Whenever I’m on a plane, train, bus or taxi, travelling through a new place I’ve never seen before, I love to plug in my earphones (these ones are the best!) and switch off from the rest of the world. It’s just me, my travel soundtrack and the incredible landscape passing by as I gaze out the window.
Every time I hear “Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)” I am transported back to the trip me and three of my friends took around Japan – in particular, the bus ride we took into Tokyo! That is such a powerful memory (one I will never forget) and it’s because of music. My mind will then wander from song to song, memory to memory. “Too bad” takes me all the way back to when I was four – my first ever holiday to Florida. The Christmas song, “Let it snow” reminds me of my first ski trip in Banff, Canada.
The most powerful memories I have of my travels are linked to certain songs (my travel soundtrack). People may ask me about my trip and I’ll tell them about it (well, as much as I remember) but as soon as that song comes on, everything comes rushing back. It’s as if I am transported back in time to the particular moment in which the memory was made. That’s how you tell the best travel stories – by remembering all of the thoughts, experiences and emotions you had during your trip. Your travel soundtrack will give you this information.
So How Does This Work?
When you look at a photograph, that’s all you can do (look at it). When you read an entry from your travel journal, you have to work your memory muscles in order to fully recall the experience.
With music, you are transported back to whatever memory you link with this song. It uses all five senses and gives you the most accurate recollection. It’s powerful, powerful stuff!
If it’s a positive memory, your brain will release dopamine (the pleasure chemical). This is the chemical released every time you get a like on your Instagram photo or get a new subscriber to your email newsletter (hint, hint!). In many ways, it is similar to a drug and you can end up becoming addicted to these dopamine sources.
We are very fortunate to live in a time when you can bring all the music you know, in your pocket. If you have an Apple Music or Spotify account, you have access to playlists for each and every occasion imaginable. (Here’s the all-time greatest road trip playlist).
Music and travel go hand in hand, with each one further enhancing the other. Make playlists before you leave of songs that you love and want to listen to during your travels. Make playlists during your trip of songs you pick up along the way and want to remember. This is how you can build memories of your adventures; memories that will be with you for the rest of your life!
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