We’re not embarrassed to say that we absolutely LOVE inspirational travel quotes. It’s probably because they resonate so well with our lifestyle and our goals. They just fit, you know?
We’ve been known to share them with friends and family (even colleagues) a little too often, but we really just think everyone benefits from them. We all need a kick in the butt sometimes, motivating us to get out there and explore the big, wide, world.
If you have seen the front page of this blog, you know we share a different life lesson on every visit. Different days deserve different inspirational quotes, at least if you ask us. Actually, as a pro tip for you, you can just hit refresh on your browser, and you’ll get a new life lesson smacked in the face. That can be really useful sometimes.
Below you’ll first find our 10 favourite inspirational travel quotes, including an explanation of what they mean to us personally. After that, we have thrown in an extra 74 for those of you who just can’t get enough travel inspiration!
All these quotes remind us of why we love to travel. They also remind us of our own greatest travel memories and of why we’ve chosen this nomadic lifestyle for ourselves. They are all excellent, and it was really hard picking our 10 favourite ones. In the end, the ones that “won” were the ones we had the most to say about. That must mean something, right?
Honestly, they are all just amazing, and if you love quotes as much as we do, you’ll have a blast reading through the list!
Maybe you can find the one quote we coined ourselves?
1. “That Risk You Are Afraid To Take, Could Be The One That Changes Your Entire Life”
This is precisely how we felt when we were contemplating selling all of our stuff, quitting our jobs and starting to travel the world full-time. We were super afraid of taking the risk, as we believed we needed more money, and had no safety net to fall back on.
Of course, it later turned out, that wasn’t true. Almost everyone has friends and family that will let you crash on their couch if you run out of money, and it is possible to travel much cheaper than you’d expect.
Today we are so happy that we were brave enough to go ahead with our plans and we are sure this is the best decision of our entire lives. It has, without a doubt, changed our lives for the better and we are happier than ever before. If you want to know more, you can read all about the decision on our About Us page.
2. “I Always Wonder Why Birds Stay In The Same Place When They Can Fly Anywhere On Earth. Then I Ask Myself The Same Question”
Both of us always wanted to learn to fly. Now, this quote is metaphorical, so that’s not really relevant. And yet… Why didn’t we ever learn to fly, considering it would be quite easy for us to do exactly that? We never did because, well, we were too sensible. Taking a flight certificate is costly, and how much were we ever going to use it anyway? We now know better, and will definitely be learning to fly in the near future, one way or another. Recently, we were so hyped about our first ever paragliding flight that we might just start with that! If you have the opportunity to follow your dreams, why not do it?
For other people, without pilot dreams, this quote probably relates to travel. And it does for us as well. Travelling as much as we do, we simply can’t understand people who just stay at home. It’s absolutely incomprehensible to us, why you’d rather spend your weekends and holidays as a couch potato when there’s a whole wide world to explore.
3. “Travel Makes One Modest. You See What A Tiny Place You Occupy In This World”
We actually always knew what a tiny place we occupy in this world. We are from Denmark, you see. Maybe you are not familiar with that little Scandinavian country, but know this: It is seriously tiny. It might be because of its size, that the whole culture there is built around modesty. We (unofficially) have something called Janteloven – The Law of Jante. It sort of means “don’t think you are better than others”. It’s quite romantic in a way, and it definitely has its merits, but it also creates a lot of prejudice about people who strive for more. If you are ambitious, and especially if you are wealthy, you will be reminded, a lot, about Janteloven.
We used to think that the ideology behind Janteloven was small-minded and jealous, but having travelled the world, we see things a little differently now. There is so much inequality out there, and we are lucky to have grown up in a place where most people are equal. In that way, travel has opened our mind and allowed us to better accept the culture of our own home country.
4. “I Can Always Make More Money. I Cannot Make More Time”
When we originally decided to quit our jobs and go travel the world, we planned to start more than a year later. However, our fear of running out of time made us push the timeline, and our new lifestyle, a whole year ahead of schedule. We are SO glad we did. If we had stayed put, we would later have felt like that was a wasted year. And we really don’t have that many years to waste in our lives – always remember that.
Yes, we gave up on great corporate careers, and the associated salaries, but it just isn’t worth it if you aren’t happy. This is the biggest tip we can give to you: Don’t go around doing stuff you aren’t happy doing. Seriously – that’s a big no-no. You’ll come to regret that massively in the end.
If you are happy with what you are doing, that’s just great as well. It’s absolutely possible to get your travel dreams fulfilled while having a full-time job. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at our inspiring friends over at Use That Leave. It’s their speciality!
