Planning a road trip? In-car entertainment is a must-have for every road trip - whether you’re travelling alone, with family, or with your friends. Here are our top audio experiences for your journey.Every bucket list should contain at least one, proper Hollywood-style road trip. You know the kind - spontaneous, action packed, and filled with sing-alongs and a lifetime’s worth of fond memories. And what is the one thing every road trip has in common? A great playlist.
Whether you’re into music, podcasts, audio books, or a combination of the three, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of excellent entertainment for any type of road trip.
1. The family road trip
Nothing beats a family road trip, with a car full of love, laughter, and excitement (and yes, probably some mess too!).
Our favourite playlist is one the whole family can sing along to. No matter the age differences, somebody in the car will know the lyrics to ‘Walking on Sunshine’ or ‘Don’t go breaking my heart’. We stand by our motto that playlists need to be the right combination of cheesy and popular. This way everyone gets a chance to stretch their vocal chords and many of us will have a new appreciation for the soothing sounds of nature by the time we reach our destination!
After rocking some tunes with the kids, you can turn your drive into a chance to broaden your general knowledge. For great edutainment, you can always try this podcast.: Trivia Rogues is entertaining no matter what age you are, because there’s always something new to learn. This podcast series has been running for a while, so you will have plenty of episodes to fall back on.
2. The varsity road trip
If you’re hitting the road with a group of your best mates you’ll need an endless supply of great soundtracks to sing along to. Nothing screams road trip quite like driving with the windows down, sound up, belting out the words to your favourite songs!
One playlist worth bookmarking is this collection of recent songs from a variety of artists - including Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, and Calvin Harris. With more than one remix on the list it’s designed to keep you awake and singing out loud. You’re welcome!
If your road trip style requires something more along the lines of R&B, try this eclectic playlist. Ranging from Alicia Keys to Khalid, there should be enough variety to account for everyone in the car.
Or perhaps try something a little different with a couple of episodes of The Read - an insightful and often hilarious podcast series highlighting some of the quirks of today’s pop stars. Hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle, this series is all the entertainment you need to laugh all the way to your destination.
3. The couples road trip
Heading off on a romantic getaway with your partner? This is a great opportunity to bond, and perhaps learn more about the beautiful idiosyncrasies that make up our relationships.
Set the mood with this playlist of the best love songs ever. With the obligatory Beyonce, Rihanna, Sade, and Miguel, this one will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy in no time.
If audiobooks are more your speed, try Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble. This romance has everything: a little bit of suspense, a beautiful island setting and a fabulous tale of true love..
If you and your partner tend to bond over humour, you should definitely try ‘10 Things that Scare Me’, a mostly witty - and sometimes serious - look at the mundane and everyday things that terrify many of us. This podcast is a brilliant take on the small things that make us human, and will likely shed some light on how your partner’s mind works and keep you laughing throughout.
4.The self-discovery road trip
Hitting the road solo? Or perhaps with a furry friend? We can’t think of a better way to relax and get in touch with your inner peace. Here’s some awesome entertainment for the road . . .
Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time, with this playlist. . For a little nostalgia, turn up these hits from Semisonic, Destiny’s Child, Nelly and Usher.
For some deep listening, tune into The danger of a single story, a highly rated TED Talk podcast, where novelist Chimamanda Adichie shares her thoughts on how we need to expand our knowledge to get a true view of the world.
Got any recommendations for your fellow South African road trippers? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear your favourite ideas for road trip entertainment.
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