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All about my holiday road trip playlist | Brought to you by John Hughes

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Like most families, we absolutely adore heading on holiday.  The Welshman has a full on job, and really likes to have something in the diary to look forward to.  He’s our family holiday planner and he loves to research and book our holidays in advance.  Like a year in advance.  We have holiday bookings for the next school holidays, Christmas holidays and Easter. And we’re already planning the next holidays after that!

Last year, we holidayed locally and overseas.   This year, we’ve got two road trip holidays planned – and we can’t wait!

Part of the fun of a holiday is getting there.  I love packing and hanging out in the airport lounges, but I’m not so keen on the queuing and enforced Other People time that comes with flying.

A road trip holiday means you’re on holiday as soon as you’ve left the house.  The car is packed with cushions and snacks and the people you love most in the world.  You can take the comforts of home with you easily.  You can even pack bikes and pool toys.  Don’t like the menu options? There’s loads of naughty fast food options along the way!  You’re on holiday after all!

What I love best about road trip holidays, apart from the excuse of fast food lunches, has to be listening to some tunes in the car.  Singing along to some classic glam rock, Brit pop and grunge rock beats endless games of I Spy hands down, don’t you think?

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I asked the Welshman and Boyo to imagine we were on a road trip and asked them to choose two of their favourite songs each.

  • Boyo went with The Final Countdown by Europe and We Will Rock You by Queen.  He’s a classic rock kinda guy.
  • The Welshman chose Common People by Pulp, Brit pop at its best, and Heroes by David Bowie – one of the only bits of the 70s I love.  Luckily two of my favourites.
  • I chose Happy by Pharrell Williams from the Despicable Me soundtrack, and Let It Go by Idina Menzel from the Frozen soundtrack.  Who doesn’t love a singalong!

I’m a wee bit indecisive and I like to have options.  So I cheated and added three favourite albums to my perfect road trip playlist.

  • Supersystem by The Feelers is a fabulous alt rock album released in the late 90s by a Christchurch band.  Yup, my home town.  Still love this album years later.  Plus it reminds me of a road trip with my BFF and her boyfriend in the South Island.  Good times.
  • In Your Honour by Foo Fighters is almost like a compilation album, with one disc featuring more heavy rock and the other with a more acoustic and mellow sound.  A great option for a road trip – and no swear words we have to hum really loudly over!
  • My final album choice is Backspacer by Pearl Jam – a recent album that has a more optimistic slant to the lyrics with a bit of a new wave pop feel, whilst retaining the alt rock sound that makes Pearl Jam rock!

Do you love a road trip too?  What two songs would you choose?  Thank you to John Hughes for sponsoring this post. Can’t wait to hit the road!


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