As you’re reading this, I’m somewhere in the air on my 16-hour flight to Australia. With serious flights like this one, I always scramble for ideas to keep myself entertained. Music is, of course, a huge part of travel for me. I do a lot of writing and reflecting while listening to music and I’m always on the lookout for new and unique music.

I’ve got hundreds of songs and multiple playlists lined up for my trip to Oz, but I wanted to share a few songs that I’m really diggin at the moment (and that are currently helping me get through a seriously tortuous flight).

You can follow my complete “Travel Tunes” playlist on Spotify and get instant updates as I add new music I discover around the world.

1.”Lay it Down” by The Rubens

I was introduced to The Rubens by one of my Australian friends about a year ago and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. A had a chance to see these Aussies perform at SXSW Music Festival just a couple weeks ago. They’re even better live!

2. “Tessellate” by Alt- J

My current music obsession: Alt-J. I made several unsuccessful attempts to see them at SXSW Music Festival. If you’re headed to Coachella, make me jealous and be sure to check them out on Friday.

3. “Ride” by Lana Del Rey

I have to admit, I have the biggest girl crush on Lana Del Rey! Her voice, her style, everything just blows my mind. I love all of her music, but this particular song really cuts to the core of me.

4. “Black Eyes and Blue” by CLMD

I recently discovered this song while on The Yacht Week in the British Virgin Islands. It’s a great song to keep on any travel playlist.

5. “Ships in the Night” by Mat Kearney

I first heard this song while in the Canary Islands this past summer and, no matter how many times I hear the song, I time travel back to the beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura. I may be a little biased because of the sentiment I feel with this song, but it’s a good song nonetheless.

6. “Losing You” by Solange

I first heard this song while at SXSW Music Festival last week. I was so excited to find out about her that I emailed the song link to a friend in Sweden. He replied back, “Ya that song was #1 on our charts last year.” So I may be a bit late in sharing this, but it’s a feel good song that makes me wanna dance!

7. “Feel The Love” by Rudimental

I can’t help but think of one of my best friends in LA every time I hear this song. When the transition between “Hanging Out” and “Getting the Party Started” is about to happen, we always put this song on! (YouTube some of Rudimental’s live sessions. They are incredibly talented!)

8. “Ghost Towns” by Radical Face

This is the second appearance by Radical Face on one of my Travel Playlist posts. His music is just SO good. This song in particular is one I often listen to while writing. It’s so peaceful.

9. “Sleeping Sickness” by City and Colour

I recently found out that the singer of City and Colour is the same as a band, Alexisonfire, that I used to listen to back in high school in the early 2000’s. He’s made quite a transition from “hardcore screamo” to a more melodic “folky” style. I guess so have I!

10. “State of the Art – A E I O U” by Jim James

Jim James (or Yim Yames) is another artist I got to see at SXSW Music Festival. His performance was incredible! I’m a big fan of his collaboration with Monsters of Folk, but his solo stuff is brilliant.

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.