Even though I plan on walking the Camino de Santiago with a fairly minimalist pack, in this day and age minimalism still allows for a little bit of technology. That means I’m taking along my iPad so I can blog from the albergues and it most certainly means I’m taking my iPhone and some headphones so I can listen to music as I’m walking across the Spanish countryside.
Many of the songs listed here are obviously about travel. Gomez’s “See the World” and Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Aeroplane Over the Sea” were obvious choices. I have fond memories listening to NMH as I flew across the ocean for the first time on a red eye flight to London.
Other choices on this playlist are less likely to be seen on other travel playlists around the internet. That’s mainly because they’re songs that make me feel good as I’m plodding along, songs like “Window” by The Album Leaf and “What Do You Go Home To?” by Explosions In The Sky are purely instrumental, but they put me in the right frame of mind to truly experience my surroundings (or take a nap in a hammock). Rankings are fairly arbitrary, but I gave them rankings all the same. Feel free to dispute/discuss in the comments. I’ll be adding to the playlist as the suggestions roll in.
1. Death Cab For Cutie — Transatlanticism
2. Neutral Milk Hotel — In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
3. Phantogram — Never Going Home
4. Sleeping At Last — I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
5. Arcade Fire — No Cars Go
6. Bruce Springsteen — Land of Hope and Dreams
7. The Tallest Man On Earth — King of Spain
8. John Denver — Take Me Home, Country Roads
9. Bob Dylan — Tangled Up In Blue
10. My Morning Jacket — Rocket Man
11. Gomez — See The World
12. Ben Nichols — The Last Pale Light in the West
13. Paper Lions — Travelling
14. The Album Leaf — Window
15 & 16. Of Monsters and Men — Dirty Paws & Mountain Sound
17. Explosions In The Sky — What Do You Go Home To?
18. Cake — The Distance
19. Seu Jorge — Life On Mars?
20. Daft Punk — Around The World
What are your favorite travel songs? Add them in the comments, help me build up my playlist before I head for Spain in just a short 6 weeks.