150 Adventure Quotes To Ignite Your Wanderlust

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It may sound dumb, but I love adventure quotes. I’ve been traveling to several countries for the past 5 years and I still get excited.

Traveling isn’t easy. Many times, you’re just feeling lonely and wondering if it’s worth it. Reading adventure quotes have always inspired me. It’s strange how a few words alter your mood completely and make you see things from another angle.

Best Adventure Quotes

1. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”― Helen Keller

2. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”― Amelia Earhart

3. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

“I don’t much care where –”

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”― Lewis Carroll

4. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”― Rachel Wolchin

5. “The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.”― Paulo Coelho

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

7. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”― Mark Twain

8. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”― Terry Pratchet

9. “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”― J.K. Rowling

10. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”— Bilbo Baggins

11. “Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”— Marcus Purvis

12. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”— Ibn Battuta

13. “To Travel is to Live”— Hans Christian Andersen

14. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.”― Jaime Lyn

15. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

― Lao Tzu

16. “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”― Unknown

17. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”― Douglas Adams

18. “Cover the earth before it covers you.”— Dagobert Runes

19. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”— John Steinbeck

20. “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”— John Muir

21. “The journey matters more than the destination.”― Tony Fahkry

22. “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”― Jack Kerouac

23. “All good things are wild and free.”― Henry David Thoreau

24. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”— Bob Bitchin

25. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”— Anais Nin

26. “Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”― Alexandre Dumas

27. “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”― George Eliot

28. “There is no certainty; there is only adventure.”― Roberto Assagioli

29. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And venture belongs to the adventurous.”— Navjot Singh Sidhu

30. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”― Sir Edmund Hillary

31. “Sometimes getting lost is not a waste of time.”― Unknown

32. “I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.”― Carew Papritz

33. “It’s bad manners to keep an adventure waiting.”― Unknown

34. “Oh, the places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss

35. “Go where you feel most alive.”— Unknown

36. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”— Stephen Covey

37. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”— Lovelle Drachman

38. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.”— Unknown

39. “Life without adventure is like pizza without cheese.”— The Global Castaway

40. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”— David Mitchell

41. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”― Hunter S. Thompson

42. “The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.”— Sir Richard Burton

43. “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad, and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”― Ernie Harwell

44. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”― Oprah Winfrey

45. “If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.”― Patrick Rothfuss

46. “Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.”― Seanan McGuire

47. “Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”— Ewan Mcgregor

48. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.”— George Eliot

49. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”— John G. Shed

50. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”— William Feather

51. “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”— W.M. Lewis

52. “Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them.”― Unknown

53. “Always there has been an adventure just around the corner…and the world is still full of corners.”― Roy Chapman Andrews

54. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”― John Muir

55. “Every day is an adventure, and no two days are ever alike.”― Scott Borchetta

56. “Be careful going in search of adventure – it’s ridiculously easy to find.”― William Least Heat-Moon

57. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”― Christopher McCandless

58. “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

59. “Life is full of adventure. There’s no such thing as a clear pathway.”― Guy Laliberte

60. “Kids are curious, and if you don’t lose that, then everything is an adventure.”― Diane Greene

61. “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”― Lewis Carroll

62. “Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”― Danny Kaye

63. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”― Aristophanes

64. “I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”― Elizabeth Taylor

65. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.”― Lao Tzu

66. “A traveler is really not someone who crosses ground so much as someone who is always hungry for the next challenge and adventure.”― Pico Iyer

67. “There are 30,000 days in your life. When I was 24, I realized I’m almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn’t failing. It’s getting too comfortable. Every day, we’re writing a few more words of a story. I wanted my story to be an adventure, and that’s made all the difference.”― Drew Houston

68. “Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.”― Roy T. Bennett

69. “I travel because I’d rather look back at my life, saying ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had’.”― Florine Bos

70. “Then I realized that to be more alive, I had to be less afraid. So I did it. I lost my fear and gained my whole life.”― Unknown

71. “Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure.”― Drew Houston

72. “Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen, and your life will never begin.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estes

73. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”— Marcel Proust

74. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.”― Trenton Lee Stewart

75. “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”—Dr. Seuss

76. “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”― Barry Finlay

77. “There’s only one place I want to go, and it’s to all the places I’ve never been to.”― Nikki Rowe

78. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”— Ernest Hemingway

79. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”— A.A. Milne

80. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by.”— Robert Frost

81. “There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”― Jawaharlal Nehru

82. “If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be a top priority.”― Richard Branson

83. “You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”— John Muir

84. “The world is not in your books and maps; it’s out there.”— Gandalf

85. “Life movies pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.”— Ferris Bueller

86. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”— Sylvia Plath

87 “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”― David McCullough Jr.

88. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”― Mary Anne Radmacher

89. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.”— Freya Stark

90. “Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.”― Amelia Earhart

91. “The world is big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”— John Muir

92. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”― G.K. Chesterton

93. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”― Robert Louis Stevenson

94. “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”— Asian Proverb

95. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”― T.S Eliot

96. “As soon as I saw you, I knew adventure was going to happen.”— Winnie the Pooh

97. “Travel doesn’t become an adventure until you leave yourself behind.”— Marty Rubin

98. “Make everything an adventure. Otherwise, it will suck.” ― Nita Morgan

99. “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”— Anthony Bourdain

100. “One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.”― Ella Maillart

101. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”— T.E. Lawrence

102. “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ― Thomas Alva Edison

103. “There is a lot of adventures out there, waiting for us to live them!”– Hostelgeeks

104. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal!”– Paulo Coelho

105. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”– A.A. Milne

106. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.”– Irving Wallace

107. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”– J.R.R. Tolkein

108. “I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things 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.”– Eric Roth

109. “As soon as I saw you, I knew adventure was going to happen.”– A.A. Milne

110. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”– Ernest Hemingway

111. “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”– Sue Fitzmaurice

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

113. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”– John Steinbeck

114. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”– T.E. Lawrence

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

116. “You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”– John Muir

117. “I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.”– Andrew Garfield

118. “How wild it was, to let it be.”– Cheryl Strayed

119. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.””– Sylvia Plath

120. “The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.”– Jeanne Moreau

121. “To live would be an awfully big adventure.”– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

122. “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.”– John Lubbock

123. “The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.”– Casey Neistat

124. “Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.”– Viggo Mortensen

125. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”– Michael Jordan

126. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”– Sir Edmund Hillary

127. “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

128. “A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”– Wilfred Peterson

129. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”– Oprah Winfrey

130. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”– Rachel Wolchin

131. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”– William Feather

132. “Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.”– John Amat

133. “You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along.”– Katrina Mayer

134. “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter that the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”– Walt Disney

135. “I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.”– Carew Papritz

136. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”– Christopher Robin

137. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.”– Marty Rubin

138. “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”– Karen Blixon

139. “Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.”– Karen Gibbs

140. “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”– Andre Gide

141. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”– Hunter S. Thompson

142. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”– Terry Pratchett

143. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”– G.K. Chesterton

144. “Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.”– Roy T. Bennett

145. “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”– J.K. Rowling

146. “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.”– Edward Abbey

147. “Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”– Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

148. “Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”– Danny Kaye

149. “Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.”– Reinhold Messner

150. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”– Greg Child