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50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

Happy, yet another, Saturday.

Today, while lazily enjoying my morning cup of coffee, I decided to put a list of my favourite travel quotes (paired with images from my adventures) and share them with you. Let’s fan the flames of wanderlust together, let’s get inspired! (As cliche as it might sound).

Here we go…

50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

1. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

2.“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”
― Roman Payne

3.“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryū Murakami

4.“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo

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50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

6.“I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a ‘wanderess.’ Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences – whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her.”
― Roman Payne

7.“There are several ways to react to being lost. One is to panic: this was usually Valentina’s first impulse. Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you’ve misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.”
― Audrey Niffenegger

8.“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
― Anthony Bourdain

9.“I wish I could travel west nonstop chasing sunsets. And as the time zones move backwards, I could live forever if I just kept moving.”
― Jarod Kintz

10.“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.”
― Cesare Pavese

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50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

12.“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
― Kate Douglas Wiggin

13.“We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.”
― Jeremy Glass

14.“It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere.”
― Danzy Senna

15.“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin

16.“Personally I like going places where I don’t speak the language, don’t know anybody, don’t know my way around and don’t have any delusions that I’m in control. Disoriented, even frightened, I feel alive, awake in ways I never am at home.”
― Michael Mewshaw

17.“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home — and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.”
― Rolf Potts

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50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

19.“I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.”
― Charles Bukowski

20.“You don’t even know where I’m going.”
“I don’t care. I’d like to go anywhere.”
― John Steinbeck

21.“It’s hard to go. It’s scary and lonely…and half the time you’ll be wondering why the hell you’re in Cincinnati or Austin or North Dakota or Mongolia or wherever your melodious little finger-plucking heinie takes you. There will be boondoggles and discombobulated days, freaked-out nights and metaphorical flat tires.
But it will be soul-smashingly beautiful… It will open up your life.”
― Cheryl Strayed

22.“Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”
― Jodi Picoult

23.“The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a f@@king tourist.”
― Guillermo del Toro

24.“How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.”
― Sarah Reijonen

25.“There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.”
― Charlotte Eriksson

26.“‎I have panicked unnecessarily in all four corners of the globe.”
― Jon Ronson

27.“I knew then that I wanted to go home, but I had no home to go to–and that is what adventures are all about.”
― Trina Schart Hyman

28.“One thing that I love about traveling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone.”
― Sarah Glidden

29.“Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler”
― Ira Levin

30.“Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs.”
― Amin Maalouf

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50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

32.“Nights are long when it’s cold and you’re waiting for a train.”
― Jean-Marie G. Le Clézio

33.“I lack the imagination. For that reason I have to pack, stuff into my pockets odds and ends, passport, money, and go see what it’s really like. Whenever the time of year or the weather changes, I have to pack up whatever I can’t do without and visit all those places I’ve been before, to make sure they still exist”
― Andrzej Stasiuk

34.“To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy.”
― Raquel Cepeda

35.“Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone.”
― Rashedur Ryan Rahman

36.“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.”
― Nury Vittachi

37.“Foreign lands never yield their secrets to a traveller. The best they offer are tantalising snippets, just enough to inflame the imagination. The secrets they do reveal are your own – the ones you have kept from yourself. And this is reason enough to travel, to leave home.”
― Graeme Sparkes

38.“I don’t think someone’s worth can be measured by the number of cities he visited, the number of countries he traveled to or the number of seas and oceans he crossed.
One can be a traveler even by simply going to the end of the street.”
― Laure Lacornette

39.“Dare to Explore. Dare to Dream. Dare to Discover. Dare to break the rules. Dear to Leave. Dare to Begin. Dare to Live. Dear to Love. Dare to be You.”
― Oksana Rus

40.“The mountains were so wild and so stark and so very beautiful that I wanted to cry. I breathed in another wonderful moment to keep safe in my heart.”
― Jane Wilson-Howarth

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50 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

42.“It’s all about that cosy homey-feeling, the one you leave behind when you travel across the world.”
― Danielle Esplin

43.“Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.”
― Paul Bowles

44.“Thus, the question of how and when to start vagabonding is not really a question at all. Vagabonding starts now. Even if the practical reality of travel is still months or years away, vagabonding begins the moment you stop making excuses, start saving money, and begin to look at maps with the narcotic tingle of possibility. From here, the reality of vagabonding comes into sharper focus as you adjust your worldview and begin to embrace the exhilarating uncertainty that true travel promises.”
― Rolf Potts

45.“Travel empties out everything you’ve into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are”
― Claire Fontaine

46.“When you’re traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
― William Least Heat-Moon

47.“After weeks on the road, listening to a language you don’t understand, using a currency whose value you don’t comprehend, walking down streets you’ve never walked down before, you discover that your old “I,” along with everything you ever learned, is absolutely no use at all in the face of those new challenges, and you begin to realize that buried deep in your unconscious mind there is someone much more interesting and adventurous and more open to the world and to new experiences.”
― Paulo Coelho 

48.“I’ve met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.”
― Hedy Lamarr

49.“I ordered a coffee and a little something to eat and savored the warmth and dryness. Somewhere in the background Nat King Cole sang a perky tune. I watched the rain beat down on the road outside and told myself that one day this would be twenty years ago.”
― Bill Bryson

50.“A little crazy is good”
― Chris Hilton

Which travel quote is your favourite? Which sayings would you add to this list? 

#travel inspiration
  • I love all these quotes, but really like .“Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs.”. Isn’t that what traveling is all about. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey! Thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, this particular quote is a really powerful one. As you said, it basically summarises what travelling is all about. (It’s one of my favourite quotes as well!) I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post! Let’s keep in touch! ^^