Myanmar Travel Playlist

As I finalize my preparations for Myanmar, the only obvious task that was still lingering was making my travel playlist. Music normally accompanies my writing process and before I travel I have to anticipate the type of atmosphere I want to settle into when I arrive at a destination.

My 25th birthday is occurring while I am in Myanmar and this trip has a deep, resounding theme teetering in the fringes: reflection. So to embrace the exploration, both outward and inward, that I will be doing on my  journey, I sought music with background tracks full of feel-good organic vibes. You’ll notice some notes of bells or symbols in some of the tracks.


Between exploring temples, watching sunsets, biking and boating through neighborhoods with ancient history, and reflecting on the scope of human purpose, we need a playlist as organic, yet dynamic as the travelers we set out to be and the pioneers we return as. These are songs with a lot of heart to represent the heart that I’m taking with me into the journey.

And as the last song on this list soulfully ponders: Welcome to the planet / Welcome to existence / Everyone’s here / Everybody’s watching you now / Everybody waits for you now/ What happens next? (Switchfoot)

Enjoy the playlist and feel free to listen on Spotify, whether you’re exploring your own neighbor, journeying inward with a good book, or simply traveling along side me using my pictures as inspiration.

What’s on the playlist?

  1. “Eulogy” by Frank Turner
  2. “Road Regrets” by Dan Mangan
  3. “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens
  4. “Riptide” Vance Joy
  5. “Budapest” George Ezra
  6. “You Are a Tourist” by Death Cab for Cutie
  7. “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz
  8. “No More I Sleep” by Chicane
  9. “Earthquake” by Labrinth
  10. “Breezeblocks” by alt-J
  11. “Heads/tails” by Hotspur
  12. “Umbrella” Scott Simons
  13. “Chariot” by Gavin Degraw
  14. “I Still Believe” Frank Turner
  15. “September” John Paul White
  16. “Another Noon” by Jon and Roy
  17. “Big Jet Plane” Angus & Julia Stone
  18. “God Made Man” Young the Giant
  19. “Awake My Soul” Mumford & Sons
  20. “Wanderlust” by Frank Turner
  21. “Rivers” by Frank Turner
  22. “Like a Dream” Francis and the Lights
  23. “Au Revoir” by OneRepublic
  24. “River and Roads” by The Head And The Heart
  25. “Autumn Leaves” Ed Sheeran
  26. “Heartbeats” by José González
  27. “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars
  28. “All I Want” by Kodaline
  29. “Nightcall” by London Grammar
  30. “Youth” by Daughter
  31. “This Gift” by Glen Hansard
  32. “Crossroads” by Tracy Chapman
  33. “Not With Haste” by Mumford & Sons
  34. “Below my feet” by Mumford & Sons
  35. “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band
  36. “Dirt” by Florida Georgia Line
  37. “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

What songs are on your travel playlists at the moment? I still have time to add a few; any recommendations? 


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