By Emily Hein
Rainy days: some of us love them, some of us hate them, but none of us could live without them. Unfortunately, some of us can’t even live without traveling on them. If you’re one of the lucky few who are forced to get out of bed and onto a plane on a rainy day, we feel your pain…but we have a very simple solution! That’s right ladies, Travelle has the key to wipe away (almost) all of your rainy day troubles - a rainy day playlist that’s almost as fabulous as you are. Blast these tunes through your headphones on a day when it’s miserable outside, and we guarantee it will no longer be miserable inside.
“You’re the Reason I Come Home” - Ron Pope
This is, hands down, the most genuine love song I have ever heard. Now, I know what you’re thinking - Why would I want to listen to a love song when I’m alone in an airport and it’s raining? Well, part of me agrees with you on that one…BUT Ron Pope is a rare exception to this unspoken rule that listening to love songs while you’re alone makes you feel lonely. What’s his secret? His simplicity. The lyrics are short, sweet, and honest. The instrumentalism is practically all acoustic, which gives the song a sense of calmness. Everything about the song feels satisfying in the simplest way, so listening to this song will make you feel the same. Even if it’s a torrential nightmare outside, you’ll be at peace. Also, listening to this will leave you feeling hopeful that one day you’ll find someone that makes falling in love feel this simple, if you haven’t already. Alright, that’s enough lovey dovey talk for one article. Moving on.
“93 Million Miles” - Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz’s music as a whole is perfect for a rainy day, but this particular song is specifically great for travelling on rainy days. It’s literally about how you can find your way back home no matter where you go. In fact, that sentence that I just typed is actually lyrics from the chorus rearranged into a sentence. “Just know that wherever you go, you can always come home.” Sometimes, as mundane as it may sound, a blatant reminder that home is always there for you is all you need to get you through a dreary travel day. Travelle Bonus Tip - the demo of “I Won’t Give Up” (not the version you’ve heard on the radio every day since 2012, the version that’s a bonus track on the same album) is the PERFECT song to listen to on any rainy day…but it’s another love song, and I wasn’t going to bore you with more love rants.
“XO” - John Mayer (Beyoncé Cover)
I know, I know. No one does Queen Bey better than Queen Bey. Hear me out though: John Mayer is almost as great as the queen herself, and he pretty much has the most calming voice of all time. Mayer’s stripped down version of a bass-thumper really urges you to stop and listen. Sometimes, all we need to do on a hectic rainy day, is to slow ourselves down and to realize that it’s okay to not be living at the speed of light all the time. The best ladybosses know that the secret to being as fierce as possible is…well, not being fierce sometimes. I mean, when you think about it, a rainy day is basically Mother Nature taking a day off from being perfect, and she’s even fiercer than Beyoncé.
“State of Grace (Acoustic)” - Taylor Swift
Confession time - we've been grossly obsessed with Taylor Swift since 2009. I can feel all of you rolling your eyes through the screen, but I think we can all agree that T Swizzle is a lyrical genius. The regular version of “State of Grace” is our go-to pump-up song. It’s full of energy, and the drums in the beginning are enough to get you motivated to conquer the world. Comparing the regular version to the acoustic version is like night and day. The guitar in the background completely sets the tone for all things calm, and Taylor sings the song entirely in head voice, giving it a lighter and calmer feel. There’s even a version of this song online with rain added to the background, because it’s just that perfect for a rainy day.
“Heal” - Tom Odell
On a long day of traveling, it seems like you’re constantly moving somewhere or doing something, especially if everything about the weather outside is practically begging you to go to sleep. It can feel like you’re wasting so much on travel days: your time, your money, your energy, etc. Of course, you know deep down that none of it is a waste because it’s being done with a specific purpose. Sometimes, though, you just need a reminder. My favorite line in this song is “Heal, heal, and tell me some things last.” While Tom Odell completely captures the calmness that the four other songs have, he also expresses the need to feel like not everything is temporary. Although the concept of “Heal” is a bit sadder than wasting a day on travel, it puts your day into perspective.
If you’ve made it this far without looking up any of these songs, you’re doing it wrong. Traveling on a rainy day will be a piece of cake with this playlist. Feel free to make your own rainy day playlist too! Travelle has faith in you.