Wanderlust Worthy Travel Quotes

Wanderlust Worthy Travel Quotes

I’ll be the first to admit: thinking of instagram captions is really hard. How many times can you say ‘Getting my vitamin sea’ before your followers start rolling their eyes? Answer: less than once. When I can’t think of a witty caption (which is more often than not), I tend to go with a travel quote and I thought you guys might find them helpful too!

“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, A Hat Full of Sky

“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.”

  • Freya Stark

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”

  • Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”

  • Roman Payne

“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, The Wanderess

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”

  • Judith Thurman

“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, Handle with Care

“They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things– I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.”

  • Lisa Ann Sandell, A Map of the Known World

“Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen.”

  • Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals

“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, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

“And like tea dissolving in hot water, the sun dissolved in the sky… creating a velvet horizon, announcing for the stars’ night dance with the moon, the awaited joy for the wounded souls.””

  • From Bali – The Rebirth

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

  • Miriam Beard

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

  • Christopher McCandless

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes hand learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

  • Pico Iyer

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

  • Jawaharal Nehru

“Most of the time, beauty lies in the simplest of things.”

  • Winna Efendi, The Journeys

“A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.”

  • Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus

“I had a desire to see something besides my own shores, if only to be content to return to them someday. If I wish to live in my native land and love her, it should not be out of ignorance.”

  • Margaret George, Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles

“For me, a place unvisited is like an unrequited love. A dull ache that—try as you might to think it away, to convince yourself that she really wasn’t the right country for you—just won’t leave you in peace.”

  • Eric Weiner

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.”

  • Eleanor Roosevelt

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”

  • John Hope Franklin

“All the above is, of course, a gross simplification. There are deeper reasons to travel – itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we’re doing there.”

  • Jeff Greenwald

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”

  • Lawrence Block

”Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”

  • Ewan Mcgregor

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

  • Eleanor Roosevelt

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.

  • Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”

  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

“because he had no place he couldn’t stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”

  • Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”

  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings)

“She had a wild, wandering soul but when she loved, she loved with chaos and that made all the difference.”

  • Ariana Dancu

“Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.”

  • Roman Payne, Europa: Limited Time Edition

and we laugh and laugh and all I know is at this moment I feel like I can do anything I want and be anyone I want and go anywhere on the globe and still call it home

  • Kirsten Smith, The Geography of Girlhood

“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.”

  • Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”

  • Jonah Lehrer

“For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself… and when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt on her lips.”

  • Jose Chaves

Did I miss any? Let me know what your favorite travel quotes are in the comments below!

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