Travel quotes have the power to inspire you and give you courage to explore the world. In this article, we compiled the most inspirational quotes about wanderlust. Hopefully, these wanderlust quotes help you gain the courage to explore and to take a leap for a life of adventure.
Mark Twain Travel Quotes
I love Mark Twain and find his words very inspirational and thought provoking. Personally, I live my life the way he said it in quote #1 and apply it with my travels.
1. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.
2. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
3. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Henry David Thoreau
4. Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
5. Travel teaches toleration
6. One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
7. Adventure is a path. Real adventure—self-determined, self-motivated, often risky—forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind—and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Wanderlust Quotes
8. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
9. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
10. A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
11. If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
12. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
13. We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.
14. Conventional wisdom tells us . . . we take our baggage with us. I’m not so sure. Travel, at its best, transforms us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home. Sometimes we do leave our baggage behind, or, even better, it’s misrouted to Cleveland and is never heard from again.
15. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
16. And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
Charles de Lint
17. When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.
18. Every place is a goldmine. You have only to give yourself time, sit in a teahouse watching the passers-by, stand in a corner of the market, go for a haircut. You pick up a thread—a word, a meeting, a friend of a friend of someone you have just met—and soon the most insipid, most insignificant place becomes a mirror of the world, a window on life, a theatre of humanity.
19. A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
20. People don’t take trips… trips take people.
21. Travel far enough, you meet yourself.
22. The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.
23. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things—air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky—all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
24. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
25. Stories allow us to travel, time and again, outside the circumscribed spaces of what we believe and what we think possible. It is these journeys—sometimes tenuous, sometimes exhilarating—that inspire and steel us to navigate uncharted territories in real life.
26. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
27. All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.
28. The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.
29. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
30. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
John Augustus Shedd
31. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
32. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
George Bernard Shaw
33. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
34. Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.
35. The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul.
36. My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
37. Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.
38. If you think adventure is dangerous try routine. It is lethal.
39. Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.
40. Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.
41. Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
42. Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.
43. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
44. We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.
45. Not all those who wander are lost.
46. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
Neale Donald Walsch
47. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
48. Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else
T. S. Eliot
49. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
50. I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.
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