TravelBird, a package holiday company, has calculated the travel miles of some of the world’s favourite artists. The research concluded that deejays were the most travelled musicians, with Tiësto and Paul Van Dyk in the top spots, followed by rock legends Bob Dylan, Metallica and Aerosmith.


Known as the most travelled musicians ranking, the research presents a comprehensive insight into the travel miles of the world’s most admired artists. TravelBird combined music, travel and curiosity within the study of 36 of the world’s favourite artists. The ranking reveals which bands and musicians have the greatest number of travel miles under their belt and who holds the title of the world’s most travelled.


To create the ranking, TravelBird began with 36 most popular performers, selected from the results of a poll on popular musicians created by TravelBird, both legends and new sensations, from a range of genres. Their total travel distance of their public engagements was then calculated, taking all national, continental and world tours in account, from the beginning of their career. This includes arena shows, festival appearances, and road trips but excludes private engagements. Using this information, TravelBird calculated exactly how many times around the world each artist could have travelled, as well as how many times they could have flown to the moon. When possible, ground miles were used, and the figures reflect city-to-city rather than venue-to-venue distances.


Interestingly, TravelBird found that the years an artist has performed does not always mean they have travelled further, with the top two farthest-travelling performers having been active since the 90s, beating the likes of those who have been performing since the 60s, 70s or 80s.

“A great gig takes you on a journey through time, brings you to new places and helps you experience something special” said Symen Jansma, Founder of TravelBird.


The study revealed the ten most travelled artists in the ranking are:

#

Musician

Career Miles Travelled

Last 12 months

Times around the world

Times to the moon

1

Tiësto

1,557,131

209,773

62.53

6.52

2

Paul van Dyk

1,442,993

115,968

57.95

6.04

3

Bob Dylan

1,389,374

35,551

55.80

5.82

4

Metallica

1,307,842

31,791

52.52

5.48

5

Aerosmith

1,099,901

15,676

44.17

4.60

6

Muse

1,070,332

37,281

42.98

4.48

7

Rolling Stones

1,054,965

20,137

42.37

4.42

8

U2

1,039,470

0

41.74

4.35

9

Cyndi Lauper

958,672

29,977

38.50

4.01

10

Snoop Dogg

866,234

40,180

34.79

3.63