16 Inspirational Travel Quotes To Fuel Your Wanderlust

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: A jinricksa in Kyoto
#travelquotes #adventure, #exploring #travelinspiration

Last Edited: August 2020

Do you know of anyone who hasn’t been touched by the power of an inspirational quote? By the wisdom of accumulated experience expressed in crisp, evocative words that make you nod your head in silent agreement or laugh out loud in delight? 

Like many of you, I am a collector of that wisdom. Of the power of a single sentence to evoke emotions way better than a thousand word article by a lesser writer. I use them as crutches to emphasise a theme or an emotion. To describe a photograph, a scene, a memory so special that they need more eloquence than I can muster. 

For this series I have paired my favourite travel quotes with some of my favourite images to inspire you and nudge your inner travel dreams onto the road.

Say hello to wanderlust!

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: View from balloon ride in Cappadocia. 
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ANONYMOUS

Life is an adventure. Take risks.

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Wall mural of Ramesses III from Medinet Habu, Egypt. 
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EDNA FERBER

“It sounds so far away and different. I like different places. I like any places that isn’t here.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: The Natural Three bridges in Wulong County, China
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SCOTT CAMERON

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

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Silhouette of Intha fisherman in Inle lake. 
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PICO IYER

“A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” 

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Temple of Edfu, Egypt
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Tso Moriri lake for Beautiful World Quote: I didn't know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.

JUSTINA CHEN

“I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Madaba map mosaic. #travelquotes #adventure, #exploring #travelinspiration

RALPH POTTS

“Vagabonding begins the moment you stop making excuses, start saving money, and begin to look at maps with the narcotic tingle of expectation.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Three tourists on Hemakuta hill, Hampi.. #travelquotes #adventure, #exploring #travelinspiration

WILLIAM LANGEWIESCHE

““So much of who we are is where we have been.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Kinderdijk Windmill. #travelquotes #adventure, #exploring #travelinspiration

ALEXANDER SATTLER

“I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Monks with cell phone - Hangzhou, China
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Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Wildebeest herd kicking up dust in the Serengeti
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ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN

“Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Fall colours on drive through Bicaz Gorge, Romania. 
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CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.”—

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Two rooftops of Truli houses in Alberobello. 
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SUSAN SONTAG

“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Pensive Gorila in Rwanda.
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LAWRENCE DURELL

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”

Looking for inspirational travel quotes? Here's a collection paired with my favourite travel photos sure to ignite wanderlust. 
Image: Under the bridge in Kolkata
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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

62 thoughts on “16 Inspirational Travel Quotes To Fuel Your Wanderlust

  1. What a fabulous series of photographs and quotes. I can’t begin to say which I like best, but that opening photo and Maya Angelou quote is beautiful.
    As are many of the others. Don and I are busy vagabonding Turkey Egypt and Jordan – just talking about it is getting us excited.
    A beautiful series Madhu. Thank you.
    Alison

  2. Nicely paired and inspirational–how do you do multiple social media. I’m able to handle WP, and waiver at any other commitment. Again enjoyed your combinations. I only wish that you would put the quotes under the frame of the image. That’s my preference.

    1. Thanks Sally. This series is specifically about combining images and quotes. Do you feel the typography detracts from the image?

  3. What a balancing act you do with the social media, Madhu. That’s admirable. I really like your pairings of image and quote. They are all winners. Social Studies and Geography classrooms ought to be filled with these. So now, I have just added to the pressure. Marketing.

    1. Ha, wouldn’t it be great if someone offered to buy these from me? Glad you like the pairings Lynne. I really have no idea why I thought these were too frivolous for the blog. Have lost an enormous amount of traffic in the bargain 😉

  4. What a great idea. I often come across writing that speaks to me about travel, and I don’t know quite what to do with it. May I appropriate inspiration from this series of yours for my own purposes? An occasional series called something like “what writers I read say about travel”, with acknowledgement to you as my muse?