5. “I Travel Because I Become Uncomfortable Being Too Comfortable”
There is a clear recipe to having a good, comfortable life, and most people strive towards exactly that. At least where we come from. The recipe goes like this: Do well in school, get your degree, a steady job, house, kids, dog, a Volvo, a better job and eventually a bigger house. Maybe by then you can even afford to put your kids through college (well, that’s free in Denmark but you get the point!).
The recipe doesn’t include travelling, exploring the world, broadening your perspectives or anything like that. And that just doesn’t resonate very well with us. Whenever we come back from a trip, it won’t be long before we start longing for the next one. Trust us, it is very hard having a 9-to-5 when you feel like that. We would much rather head out on new adventures, than stay at home. That initially made us chase jobs outside of Denmark, and now it has led us to quit those jobs and live a life of adventure instead. We are often uncomfortable in this lifestyle, even scared sometimes, but we could never go back to doing nothing.
Adventure is everything to us, and we are really happy that we’ve realised that. However, society didn’t make it easy, that’s for sure.
6. “Traveling Is About Finding Things You Never Knew You Were Looking For”
As mentioned in the previous quote, we are so happy that we realised how much adventure means to us. Previously in our lives, we always thought we knew what we wanted and where we wanted to end up. Our careers were running pretty much as hoped and expected, but we weren’t happy. However, as we started to travel more and more, we realised this was our true calling. There was just so many exciting things to see and do out there in the world, that we didn’t even know about. That wasn’t something we were going to let slide. Our best days now are those where we venture out into the unknown and see or do something that we have never tried before.
7. “I Travel Because I’d Rather Look Back At My Life, Saying ‘I Cannot Believe I Did That’ Instead Of ‘If Only I Had’.”
We are terrified of laying on our deathbed, thinking about all the missing opportunities that we didn’t dare pursue. As you are departing this world, having big regrets must be the single worst feeling possible. There’s no way in hell we’ll allow that to happen to us.
Luckily, there isn’t really anything (anymore) that we feel too scared to do or try. Sure, we are reasonable in our danger-assessments, and we stay within most of the legal frameworks as well, but besides that, we really don’t have any limitations. Life is too short for that.
8. “Then I Realised That To Be More Alive, I Had To Be Less Afraid. So, I Did It. I Lost My Fear And Gained My Whole Life”
Talking of fear again, this quote is about starting to live the life of your dreams and to stop being afraid. No matter what you are afraid of, it just isn’t worth it. Whether you are afraid of commitment, solo travel, being alone, skydiving, or something else entirely, doesn’t matter. Fear is bad. It holds you back. Just like Kia used to be held back by her fear of heights.
This started, as most things do, all the way back in her childhood. She would be afraid of walking close to edges, on metal staircases primarily (for some reason), and it kept her from climbing trees and all that fun, dangerous, stuff we all used to do.
Eventually, long after reaching adulthood, she realised how irrational that fear was, threw herself out of a plane and hasn’t looked back since. By doing stuff like skydiving, flying a microlight in Africa and paragliding from a glacier, she has trained herself to push that fear aside, and just do it. When you look at her today, you can easily tell that she has never been happier. Letting go of that fear is definitely part of the reason.
9. “Because In The End, You Won’t Remember The Times You Spent In The Office Or Mowing Your Lawn. Climb That Goddamn Mountain”
This quote really resonates with us because it feels like we could have written it ourselves. It’s so clear and direct, and we really appreciate that. It also makes it very simple to understand. Do the goddamn thing you dream about, no matter how tough or scary it might be. You know damn well that you’ll remember and cherish that experience for the rest of your life. If something isn’t worth remembering, it is probably a waste of time.
10. “If It Scares You, It Might Be A Good Thing To Try”
We couldn’t agree more. Once again, this is about fear, and we keep coming back to that because we believe fear is the number one thing holding people back in life. Get out of your comfort zone. How? By doing scary stuff. Simple as that.
If you don’t believe us, try it out!
That concludes our 10 favourite inspirational travel quotes. However, the next 74 quotes are not any less valid or any less inspirational. There are some wonderful gems in there – some super motivational words, phrases and sentences that can do surprisingly much for a person’s mindset. It’s worth just reading over them now, but make sure to take note of your favourite ones and keep revisiting them every once in a while. Their effect won’t subside over time. We promise that every time you re-read your favourite quotes in the future, you’ll get a jolt of travel inspiration and be reminded of your best travel memories.
And isn’t that just wonderful?
That’s 84 amazing inspirational travel quotes for ya! We hope they will inspire you to go out there and live the life of your dreams. May you go on a thousand adventures and may you be happier than you ever imagined you could be. That’s all we wish for you, and you should know, it is totally attainable!
Nick & Kia