Everyone loves inspiring travel quotes! They encourage us to go forth and find adventure even when we feel small. The world is a large, intimidating place; we can be scared and nervous, but we should explore it anyway!
I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite travel quotes! After each quote, I take a moment to reflect on what the quote means to me. I think that inspiration is important, but we must take the time to reflect. Otherwise, the meaning will have a fleeting effect. I encourage you to take the time to figure out what, if anything, these quotes mean to you! And definitely let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below!
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Without further ado, here are my 10 favorite travel quotes!
1. Andre Gide
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
I love this quote because it reminds me to be fearless. There is no adventure without discomfort and bravery.
2. Peter Hoeg
“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.”
This is so true. When I travel to new places, my excitement is overwhelming. I feel jubilant. Every activity is somehow better when traveling, even a trip to the store.
3. James Michener
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
This is a reminder to embrace the culture. Submerge yourself in it.
4. J.R.R. Tolkien
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
Okay, so this one is a classic. In fact, you’ve probably heard it before. But it had to make this list because I love it so much!
Wandering around a new place can be magical. I think that everyone should wander in order to discover. When you wander, you leave yourself open to anything. Some of my favorite memories traveling came from wandering.
5. T.S. Eliot
“The journey not the arrival matters.”
This is so true! The destination is only half of traveling!
Recently, I was traveling for a wedding. I was going to a new place and was excited: I was going to meet new people and see an old friend.
I only spent one full day at my destination, the other two days were mostly filled with travel. If I had a poor mindset, I would have only enjoyed about a day and a half of my trip. Instead, I was excited to fly. I got to see Atlanta’s airport for the first time. (If you have a layover in Atlanta, here are the 3 Scary Truths to Prepare You.)
On the way back, our flight out of Atlanta was delayed. I wasn’t upset about it. Sure, it made for a long night. But that’s just what happens. We got food and found a place to wait. My boyfriend even met Leonard Fournette, a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, while we were waiting for our delayed flight! You just never know what is going to happen.
So just relax. Be happy, or at least content, with whatever comes your way!
6. Jawaharial Nehru
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
We cannot passively seek beauty and adventure. We must actively search for it. If we don’t have our “eyes open,” we will pass by all the “beauty, charm, and adventure” without giving it a second look.
7. Randy Komisar
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
This is incredibly powerful. How many times have you done this? Sure, life does require a certain amount of discipline. We can’t do whatever we want all the time. However, I believe that you should find something you’re passionate about and use that to make money. You should also indulge yourself from time to time. Don’t put off vacations. If you don’t have much money, go somewhere close by that is inexpensive. Find a way to make it happen. Don’t sit around hoping that one day your dreams will come true. Make it happen!
8. Bill Bryson
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
I think this quote goes great with quote #2. Perhaps this is why everything seems better when you travel. Maybe the novelty is why I enjoy going to stores and markets when I travel.
9. Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
Doing touristy things in a new place is wonderful. After all, I’m pretty sure that going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower is a sin. However, we don’t have to do all of the touristy things. We should wander, like I said before. There is no reason to only do what others have done before. We should leave ourselves open to new experiences.
10. Benjamin Disraeli
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
I just want to leave you with those words. I am not going to tell you how I have reflected on them. Go ahead. Read them again. What does this mean to you? Let me know in the comments below!
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Until next time,
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