wanderlust inspiration


The toughest part about being home and not traveling is…well, not traveling. If you’re like me and want to get back to the backpacker lifestyle, then here are 25 travel quotes (with photos I designed!) to inspire your wanderlust. Enjoy!

Travel Quote #01

“Everyone has their own Pacific to cross”

– The Coxless Crew

In 2015, a group of four women calling themselves, “The Coxless Crew,” set out to row across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia. By themselves. Unaided. For 8,446 miles. A documentary called, “Losing Sight of Shore,” was created to immortalize their adventure. The tagline of their journey was, “Everyone has their own Pacific to cross,” which immediately made me wonder, “What’s my Pacific?” Food for thought. Check out their documentary here!

Travel Quote #02

“No place is as bad as they tell you it’s going to be”

– Chuck Thompson

Travel Quote #03

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

– Jennifer Lee

Travel Quote #04

“bring me that horizon”

– Jack Sparrow

I love this quote so much. It’s simple, to the point, and it comes from one of my favorite movies. I feel like, deep down, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of every traveler’s favorite movies, right?

Travel Quote #05

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”

– Anna Quindlen

It’s easy to fall into a thought-trap when planning a big change in your life. To look at the current life you’re living and think, “Well, I’ve been working here for years. It’s too late to do something I’ve always wanted to do, like quit my job to travel the world.” Sometimes, all it takes is little bravery and a, “F*ck it,” to make that change.

Travel Quote #06

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

– Helen Keller

Travel Quote #07

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

– Gustav Flaubert

It’s easy to get feeling like the master of your world when that world only exists within a 30-mile radius. I’ve definitely been guilty of that. It becomes easy to navigate on autopilot, and that’s when you let interesting people or new experiences pass you by. As soon as you set foot in another country, the simplest thing becomes an adventure. Dangerous, even. Going to a grocery store where no one spoke English made my heart race more than any roller coaster I’ve been on. Now, go learn just how tiny you really are.

Travel Quote #08

“Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.”

– Anthony Bourdain

Travel Quote #09

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

– Martin Buber

When backpacking long-term, your travels rarely end up the way you expect. Finding a neat coffee shop could derail your daily itinerary. Meeting a cool group of friends can convince you to stay on an island in Thailand for an extra month. If you give yourself the flexibility, your travels will be full of these secret destinations you never accounted for.

Travel Quote #10

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

– Paulo Coelho

Travel Quote #11

“You earn your knowledge of a city by walking it.”

– A German guy I met in England

I met a kind, but quiet, German fellow in my hostel in Cambridge. In our talks, he mentioned how he rarely takes public transit. He said that when you walk, you slow down. You observe more. And, after a day or two of gettin lost in a new city, you feel as if you know it. This is one of my favorite travel quotes and I immediately adopted his way of thinking. My feet didn’t thank me. 

Travel Quote #12

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.”

– Cesare Pavese

Travel Quote #13

“If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting.”

– Rolf Potts

This is one of my favorite travel quotes from the OG vagabond, Rolf Potts. He wrote the book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. which is one of the best travel books out there. This quote is the quintessential thing I tell my friends when they ask what I did on a daily basis. “Walk.” Eventually, you’ll meet someone or find something that interests you.

Travel Quote #14

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

– Randy Komisar

Travel Quote #15


– Paul Theroux

Travel Quote #16


– Aldous Huxley

Travel Quote #17

“Climb that goddamn mountain.”

– Jack Kerouac

Travel Quote #18

“The journey is part of the experience — an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent.”

– Anthony Bourdain

This is the absolute truth. I’ve met plenty of travelers who are on the road for a particular purpose. It’s one thing to set out with an end goal in mind, but it’s another thing entirely to set out in pursuit of the journey itself. I would go even further to say that the journey IS the experience. 

Travel Quote #19

“The most vivid travel experiences usually find you by accident.”

– Rolf Potts

Travel Quote #20

“To Awaken Alone in a Strange Town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”

– Freya Stark

Travel Quote #21


– Johnathan Winters

Travel Quote #22

“Travel Leaves You Speechless Then Turns You Into A Storyteller.”

– IBN Battuta

Travel Quote #23


– Paulo Coelho

This isn’t specifically a travel quote, but it’s an excerpt from one of my favorite books of all time, The Alchemist. It basically is telling you that if you have a dream, you can’t wait for it to just fall in your lap. You have to do something to move towards that goal. Anything. The act of doing will present you with opportunities to move yourself even closer towards achieving what you want.

Travel Quote #24

“If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.”

– Paulo Coelho

Travel Quote #25

“Of all the adventures and challenges that wait on the vagabonding road, the most difficult can be the act of coming home.”

– Rolf Potts

This is one of my favorite travel quotes because it’s the one that’s hit me the hardest. I didn’t know how difficult it would be to come home, especially when my trip around the world ended so abruptly. It took a long time to get used to being back home. To get used to living in a house and having privacy. But being home and having time to think has given me, it’s a burning desire to get back on the road and the confidence that I can live literally anywhere. If that sounds like something you want, then you need to go for it. Trust me.

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I certainly am. I was feverishly designing these images for hours over the past few days. Now, I can’t wait to jump on a plane / in a car / out of a plane. SOMETHING. Anyways, if you liked these inspiration travel quotes, be sure to share it to Pinterest by clicking the images above.

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