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.

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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

    You
    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

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    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

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    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


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    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
    Silence
    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

    Baby
    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

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    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:

    Quiero…
    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

    Summary: Travel Music for your Road Trip

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