Playlist for the heartbroken/heartbreaking traveler

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 1. The Complete Soundtrack to Into the Wild
The best remedy for a broken heart is to get a change of scenery. Eddie Vedder’s soul-straining voice cracking over austere lyrics is just the anthem for when you’re freshly love lost and headed for the train station. “Have no fear, for when I’m alone, I’ll be better off than I was before.” If you’re really feeling despondent, play “Society” on repeat while leaning your head against the window of a moving train. You’ll feel better soon, but until then: permission to wallow.

2. The Weary Kind by Ryan Bingham
This is the song for all your late night wanderings across Central America with your Ultimatesafe, schlepping between bus stations and late night Cantinas, your body strong but aching, for when your heart has been untethered and you’re drinking alone at a dive bars. The simple, elegant lyrics will transform a lonely evening into something beautiful. In the end, you may decide to pick up your weary heart and give it one more try. Who knows.

3. Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
You’ve assimilated to life on the road. All the heartbreak you’ve left behind has evaporated as you move along, racking up experiences, meeting new people, learning new things, posting envy-worthy photos of mountains and truck beds onto your facebook page. You’re healed. You’re ready to move away from the lost and forlorn and into the realm of the traveling heart breaker. A much better place to be.

4. Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
You’ve assimilated to life on the road. You’re a road warrior. All the heartbreak you’ve left behind has evaporated as you move along, racking up experiences, meeting new people, learning new things. Posting envy-worthy photos on your facebook page about being in the back of trucks. You’re healed. You’re ready to move away from the heartbroken and into the realm of the traveling heart breaker. A much better place to be.

5. Ooh Aah by Grits
Put this on your playlist for when you’re in one of those ridiculous situations that happen when you’re traveling. Are you walking across an African desert and the donkey you bought to carry your pack refuses to budge? Are you chasing after the last bus out in Peru? This song will remind you how ridiculously fantastic your life has become. In other words…your life be like Ooh Ahh. “A mountainous fontaine, Spinnin and monsoonin, Grinnin its, high octane, This worlds out wacky.” Aren’t you glad you’re out there, alone, soaking it all up?

6. Cactus Tree by Joni Mitchel
This one is for all the ladies in the house (tent, hostel, yurt, lodge) – bouncing between towns, breaking hearts and taking names. There is a special love for the women who hop trains, take to the sea or flee the country. You’re a total mystery; you’re the very picture of longing. There will be admirers writing you letters and “liking” ever photo you upload and begging you to stay in town, but you’re too busy being free. You might feel empty and full like a cactus tree, but you’ll be free.

7. Home by Edward Sharpe and the magnetic Zeroes
It is a brave couple who take to the road together. This song is perfect for when you’re departing on a trip with your sweetheart. You’re all excited to rack up some mutual experiences together- like alleyways and payphone calls, for example. Make sure you love him more than chocolate and pumpkin pie and get ready for some serious adventure. What could possibly go wrong?

8. Home by Daughtry.
And finally, a song  for when the relationship you started off with has failed, and the commune you found on the beach in Thailand turns out to be somewhat of a suicide cult. You’ve had it all. You don’t regret a thing, but you’re still sick of the people around you. You’re going home.

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