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Jeremy Roueche spinning tunes for the players and fans at the Manhattan Beach Open.

Early spring means the start of international travel for our professional beach volleyball athletesand for traveling beach volleyball DJs. There are a few things we hope for when we travel: plenty of legroom, a safe and on-time flight, and a pleasant (and fresh-smelling) seatmate. Most of these things are out of our control, but you can control the music you listen to while traveling. Depending on your needs, your audio selection will vary. Some people listen to audiobooks, others catch up on their favorite podcast, and then there are some who listen to the same tunes they hear on the radio all day long. I recommend also making a playlist of mellow music, songs that won’t distract you while you read a magazine or try to catch a few z’s. Mellow doesn’t necessarily mean classical, just tracks that allow you to zone out and be in your own world. All the noise and people around while you travel can add to your stress levels, so creating a calming playlist is highly recommended.

Here are some suggestions to get your travel playlist started:

“The High Road,” Broken Bells

“Doin’ It Right,” Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear

“Online,” Gnarls Barkley

“Cut Your Teeth,” Kyla La Grange

“Video Games,” Lana Del Rey

“Song of the Caged Bird,” Lindsey Stirling

“Hey Now,” London Grammar

“XXX 88,” M Feat. Diplo

“Umi Says,” Mos Def

“I Put a Spell on You,” Nina Simone

“Crystalised,” The XX

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