Quotes are one of those things that I said I’d never write about. I think a lot of what a quote can mean for someone is a very personal thing. They can also be extremely overdone and overshared sometimes. A lot of quotes are skimmable, but there are those few that come along and change your perspective. Since I started my traveling journey, I have been consistently reminded of the quotes that have inspired me, and continue to inspire me. Some of these describe my travel philosophy to a tee, and others are words that just get me. Here are 6 powerful travel quotes that have inspired me:
This quote is pretty self explanatory, and it’s one of my favorite more simple quotes. I always feel like I am along for the ride, rather than being in control of it. Even when I am 150% organized, something crazy happens along the way and it makes me appreciate the trip so much more. Almost as if it has a mind of its own. Let the trip just happen. Let adventure and love and endless other possibilities happen. Once you’ve gone on your first trip, there’s no going back to a normal life. And that’s how it all started. The trips always took me.
Don’t settle for the ordinary. Travel and explore as much as your mortal self can. I always think “what if I died tomorrow?”, and would I be disappointed with all the places that I didn’t see? I know that money seems to be the major factor in people getting to travel. It sucks, and I wish the world didn’t revolve around money. But taking those trips now, is so worth it. I could have more things, but instead I choose to travel. Things will always be there, but the destinations and memories won’t last forever. Get out there and just live. This quote inspires me to do just that.
When I was little, traveling had a profound impact on the person I became. It made me more social, more aware, and more tolerant. I know a lot of people that are afraid to get out of their comfort zone and take a trip. But you learn so much about yourself by traveling the world. I think it’s important at any age to reflect upon the person you are, and to have a positive relationship with yourself. Traveling gives me that sense of wonder and knowledge to be able to look at myself objectively. I’ve learned so much about myself on my adventures, and that’s helped me to create the ultimate relationship; the one in which we have with ourselves.
This is another one of those simple quotes that just makes me smile when I read it. That’s really its one and only purpose, and I love it for that. Have you ever had those moments you were trying to get from point A to point B, and you suddenly stumble upon something even better? To be honest, I don’t have many of those moments because I am a very ‘by the book’ and organized person. However, when I do, I can stop and appreciate them so much. That is what being a tourist is all about. That’s the fun in traveling.
Traveling solo isn’t for everyone, but I do think everyone should experience it once in their lifetime. And I’m not talking for a day or two. I’m talking a week in a foreign country by yourself. To wake up alone in another city is one of those moments in life that’s unforgettable. It’s actually indescribable too. If I think about this quote for too long, I end up wanting to cry a little. I think about those 2am nights where I am wide awake in bed in London, and just thinking about life at its present moment. Thinking about why I am here in this very bed, alone, but extremely content. It’s one of those rare experiences and feelings.
I think a lot of people can relate to this quote. This has to be one of my most favorite things about traveling. No one knows a single thing about you or your past. Now, I don’t have some dark and mysterious past by any means. I am currently probably doing the same thing today as I was yesterday. But I do love the idea that you can literally be whoever you want to be. It’s actually kind of sick if you think about it. I’d really like to try out my fake British accent one of these days! In all seriousness though, traveling allows you to be what you are in the present moment. It doesn’t judge or hold your past against you. It’s just you and the sidewalk ahead.
I hope you enjoyed a sample of some of my favorite travel quotes. Certain quotes affect people in different ways, and these are the ones that have stuck with me throughout the years. Hopefully some of these quotes are new to you, and have begun to inspire you to take that trip you’ve always wanted to.
What is a travel quote that has really impacted you, and why?