12 Inspirational Travel Quotes

Monday, October 12, 2015

When I'm not exploring the world I like to keep myself reminded of just how incredible it is to travel. Whether you have a mantra that you live your daily life by, or motivation sticky notes on your mirror, it's always great to have some inspiration to get out there and live life!

I've put together a list of my 12 favourite travel quotes and why they inspire me to truly live my life and experience everything our amazing planet has to offer :)

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" - Anonymous

Probably one of the most well known quotes, but it is so true! Whether you're on a tight budget or go all out, travelling is going to cost money. But what it gives you in return is experiences and memories that make your life richer.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do" - Mark Twain

When I'm older and telling my children stories of when I was young I want to be an inspiration. I want to be able to tell them about all the amazing places I've been and the incredible people I've met along the way. I also want to be able to look back and feel like I have lived, like I have seen and done things that some people can only imagine #noregrets

"You don't have to be rich to travel well" - Eugene Fodor

Of the people I've met on my adventures, I would say the backpackers are the ones who are having the best times! Staying in hostels is cheap, but it gives you the freedom to spend more on experiences and allows you to meet likeminded people and often lifelong friends. Money doesn't dictate whether your holiday is exciting, it's the whether you can embrace every experience, big or small, and whether you can make the most of what you have!

"Not all those who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkein

Another well known quote but let's be honest, it's a winner. Travellers often wander off the beaten track or head somewhere completely unknown. I myself have actually been lost before, but instead of feeling lost I simply opened myself up to the experience and ended up having the best time wandering around random streets of Rome!

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore" - Andre Gide

This is one of my favourite quotes as when I first started travelling I was so nervous and, to be honest, I didn't want to let go and experience everything. All I wanted to do was feel safe and stick to the rules. Once you let go of those fears and begin to see the world for what it really is you can truly embrace the cultures, experiences and self-learning that comes from travelling. Take a little risk and enjoy an amazing reward!

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for" - John A. Shedd

With a similar meaning to the above quote, this is another of my favourites. To me this quote says that staying in our comfort zones is safe, but stepping out of them is what we were meant to do. We were meant to take on the unknown and head out on a journey, and not to stay in the confines of everyday life.

"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

From the moment you step off your first plane into uncharted territory you find yourself bitten by the travel bug. That longing to seek adventure and wondering at the world never ceases, but do you really want it to? I have been infected and I don't want to be cured!

"To travel is to take a journey into yourself" - Danny Kaye

This quote is very meaningful to me, as I have learnt so much about myself as a person from travelling. It might sound silly to some, but for me travelling has taught me about independence, confidence and self-love. It has shown me how strong a person I am and how proud I should be of everything I've done with my life so far.

"A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places" - Isabelle Eberhardt

That deep-seated love of new places inspires me to get out there and see them, and only grows stronger the more I travel. This quote rings true with who I am, always wanting to experience more and offer more of what I have to the world.

"The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see" - G.K. Chesterton

This quote inspires me because, as a traveller, you learn to absorb and embrace all aspects of your trip, the good and the bad. Tourists often miss out on the most amazing parts of the places they visit, simply because they don't open themselves up to the experiences. Being a traveller is so important to me as I never want to let the something incredible pass me by.

"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money" - Susan Heller

I can't help but smile when I read this, as I am an insanely bad overpacker and always underestimate my budget! If I could bring the kitchen sink I would (oops). My indecisiveness on what to take with me has improved over the years, but this quote is still so true - half of what you pack you'll never need but you'll never take enough money!

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page" - Saint Augustine

The world is an incredible place and so many people aren't willing to take a chance and see what it can offer them. I do feel sad when people I know refuse to travel because they don't see the point, because the ones who take the plunge never stop! Get out there, make new friends, see incredible new places and experience the things that money can't buy :)

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