I've traveled a lot over the years. Traveling doesn't have the stress for me that it has for many people. Strike that. I love traveling.
I've traveled in the airplane sense. I've had several jobs where I traveled over 50% of the time (one week out of two away, or half of every week). One of those jobs was working for an engineering consulting firm out of Cleveland. That was a fun job. I sometimes wish I was still there. The other 50% travel job was working for the corporate HQ of a diversified industrial firm. I had to go to many of their plants all over the world. One job was 90% travel, leave on Sunday and come back home on Friday 9 weeks out of 10, teaching Lean Six Sigma classes. One job was ALL travel - I lived out of suitcases. Literally. Air travel was so much more enjoyable years ago than it is now. But with the right attitude it can be semi-OK.
I've traveled in the driving sense. I've been to all continental 48 states of the 50 states. I got 44 of them naturally through work and living, but I had to make a special trip to see Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota. I loved Idaho and Montana and have been back to both states since. I would live in western Montana if I thought I could support myself. It's beautiful and I like the people. Same for Idaho.
I've driven across the country three times. The first time was with a friend, driving from LA to Cleveland in 3 days. We stopped and had a beer in every state. Fun, until you have to have a beer at 9 am in Wyoming. In Arizona in mid-afternoon, our only two choices were a trailer park or the local dive bar. Got to meet the locals. Fun. The second two times were by myself, from Washington DC to Oregon, and then from Oregon to upstate NY. I took 3 weeks going west and stopped in Sedona, AZ, Santa Fe, the Grand Canyon, beautiful Utah, and then up to hot springs in Idaho and west to Oregon. I took 8 days coming back east. My car doesn't have cruise control, so 500 miles a day was about my limit. I sometimes daydream about being a long-haul truck driver. I think I'd enjoy it.
And I've traveled in the moving sense. I have lived in: New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Washington DC, Oregon, and now New York again. Also, The Netherlands, Jordan, Singapore, Egypt, and Oman for shorter periods of time.
This post has been quite a bit more wordy than I intended, but tough! It's my blog and I'll write what I want.
I've had an MP3 player for somewhere between 5 and 8 years, and over the years I've collected a playlist of traveling songs that I pull out and play at top volume with the windows rolled down whenever I start on a trip. It's called, appropriately, Traveling Songs. Without further ado, here are my Traveling Songs. All of them.
The Kingston Trio, A Rollin' Stone
Bob Seger, Roll Me Away
Janis Joplin, Me and Bobby McGee
Suzanne Vega, Calypso
Cowboy Junkies, First Recollection
Nanci Griffith, Going Back to Georgia
Dixie Chicks, Cowboy Take Me Away
Nanci Griffith, The Flyer
Nanci Griffith, Southbound Train
Joni Mitchell, The Refuge of the Roads
Lyle Lovett, The Road to Ensenada
Melissa Etheridge, Baby You Can Sleep While I Drive
Marti Jones, Follow You All Over the World
REM, Don't Go Back to Rockville
Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
Rod Stewart, Mandolin Wind
Bonnie Raitt, The Song About the Midway
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Southern Cross
Cyndi Lauper, I Drove All Night
Little Feat, Voices on the Wind
Little Feat, Willin'
Stevie Winwood, Dust
Old Crow Medicine Show, Wagon Wheel
Martin Sexton, Freedom of the Road
Anybody know of other traveling songs that I'm missing?
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