It’s no secret that music is a powerful tool that can be used to influence our thoughts, moods, and behaviors. Think about how many times you’ve turned to music when you were drowning in sorrow or when you needed to get pumped up for a night out with your crew. Personally, one of my favorite times to use music is when I want to be inspired.
Six years ago, I remember sitting at my desk at The Weather Channel, listening to music while trying to plow through my tasks for the day. Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” came on, and it was the first time I had ever heard it. As I was listening to Jon Bon Jovi belt out the lyrics “I just want to live while I’m alive,” his words moved me so much in that moment, that I suddenly thought to myself, “I’m buying a plane ticket to somewhere far away.” Exactly two months later, I was boarding the plane that would take me on a 14 hour voyage to Tokyo; all because of an inspirational song I heard during a monotonous 9-5 workday. Here is a list of some of my favorite tunes that will inspire your next big trip!
1. PARIS, TOKYO (by Lupe Fiasco)
2. FLY AWAY (by Lenny Kravitz)
3. AROUND THE WORLD (by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. BORN TO BE WILD (by Steppenwolf)
5. BEEN AROUND THE WORLD (by Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Mase)
6. PAPER PLANES (by M.I.A.)
7. TRAVELLING (by Paper Lions)
8. BREAK AWAY (by Kelly Clarkson)
9. GLAMOROUS (by Fergie feat. Ludacris)
10. GOOD LIFE (by One Republic)
11. PURE SHORES (by All Saints)
12. FLY AWAY FROM HERE (by Aerosmith)
13. BEAUTIFUL (by India Arie)
14. SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW (by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole)
15. FAR AWAY (by Kindred Family Soul)
16. SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT (by Jay-Z)
Ok, so this song isn’t about traveling, but the music video is. If watching this video doesn’t make you want to pack your bags and head to Monaco, I don’t know what else will.
17. IT’S MY LIFE // by Bon Jovi
And lastly, this is the song that randomly inspired me to hop on a plane and fly to Japan.
What inspirational travel songs would you add to this list? Drop a comment below!