10 Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust

10 Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust

I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable. Anthony Bourdain

As the saying goes, travel is the only thing you buy that can make you richer. Investing in travel is investing in yourself and the destinations you visit. Whether you are visiting a city for the weekend or embarking on around the world trip with just your backpack, travelling gives you the opportunity to connect with strangers and see the everyday familiar in a whole new way. 

Writers have always known about the power of travel. Rumi observed how “travel brings power and love back into your life", whilst Aristotle believed “adventure is always worthwhile”. Whilst the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death is devastating, we can celebrate his wit and wisdom by embracing the adventures of travel with some of the storyteller’s best advice. 

Here are some of our favourite travel quotes from writers throughout the ages. We hope they inspire your wanderlust and get you out on the road. After all, the only way to see the world is to see the world…


Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often though, they hurt. Anthony Bourdain

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ray Bradbury

If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch. Move. Anthony Bourdain

One's destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.

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Henry Miller

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. Bill Bryson

 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

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness., and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Mark Twain

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go. Anthony Bourdain

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 colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Terry Pratchett

And just in case you are still uncertain about if you should take the chance and do more of what you love, this quote is for you:

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

Photography: Toa Heftiba | Marten Bjork | Jamie Fenn


A designer and writer who loves helping businesses and entrepreneurs tell their story creatively. 

Terri specialises in creating content which inspires connection; whether that is blog copy, social media graphics or building websites and brands. She helps small business owners identify themselves with a range of consultancy services and helps put their plans into action and share their purpose with their audience. 

Having travelled extensively, Terri is a keen digital nomad who hunts out the best coffee and wifi connection any area has to offer. She adores the people, places and connections that she encounters when travelling and is grateful her freelance marketing biz gives her the chance to travel and work indefinitely. Having worked in Bali, Portugal and the Netherlands, Terri is currently based in the UK but has more than a few travel plans on the horizon. 

Often found in or by the sea, Terri is infinitely inspired by the rugged grey oceans, stormy waves and cold water surfing culture. She curates a cold water surf website SeafoxCreative and loves nothing more than getting out and experiencing grey skies and green waves.