Inspirational Travel QuoteS Guaranteed To Ignite Wanderlust

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!

View from balloon ride in Cappadocia. Background for 'Life is a risk' quote.


Life is an adventure. Take risks.

Wall mural of Ramesses III from Medinet Habu, Egypt. Background for 'Different Places' quote.


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

One of the natural three bridges in China's Wulong County. Background for 'Travel makes us modest' quote.


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

Silhouette of Intha fisherman in Inle lake. Background for 'Travel makes us modest' quote.


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

Front part of boat on river. Background for 'Gladdest moment'' quote.


“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Civilization, man feels once more happy.”

Madaba map mosaic. Background for 'Vagabonding' quote.


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

Three tourists on Hemakuta hill, Hampi. Background for 'Who we are' quote.


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

Travel quote - Kinderdijk Windmill. Background for 'Own a little' quote.


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

Monks with cell phone - Hangzhou, China
Wildebeest herd kicking up dust. Background for 'Let memory be your travel bag' quote.


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

Fall colours on drive through Bicaz Gorge, Romania. Background for 'No moment like beginning' quote.


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

Two rooftops of Truli houses in Alberobello. Background for 'Haven't been everywhere' quote.


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

Pensive Gorila in Rwanda. Background for 'Travel introspection' quote.


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

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

62 thoughts on “Inspirational Travel QuoteS Guaranteed To Ignite Wanderlust

  1. 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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