Wanderlust, that feeling of wanting to pick up, leave on the next plane (or train), and just go somewhere completely new and unknown is always with me. It’s that nagging little voice inside my head saying “wouldn’t it be nice to be sitting on a beach somewhere right now?” Or “wouldn’t it be so cool to be hiking through that mountain pass instead of staring at your computer monitor?” Sometimes my inner travel-addicted soul whispers these things softly, sweet suggestions that make surviving the work day a little easier. But then I scroll through Instagram and see a post from some exotic and awe-inspiring location and those whispers turn into an immediate and deep-rooted wanting to walk out the door and pack my bag for the next adventure.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve definitely felt that same longing for adventure. And if you’re also like me, you know that daydreams rarely pay the bills, and you probably can’t just yell “see ya” to the boss on your way out the door (at least not until your next approved vacation). Instead, here are 17 travel quotes that will definitely feed your wanderlust, and maybe help you get through that workday that just won’t ever end.
“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
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet he said.”- Rachel Wolchin
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”– Michael Palin
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.”– Hans Christian Andersen
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”– Anaïs Nin
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”– St. Augustine
“Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”– Timothy Ferriss
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”– Mark Twain
“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the Earth. Then I ask myself the same question.”– Harun Yahya
“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
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”– Mary Anne Radmacher
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”– Sarah Frances Brown
(this quote is often -wrongly!- attributed to Mark Twain. There is no evidence he ever said this, and in fact the earliest known appearance was published in a 1990 book called "P.S. I Love You")
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”– Henry David Thoreau
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine – it’s lethal.”– Paulo Coelho
“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”– Agnes Repplier
“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
“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."- Lisa Ann Sandell
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