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67 Favorite Wanderlust Quotes For Inspiration

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Nothing can inspire wanderlust as much as a good travel quote. Every traveler loves inspiration before traveling to new locations. I’ve collected my favorite wanderlust quotes here!

Wanderlust Quotes

1. “You’ll Never Know Until You Go.” -Your Passport

2. “Wherever You Go Becomes A Part Of You Somehow.” -Anita Desai

3. “The World Is Big And I Want To Have A Good Look At It Before It Gets Dark.” -John Muir

4. “Not all those who wander are lost.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

5. “because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

6. “All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money or even close friends with me on my journey. I never understood people very well anyway, and they never seemed to understand me very well either. All I wanted was my art and the chance to be the creator of my own world, my own reality. I wanted the open road and new beginnings every day.”― Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

7. “You’re not sorry to go, of course. With people like us our home is where we are not… No one person in the world is necessary to you or to me.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

8. “There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.”― Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

9. “Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.”― Vladimir Nabokov, Mary

10. “He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

11. “There’s a race of men that don’t fit in, A race that can’t sit still;

So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will.

They range the field and rove the flood,

And they climb the mountain’s crest; Their’s is the curse of the gypsy blood,

And they don’t know how to rest.”― Robert Service

12. “To belong nowhere is a blessing and a curse, like any kind of freedom.”― Leah Stewart, The Myth of You and Me

13. “The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood.”― Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

14. “A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.”― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

15. “The Wanderlust has got me… by the belly-aching fire”― Robert W. Service, Rhymes of a Rolling Stone

16. “She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.”― Nicole Lyons

17. “There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

18. “Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.”― J. Maarten 

19. “What if it’s the there and not the here that I long for? The wander and not the wait,

 Magic in the lost feet stumbling down the faraway street and the way the moon

 Hangs quite the same.”― Tyler Knott Gregson, Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

20. “The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.”― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

21. “That’s the place to get to—nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewheres, into our own nowhere.”― D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love

22. “Ô, Wanderess, Wanderess When did you feel your most euphoric kiss? Was I the source of your greatest bliss?”― Roman Payne

23. “all my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper just running down the edges of different countries and continents, looking for something.”― Elizabeth Bishop

24. “The best traveler is one without a camera.”― Kamand Kojouri

25. “I am an artist, my hair is rarely tamed & sometimes I sleep till noon,

My house is messy and I speak to the moon. I care less about the materials that I share with my world and more about the passion inside myself. Im an artist, what more can you expect? I am full of soul, love and all the rest.”― Nikki Rowe

26. “…but I preferred reading the American landscape as we went along. Every bump, rise, and stretch in it mystified my longing.”― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

27. “she was completely whole and yet never fully complete”― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

28. “It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.”― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

29. “Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival.”― J. A. Baker, The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer Diaries: The Complete Works of J. A. Baker

30. “You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.”— Sue Fitzmaurice

31. “I travel to be replenished with beauty, for travel makes the beauty of this world seem like a Christmas that never ends.”— Carew Papritz

32. “The real home of man is not his house but the road. Life itself is a travel that has to be done by foot.”— Bruce Chitin

33. ”Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns.”— Susan Magsamen

34. “Life is about the adventures you take and the memories you make. So travel often and live life with open eyes and an open heart.”— Katie Grissom

35. “Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.”— Debasish Mridha

36. “Everyone is a Wordsworth in certain moods, and every traveler seeks out places that every traveler has missed.”— Pico Iyer

37. “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.”— J.K. Rowling

38. “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.”– Ray Bradbury

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

40. “Adventure begins with a thought, decision and action.”— Lailah Gifty Akita

41. “By seeing how small the world is, I realize how capable I am. I can conquer anything. Anywhere. Anyone.”— Tawny Lara

42. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.”– Carlo Goldoni

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

44. “Don’t let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.”— Shane Koyczan

45. “Take a few minutes of every day to fantasize about how you would wander, travel, or explore if you could.”– Wayne Dyer

46. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”– Anatole France

47. “Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.”– Harvey Lloyd

48. “The symbol of joy today is travel. There is a wanderlust that infects the blood.”– Rollin A. Sawyer

49. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”– Samuel Johnson

50. “The key to a wonderful life is to never stop wandering into wonder.”– Suzy Kassem

51. “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”– Roman Payne

52. “Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.”– Mason Cooley

53. “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.”– Peter Hoeg

54. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”– Anais Nin

55. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”– Martin Buber

56. “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”– Agnes Repplier

57. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”– Seneca

58. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”– Pat Conroy

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

60. “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”-Miriam Beard

61. “He who would travel happily must travel light.”-Antoine de St. Exupery

62. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”-Shirley MacLaine

64. “Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars.”-Jack Kerouac

65. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”-Gustave Flaubert

66. “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.”-Jawaharlal Nehru

67. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”-Dalai Lama