The Wander Theory Travel Inspired Quotes

A growing collection of travel inspired quotes.

An obsessively updated and meticulously curated collection of travel quotes, inspirational aphorisms, and words to live by.


“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”

Isabelle Eberhardt : The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

“Instead of embarking on a life of living well, we instead tend to choose a life of boredom in work, punctuated by hi-octane ‘experiences’ that are to be ticked off from a list.”

Dan Kieran : The Idle Traveller

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

Anthony Bourdain : No Reservations. Around the World on an Empty Stomach

“It might be stating the obvious to point out one additional effect of travel: the successful encounter with so much that is foreign and unfamiliar, the experience of surviving such an unprecedented onslaught of novelty, changes forever the traveler’s attitude toward what is different. Different is no longer disturbing or somehow unsettling, something to be feared. The traveler has been improved by difference, his sensitivity has been enhanced by difference, his understanding deepened. After their first taste of difference, most travelers, not surprisingly, can’t wait to taste it again.”

Craig Storti : Why Travel Matters

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.”

Anais Nin : The Diary of Anais Nin

“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”

John A. Shedd

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries”

Aldous Huxley

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain : The Innocents Abroad + Roughing It

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”

Robert Louis Stevenson : The Silverado Squatters: A Sojourn in Napa County

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.”

Eric Roth : The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Christopher McCandless : Into the Wild

“The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”

Anthony Bourdain : A Cook’s Tour

“Because we are more mindful, each day is long and lazy, its contents more memorable, separable, and distinct. This is why a week spent in a new place always seem to have many more days than a week spent at home. “


“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

Diane Ackerman 

“To be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.”

Rebecca Solnit : A Field Guide to Getting Lost

“Let’s not travel to tick things off lists, or collect half-hearted semi-treasures to be placed in dusty drawers in empty rooms. Rather, we’ll travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks, where we’ll sit and dismiss the passing time, spun in the city’s web, ‘til we’ve surrendered, content to be spent and consumed.
I need to feel a place while I’m in it.”

Victoria Erickson : Edge of Wonder

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