10 songs to inspire your travels

Music and travel go hand in hand. It’s amazing how pressing play on a song can transport you to a faraway destination, remind you of somewhere special or encourage you to follow your dreams. Music can be the soundtrack of our lives. Here are some of our favourite tracks to fuel your wanderlust and inspire you to travel.

Graceland – Paul Simon

Inspired by Simon’s real-life road trip to Elvis’s opulent home, this song brings back so many memories of the world-famous Graceland mansion. From the unforgettable Jungle Room to the Meditation Garden and Elvis’s private jets, a trip to Graceland is a must for all fans of The King of Rock ‘n Roll.

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, The Empire State, whatever you call New York, it is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Packed full of famous sights, iconic landmarks and fascinating museums, we completely agree with the lyrics of this anthem when they say, ‘These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you’.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Tony Bennett

With cable cars to transport you up steep hills, amazing views over the bay and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, it’s no wonder Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco! Today, visitors to this iconic city can tuck into a bowl of clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf and wander the alleyways of Chinatown in search of freshly baked fortune cookies.

Where The Streets Have No Name – U2

This 1987 hit was written by Bono during a trip to Ethiopia, one of Africa’s most beautiful nations. Why not follow in Bono’s footsteps and embark on your own Ethiopian adventure? You’ll discover historical cities, stunning natural landscapes and some of the friendliest people on the planet.

Katmandu – Bob Seger

Originally released in 1975, Katmandu is a song about leaving behind the trappings of modern-day western life and escaping to the remote and exotic city of Kathmandu. Even to this day, the capital of Nepal is an intoxicating assault on the senses. Here, old and new sit side by side and magnificent highlights include Durbar Square, the traditional heart of the Old Town.

Barcelona – George Ezra

George Ezra wrote Barcelona whilst taking a break in the seaside capital of Catalonia. The delightful melody captures the nostalgia we all feel when reminiscing about our travels and who can blame George for taking inspiration from the incredible architecture, beaches and flavours of this wonderful city.

Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

Arguably one of the most famous travel-themed songs of all time, this 1958 classic transports us to a ‘bar in far Bombay’ and ‘down to Acapulco Bay’. Written and composed for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, it’s the perfect track to ignite your wanderlust!

Pure Shores – All Saints

This catchy tune featured in the film ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo di Caprio. This 90s throwback is carefree and fun, encapsulating the dream we all have of finding a place to relax and call our own.

Land Down Under – Men at Work

A celebration of Australia, Land Down Under was released in the early 1980s. From iconic cities and stunning landmarks to amazing wildlife and breathtaking natural wonders, there are so many things to love about the incredible Land Down Under.

Istanbul (not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants

This quirky and fun tune is all about the city of Constantinople changing its name to Istanbul. Whatever you call this vibrant city located where east meets west, it’s an unforgettable place to visit with beautiful mosques and bustling bazaars.


What songs would make your travel playlist? Email editor@justyou.co.uk and share your recommendations.