin Plaine’s Never Come Back Again is one of the travel songs that influenced me to create my path, a life opposite to what’s taken by many. To give up working with a corporation, travel, make a blog, and work hard to earn from my passion.

Lyrics of Never Come Back Again

I wanna see the world
I wanna sail the ocean
I wanna know what it feels like to never come back again

I wanna feel the waves
Crushin’ down on heartache
I wanna find the key to the sky and never come back again

I wanna wake my soul
Climb the highest mountain
I wanna write my name in the clouds and never come back again

Oh, oooooooh

I wanna find my love
Lose myself in passion
I wanna love her in my heart and never come back again

I wanna see the end
Of a world that’s rounded
I wanna know what it feels like to never come back again

Oh, oooooooh

I wanna ease my mind
Of all the doubt that haunts it
I wanna run out in the light and never come back again

I wanna see those stars
Shinin’ down from heaven
I wanna know what it feels like to never come back again
I wanna know what it feels like to never come back again

Yesterday’s Son

by Lifehouse

Listen to Yesterday’s Son

Although this might not really be a travel song, Lifehouse’s Yesterday’s Son speaks of your desire to feel alive, however. And apparently, traveling could make us feel alive!

In one of the lowest points of my life when I felt stuck in a job under an industry that cultivates “slaves,” Yesterday’s Son was the song that inspired me to follow my ambition, that is to have more time with myself and with the people I care the most. This song made me realize that I am free – that I can choose my path and let no one dictate my actions.

Lyrics of Yesterday’s Son

And I am not my mother or father
And I am not yesterday’s son
I’m not broken
I’m a wide open highway
With room to run

All these voices and decisions
Swimming circles in my head
All these choices and opinions
Feeling heavy as lead

And I am not my mother or father
And I am not yesterday’s son
I’m not broken
I’m not broken
I’m a wide open highway
With room to run
With room to run

In the middle of my story
All I want is to feel alive

And I am not my mother or father
And I am not yesterday’s son
I’m not broken
I’m not broken
I’m a wide open highway
With room to run
With room to run

With room to run

Explore

by Prince of Spain

Listen to Explore


I discovered this travel song from a YouTube video of a famous PCT hiker, Elina Osborne. Prince of Spain’s Explore is a song that tells the story of lovers mutually growing in love during the time they spend in the woods. This song will surely spark wanderlust in traveling couples. 

Lyrics of Explore

[Verse 1]
Higher than the birds up in the trees
Farther than the human eye can see
Ohhh
It goes off like a time bomb when we are near
Continues to explore without any fear
And every day that passes by it feels more like home
As we watch our love grow

[Verse 2]
Running through the trees I get ahead of you and it just hits me
It’s whiter than the snow, crisper than the air that I breathe
Ohhh
Searching for the warmth to come and stand by my side
I finally realized it was there the whole time
And every day that passes by it feels more like home

As we watch our love grow

[Bridge]
Blindfolded lovers boldly stare ahead, standing on the edge of what comes next
Golden hearts light their way back down, admiring all that they have found

[Verse 3]
Lost inside the rhythm of your heartbeat
Doubt can find no foothold as our eyes meet
Ohhh
Suspended in a moment perfectly still
Silently we vow to chase after the thrill
And every day that passes by it feels more like home
As we watch our love grow

Can’t Go Wrong

by Phillip Phillips

Listen to Can’t Go Wrong

If you are pursuing a dream, you need to listen to Phillip Phillips’ Can’t Go Wrong. I am sure this inspirational and travel song will empower you to realize your ambition. It tells the story of a person who has made mistakes and learned from them, of a growing guy conquering his fear, and of an individual doing his best to attain success.

Though this song does not directly imply travel, Can’t Go Wrong is a song that will help you to be successful (financial freedom) to do whatever you want, like exploring the world.

Honestly, I always cry a bit whenever I listen to Can’t Go Wrong because I see myself at exactly Phillip Phillips’s position when he composed this song. We might work in two different industries, but our stories align in pursuit of our dreams.

Lyrics of Can’t Go Wrong

I’ve seen the lights come from the flashes in the dark
I feel like a blind man trying to make a start
And I don’t know, no I don’t know
Where I’m gonna go

I’ve seen the sun come up a mile off the ground
Flew back the other way and saw it go back down
I know the days changed but always seem the same
I’ll take the best of what I can from my mistakes
And now I know, now I know

I can’t go wrong, as long as I remember where I’m from
Hold my head up just to keep it clear
I want a chance just to face my fear, face my fear

Nevermind all the times I just couldn’t wait
I cant remember when it all began to change
Watching the grass grow and die from summer to fall
It’s funny how the year passes by and you don’t notice at all
I know, I know

I can’t go wrong, as long as I remember where I’m from
Hold my head up just to keep it clear
I want a chance just to face my fear, face my fear

I can’t go wrong, as long as I remember where I’m from
Hold my head up just to keep it clear
I want a chance just to face my fear, face my fear

I can’t go wrong, as long as I remember where I’m from
Hold my head up just to keep it clear
I want a chance just to face my fear, face my fear


That’s all! If you have song suggestions, please comment down below so everyone could also know! Don’t forget to write about how it affected you as a person or as a traveler. Thanks for reading.

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2 Comments

  1. Great list! Will definitely add a few of these to my list this summer. I love The Paper Kites, whenever I listen to “Bloom” I always follow up with “Hero” by Family of the Year. 🙂

    1. I know that song! It’s a lovely song too. Those kinds of music are just so good to listen to. By the way, thanks for appreciating. It means so much to me ??

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