The Importance Of Travel Playlists

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sometimes, traveling needs a little sensory boost. Even though the sights, smells and sounds can be overwhelming, there is nothing like a song that perfectly captivates a moment in your travels.

I have always been a fan of making a playlist for a long flight, nights spent in so I can take a break, or when I know there is going to be a tedious car/bus ride. I also get motion sickness if I read when moving faster than a slow stroll, so music has become my travel haven. Whether it was ¨20 Dollar¨ by M.I.A. playing during a 5-hour cab ride in Cambodia, or ¨Icarus¨ by Santogold permeating my ears while watching a wicked thunderstorm from my balcony in Buenos Aires, I found that the music is a part of the moment. Now, whenever I hear those songs, I am pulled back to those moments.

When I saw that The Globe and Mail has a roadtrip playlists for Buenos Aires, I wanted to share it. Not only is it important to have a playlist you bring from home, but it´s necessary to add to it. I listened to some of the Buenos Aires bands, infusions of accordions and rhythmic beats, and decided to add some of their songs to my own playlist. Not only does it round out my music selection, but it lets me taste a bit of modern, Argentine culture.

Check out the other lists the Globe has or, better yet, create your own.

By Brit Weaver


About the Author

Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog,

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