Wake Up: A Travel Playlist

And no, this playlist does not include Coldplay’s Paradise.


  1. Wake Up Arcade Fire
    I’m talking the Walter Mitty version here; if there was ever a song to inspire you to drive to the airport and jump on the first flight outta there, then this is it. I get chills every time I listen to it. On that note, if you haven’t seen the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, stop right now and watch the trailer. You won’t regret it.
  2. WoodRostam
    This is such a beautiful song that I remember listening to over and over when I first discovered it. The best thing about it is that every time I listen to it, I appreciate something new.
  3. SundaraODESZA
    This is a song that I imagine listening to as your flight gradually takes off and you feel the swell of gravity in your stomach as you ascend above the clouds.
  4. Big Jet Plane Angus and Julia Stone
    Would it really be a travel playlist without this song? I don’t think so. If you haven’t heard it before, get it in your ears now.
  5. Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
    I vaguely remember making travel vlogs to this when I rediscovered a whole heap of lost footage a couple of years ago. I love the clash of vibes (for lack of a better word) in this song.
  6. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize In It!Kishi Bashi
    A psychedelic, eclectic mix of… I don’t even know how to describe it. You just have to listen to it for yourself. Preferably while walking the streets of a brand new city at sunrise.
  7. Send Me On My Way Rusted Root
    Cue Ice Age flashbacks to Manny, Diego and Sid trekking across the snow-capped landscape in one of my favourite animated movies. I’ll even throw in a link to that classic childhood scene, just for good measure.
  8. Say U Won’tBrasstracks
    A bit of a nostalgic one for me. Every time I play this songs, I have memories listening to it on repeat as I cruised around the island of Rarotonga on a scooter. A bit random, but there you go. Also the best pick-me-up song.
  9. Tables and ChairsEvan Sinton
    A nod to the New Zealand music industry! I saw Evan Sinton sing this song live at a concert when he was performing as an opening act for another artist. It’s fair to say the highlight of the entire concert was Evan performing this original song (sorry to the artist I actually paid to see). Check out the music video for the full experience.
  10. Life is a HighwayRascal Flatts
    An oldie but a goodie. American road trip, anyone…?

Comment with your own favourite travel songs and I’ll be sure to give them a listen and let you know what I think!

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