15 Great Quotes That Will Get You Out There


You’ve probably got a list of places you want to visit, new things to try, or adventures you can’t wait to embark on. Despite your best intentions, however, something always seems to get in the way. Work sneaks in, there’s another chore to take care of, and there can be days when even getting off the couch seems more than you can handle.

If you’re lacking a bit of motivation to get moving, we’ve got some great quotes to kick-start your wanderlust. Stick them on the fridge with your favourite souvenir magnet to hear the call of the open road.

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen – Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God – Kurt Vonnegut, from Cat’s Cradle

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did – unknown, often falsely attributed to Mark Twain

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference – Robert Frost, from his poem The Road Not Taken

We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us – John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charley: In Search of America

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive – Robert Louis Stevenson, from Virginibus Puerisque

Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices – Oscar Wilde, from The Happy Prince and Other Tales

One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things – Henry Miller, from Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going – Paul Theroux, novelist

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Laozi, ancient Chinese philosopher

Travel far enough, you meet yourself – David Mitchell, from Cloud Atlas

Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead – Ma Jian, author

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, from A Hat Full of Sky

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing – Helen Keller, from Let Us Have Faith

The brave don’t live forever but the cautious don’t live at all – Bill See, from 33 Days

No matter where your wandering may take you, we leave you with the words of Maya Angelou in a bonus quote that best captures why getting out there matters:

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends – Maya Angelou, from Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Happy travels!