Top five inspirational travel quotes
Fully infected by the travel bug? Well, I doubt you hardly need more motivation to grab your backpack and book a flight. But here are my top five inspirational travel quotes to remind you of the importance of exploring this vast and exciting world. Metaphors and clever phrasing enable the quotes to summarize why we decide to travel rather than staying put at home. The beauty of exploring the universe is expressed through these profound phrases, and when asked ‘so why do you travel?’, they are ready and waiting on the tip of our tongue:
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet, he said” – Rachel Wolchin.
We have two eyes to see, two ears to hear and two hands to feel. And we are given two feet to move – not just from home to the supermarket, but to walk, to explore and to feel alive. Likewise, we all have a brain with a huge capacity for learning – one of the biggest in all of the animal kingdom – that we should not just use a fraction of. One of the ways we can utilize this brainpower is while travelling; when education is constant. Without much effort, we are constantly educated about other people’s cultures and ways of life, maximising the brain’s learning capacity. If you desire travel, wasting an opportunity to explore and learn about the world around us would be an awful shame.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St Augustine.
Would you ever pick up a book and just read the first page? Do you not want to carry on, to see what else happens in the book? One of my favourite parts of travelling is visiting a group of neighbouring countries and observing how the culture adapts and changes as I move away from the starting point. The further a person travels from their homeland, the more their mind broadens (much in the same way as a person who reads lots of books). Rather than sit on Facebook and lust after my friends’ travels, I endeavour to go and experience the world myself. Don’t just read the first page of the world. Read the book, it’s worth it.
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try” – Seth Godin.
I am perpetually terrified of something going wrong in all aspects of life, and travelling is no exception. The thought of landing in a foreign country with just my backpack, where I speak little of the language and have to navigate myself through a new culture makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up – but it also gives me an overwhelming sense of excitement. After all, it is only the anticipation of the unknown that is scary. Once the unknown becomes known, it is not so scary any more. But, of course, you have to throw yourself into the deep end. Facing my fears and going travelling was the best decision I’ve ever made and once the big bad world became my friend, I realised it’s not half as terrifying as I once thought it to be.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous.
Boarding down volcanoes, trekking through jungles, quad biking in the desert. Last time I checked, these couldn’t be done in the UK. Sure, our country has some amazing opportunities – but if you multiply these opportunities by 196 you are faced with the world’s prospects. Would you want to miss out on 99.5% of what the world has to offer, from lack of travelling? We’re given the opportunity for a wonderful, substantial life, and to let it slip away without experiencing as much as possible is foolish. My biggest determination is to think, ‘thank god I did that’ rather than ‘I wish I did that’. I want to make sure I experience life to its absolute fullest, and my passion for travel means that I will.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain” – Jack Kerouac.
Life can be monotonous sometimes. I endeavour never to let the work, chores, sleep routine take over, and this is ensured by making sure I do climb up those mountains (or the appropriate substitute). Doing the same thing day in, day out almost inevitably causes the days to merge into one bland time period. That’s not how life should be lived. Every day should be just as amazing as the next, and by travelling this is entirely possible. You never know when your last month, week or day on earth will be. Why settle for monotony?
These quotes always inspire me to achieve my dreams. They are a reminder that no matter how hard it seems to work towards my next adventure, it will all be worth it. My heart was made to travel, and my top five travel quotes speak straight to my nomadic soul.
By Claire Martin