By Land, Air & Sea: Five Playlists For Any Travel Occasion

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Whether it's a 24-hour road trip to visit family, hopping on an airplane to kill off personal days at work, or avoiding the holidays by taking a cruise a lot of people choose to do their travelling in December.

Once things are sorted out at the office, arrangements have been made for the pets, and the itinerary is all mapped out it's finally time to ask yourself the most important question of all: What am I going to listen to while on this trip? Or even on the return trip?

It's easy to load up your CD case/MP3 player with a collection of your favorite music, but that's not necessarily very vacationy. It's always good to have a set of favorites to fall back on, but music is an easy way to help you get in the spirit of the trip.

There are countless options out there, but to make things easy for you here are your five best bets when it comes to making a travel playlist.

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The blogger's personal "Stuff I Need To Listen To" playlist.
5. The "Catch Up On All The Music I Haven't Listened To" Playlist
Purpose:
To help you focus on something other than how long the trip is taking.

In this era of instant gratification, it's easier than ever to find yourself with a backlog of albums you've illegally downloaded been meaning to check out. If you're the type that hates the mindless drone of the open road a playlist full of music you've never listened to is great for keeping you occupied in between bathroom breaks and naptime.

It's also the easiest playlist to put together; it's real hard to put together a meaningful order of music when you've never heard any of it, so don't worry about it.

4. The "This Is How We're Getting There" Playlist
Purpose:
To simplify the playlist making process while giving you room for creativity.

What happens when you really want to make a playlist but the pre-travel preparations
leave you short on time? You take the path of least resistance.

Someone who speaks in cliché once said, "it's not the destination, it's the journey." With that bit of armchair philosophy in mind hit up Google and search for "songs about [your method of travel]." As long as you're not planning to get there by dirigible, you should have plenty of options.

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