Every good traveling trip comes with a good soundtrack. (Think Elizabethtown) We made our own pretty quickly. Here’s a sample of songs that rocked our $5 speakers quite often. Our very own MapMaster often doubled as SpinDoctor for the trip.

The National: England

Aux Champs Elysées

Josh Ritter: Baby That’s Not All, The Curse

Feist and Ben Gibbard: Train Song

The Weepies: Gotta Have You

Radiohead: Talk Show Host, House of Cards

Iron and Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days (entire album)


You might think that an ipod is an individual activity, and some on our trip may have preferred it that way (see above photo), but because we wanted to be always together and never apart for the entire 45 day trip,  we made up two great group ipod game.These are great for train/plane rides or anytime you are waiting for something.

1. I choose for you, and you for me.

Supplies needed: Headphones, ipod for each person

How to Play: With 2 or more ipods, create an ipod passing rotation. Think about the person you are passing to. Choose a song based on what he/she hasn’t heard, would think is hilarious, would go crazy over, etc. Pass the ipod (keep your headphones with you). Debrief about songs. Repeat as desired.

2. On-the-Go in a Group

Supplies needed: Speakers, 1 ipod, space where you can play music out loud ie: private cars on German trains. I don’t suggest attempting this on Italian trains.

How to Play: Select the largest ipod in the group. Create an “on the go” play list. Pass the ipod around the group with each person choosing one song to add per round. Repeat as long as desired. Shuffle and play!


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