99+ Best Wanderlust Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Wanderlust is the wish to travel far away and to many different places. Profoundly inspirational wanderlust quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Wanderlust Quotes

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. Paulo Coelho

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

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

With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding. Sandra Lake

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

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

Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring. Vladimir Nabokov

Remember that happiness is a way of travel not a destination. Roy M. Goodman

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

I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself. James Baldwin

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

It is not down in any map; true places never are. Herman Melville

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

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

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Amelia Earhart

There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow. Aaron Lauritsen

The journey not the arrival matters. T.S. Eliot

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

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

The Wanderlust has got me by the belly aching fire. Robert W. Service

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Sarah Frances Brown

What is a Wanderess? Bound by no boundaries, contained by no countries, tamed by no time, she is the force of nature’s course. Roman Payne

The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself. Wallace Stevens

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

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

I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map nights alone in motels in remote western towns where I know no one and no one I know knows where I am, nights with strange paintings and floral spreads and cable television that furnish a reprieve from my own biography, when in Benjamin’s terms, I have lost myself though I know where I am. Moments when I say to myself as feet or car clear a crest or round a bend, I have never seen this place before. Times when some architectural detail on vista that has escaped me these many years says to me that I never did know where I was, even when I was home. Rebecca Solnit

Remember that happiness is a way of travel  not a destination. Roy M. Goodman

The best traveler is one without a camera. Kamand Kojouri

All you need to know is that it’s possible. Wolf

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

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. Anna Quindlen

Sometimes I think a man could wander across the disc all his life and not see everything there is to see, said Twoflower. And now it seems there are lots of other worlds as well. When I think I might die without seeing a hundredth of all there is to see it makes me feel, he paused, then added, well, humble, I suppose. And very angry, of course. Terry Pratchett

Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul. Jamie Lyn Beatty

Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival. J. A. Baker

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

I like old bookstores, the smell of coffee brewing, rainy day naps, farmhouse porches, and sunsets. I like the sweet, simple things that remind me that life doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful. Brooke Hampton

I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met. John Green

For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. Rebecca Solnit

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

Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else above all, a travel bureau arrange everything before hand? Richard Aldington

Take only memories, leave only footprints. Chief Seattle

Without struggle, success has no value. Aaron Lauritsen

He who must travel happily must travel light. Antoine de St Exupery

Let there be room left in your heart for the unimaginable  serendipity has a way of showing itself just when you feel like giving up. Nikki Rowe

I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met. Melody Truong

Those who achieve the extraordinary are usually the most ordinary because they have nothing to prove to anybody. Be Humble. Aaron Lauritsen

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

It sounds so far away and different. I like different places. I like any places that isn’t here. Edna Ferber

Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. Michael Palin

How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you. Sarah Reijonen

Traveling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Battuta

You thought too hard. Same with travel. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents. Gayle Forman

If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine It’s Lethal. Paul Coelho

The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out of an inner journey. The inner journey is the interpolation of the meanings and signs of the outer pilgrimage. One can have one without the other. It is best to have both. Thomas Merton

Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien

While she was in transit, being unattached was exhilarating, but the moment she stopped, so did the high. Whitney Otto

Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret. Oscar Wilde

All night, after the exhausting games of canasta, we would look over the immense sea, full of white flecked and green reflections, the two of us leaning side by side on the railing, each of us far away, flying in his own aircraft to the stratospheric regions of his own dreams. There we understood that our vocation, our true vocation, was to move for eternity along the roads and seas of the world. Always curious, looking into everything that came before our eyes, sniffing out each corner but only ever faintly not setting down roots in any land or staying long enough to see the substratum of things the outer limits would suffice. Ernesto Guevara

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. Dalai Lama

But wanderlust is like a pretty girl  you wake up one morning, find she’s grown old and decide that either you’re going to commit your life or you’re going to walk away. Charlie LeDuff

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. Anita Desai

An ardent desire to go took possession of me once more. Not because I wanted to leave  I was quite all right on this Cretan coast, and felt happy and free there and I needed nothing  but because I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die. Nikos Kazantzakis

A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for. John A. Shedd

Of course women’s walking is often construed as performance rather than transport, with the implication that women walk not to see but to be seen, not for their own experience but for that of a male audience, which means that they are asking for whatever attention they receive. Rebecca Solnit

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. Jawaharial Nehru

To lose yourself a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery. Rebecca Solnit

Travel far enough, you meet yourself. David Mitchell

There was something much greater she needed to feed her soul, and perhaps one day soon she would go. Danielle Steel

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. Mary Anne Radmacher

I know it’s not strictly sex that accounts for my straying the motive usually attributed to men. I think it’s just too tempting to have two lives rather than one. Some people think that too much travel begets infidelity Separation and opportunity test the bonds of love. I think it’s more likely that people who hate to make choices to settle on one thing or another are attracted to travel. Travel doesn’t beget a double life. The appeal of the double life begets travel. Elisabeth Eaves

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

A map such as that one is worth many hundreds, and as luck will have it, thousands of dollars. But more than this, it is a remembrance of that time before our planet was so small. When this map was made, I thought, you could live without knowing where you were not living. Jonathan Safran Foer

Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse. Thomas Fuller

I need the sky’s colored threads to tangle inside me, pull me somewhere new. Megan Harlan

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. James Michener

I may stay here in this town another day or I may go on to another town. No one knows where I am. I am taking this bath in life, as you see, and when I have had enough of it I shall go home feeling refreshed. Sherwood Anderson

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. Caskie Stinnett

One learns most when one wanders the world. Tamuna Tsertsvadze

People don’t take trips, trips take people. John Steinbeck

One soft humid early spring morning driving a winding road across Mount Tamalpais, the 2,500 foot mountain just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, a bend reveals a sudden vision of San Francisco in shades of blue, a city in a dream, and I was filled with a tremendous yearning to live in that place of blue hills and blue buildings, though I do live there, I had just left there after breakfast. Rebecca Solnit

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. Susan Sontag

A sensual lifestyle is a lifestyle you can have an affair with for the rest of your life. Lebo Grand

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. Maya Angelou

I remembered the wild girl every time I saw her soul in the neon pastel sky. Marie Kristin Hofmann

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. Aldous Huxley

We don’t know what’s coming next, but we can go to it with purpose. We can go to it dancing. Toby Israel

Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self determined, self motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. Mark Jenkins

Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead. I want to think on my feet, live on the run. Ma Jian

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

All dwellers in the Teutonic north, looking out at the winter sky, are subject to spasms of nearly irresistible pull, when the entire Italian peninsula from Trieste to Agrigento begins to function like a lodestone. The magnetism is backed by an unseen choir, there are roulades of mandoline strings in the air; ghostly whiffs of lemon blossom beckon the victims south and across the Alpine passes. Patrick Leigh Fermor

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu

Dig the seas of your heart, sail it out to the world within you and wander into your charming air castle. Shaa Zainol

The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to. Alain de Botton

Is there anyone who has not felt the magnetic attraction of unseen cities, train whistles, the rhythmic chant of wheels on the railway tracks stretching behind you, where you came from, and before you, where you’re headed who knows to what chance encounters and fresh hopes? Wonder about faraway places is born in us in childhood; and, with me, it never dimmed. Lev Kopelev

We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. Ray Bradbury