One of my most awesome travel experiences in 2010 was an impromptu five day solo exploration of the Eastern Sierras at the end of the summer. If you have never taken a solo road trip, I highly recommend it. It’s an exhilarating expression of freedom and you can connect much more with your surroundings when you’re not tempted to chat. And of course, you can sing loudly to whatever music you like.
Like with 7 Songs by Women to Empower You for Your Journey, I perused my music collection to come up with a playlist of more unlikely travel song suggestions for a solo road trip. I wanted to steer clear of the obvious, so no Free Bird or Born to be Wild on this list. I’ve come up with seven songs about yearning, busting out, movement, and coming home to inspire you and to sing along with:
» Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (covered and reworked) by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Play this song when: You’re longing to take a road trip.
» Turn and Run by Alice Russell
Play this when: You’ve broken free and you’re leaving town.
» Gone Wanderin’ by Jackie Greene
Play this song when: You’re settling into the road.
» Feeling Good by Nina Simone
Play this song when: You’re absorbed in your beautiful natural surroundings.
» Everybody Ona Move by Michael Franti
Play this song when: You want a song to groove in your seat to; when you like your bass “loudy, loudy, louda..”
» This Land is Your Land (covered and reworked) by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Play this song when: You’re seeing or experiencing a less than ideal reality of wherever you are.
» When the Night Feels My Song by Bedouin Soundclash
Play this song when: You’re on your way home.
What are your favorite road trip tunes? Feel free to suggest a song!