It’s funny how we see travel in the modern world.
We talk about the travel bug as if it’s a new phenomenon, but the exploratory instinct goes back as far as our Neolithic ancestors.
So it’s no surprise that for many of us, travel is not only a meaningful hobby, but the experience that we orientate our work lives around. We use vacations for motivation, to recharge, for connecting with people we love, and to understand ourselves and the world.
If you’re looking to go on a holiday, and you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, it can be exciting and inspirational to read what others have said about their expeditions.
So, whether you’re ready for a safari tour in Africa, a hike in Peru, or you’d like to spend hours wandering the streets of Barcelona, this post is for you.
24 Quotes About Travel to Inspire Your Next Vacation
Why do we travel
There are many reasons why one may travel. You may be motivated by the curiosity of wanting to see new worlds, the boredom of the life you’re living, or just a need to recharge your batteries in a novel environment. The beauty of travel, then, is that there are as many motivators as there are potential experiences. Travel nowadays is a lot more smooth and clinical than it was a hundred years ago. There are billion dollar industries built on providing infrastructure that makes sure your vacation goes smoothly, but when we have an eye-opening experience in a new land, even if only for a second, we’re able to connect to the words of writers who lived hundreds of years ago.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.”
– Augustine of Hippo
“The journey itself is my home.”
– Matsuo Basho
“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 Erikkson
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
– George A. Moore
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
The benefits of travel
There are dozens of benefits of travel. If you live in a big city, for example, you may not be able to spend enough time in the wilderness to feel like you’re really connected to nature. On the other hand, travel can be a wonderfully existential experience, and it can open your eyes to new and interesting perspectives. Being in an entirely new place can paradoxically teach us a lot about our home, how we relate to it, and what we feel about ourselves.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Gustave Flaubert
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
– Mark Twain
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re travelling, you are what you are right there and then.”
– William Least Heat Moon
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
– Andre Gide
“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.”
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The last ten years have seen an explosion in travel amongst the global middle class. Our digital economy allows millions of people to work online and travel long term. The spirit of the nomad is in many of us, despite our job, and it is an extraversion towards new places and experiences. Hollywood has explored the nomad archetype in movies such as Eat, Pray, Love, Into The Wild, and Seven Years in Tibet, and their popularity is a true testament to the spirit of travel that inspires so many of us!
“We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.”
– Khalil Gibran
“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
– Pat Conroy
“For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.”
– Aldous Huxley
“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
“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
“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, 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
“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”
– Anthony Bourdain
“ I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met.”
– John Green.