Travelling on a budget in Asia equals long bus rides. To get from one place to another, the bus is the most common way of transport. I came to the point where I was like: ‘oh, it’s only an 8 hour bus ride, no problem’. Yep, 8 hours was short. The longest bus ride I took? 28 hours (!) from Vietnam to Laos. Although that was a little too much for my taste, I still kind of enjoyed the ride. Why? Because I had an MP3 player with music.
My travel music.
The music in combination with the stunning views made me zone out completely. My travel music of choice? Deep house. I’m not even that big of a fan of deep house. I discovered it by accident. I copied the playlist of a friend of mine. There was this 1h15m mix in it. But the beginning didn’t really appeal to me, so I skipped that song every single time. Until I suddenly woke up after a nap during one of those long bus rides, and I was in the middle of that mix. Damn. This is good.
I like this. I love this.
From that moment on, it was my go-to-mix on long bus rides, on repeat: Taking you Higher – Mr SuicideSheep.
This guy just mixed together a bunch of different deep house songs, but I really like the result. This is the complete mix:
If you don’t want to listen to the whole mix, here’s my favourite song:
When I listen to my travel music today, I still completely zone out. In my mind I’m in that bus again, staring out the window, taking in all the amazing landscapes. I don’t have a lot of photos of these bus rides, because at a certain point you just stop taking pictures and you’re just in the moment. But when I hear this music, I can actually remember some of those specific mountain roads.
Music is such a powerful thing.