    I can’t seem to make the slide show work on my antiquated iPad, but next week I’ll be cohabiting again with my pc. The image and quote at the beginning are great, and I’ll definitely seek out the others. I like the overlay of text on image, and your images are always filled with you and camera skill!

    1. Meg, I am delighted you enjoyed this series. You are most welcome to use the concept in any way you please. I was inspired by images I found online myself.

  5. I love both the quotes and the photos. I wonder how you can keep up with all those forms of social media?! I find it so difficult just to keep up with my blog and its readers! I am on a number of other platforms, but I’ve always kept the blog separate – stubbornness, I suppose!

    1. Thank you. It isn’t easy. And I was stubbornly resistant too. But I have just, in the last three months, woken up to the power of social media in multiplying my reach.

    1. I hope ‘everything’ does not include baby!!! 😀 Sid, I discovered the joy of traveling late in life. You have a lifetime ahead of you. No reason why you cannot live the dream yourself with a bit of planning. And a lot of prioritizing.

  6. Madhu these are fab, you do everything so well! I’ve tried putting haiku onto photos a couple of times and I can never get the text as I want it – bad colour choice or size etc. i think my favourite is Ibn Battuta.

    1. Thank you Gilly. That’s my favourite too. Choosing fonts and colours takes up a bit of time and effort, but I enjoy it because it briefly transports me to my design studio where we worked into the night over our presentations. Miss the pressure sometimes 🙂

      PS: I love your new Gravatar image.

  7. Lovely and inspirational. The Zanzibar picture is absolutely magnificent. It’s a classic!! I can stare at that for hours in oblivion.

  8. Wonderful pairing of photographs and sayings – takes me to happy place this Sunday morning. Have a wonderful week Madhu!

  9. This is indeed a wonderful series and I just love each one of the quote and for me the best one though very difficult to separate is…”let our memory be our travel bag”, keep sharing such fabulous quotes and keep inspiring to travel more and newer places…
    Happy Travelling and Happy Sharing.

    1. Thanks Nicole. Public Chats is a new feature by Viber. You”l be able to see the ‘Chats’ icon at the bottom of your latest version of Viber. I think it is on invitation only. Not as interactive as other platforms, which is its biggest downside for me.

  10. Fabulous collection of quotes and photos, Madhu. Looking forward to more of this series! That view from the hot air balloon in Cappadocia was breath taking!!

  11. Also, I nominated you for the 5-story challenge. You might have seen it going around the blogosphere… No obligations of course! 🙂

      1. Would love to see what you come up with, Madhu! For me, you are one of the most inspirational travel bloggers. Have I told you that I have come back and read your post about going back to the Nilgiris, multiple times… also made A read it. It tears me up every time.

    1. Thank you Sylvia. I love that one too, even though I am acutely aware of how little time I have to do it in 🙂

  12. So that’s what you’ve been up to! I have missed you but with my comings and goings lately I wasn’t sure if I’d missed posts. I was about to ask if everything is ok, but I can see that it is 🙂 Very ok 🙂
    I thought Viber was purely for chat, Madhu- rather like Skype. I uploaded it when you first posted about it but then didn’t really investigate and finally uninstalled it because it slowed my poor tired old laptop down. I’d better take another look! Love this series 🙂

    1. Thanks Jo. These are old images that I created for Viber and should have posted here simultaneously, but didn’t for some reason. Have actually been pre-occupied with a host of minor health issues and family commitments. So not able to concentrate on my writing 😦

  13. Madhu – what a great idea for quotes- I really love a good quote for so many reasons – and when they get mixed with your artsy photos – well they have even more density – looking forward to the series. xxooo

  14. It’s a great idea, Madhu! When words and images interact, magic happens. The first photograph has that magical quality, Madhu. Love the other images and quotes too.

  15. Brilliant idea. I love it! Just to clarify the quote about once a year going to some place you have never been before – does it have to be a country we have never visited before or it can be a new place in a familiar country?

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