Ultimate Winter Travel Playlist

Ultimate Winter Travel Playlist

What is the Ultimate Winter Travel Playlist?

Winter oozes cold and cosy and warm at the same time. So, it can be difficult to compile a winter travel playlist. Something that can capture all of the feelings and thoughts while travelling at winter time. What type of music do you choose? How many songs? Lifetime Backpacker has created the ultimate winter travel playlist to suit any travel occasion in the winter season.

Whether you are backpacking a long way from home, taking a winter sun break or even hitting the slopes plug our playlist into your ears with your favourite travel headphones and get ready to feel all of the best moments of winter in one.

Kings of Leon – Arizona

A song birthed from one of the more NSFW stories (an encounter at a brothel) of the band has to be one of their best works. Arizona has stadium level carry and quality, even in your headphones and a great melody. The magic of music is that it can take you away to a very personal place, and one song can mean something completely different for everyone who listens to it.

Arizona is a true wanderlust song for me. The song has an image of road trips in far-flung places, driving in the sun with the top down and experiencing grand wonders of nature. Have a listen and tell us what it means to you.

Runaway (U & I) – Galantis

A truly amazing travel song. Nearly every single person has experienced the “stuck in a rut” feeling. The thought that you could leave it all behind tomorrow and do something better is something that crosses everyone’s mind sometimes. More so in winter too when the nights are longer. You go to work in the dark and come home in the dark sorta thing. It is those that have the guts to act on these feelings that are the heroes; those that will benefit in life the most.

As a result, listening to this track whilst on a getaway or world tour can be massively liberating. Get inspired.

Save the World – Swedish House Mafia

Sticking with the upbeat dance theme, Swedish House Mafia made some absolute classics in their time. Save the World is a tune you can get into wherever you are. It gets on our winter playlist for several reasons. It’s upbeat. Anyone can do big things if they put their mind to it, anyone can “save the world”. An inspiring message.

The backbeat also reminds us of clubbing on the slopes in a French or European ski resort over several ski seasons. Snow all around you and only your dancing and everyone’s body heat to keep warm. Swedish House Mafia has got you covered.

White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

Up next is a song that can seem relevant in any season. Fleet Foxes produce magic. You feel so close to their music from the first time you hear it. There is something about the melodies and rhythms that draw you straight in. This is a sensational winter travel song with enough tempo to enjoy on a road trip and enough melody to relax you by the fire in a chalet.

My Sad Captains – Elbow

Some slightly more sombre notes hit our Winter travel playlist now with Elbow. My sad captains is a song that invokes nostalgia and talks about the value of friends and the moments you spend with them. Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia in winter.

A travelling life is awesome and we believe everyone should experience it for a little while. But, it can get lonely. At these times we draw close our dearest friends, family and memories.

“What a perfect waste of time” describes those nights and occasions when you hanged with friends and just done stupid stuff or even nothing. These times may not be productive, but they are some of the best moments to enjoy life and hold onto for the lonely times to come.

Places – Martin Solveig

I could go anywhere, anywhere is home. Enough said really. Ideal travel song.

It Ain’t Me AND First Time feat. Ellie Goulding – Kygo

Kygo has had a few good ones this year. As a result, he makes the list twice. Both of these songs have the catchiness to make you want to jump around the room. This has to be a good thing if you are travelling as our winter travel playlist needs to be as uplifting as it is inspiring and nostalgic!

Green Light – Lorde

A heartbreak song, but a really good upbeat one. Green Light gets you excited about what is to come. Like every time you book a flight to somewhere new, you get a little buzz listening to this.  Lorde has really smashed it since she signed to Universal Music and the age of just 13. As a result of this, she fully deserves a spot on the winter travel playlist.

Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

This song absolutely blew up when it was released in summer 2016. It was top of the charts for a long time in several countries and there’s a good reason for that. It’s about relationships, sex and financial difficulties we can all get into. Something we can all relate to, and all of which tend to happen on long adventures.

Plus, it’s a proper catchy tune.

Where the Streets Have No Name – U2


We have to end with a massive classic. U2 are one of our favourite bands of all time. Taking the song literally you can relate from a travel perspective. That feeling of anonymity whilst visiting a new place; seeing new cultures and people. But it actually has a much deeper meaning than that. Classic U2.

In a massively divided World, this song is about envisioning a place where class, religion, race, gender and background do not dictate. That is a beautiful thing. Well done Bono and the gang. Your our favourite song on the winter travel playlist.

What would you add to this list? Let me know and COMMENT below!

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