14 Songs To Use As A Soundtrack To Your Solo Travels Around The World

This summer was the first time I’d traveled on my own. To say it was life-changing is both cliché and incredibly accurate. I wasn’t quite prepared for the extraordinary range of emotions I’d experience traveling through Europe, from obnoxiously crying in the middle of Gare du Nord to smelling the fresh grass of the English countryside and feeling completely at peace.

Here are just a few songs to capture some of those feelings you’ll experience and set the stage for all the incredible adventures to come.

Getting ready to board your flight

Metric, “Waves”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0udJc_iMlAU&w=784&h=524%5D

A Fine Frenzy, “Now Is The Start”:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwqeEhs5v-o&w=784&h=524%5D

Gazing out the window on the train/plane to your next destination

SZA, “Country”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygTEp3QXNwA&w=784&h=524%5D

Radio Dept, “Pulling Our Weight”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1aT8fNBts8&w=784&h=524%5D

MisterWives, “Imagination Infatuation”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKPds7tx2J0&w=784&h=524%5D

Asobi Seksku, “Thursday”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8paDhfGQH4E&w=784&h=524%5D

Dealing with a relationship on the rocks back home and/or saying goodbye to new friends and places

Stars, “Changes”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiDE_Pyca28&w=784&h=524%5D

Stars, “How Much More”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoMy-tIpJzU&w=784&h=524%5D

Langhorn Slim & The Law, “Salvation”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6689Ih37WuE&w=784&h=524%5D

Feeling like a boss-ass bitch in a foreign country

Jacques Dutronic, “La Responsible”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdmr5KOm58U&w=784&h=524%5D

Roadtrippin’ Jams

Hedley, “Dreaming’s For Sleeping”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3-w4J2VsRg&w=784&h=524%5D
Plus, “Heaven In Our Headlights” and basically everything else by Hedley

Getting lost and melancholy in the winding streets of an ancient city

Camera Obscura, “Country Mile”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQLyoKEitXw&w=784&h=524%5D

Bahamas, “Lost In The Light”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPJNt1eTVNY&w=784&h=524%5D

Reflecting on your adventures and feeling both incredibly insignificant but connected to the world around you

Mint Royale, “World” Thought Catalog Logo Mark
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSC9qGxoS8M&w=784&h=524%5D

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