Top Travel Inspirational Quotes
I love a good quote. I've always found there to be great, almost disproportionate, power in them. Somehow, a simple string of words can say as much as an entire speech, and leave an indelible mark on our memory. When it comes to travel, quotes can motivate and impassion us; remind us of travel's significance and instil a desire in us to get out there and adventure.
It's normal for inspiration to wax and wane over time. And, if you're currently feeling at a low point, and need an inspirational pick me up, a quality quote could do the trick (you could also check out these other inspiration posts and read about my ultimate inspiration for travel). With this in mind, here's a selection of my top travel inspirational quotes, which I hope will get you raring to go for your future travels!
Do you know any other travel related quotes? I'd love to hear them! Leave a comment below or contact me directly!
"There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun"
One of the greatest allures of travel is the process of exploration and discovery that takes place. To step away from the unchanging, banal normality of what we know and into uncertainty and exciting novelty is often a key motivation for travellers. Following a path forged not by any one else, but purely by our own incessant demand for control of our fate, a passion for adventure and an unwillingness to remain chained to the same horizon and the same sun.
This quote speaks to me of agency, autonomy, independence and freedom- all gifts received gratefully by travellers frustrated with the confines of normal home life, work and study. Where many allow their path through life to be steered for them, travelling enables and requires you to break the trend- at least for a time. So empowering is the freedom of travel that your character develops automatically, resilience grows exponentially and self-governance in life becomes the norm.
At a personal level, this classic quote is one I've literally carried with me (printed by my brother onto the back of a laminated photograph of my family, and kept safely in my wallet ever since) on the majority of my travels. It's a powerful message:
"Not all those who wander are lost"
The words are compassionate, forgiving and empowering. So purpose driven are people in daily life, that it has become frowned upon to tread more aimlessly- as if this is somehow reprehensible. For travellers, no plan is often the best plan; wandering, without purpose, is part of the joy of travel. The ironic paradox is that this is how we often 'find ourselves' on the road.
I often think we should take lessons from our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who roamed the world at will in the pursuit of meeting their basic needs. We were designed to move and now that travel is becoming increasingly accessible (never before has it been as possible for someone to see the world), it begs the question: why doesn't everyone do it?
Travelling is as much a mindset as a physical practice. The drive to make a voyage, of whatever kind, is tantamount to a basic yearning to live a full life. The human desire for adventure and discovery has propelled us from the dawn of time- your travel aspirations are unlikely to be any different to those of explorers that came before you. When it comes to really living, making a voyage (i.e. taking action, doing and exploring something- whether physical or not) is pivotal.
In life, though it can be scary, the act of risk-taking is essential if we want to make it extraordinary. When it comes to travel there are undoubtedly risks involved. However, the same is true of staying at home. And, for me, the potential rewards outweigh the costs every time.
Lewis Carroll speaking wisdom through the mouths of his characters. It can be disorientating and disconcerting without the guiding hand of someone telling us where to go and what to do. Unused to treading with no ultimate goal in mind, we can become a little unsure of ourselves. But remember: not all who wander are lost and it doesn't much matter where you end up. The joy of travel is in the process.
At first glance Proust seems to rebuke the words of Christopher McCandless quoted at the beginning of this post. For Proust, it is not the new landscapes or suns, but the newfound ability to see them that belies the joy of travel. However, I think there's truth in both: the pursuit of new experiences and exploration of new places is a fundamental joy of any trip. The power of travel is its ability to open your eyes, such that you might actually see all the new places your travelling through.
Never before has anyone spoken such truth! The process of travel makes coming home one of the hardest parts of the experience. It has an incredible way of making home feel alien. But this, of course, only demonstrates the amazing, life-changing nature of what you've just done. Go, travel, and allow yourself to be changed. Aim to find home on the road such that returning to where you started will feel so strange, the only reasonable choice is go again.
It isn't until you start travelling that you realise how much there is to see out there! At home, it can be easy to become so accustomed to everything that we can exist in a little bubble whereby home, sort of, IS the world- or the world, sort of, IS home. There is no better way to shatter this illusion than to leave it behind for an extended period of time. Give yourself the opportunity to realise how vast the world really is.
Similarly, seeing how much there is out there is remarkably humbling. Immediately, we're confronted with the fact that we aren't, in fact, that important: we're simply one tiny speck of life in a world bustling with it; life will continue without us, oblivious to its loss. This can be a great way to put things in perspective and a wonderful liberation from the everyday worries and pressures of normal life. How can that argument with a colleague or friend, or the stress of an exam, for example, matter all that much, when the world is so vast and complex?
All this talk of travel being more than just a simple act of visiting new places and doing cool stuff, is directly related to what I refer to as the travel feeling. It's difficult to overemphasise the potential impact travel can have. The process of travel is priority shifting, mind-altering, character-building, self-developing, educational and staggeringly formative in its impact on you. It leaves a deep and indelible mark that continues long after the trip itself is over.
I love this message:
"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure."
Go travelling...flirt with life. You will not regret it.