25 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
1) "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." - Anon
This quote epitomizes how I feel every time I'm back in America, with a routine job and going out on the weekends, for those that have travelled a lot you might understand when I say that routine kills the soul a bit. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone, out of your city, out of your country puts your life into perspective and makes us realize what is truly important.
2) "If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet." -Rachel Wolchin
Every traveler knows that we are happiest on the go, when we stay in place for too long that itch starts up again. Down to my core, I honestly believe we as humans were not meant to stay still, because our mental, physical and emotional capacities can do so much more. As humans, we should want to learn more about others. Other people, other cultures, other places.
3) "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt
Okay, so not a real "travel quote" per say but honestly my favorite quote out there, because its about your own self love and respect. After traveling to where I've been so far in my life, if theres anything I realized it's that you learn more about yourself then ever, especially when traveling alone. You spend more time with yourself and realize all your capable of. When traveling (especially alone) I think its a great reminder to respect your own vulnerability, that you're in a new place, new culture, completely out of your comfort zone so remember to take your time and take some self love moments.
4) "Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. Air, sleep, dream, the sea, the sky -- all things tending towards the eternal, or what we imagine of it." -Cesare Pavese
Probably one of my favorite travel quotes would be this one, and this is mainly because it speaks to the part about traveling that isn't always pretty. It's rough, and you go through a lot sometimes. You're in a new place and depending on where you are that could be the complete opposite of what you're used to when it comes to basic things like sanitation, food, water, etc. Some days you want to cry but then somehow, one morning you wake up and you've adapted to this change. You're exploring and doing new things every day and suddenly that becomes your norm, because ultimately that's all you need to live your life. The comforts become these simple things that Cesare mentions-- air, sleep, dreams, the sea and sky.
5) " I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder that to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work. You can't even reliably cross the street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses." -Bill Bryson
Traveling brings you back to a state where everything is new again for you, its a level of excitement you can't always reach in your everyday life but if you have then that's amazing and I'm so happy for you, because that truly is the dream. When everything is new and exciting it brings you back to a state of learning, suddenly you are expanding your mind with new ideas, concepts and beliefs that you've probably never thought of before.
6) "So much of who we are is where we have been" -W. Langeweische
This quote took me a second to really think about because lets face it there are some people who travel a crap ton and barely have the mindset or compassion to show from it, while there are also people who have never been anywhere that show the exact opposite. But when you think about it this doesn't necessarily mean physically where we have been, its also where we've been in our lives, those life changing moments that made us step back and say wow I overcame that and lived to tell the tale. The moments where we've cried from heartbreak or moved into to a completely new culture and had to adapt on your own. Whatever it may be, when you consider how you've grown from a year or two ago it sets in, that we accomplish so much in a lifetime.
7) "There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, and you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, but what if you fly?" -Eric Hanson
I used this quote when I went skydiving for the first time, in South Africa, talk about an experience out of my comfort zone. I was completely terrified the whole time but I kept saying to myself can I do this? Is this something I know I can do? Yes. So why would I let fear stop me from doing it? Sometimes I think to myself what would we accomplish if we thought we could do anything?
8) "A person susceptible to "wanderlust" is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation." -Pico Iyer
I love this. I'm obsessed with it because people consistently tell me I'm always on the go, that maybe I'm not happy staying in one place or don't enjoy it but that's not really what it feels like to me. The feeling I get when I need to go somewhere new or experience something different isn't that I have to be on the go, because that is my everyday life. I like to go places even in my own city, I love being busy and surrounding myself with the people I love but sometimes my own mind and spirit need more. This feeling comes from having travelled to places that gave me moments I will remember for the rest of my life. You probably know these moments, they are often life changing and make you realize something about the world around you or yourself. And during this moment, your mind expands and you have a deeper vibration with the world around you. These are the moments I live for.
