Bound for Paris? Off to Rio? There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for a destination than its music. Before your next great trip, start your journey online at From a scorching blast of Mali rock-n-roll to the sizzling salsa of Brazil and the Mardi Gras melodies of New Orleans, busy travelers can jazz up their pre-trip preparation by listening to National Geo’s free world music podcasts and videos.Experience the soundtrack of the world – at zero cost.

Won’t leave home without your iPod? Check out the growing library of pre-selected music playlists keyed to some of the world’s hippest destinations from National Geographic Traveler on iTunes for your wanderings. Download individual songs or the entire playlist for only 99 cents per tune.

So, go on, get your groove on, and hit the road blastin the destination’s best tunes. I’ll be the gal bee-boppin’ in the airline seat beside you!


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".