Most people who have worked in open office plans may experience interference because they have to listen to their co-workers’ music, like it or not. So at least in terms of background noise, working from home might be an improvement for many professionals. If you have a good pair of noise canceling headphones (or are lucky enough to have an uninterrupted workspace,) you can set the scene for the perfect work day with music inspired by your favorite travels.
From worldly and momentary sounds from Icelandic artists to lively traditional Tahiti music beats, many of the most popular destinations around the world have made playlists available for free streaming, usually on Spotifty. Some are drawn directly from what you hear if you are in a hotel or spa, while others are inspired by famous festivals and events in the area.
Travel from the South Pacific to the southwestern US with this unique playlist of various destinations from every corner of the world. Listen and find new music to add to your favorites list, or simply stream in the background to make your next work-from-home evening run a little faster.
Traveling to … Aruba
Aruba playlists are perfect for mental escape during workdays
Credit: Aruba Tourism Authority
Many travelers may know Aruba only as one of the tropical islands mentioned in the universal taste-good song “Kokomo,” by the Beach Boys, but anyone who is there knows that it is a picture perfect paradise. And according to the Director of Sales & Marketing at Casino Aruba Resort Resort & Stellaris, Carolina Voullieme León, the Spotify Resort playlist is inspired by the idea of creating a “virtual way for everyone to enjoy our One Happy Island at any time.” Of course, “Kokomo” starts an island-themed playlist. “From there, we added some classic songs that really make you think of the Caribbean,” he said, “along with the song” Dushi Bida “by Jeon, which is sung in our local language Papiamento and means ‘sweet life.’
The spin list is rather short, so if you still feel the thrill of the island after you finish, consider setting it to “30 Minutes of Happiness,” a Youtube video from the Aruba Tourism Authority that displays the natural sights and sounds of the island. Think of it as the ambient sound of the island, perfect for playing in the background when you balance spreadsheets or check emails from home.
Find a playlist at this link or search for Aruba Marriott Island Tunes on Spotify.
Travel to … Paso Robles, California
Relax in the wine country with playlists tailored to the atmosphere of each winery
Credit: Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
With a true wine tasting style, Paso Robles not only has one playlist, but also a playlist for each of several different wineries. You can start your listening experience with the soft voices of Leon Bridges on the Bushong Vintage Company song list, then stop by the Villa Creek Cellars and MAHA Estate Wines playlists to taste something a little lighter, like songs from Mac DeMarco and Ra Ra Riot In total, Pasa Robles has 23 different playlists available for streaming which include Drake, David Bowie, Tool and everything in between.
Find the playlist at this link.
Travel to …. Louis, Missouri
Supports of Forest Parks in St. Louis, Missouri.
The sounds offered from Forest Park are perfect for meditation, reading and sleeping. The 1,300-acre city park is in the heart of the city and is home to the St. Zoo Louis, an art museum, a history museum and more. It has been a staple of recreation in the city since it opened in 1876, so understandably, wandering in its parks is an important part of every visit to Missouri. To please those who might think back lovingly while walking in the park, the team at Forest Park Forever made park sounds available through an online audio player. They capture sounds from some of the most popular park areas, such as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest and Prairie Boardwalk. You can even buy birdsong ringtones to support the park if you feel the sound is very comfortable.
Find playlists at this link (online streaming only.)
Traveling to … Tahiti
Colorful fish, stingrays and black-tipped sharks under water in the BoraBora lagoon
Tahiti might be a dream honeymoon and dive destination, but thanks to the island’s streaming playlist, it’s also a work-from-home dream destination. And because Tahiti offers a variety of different experiences, from traditional island activities to beach clubs and water sports, the island’s tourism board created a series of playlists. Listen to the natural sound flow for an hour (including relaxing humpback whales), playlists of traditional island songs that will make you feel like you are enjoying a cocktail with the locals at a beach bar, and a high-energy dance playlist – good luck trying to stand still when You listen.
Find the playlist at this link.
Traveling to … Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, USA on the Hernando de Soto Bridge.
Although in fact in Charlotte, North Carolina, the playlist of the new Leah & Louise restaurants is inspired by the Mississippi River Valley – as are all businesses. The restaurant currently only offers takeout and delivery, but owners Greg and Sabrina still want guests to get the full experience of being on the spot. That’s why they created a restaurant playlist to share with the world, allowing anyone who ordered can have the perfect background music to recreate the feeling of a restaurant at home. As you might expect from a southern playlist, there are performances from beloved artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Northern Mississippi Allstars.
Find the playlist at this link, or search for “Leah & Louise” on Spotify.
Traveling to … Monterey, California
There is much to see (and hear) on the coast of Monterey County
Monterey Bay California and the surrounding area have been popular destinations with musicians and artists since the beginning of the 20th century, so it’s not surprising that there is a lot of animal feed related to Monterey for more than a few playlists. The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau has curated several Spotify ranks based on different experiences within the region. Although it’s a bit too early to know whether the Monterey Jazz Festival will occur in September, listeners who are itching to peek can listen to the Jazz Festival Playlist, with voices from Christian Sands and Mimi Fox, among others. If band and reggae jam is more suitable for you, press play on the California Roots Music & Arts Festival Playlist. Other playlists are based on songs from films filmed in Monterey County and songs that refer to destinations throughout the region. There’s even music from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is designed to make you “sway like seaweed and bob like a jellyfish.” Sold.
Find the playlist at this link.
Travel to … the Blue Lagoon of Iceland
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Credit: Blue Lagoon Iceland
Even though the luxury retreat at Blue Lagoon is currently closed, the staff does their part to bring the Icelandic voice to you, even if you don’t stay in a stylish house after a minimalist luxury hotel. The Spotify channel at the resort offers several playlists from around the resort, including those at upscale restaurants and spas. Playlists include peaceful and restorative sounds from Icelandic artists such as aflafur Arnalds and Fridrik Karlsson, as well as classics from Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. On the resort’s Lava Spring playlist, you’ll find the perfect instrumental sounds for meditation and yoga, while The Retreat’s playlist is a bit more modern and lively.
Find playlists on the Spotify channel at the resort.
Travel to … Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Credit: The Cape / Julieta Amezcua Photography
Many people who keep their distance inside apartments in urban areas may be eager to feel the sand between their toes and the warm sea breeze once more. And while it might still be a few months (or more) until we leave for heaven, you can at least listen to the sound of Cabo with a playlist from The Cape Hotel, by DJ-in-Residence Capri. Capri curates music programs in boutique resorts, including late-night songs in the popular rooftop lounge. According to the resort, optimistic playlists with vibrations are designed to keep you spirited, whether you work at home or do happy hour videos with friends. Look forward to the vibrant world sounds of bands like Polo & Pan, Tosca, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.
Find the playlist at this link or search for “The Cape-antine” on Spotify.
Traveling to … Mesa, Arizona
Visit Mesa look to the community for inspiration for their 50 electric song playlist
Credit: Visit Mesa
If you are dreaming, imagine a wide open space and shades of pink and brown, see the Spotify playlist compiled by Visit Mesa as part of their “For the Love of Mesa” Campaign. Instead of choosing songs to remind listeners of Arizona’s goals, organizations instead make playlists of suggested songs from local businesses and community organizations. A 50-song playlist including artists ranging from Selena to The Talking Heads. Visit Mesa also collects photos from fans for potential use in the organization’s destination video, set to a newly written song entitled (what else?) “For Mesa Love.” The video will debut in May 2020.
Find the playlist at this link or by searching for “Visit Mesa” on Spotify.