9) "Traveling solo doesn't always mean you're alone. You meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime" -Anon
This is incredibly relatable for all you solo travelers out there that maybe toyed with the idea of going it alone. Those that have done it understand that you're never really alone, and its amazing what happens once you're out there doing it. You learn so much from the people you surround yourself with. If you are thinking of it and haven't done it yet, my advice to you is to move forward and do it, take baby steps if you must (have a friend meet you toward the end of your trip) but going it alone is one of the most self satisfying things you could do for yourself in your lifetime.
10) "And then there is the most dangerous risk of all. The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later." -Randy Komisar
There are some people who have asked me why I always need to go now rather then doing "the smart thing" and waiting until I have more in my savings, a steady job, etc. Well my answer is always why would I wait when I want to live my life now? Life is too short to spend it doing things you don't want to do, and if I were to die tomorrow, a month from now or a year from now I want to be able to think back and say I'm happy with how my life went, and with the person I've become.
11) "One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are." -Edith Wharton
As someone who's living as an American in 2018, I've realized there are really two types of people. The optimists and cynics. Those who believe that yes, Trump may suck (sorry not sorry) but we are learning and growing into something more from this experience. Others may stray in their thinking to believe that everything's going to shit. FYI if all you're doing is watching the news you may be led to believe theres more bad than good right now. Traveling has kept me from being a cynic, I cannot describe all of the beautiful souls I've met that changed my world because that would take several novels but I can say they've impacted me beyond belief. There's more to our world then the bad news. And further more, some of these places might not be as bad as you think, its only one side of the story you've seen.
12) Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once." -Karen Gibbs
Sometimes you trust your gut, you buy the plane ticket, you move to a new state, or take a chance doing something completely crazy. These are the moments you remember for the rest of your life. They're the important stuff to take with you on your journey, but one of my worst fears in life is to have regrets from the chances you didn't take. To look back and say "I should have" rather then "I did" so the next time you're caught trying to decide whether it's worth it, listen to your gut and go for it, don't ever look back and say I should've done it, instead choose to do it. Say yes.
13) "People are more than just the way they look." -Madeline L'Engle (Wrinkle in Time)
I remember one scenario where I found myself making judgments before I could even catch it was in China. I was completely sleep deprived and in desperate need of a place to stay but the airport in Beijing was not easy to navigate for me at 2 am in the morning. Although side note for you, the Beijing airport isn't really easy to navigate at any time really. But I remember walking out the doors nearing the outside when a man in a suit suddenly was trying to help me find a place. I was straight up terrified as every kind of kidnapping scenario played in my mind, would I be taken and put into the trafficking industry? My life flashed before my eyes as my only option was to follow him, everyone around me pretty much forced me to go with him & not many, mind you, speaking English. In the end, this man was true to his word and found me a safe place to stay for the night, and it wasn't bad at all. So why did I have judgments? Well aside from the obvious gender issues we as females have to deal with, this sort of mistrust is common for so many other countries that tend to get a bad rep from the news, rumors, or maybe even a few people in that culture that seemed to have tarnished the image. People are still people no matter where you go, and it turns out there are some of the kindest people out there if you let yourself open up enough to them. Everyone is more then the stereotypes we may imagine in our minds.
14) "May every sunrise bring you hope and may every sunset bring you peace" -Anon
Sunrises are one of my absolute joys in life, it always makes me happy to get up early and watch a new day begin. I never really thought too much about why, but I think this quote nails it on the head in saying each new day brings hope. With hope comes possibilities, endless possibilities. Hope says you have the power to create anything you put your mind to, and each day is ultimately in your control. You make your daily decisions, you choose what clothes to wear or what to eat and whether you're going to work that day or not. That honestly is the most exciting thing to me. It proves you are capable of anything. It proves that your decisions impact your life in the long run, even just the simple sunrises you choose to wake up for.
