15 Essential Songs for your Solo Travel Playlist

Most events in your life would be made better with the perfect song. Those crucial seconds that your wrapper spends flying towards the bin- ‘Ride of the Valkyries’. Balancing your week-long stash of plates and cups out of your room- ‘Eye of the Tiger’. You put on some mascara and finally washed your hair- ‘No Scrubs’.

Likewise; here is a list of 15 songs that you needed for your next solo trip!

1. Just Around the Riverbend- Pocahontas

Who doesn’t love Disney? And if you’re thinking ‘me‘, then buckle up boyo there’s more in store! This song is perfect for those of us who just can’t ‘ignore that sound of distant drumming‘ and want to get out and have an adventure!

2. Feels like Home- Fuse ODG

This song is so upbeat it’s awesome for any inspiration or pick-me-up on your solo travels.

‘the air that we breathe is the same everywhere’

‘wherever the good vibe is, it feels like home’

3. Kesha- Rainbow

This one’s a bit more emotional, definitely a good motivator for when you’re hovering over that ‘confirm payment’ button on your chosen airline site! This song is a great reminder to ‘learn to let go, put the past behind you‘ and fall ‘back in love with being alive‘!

‘life is scary but just put those colours on’

4. Vivir mi Vida- Marc Anthony

Even if you don’t speak Spanish and CBA searching translations, the whole vibe of this song is enough to make it to your solo trip playlist. If not the message ‘vivir mi vida‘ should, capturing the whole message of the song to just live and enjoy your life.

5. Roads- Vargos and Lagola

Sat in the car, bus or train heading off to somewhere new, this song is perfect!

‘If it matters to go. Call on me whenever you need me, don’t hold back, I never said it’d be easy’

Just remember: nostalgia is a traveller’s best friend and worst enemy!

6. Me, Myself and I- G Eazy

G-Eazy makes anyone feel like an absolute boss, so of course a song about going solo had to make the list! Earphones in and get stomping down to the nearest airport!

‘solo ride until I die, cus I got me for life’

I got that fire in my soul’

7. How Far I’ll Go- Moana

I warned you Disney haters!

This song makes me wayyy too emotional, for a couple of reasons, but emotion is good! Plus, it’s just like good ol’ Disney to give us a character with a hunger for adventure, which seems perfect for an adventurer’s playlist!

‘see the line where the sky meets the sea, it calls me, and no one knows how far it goes’

‘If I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go’

8. Havana- Camilla Cabello

‘I loved him when I left him’

9. Breakaway- Kelly Clarkson

The absolute nostalgia in this song is made even better, and maybe even meta, by that classic early-naughties neon lyric background- who can resist that!? If you don’t know this song, while on your travels your quest item is a Kelly Clarkson album.

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly, though it’s not easy to tell you goodbye. I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change and breakaway’

10. Let it Go- Frozen

Last one I promise! Now, we might not all be ice queens with superpowers, but the message is still relevant!

‘it’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small… it’s time to see what I can do’

11. No Roots- Alice Merton

The whole vibe of this song, lyrics, jazzy bass and vocals, make me want to get out and explore. It’s just so upbeat, carefree and… dare I say… rootless?

‘I got memories and travel like gypsies in the night’

‘I’ve got no roots, but my home was never on the ground’

12. Hopeless Wanderer- Mumford and Sons

‘So when your hope’s on fire, but you know your desire. Don’t hold a glass over the flame, don’t let your heart grow cold’

13. Shimanchu no Takara- BEGIN

I was told to listen to this song by one of my students from the adult speaking class that I teach. He explained it to me before hand, but even the melody itself is beautiful. After finding the lyrics in English, the message hit even harder, love where you come from but, when it’s time, accept that you need to leave. Definitely worth a spot on this list!

14. Lost Without You- Freya Ridings

‘you said you wanted to see the world and I said go’

A tearjerker! This song reminds me of my sister and I cry every time I hear it. But do I continue to listen? Of course! I like to remind myself that no matter how scary or lonely it can get on my travels, I’ve got the best family ever back home.

15. Follow Your Fire- Kodaline

‘I always saw you reaching and catching stars.’

‘Did you follow your fire?’

I hope you enjoyed this list of songs to add to your solo travel playlist! You might have noticed a few themes in song choices, one being that I like Disney films. Another theme that will actually be useful to you, is the importance of the balance. Specifically, the balance between motivating yourself to live your life for yourself, but also remembering where you come from and the people that helped you get to the point that you’re at, where you’re ready and able to go out into the world on your own.

Stay Positive!

Jess x

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