2017 Travel Playlist

This 2017 travel playlist provides the perfect mix of upbeat and laid-back songs to accompany you in your adventures anywhere in the world. Some are new hits from 2017 and others are classics that will bring you back to memories of past trips and experiences.

The playlist includes latin spice, indie rock, african beats and more. What more could you ask for?

1. Charles William – Where You Wanna Be

This song has the happy vibes to help bring you exactly where you want to be in your travels. The feel good message will encourage you to go checking off what’s left on your bucketlist, all over the world.

Every second, every minute, every hour
We’re gonna watch turn the world turn around
Feel the moment, feel the people, feel the power
We’re gonna watch the world turn around

2. California Bound – Carolina Liar

Regardless of whether you are headed to California or not, this song will give you the courage to forget your plans and just get out on the road.

There’s a southern bound train tomorrow
Takes us out of this dirty town
Chase the sun back to the West Coast
In eight hours, we’re California bound

3. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

This classic feel good song will pump you up for your journey and make you feel, well, unstoppable!

4. Asaf Avidan – One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix)

The lyrics of this song inspire that carpe diem attitude for your trip so that you do end up with stories to tell once you’re old. The repetitive lyrics combined with a catchy tune makes it hard to not sing along to! Warning: this song will get stuck in your head.

5. Luis Fonsi – Despacito (feat. Daddy Yankee)

To get some latin rhythm in your traveling grooves, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee bring you the #1 latin jam of 2017 so far. Hopefully there’s a party like this one at the end of your journey, but either way listening to this song will add a swing to your hips wherever you are.

6. Major Lazer – Run Up (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj)

This upbeat hit by Major Lazer will keep your heartrate and energy up at whatever hour of travel it is in which you really hit a wall. It’s another fun hit to sing along to, but good luck learning the words to Nicki’s breakdown.

7. Jain – Makeba

This French singer-songwriter will be featured in the upcoming SXSW music festival singing her newest song, Makeba, a catchy ode to south african singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba. Listening to her modern music with an African beat, you’ll want this international artist on your travel playlist for 2017.

(Read: How to get the most out of your SXSW 2017 Experience)

8. Tribu Baharú – Made in Tribu Baharú

This upbeat afro-champeta musical group from Cartagena, also at SXSW this year, will make you smile while imagining drinking and dancing on the shores of the Caribbean. The authentic shots of spirited life in Colombia seen in this video is enough to inspire anyone to get out and explore the world. This song is perfect for bringing a bit of tropical rhythm to your journey.

9. Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime

This song is bound to make you feel alive and ready for adventure and exploration! Just try to not let the singing and dancing apes freak you out too much.

10. The Mowgli’s – San Francisco

It’s easy to feel optimistic about where your travels will take you and feel compassionate towards strangers you meet along the way when listening to this song by the Mowgli’s.

Do you feel the love? I feel the love
C’mon c’mon, lets start it up
Let it pour out of your soul

11. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home

This classic indie folk song about finding home in a partner will give you all the feels about leaving home, going home or finding home in wherever you are and whomever you’re with.

12. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

As your travels carry onwards, this more mellow tune by Tracy Chapman might resonate with you, especially if the idea of escaping your daily life and surroundings makes up part of your trip.

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better

13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Road Trippin’

With a relaxed, almost eerie sound, this song captures perfectly the idea of getting out of town with your friends and getting lost in the U.S.A., or anywhere.

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


Don’t get stuck on shuffle of your entire music library when you can easily adopt some, if not all, of these great songs into your 2017 travel playlist. Let the tunes play and the good times roll!

Sharon is a well-traveled latin culture enthusiast and Content Writer for AllTheRooms. Native to the Boston area, she is slowly earning her title as honorary paisa in the land of eternal spring. In city life she’s a salsa dancing socialite, while on weekends you’ll find her adventuring throughout Colombia.

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