Best 17 Backpacker Songs Ever - Alternative Travel SongsTake your MP3 Player, plug your headphones, and enjoy the world! Music is the backpackers rhythm, and who doesn’t love good music?

This is why you are here right now to get some inspiration around travel songs, right?!

There are some great travel songs out there for travel inspiration.

Here we collected our 17 favorite songs around travel and backpacking!

We are not just listing songs in English, we are also including travel songs in French, German, and Spanish. Find the

Before you hit the road, make sure you have comfy and reliable traveler headphones.

Even better, speakers for traveling.

We found this water-resistant one.

It is small, light and perfect for the road. Anyway, let’s listen to some epic music tracks…

At the end of this article we share how you can download these songs.

Listen to 29 Songs about traveling

UPDATE 2018: We included 7 more songs about traveling!

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1. Radical Face – Wandering

Well, I know it’s a good life

Yeah, I know it’s a good life

But I’ve gotta keep moving

I was made to keep moving

And I know it’s a long shot

It was always a long shot

But I’m trusting my aim now

Yeah I’m trusting my aim

Here you can find the full EP of Radical Face.

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2. One day baby we’ll be old – Asaf Avidan

Get the song for your iPod here (+ more releases of Asaf Avidan)

One day baby, we’ll be old

Oh baby, we’ll be old

And think of all the stories that we could have told.

3. Peps – Liberta Acoustic Version (French)

Là-bas trop de lumière

J’ai dû fermer les yeux

Mais rien que les odeurs

Remplissaient tous mes voeux

I just wanna be free in this way

Just wanna be free in my world

Vivere per libertà

Vivere nella libertà

4. You’re so worth it – Giles Palmer

You are so worth it

You are the only one it takes to know what love is

You are so worth it

There is not any part of me who would want to let you go

This video shows the Hopewell Lodge New Zealand.

5. Summercat Billie the vision & the dancers

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The plane took off and my love went with it.

The chilly wind whipped my both cheeks hard.

And the man next to me said ‘Everything is gonna be alright’.

I said ‘Nothing is gonna be alright, but thank you anyway’.

And then I saw your face in the airplane window.

I waved my hands and I shouted to you:

Tonight tonight tonight tonight

I wanna be with you Tonight tonight tonight tonight

I wanna be with you tonight

6. Best Day of My Life – American Authors

I’m never gonna look back

Woah, never gonna give it up

No, please don’t wake me now


This is gonna be the best day of my life

My liiiiiiiife

Download the full song for your iPod here.

7. Trip The Light – Alicia Lemke

We’re gonna trip the light

We’re gonna break the night

And we’ll see with new eyes

When we trip the light

Remember we’re lost together

Remember we’re the same

We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts

We hold the flame

Alicia Lemke cannot be missed on any of these playlists.

It’s the must-have on travel songs.

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8. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Ahh, Home

Let me come Home

Home is wherever I’m with you (2x)

La la la la, take me Home

Baby, I’m coming Home

I’ll follow you into the park,

through the jungle, through the dark

Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Get the full song here.


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9. Machu Picchu – The Strokes

Waves turn to grey.

Life in the shade.

A violent cloud,

And that’s the USA

Platinum’s on the rise,

Playboy’s in disguise

I’m just trying’ to find…

A mountain I can climb.

Get the song here.

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10. The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone

‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night

And touched the sound of silence

The Greatest Hits of Simon and Garfunkel are legendary.

11. Applejack – The Triangles

Raise your hands and sing it with me

Sometimes the strongest and most wonderful things are those we cannot see

Sing a song, sing a song

About how things seem more important at night

So sing apples, sing drum kits

Sing moonlight, sing lungfish

And sing a song mitochondria

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa

Another summer-theme song you cannot skip – NO WAY!

Get it on your phone here.

12. Buenos dias mundo – Rosana

Si está dentro de ti con ganas de volar

¿Quién va a amarrar el viento cuando quieras despegar?

Si está dentro de ti, forrado con tu piel

¿Quién va a decirte no es posible?

¿Quién te va a romper lo que sueñas tú?

