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40 Amazing Inspirational Travel Quotes

40 Amazing Inspirational Travel Quotes

Travel has a way of enriching our lives and making us grow as a person. Sometimes, all that it takes to get on the road and begin traveling are a few inspiration quotes that will give you the little push you need to hit the road while summer is still in full force. Happy traveling!

40 Inspirational Travel Quotes

1. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
― Susan Heller

2. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”
― Hilaire Belloc

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

4. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Anderson

5. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

6. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
― St. Augustine

7. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
― Seneca

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8. “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”
― Moslih Eddin Saadi

9. “Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of lostness.”
― Ray Bradbury

10. “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

11. “The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.”
― Anderson Cooper

12. “Most of the time, beauty lies in the simplest of things.”
― Winna Efendi, The Journeys

13. “Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

14. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters

15. “NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.”
― Walt Whitman

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16. “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. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

17. “My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance.”
― Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty

18. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
― Cesare Pavese

19. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai

20. “I read; I travel; I become.”
― Derek Walcott

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

22. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

23. “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”
― Tennessee Williams, Camino Real

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24. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway

25. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”
― Clifton Fadiman

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

27. “A good traveler leaves no track.”
– Lao Tzu

28. “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

29. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
― Henry Miller

30. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.”
— Edith Wharton

31. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
― Lao Tzu

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32. “I love to travel, But hate to arrive.”
― Albert Einstein

33. “Every hundred feet the world changes.”
― Roberto Bolaño

34. “Paris is always a good idea.”
― Audrey Hepburn

35. “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”
― Anonymous

36. “I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.”
― Justina Chen

37. “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryū Murakami, Coin Locker Babies

38. “It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!”
― Penelope Riley, Travel Absurdities

39. “Tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled.”
― Alex Garland, The Beach

40. “Travel is the only context in which some people ever look around. If we spent half the energy looking at our own neighborhoods, we’d probably learn twice as much.”
― Lucy R. Lippard, On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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