Dear Readers,

As the last of the summer slips away it is the perfect time for one thing: road trips. Whether you’re taking a family holiday or a last minute trek to the beach, the best part about hitting the open road is winding the windows down and playing driving tunes. I based this playlist on a mix I made a few years ago, I had just finished a four month tour across America (which is basically one long road trip)  only to have my band split up at the end. Lost and confused I went on one last pilgrimage with an old friend to Astoria to go to a party in a shipping yard. We went to the beach The Goonies was filmed, saw wild elks and ate copious amounts of waffles all the while listening to a lot of Willie Nelson. I’ve listened to the mix every trip since – adding and subtracting songs with each passing year. I love the journey more than the destination, I love the fizzy feeling of anticipation that only comes with the open road, I love finding weird roadside attractions, buying useless souvenirs and drinking bad gas station coffee. So wherever you find yourself, here is your soundtrack.

Happy travels, Ruby xx



Ruby Jones

Ruby Jones is a feminist, musician and writer from Melbourne. She has toured the world as a vocalist and as a result probably owns a souvenir coffee mug from your hometown. When she’s not making mixtapes she can be found singing and playing tambourine in her band, volunteering at Girls Rock Melbourne or re-watching Twin Peaks. Find her over at @rubyjonesband. [Photo credit Lilli Waters]

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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