Rosana has endless albums published. Have a look at the LP of Rosana here.

13. All die Augenblicke – BAP feat. Clueso (German)

Geht klar, keine Frage – es ist alles okay,

Auch die kostbarsten Momente gehen vorbei.

Schon klar, doch – hey – das tut nicht mal weh.

All die Augenblicke nimmt mir keiner mehr.

Ganz bestimmt, die nimmt mir keiner mehr.

14. Good Life – One Republic

This has gotta be the good life

This has gotta be the good life

This could really be a good life, good life

I say oh

Got this feeling that you can’t fight

Like this city is on fire tonight

This could really be a good life

A good, good life

One Republic with Good Life.

15. Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Coldplay is one of my absolute favorite music bands out there.

This is their full album Viva La Vida, loaded with epic hits.

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can’t explain

Once you’d gone there was never

Never an honest word

And that was when I ruled the world

16. Without a Map – Sam Roberts Band

All the time I’m wasting, all the dreams I’m chasing

are leaving me behind

all the roads I’m facing, all the days erasing

well I just about lose my mind

I woke up this morning, the idea was forming

that I’m always on the losing side

but I never believed in resurrection

so I just lay down

lay down and cried

17. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze

It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

18. Just say yes – Snow Patrol

I’m running out of ways to make you see

I want you to stay here beside me

I won’t be ok and I won’t pretend I am

So just tell me today and take my hand

Please take my hand

Please take my hand

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back

It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind

Only love

19. Part-Time Friends – Here We Are

Something rise and fall

thought we never lost control

Here we are

something rise and fall

Thought we never lost control

Here we are

Get up

we are nothing but trouble

Nothing but shamble

Here we are

Instead of staying in this bow

Let’s have a bloody row

Here we are

It’s unfair to love someone who wants to beat you down so much

here we are

20. Jose Gonzalez – Step Out – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Living life feeding appetites

Stake through every heart stop, every go

Being glad, breathing half the time

Time to step outside, time to step outside

Time to step outside, Time to step outside your life

21. Sons Of The East – Into The Sun

As the train, it starts to go,

And it takes our bodies slow

And I know you wanted to for some time now

All this time you’re gone In your wake

I stumble on

But the smoke is nothing that I haven’t seen

So I walk into the sun

I thought you’d be there

But you could fool anyone In the red water dust

Will I see you soon,

Or did we move on?

The crowd begins to break up

They’re calling their goodbyes

My head’s above the water

But I’m drowning in your eyes

So I walk into the sun

22. Passenger – Travelling Alone

Australian man, Scandinavian tan,
Kicking stones round a square.
Sat for a while and carved out a smile,
As if someone would care.

Said I’m a long way from the Gold Coast.
Furthest I’ve ever known,
Oh and this just ain’t my home.
It was my wife’s idea, but she’s no longer here.
She left me travelling alone.

I never heard silence ring out like a bell.
I never heard silence like last night in my expensive hotel.
Well, I’m loving a shadow, I’m trying to catch the rain.
But I never heard silence ’til I heard it today.

23. Mumford & Sons – Hopeless Wanderer

I wrestled long with my youth
We tried so hard to live in the truth
But do not tell me all is fine
When I lose my head, I lose my spine

So leave that click in my head
And I won’t remember the words that you said
You brought me out from the cold
Now, how I long, how I long to grow old

So when your hope’s on fire
But you know your desire
Don’t hold a glass over the flame
Don’t let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road

24. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms

Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song

When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful

I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

Download the full Playlist with iTunes

We created a full playlist with all the songs mentioned.

Make sure you get the right traveler head headphones for your travels around the world.

Have a look on the hostel packing list to make sure you don’t miss anything else.

You can find all music albums here.


Download the tracks

Would you like to use some of the songs for your travel video?

Be aware that all songs produced have a copy right. You cannot simply use them for your travel videos.

You can download Youtube videos with KeepVid.

Also, you can use Youtube owns creative tracks. There you can find a lot of songs to use in your travel video for free.

Find the Youtube library here.

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