There’s not much better for travel inspiration than a mix of road trip songs. These songs will both help inspire you to get out on the road and see the country/world and hopefully be a good accompaniment to any trip.
King of the Road- Roger Miller
Born to Be Wild- Steppenwolf
Highway to Hell- AC/DC
Drive My Car- The Beatles
Low Rider- War
I’ve Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash
Life Is a Highway- Rascal Flatts
California – Phantom Planet
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
Roam – B52s
Going Mobile – The Who
Open Road Song – Eve6
The Distance – Cake
Wandering Daughter – Kimya Dawson
One Headlight – The Wallflowers
Another White Dash – Butterfly Boucher
A lot of these songs are specifically about traveling or riding in a vehicle, and are from a variety of time periods and musical styles. For instance the first song on this list, King of the Road, is a country song from 1964 about a homeless man traveling without money but enjoying the trip anyhow. This song became very popular and has been used in more current pop culture, like in the film about traveling, Into the Wild. The film’s main character sings the song while hitching a ride on a train and traveling the country without money. In contrast there are songs like Low Rider, all about a car. This song has also been in a lot of movies, notably Gone in 60 Seconds. Or Going Mobile, by The Who, all about taking to the road and wandering and being free. There are traveling love songs, like Another White Dash or Me and Bobby McGee, and songs simply about driving like The Distance.
Despite all of these differences these songs have some key things in common, they’re all about hitting the road, inspiring you to travel, and are well known enough that you can probably sing along to most.