I have a favourite travel song I’ve never shared with anyone.
It started with my 21st birthday party when I collated a playlist of songs from the year I was born. Some are classics but others were new to me, with that year not being one I remember terribly well…
Disastrously at my party I fell ill and the second half of the night my pillow kept me company while I listened to my friends party on to my playlist without me.
In the months that followed, with hours of law study to slog through I often listened to that playlist, and a year plus relationship break up later one of those songs began to be my backup song. A pick-me-up. The song I listened to when I needed a boost, the one that lifted my spirits and helped me think I was on some sort of “meant to be” path.
My fight song, if you will.
I started listening to it every time I headed somewhere new, or faced a challenge. When I moved to Canada on a study abroad, and after a summer of travel returned to New Zealand unsure of what I was supposed to do with actual adult life. On the flight to the Gold Coast, kickstarting my journey towards the United Kingdom on a working holiday visa. I was still thrashing the song after one of the best adventures of my life backpacking through South East Asia, and travelling on to Edinburgh.
Especially when I had to leave the UK because my visa ended and I ran out of money.
I suppose you get the idea that this song featured regularly on the “Soundtrack of Sonja’s Life”, if such a thing existed, and particularly in the travel song category.
Travel provides a lot of chances to listen to music. Think airports, planes, buses, trains, and road trips. It’s also a step outside the normal zone of life, where experiences can be both exhilarating and challenging.
I think we all have those songs that instantly transport us back to a different time or place, especially a travel adventure, or remind us of someone we once met. It’s a great quirk of our senses and and one of my favourite ways to remember trips I’ve taken. Years later a song will trigger a travel memory so strong it’s like it only just happened today.
Seven years on and I think this one song is here to stay. I can obsess over other – usually more current – songs, but this is my one consistent travel song. It comes with me on almost every trip, and is especially awesome as a loud car sing-a-long.
Here I Go Again On My Own – Whitesnake.
I am an 80s baby afterall! Get past the slow beginning and it gets awesome…I swear… (Click through if it won’t let you play here).
“Here I go again on my own, going down the only road I’ve ever known…”
I have other songs:
Living on a Prayer, Bon Jovi – A humid Kansas night, not long before I left
500 Miles, The Proclaimers – A winter road trip around Vancouver Island
Gangam Style, Psy & Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepson – Backpacking South East Asia (also special mention to Hangover, Tiao Cruz…“I got a Chiangover”…)
Don’t You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds – My first overseas trip from the UK, to Ireland
Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Hanging out the windows of a limo driving through Times Square, New York.
Hotel California – Breaking out spontaneously into song in the back of a cab in Vietnam, on our way to motorbiking through the Central Highlands. No clue what we were in for.
But Here I Go Again On My Own, Whitesnake… that’s my one travel song.
Do you have a travel song like this? Or a song that transports you to a certain time and place? Share below!