Road tripping is not only a favorite pastime, but also an unforgettable experience for the lucky ones that choose to travel in a rental campervan. It really comes as no surprise that there is an endless number of songs written about the experience of being out on the open road, with the wind in your hair and the broad horizon beyond.
So if the travel bug has got you good and you need a little inspiration for your next adventure, these 10 songs will tell you what your life could be like when you hit the road.
1.We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The Animals
With somewhat longing lyrics, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” reminds us of how sometimes it’s good to get out of your city. While it may not give you that sweet feeling that other songs might, it definitely opens your mind to the possibility that maybe there’s a “better life for me and you.” Plus, who can say no to a classic like this when road tripping through the country?
2. I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
Who doesn’t know this song? It’s almost the anthem of road tripping. You can change up the lyrics to suit where you’re going and where you’ve been on your road trip. Johnny Cash shares his love for the road with a song about how he’d been everywhere (just in case you didn’t pick that up from the title). From Reno to Dodge City, you can’t say that Johnny Cash didn’t travel.
If you want to have as long a list as Johnny Cash, put on his CD and get out traveling in your campervan hire.
3. A Million Miles Away by David Byrne
We all get a bit tired at our jobs and can feel the need for change from our routine. Why not? Just as David Byrne sang “Some sunny day, I been waitin’ so long—Gonna walk right outa here and I ain’t gonna work here no more,” you too can take a break from the grind and get out on the open road to find the way that you want be treated.
David Byrne was right, traveling can change a man. So, go ahead and head out on the road in a motorhome and see what traveling “a million miles away” can do for you.
4. Travelin’ Man by Ricky Nelson
Whether you make friends, or you find a sweetheart, traveling is one way to meet new people. It was, undoubtedly, one of the ways that Ricky Nelson made friends with the ladies. Either way, the song will get you thinking about traveling and for this reason, it’s a good one to put on your playlist.
5. Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver
This song may be the most iconic travel song of all time. Whether you are traveling the country in an RV or catching a flight across the seas, this song will fill you with excitement and perhaps a bit of emotion as you think about how your “bags are packed and I’m ready to go.” Whether you are leaving your better half behind or simply saying goodbye to your current life, it’s a song that will definitely make you think about travel.
6. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Many times, people travel in the hopes of finding a better life or some kind of inner healing. Other times, people travel to get away from something. Bruce Springsteen has a song all about finding “place where we really wanna go.” Whether you are traveling in the hopes of finding yourself or need to get away from it all, listen to Born to Run for some kind of inspiration.
7. Six Days on the Road by David Dudley
While you most likely won’t be trucking your way through the country, Six Days on the Road is a fun song about traveling on the open highway. It’s a sweet song about wanting to make it home but also makes you think about how traveling can be an exciting experience—even better when you have an amazing end goal in sight.
8. Traveling Alone by Passenger
It may be a bit of a sad song, but sometimes we take journeys on our own to heal. If you’re setting out on a road trip hoping to forget, put this song on your phone. It may not be a song full of rainbows and butterflies, but in some sweet way, it may make you realize solo journeys can be bittersweet.
9. The Passenger by Iggy Pop
If you’re riding in the back seat of a friend’s RV, you’ll be sure to relate to this song. A favorite childhood memory may be one where you rode in the back seat during road trips and watched the stars go by at night. Relive the memories with these lyrics and with a trip to unknown places.
10. She’s Leaving Home by the Beatles
A favorite song for many throughout the years, She’s Leaving Home is the kind of song you’ll want to play full-blast in your campervan hire. It’s a bit of an inspiring and motivational song. It’ll tell you that if you’re looking for freedom, get out there and get traveling. Life is better on the road.