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A wonderful vacation can make a world of difference in your happiness, well-being, and longevity.
However, the US Travel Association revealed that 52% of employed Americans refused to take time off from work to go on vacation in 2017. They accumulated 705 million unused vacation days and $62.2 billion in lost benefits.
This prompted the US Travel Association to create Project: Time Off to encourage Americans to go on vacation so they could spend time with family, have fun, and come back to work rejuvenated and happier.
Fortunately, the project seems to be working. More people are now taking periodic time off from work to catch up on quality family time and take care of themselves.
To inspire you to get packing and head somewhere awesome, we’re sharing this collection of fun songs about vacation.
Keep reading to check out songs you can add to your vacation playlist.
(Side note: Want to use these songs to make a lasting change to your life? Then check out these 100 LIFE GOALS that can help you wake up each morning with a sense of enthusiasm about making progress toward what's important.).
What You Will Learn
- 1. I'm on Vacation, Rhett and Link
- 2. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, Kenny Chesney
- 3. Kingston Town, UB40
- 4. Sunshine and Summertime, Faith Hill
- 5. Island in the Sun, Weezer
- 6. Some Beach, Blake Shelton
- 7. Free Man in Paris, Joni Mitchell
- 8. On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
- 9. Holiday, Madonna
- 10. Vacation, The Go-Go's
- 11. Travelling, Paper Lions
- 12. The Girl from Ipanema, Frank Sinatra
- 13. Parisienne Walkways, Gary Moor
- Final Thoughts on Vacations
via Rhett & Link
“But it's still okay, 'cause I'm on vacation. Everything is great, 'cause I'm on vacation.”
Let’s start with this hilarious song about a couple of guys who are determined to have a good time during their vacation, despite going through several unfortunate situations, such as being in the midst of a zombie outbreak.
via Kenny Chesney
“Want a towel or a chair, in the sand by the sea. Wanna look through my shades and see you there with me. Wanna soak up life for a while and lay back low. No boss, no clock, no stress, no dress code. No shoes, no shirt, no problems.”
When you’ve been working so hard for so long, a vacation to a place where you can let your hair down and just be yourself is a welcome relief. In this song, Kenny Chesney has a specific place in mind: Mexico.
“The night seems to fade but the moonlight lingers on. There are wonders for everyone. The stars shine so bright but they're fading after dawn. There is magic in Kingston Town.”
First released by Lord Creator in 1970, this song was covered by UB40 a couple of decades later. It evokes an atmosphere of mystery and excitement, as well as a longing to spend time in a tropical paradise.
via Faith Hill
“I said, “Hey, that's the way we do it. New friends and blue skies that never end. Hey that's the way we like it. Good times, sunshine, and summertime.””
For students, summer vacation is a wonderful opportunity to hang out, have fun, and make awesome memories with friends. These things are highlighted in Faith Hill’s fourth single from her album Fireflies.
“On an island in the sun, we'll be playin' and havin' fun. And it makes me feel so fine, I can't control my brain.”
This song is about going on vacation to temporarily escape the pressures and stresses of the daily grind. A vacation is made more wonderful if it’s spent with a loved one.
via Blake Shelton
“Some beach, somewhere. There's a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair. Palm trees are growing and warm breezes blowing. I picture myself right there. On some beach, somewhere.”
Is life getting you down? You might want to take a break by heading to the beach. As this song tells us, you could be sitting under the shade of an umbrella, enjoying the cool breeze with a drink in hand, far away from anything that gives you stress.
via Joni Mitchell
“I was a free man in Paris. I felt unfettered and alive. Nobody was calling me up for favors, no one's future to decide. You know I'd go back there tomorrow, but for the work I've taken on. Stoking the star maker machinery behind the popular song.”
In this song, listeners are introduced to a man who is burdened by the pressures of his job as a music industry mogul. He wistfully reminisces about when he was in Paris and felt free and alive.
via Willie Nelson
“And I can't wait to get on the road again. On the road again. Goin' places that I've never been. Seein' things that I may never see again. And I can't wait to get on the road again.”
This Oscar-nominated song is about the life of an entertainer on the road. For those who love to travel, being on tour is like a permanent vacation—meeting new friends, seeing new places, and experiencing new things along the way.
“If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate, just one day out of life, it would be… so nice.”
This exuberant song is about taking time off just to celebrate. It has a catchy hook that will convince you to start looking up places where you can spend a holiday off.
via Official GoGos
“Vacation, all I ever wanted. Vacation, had to get away. Vacation, meant to be spent alone.”
A vacation can be a form of self-care that rejuvenates us and restores our well-being. In this song, a woman tries to heal her heartbreak from a failed relationship by going alone on a vacation.
In addition to going on a vacation, here are more self-care ideas for women to avoid burnout.
“Travelling the road, last known is where I want to be. My compass directing, electing, an open road with golden trees. But there's an old man in need on the ground. I try not to make a sound. He holds out his hand as I walk away. I hear him say, “Please don't be a stranger in my place.””
During vacations, we sometimes meet people who have an impact in our lives. In this song, it’s an old man who catches the narrator’s attention. He sees the old man in several different locations, providing a reminder of how small the world can be.
12. The Girl from Ipanema, Frank Sinatra
via Frank Sinatra
“Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking. And when she passes he smiles. But she doesn't see.”
Speaking of meeting interesting people during vacation, this song describes how a girl, described as being from Ipanema, made a lasting impression on somebody with her beauty.
This song was composed by Antonio Carlos, with English lyrics written by Norman Gimbel. There have been numerous recordings of this song from different artists, with Frank Sinatra’s cover being one of the most popular.
“Looking back at the photographs, those summer days spent outside corner cafes. Oh, I could write you paragraphs about my old Parisienne days.”
Paris has been a popular vacation destination for Americans since the 1830s. It is one of the best places to go when one is interested in history, culture, fashion, and good food.
In this song, Gary Moore reminisces about his wonderful memories spent on vacation in Paris. Have you ever considered going there yourself?
There you have it—fun songs about vacation that will hopefully convince you to plan your itinerary and book a flight.
We all need to take a break from our daily grind from time to time. A vacation can help relieve the stress of daily life. It can also be our ticket to reconnecting with family and ourselves.
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Finally, if you want to use these songs to make a lasting change to your life, then check out these 100 LIFE GOALS that can help you wake up each morning with a sense of enthusiasm about making progress toward what's important..