15) "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations" -Zig Ziglar
Some people are often surprised to hear that it wasn't easy getting to where I am today, both emotionally and physically. I struggled in the past but came out believing I am capable of so much more then I ever gave myself credit for. I overcame the darkest parts of me and continue to deal with this, as it is a process but I now know there is so much more to life then those "difficult roads." If you are struggling with anything right now I want you to know that as cliche as it is, it really does get better. You just have to find a way to love yourself as you are, and once that self acceptance is there, you are honestly capable of anything.
16) "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within" -Maya Angelou
Sometimes you need a reminder that when you're traveling you're also bringing a piece of yourself to new people, a new culture and a completely new ideology. What you bring to the table matters, you matter. And if your light can help even one other person then that makes all the difference.
17) "Time heals nothing unless you move along with it" -Deb Sofield
When I was going through a break up and decided to head to Europe to backpack on my own for a bit, I have to say time heals all wounds was a complete myth to me. I question it because honestly these wounds are deeply emotional therefore we carry them with us for life. It's a matter of moving yourself forward though, which I think just means taking it day by day and as time moves accepting that those wounds are a part of you. So so important to all my fellow solo travelers who may need that reminder.
18) "The past does not equal the future" -Tony Robbins
I recently spoke to a friend who seems a little too caught up in everything that's happened to her, when in reality there's not much she can change there, what happened happened and now it can only hurt her more to continue to dwell on it. She often says that she can't go further because of her past mistakes and what her family is like now to the point where she honestly believes she will somehow fail. The biggest thing to know when it comes to who you are is yes, you are partly your mistakes but it doesn't mean that will be your future. If anything it says the complete opposite, because you can always go up from there.
19) "Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams" -Ralph Waldo Emmerson
When traveling, I believe its always better to be inspired to go somewhere rather then pushed into it from a negative situation but I know that this can relate to traveling because of something like a breakup or death in the family. However, sometimes that changes a part of you to realize you have more potential then you realized or that those around you actually do want the best for you. It brings you to a more positive standpoint with the world around you. Ultimately, however I think this relates to not letting your everyday problems push your life, choose what you really want and shoot for the stars.
20) "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make" -Jane Goodall
I like to think of the impact we have as a sort of ripple effect in the ocean. We're all just fish in the sea, searching for what comes next but when we decide to make a move toward something, others notice. Everything truly does have an impact and what you choose matters.
21) "If you haven't found it yet, keep looking" -Steve Jobs
Steve said it best, if you haven't found that thing that makes you happy to get up in the morning, that place that makes you excited about life, then keep searching, keep moving forward and never give up until you get it.
22) "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling" -Margaret Lee
Happiness is a concept I've tried to understand because in all of my travels some of the people who have "less" by westernized standards are some of the happiest people I've ever seen. It is not something that can be achieved in the same way as money or success, because neither brings true happiness from within, traveling however I can say brings happiness. It brings new people into your life, it can bring love and light and set your spirit loose on an adventure. That can be true happiness.
23) "There is always something to be thankful for" -Anon
We live our day to day lives but suddenly that routine becomes lethal as we start to complain, start to see everything in the same light, and we become someone entirely different than who we are capable of being. Start each day with a grateful heart.
24) "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Ian Maclaren
I love this quote because it is the truth, plain and simple. Everyone has struggled with something, everyone has something they hate about themselves or something they struggle with and this is true across all cultures. This is why when we travel we tend to make strong and deep bonds with those around us, because its a way for us to gain trust and get close in the most basic way we know.
25) "I choose to be happy" -Anon
I want to end with this quote because happiness is everything, is it our reason for living and why we are still alive. Without happiness we are depressed, sad and nothing is worth it. When traveling I noticed this was a common theme for me to see in who I met along the way. Personally, I am known for being Miss Positivity but that again, doesn't mean I haven't had my fair share of struggles. Everyday though, I wake up and understand that it is a choice, to be happy. It is something I want to epitomize, I want to ooze happiness, & I don't even like the word ooze but I just wanted to get the point across. Choose happiness, even when you're sad your not traveling or you're aching to be anywhere else, choose happiness. Thank you for reading my lovely followers! xx