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Travel playlists: what Lonely Planet does on Spotify, and why

Musician playing a traditional instrument in Jaipur, India. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine Musician playing a traditional instrument in Jaipur, India. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

Travelling involves experiencing a place through all your senses. As much as the taste of a delicious bowl of ramen can remind you of Tokyo, or a photograph of snow capped peaks recalls the Rockies, hearing a snippet of a Spanish guitar can instantly take you back to that trip to Andalucía many years ago.

So with this in mind we’ve spent the last 18 months rummaging through Spotify researching and creating playlists inspired by specific destinations and travel related themes. Use them to help you recall those memories of a place previously travelled, or get some audio-inspiration for your next trip.

If you weren’t aware we curated these playlists, then follow us on Spotify and dive into the sound of another place.

What kind of playlists do we have

City playlists
Example: Emerald City locals (Seattle) ~ by Lonely Planet

Country playlists
Example: Mali ~ by Lonely Planet

Other travel themed playlists
Example: Christmas on the Road ~ by Lonely Planet

Staff playlists (just for fun)
Example: Best of 2014 ~ favourites from Lonely Planet staff

(We also have some podcast material, which primarily covers tips and background for certain destinations, but these live on the Lonely Planet Soundcloud.)

Where else can I find these playlists?

On Pinterest, on our Lonely Planet Music board, we pin a selection of them, and we regularly tweet them out from the @lonelyplanet Twitter handle.

How can I contribute

Tweet us with ideas or requests for new travel playlists, or suggested tracks for playlists that already exist. Once you’re following us on Spotify you’ll also be able to contribute your own suggested songs to the playlists of ours that have been pre-marked as collaborative.

Where can I get more travel music inspiration

Discover some of the world’s more musical destinations via our Music page.