15 Travel Quotes That Will Convince You to Plan Your Next Adventure

When you have a demanding career or a paltry bank account or a penchant for sitting on your couch watching Sherlock marathons, it's easy to convince yourself that booking a vacation is a bad idea. But it's not! It's a GREAT idea. Need more convincing? I've compiled fifteen of the most wanderlust-worthy travel quotes floating around the web, and they're sure to inspire you to have an adventure of your own. Whether you're about to embark on a global tour or are simply determined to use all of your vacation days this year, these words of wisdom will make clicking that "purchase flight" button a little bit easier.

1. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

2. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

4. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

5. “Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

6. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

7. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

8. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

9. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

10. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

11. Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

12. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

13. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

14. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

15. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

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