Inspirational Quotes are Everywhere! But my Favorite are Right Here…

When Nick and I were heading off on our 15-month trip through South America, Asia, and New Zealand back in 2013, I had this idea in my head that I wanted to start documenting our adventures in a brown leather journal with a wrap-around tie closure (you know, the ones that look very old and very important in movies).

Well, of course, Nick is a hopeless romantic and he surprised me with the perfect one!

And on the first page he wrote something that has since become my all-time favorite inspirational travel quote: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” This small act started my very cliché and cheesy love story with wanderlust-inspiring travel quotes that remind me that when I’m old and grey I’ll look back at this time as the best years of my life!

So I’ve put together a compilation of my all-time favorite inspirational travel and adventure quotes with some of my favorite travel photos for you to enjoy!

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The Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram

1. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

2. “What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” – Robert Brault

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” – Robert Brault
“What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” –Robert Brault

3. “Travel. The best way to be lost… and found… at the same time.” – Brenna Smith

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Travel. The best way to be lost… and found… at the same time.” – Brenna Smith
“Travel. The best way to be lost… and found… at the same time.” – Brenna Smith

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4. “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” – Gustave Flaubert

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” – Gustave Flaubert
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” – Gustave Flaubert

5. “People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”
“People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”

6. “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll

7. “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – John C. Maxwell

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – John C. Maxwell
“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – John C. Maxwell

8. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paul Coelho

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now." – Paul Coelho
“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paul Coelho

9. “I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again”
– Benjamin Button

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again" – Benjamin Button
“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again” – Benjamin Button

10. “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen” – Winnie the Pooh

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen" – Winnie the Pooh
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen” – Winnie the Pooh

11. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves." – Henry David Thoreau
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

12. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

13. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

14. “Sometimes you never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "Sometimes you never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." – Dr. Seuss
“Sometimes you never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

15. “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.” – Carrie Bradshaw

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them." – Carrie Bradshaw
“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.” – Carrie Bradshaw


16. “Jobs fill your pocket, Adventures fill your soul” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Jobs fill your pocket, Adventures fill your soul” – Jaime Lyn Beatty
“Jobs fill your pocket, Adventures fill your soul” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

17. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

18. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

19. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

20. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

21. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

22. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. “Collect moments, not things.” – April Peerless

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "Collect moments, not things." – April Peerless
“Collect moments, not things.” – April Peerless

24. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

25. “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.” – Shel Silverstein

Best Travel Quotes for Wanderlust Inspiration and Instagram: "There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." – Shel Silverstein
“There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.” – Shel Silverstein

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar (Cover Image)

What’s your favorite inspirational travel or adventure quote? Share it with us in the comments below!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy Clement says:

    Just beautiful!

    1. Valerie Wheatley says:

      Thanks Pegs!

  2. Racheal Harrington says:

    Oh I just discovered your blog & it’s amazing! Planning a 2018 trip for my husband & I and your posts are incredibly helpful. I really want to go to Greece & Turkey but actually not sure that Americans can even enter Turkey at this time unless they already have a visa. Thinking you guys got in just before they started these restrictions…do you have any insight on this? You’ve also renewed my interest in Egypt – I had pretty much ruled it out for 2018, BUT maybe I shouldn’t!

    Anyway, I actually just wanted to add my favorite travel quote (Mark Twain)…”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.”

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