April 16, 2021

40 adventure quotes to inspire your next journey

The mind of a backpacker is filled with the unknown, adventures waiting to be had and places waiting to be explored. Sometimes, you just need a few words of extra encouragement to help you take that trip of a lifetime.

Warning: The adventure quotes below may inspire serious feelings of wanderlust and temptations to book flights – like – NOW! Read on with caution, you adventurous lot you!

adventure quotes - horseshoe bend USA

?Horseshoe Bend, Page, US ?: joshuaeale

1. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain

2. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure”.

– Bob Bitchin

3. “The end of all exploring will be to arrive where you started and know the place for the first time.”

-T.S. Elliot

4. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.”

Mark Twain

5. “Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her sphere – the sudden revelation that there is a there out there.”

Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

9. “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

10. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

-Albert Camers

adventure quotes - Abiansemal, Indonesia

? Abiansemal, Indonesia ?: jaeddrice

11. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction”.


12. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Saint Augustine

13. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.”

–Jaime Lyn

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

-Gustav Flaubert

15. “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

16. “The stars were better company anyway. They were very beautiful and they almost never snored.”

David Eddings

17. “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

18. “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.”

-Richard Aldington

19. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”

-Dagobert D Kunes

20. “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.”

– John Amatt

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?Tulum, Mexico ?: rutgerg

21. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

– David Mitchell

22. “If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.”

– Richard Branson

23. “Embrace the detours.”

-Kevin Charbonneau

24. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

-John Steinbeck

25. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world”.

– Mark Jenkins

26. “Tell tomorrow to stay where it is.”

-John Early

27. “Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.”

– Steve Pavlina

28. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.”

-Kahli Gibran

29. “A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”

–Pico Iyer

30. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

-T.S. Eliot

adventure quotes - Crested Butte, United States

?Crested Butte, United States ?: hollymandarich

31. “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.”

-Winnie the Pooh

32. “Don’t let your luggage define your travels.”

-Shane Koyczan, Made It Be

33. “Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.”


34. “I’ve always considered it a particular privilege to be asked into someone’s home while abroad. To accept hospitality is to cross the threshold from simple tourist to something more. Making a friend means making a connection. No longer just a day tripper, you become, in some small way, part of a faraway place.”

-Steve Burgess, Home & Away

35. “Ships are safest when they are in port.But that’s not what the ships were built for.”


36. “I have ambiguous feelings about the differences between tourists and travelers – the problem being the more I traveled, the smaller the differences become. But the one difference I could still latch on to was that tourists went on holidays while travelers did something else: They traveled.”

-Alex Garland, The Beach

37. “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

38. “Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure”.


39. “There are two most powerful days in your life. The day you are born, and the day you discover why”.

-Boniface Mwangi

40. “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

adventure quotes - Garibaldi Lake, Canada

? Garibaldi Lake, Canada ?: eleanorthepunk

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Author Bio

John is a co-founder of Momentom Collective and an award-winning travel author with a wild new book, Tales Of The Modern Nomad – Monks, Mushrooms & Other Misadventures. It delves into the crazy details of his decade of global backpacking via stories, sketches, quotes and over 220 photos. It covers all the travel insight you won’t get in a guide book. To learn more, or order your copy or ebook visit www.modernnomad.ca and follow the journey on Instagram @johntearly

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