Catrina Hayes takes us through four of her most atmospheric songs on her travel playlist.
When I’m waiting at the airport for a flight or getting the bus home after a long week at college, I always need something enjoyable to immerse myself in. So, I look to my travel playlist and these four songs for help:
Seabird by Alessi Brothers
Seabird is a great song to stick on when you’re first setting off on a journey that feels both uncertain and far away from home. The melody is smooth and soothing and although the mood is more solemn and sad, the lyrics evoke a sense of freedom and yearning for what has passed. This song definitely gives off the vibe of looking out a bus window longing for the people and places you love the most.
Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood’s song is one that always puts me in a good mood. I find myself thinking about the possibilities of what’s to come at the end of my journey. The lyrics induce nostalgia, and allow me to imagine myself back on the beach in Booterstown at the change of seasons between autumn and winter as I listen to the waves with the wind rushing through my hair.
The lyrics induce nostalgia, and allow me to imagine myself back on the beach in Booterstown at the change of seasons between autumn and winter as I listen to the waves with the wind rushing through my hair.
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
This classic rock song is one that I will never get tired of. The song is upbeat and catchy and expresses feelings of self-determination. It’s about taking steps on your own, which can be motivating and empowering during solo travel. Also a great song to have playing when you’re road tripping and the satnav tells you you’ve gone the wrong way…
The Very First Night by Taylor Swift
I love this song because it helps me reminisce about some of the great memories from a trip or destination. The Very First Night is a heartfelt song with bittersweet undertones, however, the idea of revisiting somewhere and once again experiencing the greatness it holds leaves me feeling a sense of hope and ultimately excited for the next adventure.
All four songs help me romanticise my long journeys so four hours of travel on the bus don’t feel as tedious as I might have anticipated.