50 Songs About Traveling, Adventure and Wanderlust

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The amazing qualities of music allow it to transport you to places far beyond your imagination, just by putting on your headphones and listening to a lovely tune. That’s probably why songs about traveling can create so many feelings of wanderlust.

Listening to traveling songs is a great way to forget about your worries, and they’re also fantastic to add to a road trip playlist to amp up the mood – pun intended!

Blast them from your radio while driving down the highway or listen to them as you hop on a bus, train, or plane to your next destination. Without further ado, here are 50 songs about traveling.

50 Epic Songs About Traveling

1. Traveling Alone – Passenger

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.

2. The Passenger – Iggy Pop

I am a passenger

And I ride and I ride

I ride through the city’s backsides

I see the stars come out of the sky

Yeah, they’re bright in a hollow sky

You know it looks so good tonight

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

So kiss me and smile for me

Tell me that you’ll wait for me

Hold me like you’ll never let me go

4. BUDAPEST – George Ezra

Give me one good reason

Why I should never make a change

And baby, if you hold me

Then all of this will go away

5. I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison

I drove all night to get to you

Is that all right?

I drove all night, crept in your room

Woke you from your sleep to make love to you

Is that all right?

I drove all night

6. Ghost Rider – Rush

Keep on riding North and West

Then circle South and East

Show me beauty but there is no peace

For the ghost rider

For the ghost rider

Shadows on the road behind

Shadows on the road ahead (Nothing can stop you now)

Nothing can stop you now

There’s a shadow on the road behind

There’s a shadow on the road ahead (Nothing can stop you now)

Nothing can stop you now

7. 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

8. Gypsy – Shakira

‘Cause I’m a gypsy, are you coming with me?

I might steal your clothes and wear them if they fit me

Never made agreements just like a gypsy

And I won’t back down ‘cause life’s already bit me

And I won’t cry, I’m too young to die if you’re gonna quit me

‘Cause I’m a gypsy


Yea darlin’, gonna make it happen

Take the world in a love embrace

Fire all of your guns at once

And explode into space

10. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

I’ve been everywhere, man

I’ve been everywhere, man

Crossed the desert’s bare, man

I’ve breathed the mountain air, man

Of travel I’ve a’had my share, man

I’ve been everywhere

11. Road Trippin – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies

Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies

It’s time to leave this town, it’s time to steal away

Let’s go get lost anywhere in the U.S.A

Let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost

Blue you sit so pretty west of the one

Sparkles light with yellow icing just a mirror for the sun

Just a mirror for the sun

Just a mirror for the sun

These smiling eyes are just a mirror for

12. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

The highways jammed with broken heroes

On a last chance power drive

Everybody’s out on the run tonight

But there’s no place left to hide

Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness

I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul

Oh, someday girl, I don’t know when

We’re gonna get to that place

Where we really want to go, and we’ll walk in the sun

But till then, tramps like us

Baby, we were born to run

13. Good Life – OneRepublic

Oh, this has gotta be the good life

This has gotta be the good life

This could really be a good life, good life

Say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight

Like this city is on fire tonight

This could really be a good life

A good, good life

14. Do Re Mi – Woody Guthrie

Oh, if you ain’t got the do re mi, folks, you ain’t got the do re mi

Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee

California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see

But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot

If you ain’t got the do re mi

15. Kokomo – The Beach Boys

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to

Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama

Key Largo, Montego

Baby why don’t we go

Ooh I wanna take you down to Kokomo

We’ll get there fast

And then we’ll take it slow

That’s where we wanna go

Way down in Kokomo

16. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Country roads, take me home

To the place I belong

West Virginia, mountain mamma

Take me home, country roads

17. Paris, Tokyo – Lupe Fiasco

Let’s go to sleep in Paris

Wake up in Tokyo

Have a dream in New Orleans

Fall in love in Chicago, man

Then we can land in the motherland

Camel-back across the desert sand

And take a train, to Rome, or home

Brazil, for real

Wherever I go she goes

Wherever I go she goes

18. Around The World – Kings of Leon

Been around the world, been around the world

I stormed the gates inlaid in pearl

(Been around the world, been around the world

Been around the world, been around the world)

All around the world all around the world

I lost myself and found a girl

(Been around the world, been around the world)

19. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson

And I can’t wait to get on the road again

On the road again –

Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway

We’re the best of friends

Insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way

Is on the road again

Just can’t wait to get on the road again

The life I love is makin’ music with my friends

20. Roam – The B-52s

Roam if you want to, roam around the world

Roam if you want to, without wings without wheels

Roam if you want to, roam around the world

Roam if you want to, without anything but the love we feel

21. From Finner – Of Monsters And Men

And we are far from home

But we’re so happy

Far from home, all alone

But we’re so happy

22. Coming Home – Avenged Sevenfold

Live again, all roads end

I’ll be coming home

Tend your light, ’cause on this night

I’ll be coming home

23. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi

I’m a cowboy

On a steel horse I ride

I’m wanted dead or alive

Wanted dead or alive

24. Take It Easy – Eagles

Take It easy, take it easy

Don’t let the sound of your own wheels

Drive you crazy

Lighten up while you still can

Don’t even try to understand

Just find a place to make your stand

And take it easy

25. Highway to Hell

I’m on the highway to hell

On the highway to hell

Highway to hell

I’m on the highway to hell

26. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

Once I get you up there, where the air is rarefied

We’ll just glide, starry-eyed

Once I get you up there I’ll be holding you so near

You may hear angels cheer ’cause we’re together


Take me on a trip I’d like to go some day

Take me to New York, I’d love to see LA

I really want to come kick it with you

You’ll be my American boy

28. Running Away – Ed Sheeran ft. Kygo

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

29. Wanderlust – Paul McCartney

Light out wanderlust

Help us to be free

Light out wanderlust

Do it just for me


30. Traveling On – Kongos

Cause when the road takes it’s toll

And these cities come and go

Filled with people I don’t know

You’ll be in my heart

And I’ll dream of where you are tonight

And when the years pass us by

I wonder if we’ll cry

For losing so much time

For moments we may miss

For the love that still exists tonight

Maybe I’ll go it all alone

See the world and make my way back home

Or maybe I’ll keep traveling on

31. Travelin’ Man – Rick Nelson

Pretty Polynesian baby over the sea

I remember the night

When we walked in the sands of the Waikiki

And I held you oh so tight

32. The Last Mile – Cinderella

And walk the last mile

Before I sleep

It’ll be a while

Before I get my peace

With the same style

I walked for years

On the last mile

I can rest my fears

33. Fly By Night – Rush

Fly by night, away from here

Change my life again

Fly by night goodbye my dear

My ship isn’t coming and I just can’t pretend

34. Gypsy Road – Cinderella

My gypsy road can’t take me home

I drive all night just to see the light

My gypsy road can’t take me home

I keep on pushin’ cause it feels alright

35. Midnight Memories – One Direction

Midnight memories, oh, oh, oh

Baby, you and me

Stumbling in the street

Singing, singing, singing, singing

Midnight memories, oh, oh, oh

Anywhere we go

Never say no

Just do it, do it, do it, do it

36. The Killing Road – Megadeth

I lost my mind, I lost all my money

I lost my life to the killing road

I lost my mind, I lost all my money

I lost my life to the killing road

37. 1000 Nights – Ed Sheeran

Oh, I been on for a thousand nights

New York to London, different city every day, yeah

Playin’ on, playin’ on, puttin’ up 50 thousand lights

Oh, I’ve been gone so long, gettin’ up and gettin’ faded

So I’m on, keepin’ on, stayin’ up for a thousand nights

38. Anywhere – Rita Ora

Over the hills and far away

A million miles from L.A.

Just anywhere away with you

I know we’ve got to get away

Someplace where no one knows our name

We’ll find the start of something new

Just take me anywhere, take me anywhere

Anywhere away with you

Just take me anywhere (Anywhere), take me anywhere

Anywhere away with you

39. Going Up The Country – Canned Heat

I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away

I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away

All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can’t stay

Now, baby, pack your leaving trunk, you know we’ve got to leave today

Just exactly where we’re going I cannot say, but

We might even leave the USA

‘Cause there’s a brand new game that I wanna play

40. These Old Shoes – Deer Tick

Well, they said it was the cheapest fare at this time of year

And they said, it’s nice and safe, you got nothing to fear

So I will take this old plane to get to you

Yes, I will take this old plane to get to you

41. City Lights – The White Stripes

I want to grab a stranger’s hand and

Hold it as tightly as I can and

I will tell by their reaction if

They’re like me or if I am crazy

When the lights of the city hit my

Eyes on the plane looking out the window

I am consumed by a comforting notion

That you are there and

I am welcome

If our miles have added up to

A giant pile of distance that we

Cannot reach past, climb, or conquer

Will you dig a

Tunnel to me?

42. Call Me The Breeze – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Call me the breeze

I keep blowin’ down the road

Well now they call me the breeze

I keep blowin’ down the road

I ain’t got me nobody

I don’t carry me no load

43. What We Live For – American Authors

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

44. Ventura Highway – America

Ventura Highway in the sunshine

Where the days are longer

The nights are stronger than moonshine

You’re gonna go I know

‘Cause the free wind is blowing through your hair

And the days surround your daylight there

Seasons crying no despair

Alligator lizards in the air, in the air

45. So Far Away – Carole King

But you’re so far away

Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore

It would be so fine to see your face at my door

Doesn’t help to know you’re so far away

46. Going Mobile – The Who

Out in the woods

Or in the city

It’s all the same to me

When I’m drivin’ free, the world’s my home

When I’m mobile

47. No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry

Ridin’ along in my automobile

I’s anxious to tell her the way I feel

So I told her softly and sincere

And she leaned and whispered in my ear

Cuddlin’ more and drivin’ slow

With no particular place to go

48. Bad Day – Asher Roth

So I’m in the airport getting ready to leave

Heading to a friend’s wedding in the N.Y.C

But my head has been spinning, I’m forgetting to eat

All this jet setting has been really getting to me

It’s already 11:20, I’m ready to sleep

But instead I end up sitting in a 27-C

An aisle seat, fine by me

But the guy that’s inside’s always tryin to pee

With a wild child behind me, he’s cryin and keeps

Flippin out and kickin at me while he violently screams

So I silently plea, oh God, please

Let there be a honey sitting 27-B

But of course some morbidly obese

Beast is in the seat that wheezes when he breathes

Dude sitting D is at least three deep

And he keeps telling me what is wrong with his knees: (I got bad knees)

‘Osgood Schlatters,’ just need water

But for a bottle they charge two dollars” (what?)

And when I thought that it couldn’t get worse

I forgot my iPod


I got to hurry, my bag is packed

I’m leavin’ and I ain’t comin’ back

’cause I got two tickets to paradise

Oh, now don’t you want to go with me?

The first stop, we’ll take a walk

Second stop, we’ll have a talk

The third stop

Ooh-ee, you better go with me

50. Travelin’ Band – Creedence Clearwater Revival

I want to move

Playing in a travelin’ band


Well I’m flying across the land trying to get a hand

Playing in a travelin’ band


Songs are fantastic ways to make, keep, and reminisce about old memories. They can be a beautiful form of escapism that transports you to far-away lands without you needing to move a muscle from home.

These songs are perfect for creating that incredible feeling of wanderlust and for supplementing your current travels with excitement and joy.