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.

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.

3. The "Actually The Destination Does Matter More Than The Journey" Playlist Purpose:

To put to use those "best songs about [location]" blogs you've been hoarding in your bookmarks.

On the reverse side of the coin, maybe you really hate the travelling part of travel and really just want to think about where you're heading. That's perfectly fine, but it does have the potential to turn problematic.

If you're heading to New York this may be the easiest playlist in the world to put together. If you're travelling to Indiana it might be a bit more work. While most popular destinations have their share of songs about them you're not always going somewhere popular, for better or worse.

2. The "Why Are We Taking This Trip Again?" Playlist Purpose:

To relieve stress any time the rigors of travel get you down.

While some people do travel for the sake of travel most make their plans for very specific reasons. From weddings and pop culture conventions to music festivals and football games there's a good chance if you have luggage you have it for a reason.

And when you get annoyed by endless lines or gross bathrooms it's good to have music there to remind you just why you're putting yourself through this temporary horror. The right playlist of songs will help center you in those trying times- unless you're going to see a bunch of death metal bands.

1. The "I Spit In The Face of Disaster" Playlist Purpose:

To feel like a daredevil.

Sometimes bad things happen when you travel: A tire bursts; there's severe weather; you end up sitting next to the smelly guy on the plane. These things aren't fun, but they aren't the end of the world -- usually. Alas, sometimes tragedy does strike, and when it does there's usually someone there to write a song about it.

So whether you're making a mix of all the songs that reference the sinking of the Titanic or finally putting together that "Day The Music Died" compilation you've always talked about, making a mix that spits in the face of certain doom may just be your good luck charm.

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