We’ve had to make some adjustments to the reduction of free time, increase in screen time, lack of sunlight, and relatively sedentary lifestyle this transition from over a year of travel to going back to work has brought on. But we’re contributing to society. Paying our taxes. Making a difference at the companies we work for. We earn a paycheck too. It’ll help us pay for the overpriced home close to work that we’ll need to buy so that we don’t lose our day commuting, the carry-out dinner’s we’ll pick up because we’re too tired to cook, the wardrobe we’ll need to look professional. But it’ll also help us pay for our weekends, our vacations, and our future – whatever that entails.
But if we ever long for our time on the road, we play some tunes that remind us of our adventures. In the soundtrack of our year of travel, there are a few songs that bring back very specific memories.
Blanco White – Olalla
Floating down the Nam Ou River in Laos.
Autograf – Casual Love
Driving through the Grand Tetons. We were enjoying the purple sunset behind us in the side mirrors.
CCR – Run Through the Jungle
The river next to Villa Varich in Chumphon, Thailand we swam in. We had to tie ourselves off to the dock using a life jacket so the current wouldn’t take us away.
Major Lazor – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)
I played this song to test out the bass in some Bluetooth headphones on the electronics floor in the massive MBK mall in Bangkok. The sales woman thought it was a funny choice.
Post Malone – Better Now
We blasted this song off our balcony on our boat in the Galapagos to get us pumped for the second snorkel trip of the day.
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
We had this playing while kayaking in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia days after our wedding. I turned around backwards in the kayak and watched Dan paddle.
Cody Jinks – Hippies and Cowboys
Driving through Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I had Dan listen to the lyrics of this one and it made us smile, especially the lyric about the $2 beers.
Satin Jackets, David Harks – Northern Lights
We listened to this driving through the winding roads of Sintra, Portugal.
Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire
This reminds me of driving back to our campsite in Canyonlands after a sunset hike along the rim trail, doing our best to keep our eye out for deer.
Che Apalache – Pa’Mi Pana Banu
Setting off on this year long adventure, we played this as we were leaving Virginia. We didn’t know it at the time, but it would be 7 months before we would set foot in Virginia again.
Yoke Lore – Beige
We head out by car in search for grizzly bears. It was our last night in Yellowstone and I really wanted to see one (from far away). We didn’t have any luck, but we enjoyed the landscape.
These are just a few of the hundreds (thousands?) of songs we tuned into.