The absolute must have road trip music playlist

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What I love about road trips is that you can travel at your own pace and fully customize your experience. One of my most memorable road trips was driving up the scenic West Coast highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco and looping back down through Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon. I enjoyed the dramatic cliffs along the Pacific coast and the contrast between the forests of Big Sur and the deserts surrounding Las Vegas. Essential for a road trip, for me, is a great music playlist. In this edition, Davor Obradovic will share with us his favorite road trip music. With a background in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Finance and with a passion for music, food, travel, and the inner workings of the human mind, Davor and I always have lots to talk about.

What does travel mean to you?
When we step outside of our usual environment and our comfort zone, we are challenged to grow. Travel is a never-ending source of such opportunities for growth. Travel excites, challenges and rewards me, and expands my personal horizons.

What are the top three countries you would like to visit?
Japan for its unique blend of East and West, tradition and modernity, technology and nature. Cambodia for its rich historic heritage and the Maldives for its natural beauty.

What are some of the most memorable moments during your travels?
Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time in my life. Just stepping in front of the awe-inspiring grandeur, I was literally speechless for a couple of minutes. Another instance was standing on top of Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park in the U.S.A. The journey to the top as well as the view that one is rewarded with are priceless.

What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in you life?
I would regret not having music in my life. I would also regret not having the opportunity to live on three different continents at different stages of my life. That experience provided an incredible amount of personal growth for me.

What are your favorite music playlist for on the road?
Below are my recommended travel playlists that I have organized around 5 themes (Mountain, Desert, City, Ocean, Forest). I picked 5 tracks for each rather than the entire album since there are usually many tracks in an album with very different moods.

Enya “Adiemus”
Tosca “Orozco” (album “Suzuki”)
Fragment Orchestra “Water Breeze”
Kaos & Ce.El “Around In Circles”
Nightmares on Wax “Les Nuits”


Vangelis “Theme from Antarctica”
Tulku “Spiral Dance”
Alman “Sitar Tracks”
45 Dip “Bug Juice”
Groove Armada “Dusk You and Me”


Tosca “Rondo Acapricio” (album “J.A.C.”)
Kruder & Dorfmeister “Speechless” (album “K&D Sessions”)
Massive Attack “Unfinished Sympathy” (album “Blue Lines”)
Tommy Largo “Dreams and Hopes” (album “At a Different Tempo”)
Gotan Project “Last Tango In Paris” (album “La Revancha Del Tango”)


Paul van Dyk “Another Way” (album “Out There And Back”)
Roger Espinoza “Monteverde” (album “Cafe Fuego”)
Bonobo “Black Sands” (album “Black Sands”)
Tommy Largo “At the Beach” (album “At a Different Tempo”)
Monte La Rue “Tijuana Motel”


Boozoo Bajou “Yma”
Boozoo Bajou “Night Over Manaus”
Enya “China Roses”
Julee Cruise “Nightingale”
Massive Attack “Weather Storm” (album “Protection”)

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