Even the most seasoned world traveler can find themselves at a loss for inspiration when the going gets tough or the destinations become monotonous. Many people just need a small push in the right direction when it comes to getting out and seeing those places that have been dreamt of since youth. Whether you want to take a weekend road trip or hop a plane to an exotic world of mystery and tradition, many a traveler before you has needed that perfect boost of confidence or gentle words to help move heart, soul and mind.
Here is a compilation of favorite travel quotes to touch on our fears, play on emotions, tug at your heart and eliminate predisposed notions of running away simply to find oneself. Although it isn’t necessary to travel to India when searching for inner peace, once you arrive, you will find that the destination is the prize; the answer is and always will be found in the journey. Moving yourself away from your comfort zone and into a world of unknowns may seem frightening at first, but many great minds have beaten out the path before you, all you need to do is use your unique perspective to find the answers that were in front of you all along. These quotes have been placed in an order of cohesive thought to inspire the desire and will-power to travel the world.
“Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” – Ralph Crawshaw, MD. American writer and lecturer.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” -Terry Pratchett, English novelist.
“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do, especially in other people’s minds. 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, American travel writer and historian.
“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, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese, Italian poet, novelist and literary critic.
“We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.” – Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic and essayist.
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” — Pico Iyer, British essayist and Indian novelist.
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro, Galician romance writer and poet.
Some of the most brilliant minds that have ever existed felt the strong urge to travel, to learn and to grow through experience. Once the desire to travel has touched your mind, the biggest step is going out into the world and turning dreams into reality. While we can read inspiration to set our feet in the right direction, nothing can be more satisfying that creating your own quotes with the beauty that only you can discover. If you begin in any direction, even blindly, you are already embarking on a journey in your mind that will forever change the course of your life. By traveling and experiencing, we can broaden perspectives and alternately change the course of human history.