It’s funny how we see travel in the modern world.
We talk about the travel bug as if it’s a new phenomenon, but the exploratory instinct goes back as far as our Neolithic ancestors.
So it’s no surprise that for many of us, travel is not only a meaningful hobby, but the experience that we orientate our work lives around. We use vacations for motivation, to recharge, for connecting with people we love, and to understand ourselves and the world.
If you’re looking to go on a holiday, and you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, it can be exciting and inspirational to read what others have said about their expeditions.
So, whether you’re ready for a safari tour in Africa, a hike in Peru, or you’d like to spend hours wandering the streets of Barcelona, this post is for you.
24 Quotes About Travel to Inspire Your Next Vacation
Why do we travel
There are many reasons why one may travel. You may be motivated by the curiosity of wanting to see new worlds, the boredom of the life you’re living, or just a need to recharge your batteries in a novel environment. The beauty of travel, then, is that there are as many motivators as there are potential experiences. Travel nowadays is a lot more smooth and clinical than it was a hundred years ago. There are billion dollar industries built on providing infrastructure that makes sure your vacation goes smoothly, but when we have an eye-opening experience in a new land, even if only for a second, we’re able to connect to the words of writers who lived hundreds of years ago.
The benefits of travel
There are dozens of benefits of travel. If you live in a big city, for example, you may not be able to spend enough time in the wilderness to feel like you’re really connected to nature. On the other hand, travel can be a wonderfully existential experience, and it can open your eyes to new and interesting perspectives. Being in an entirely new place can paradoxically teach us a lot about our home, how we relate to it, and what we feel about ourselves.
The last ten years have seen an explosion in travel amongst the global middle class. Our digital economy allows millions of people to work online and travel long term. The spirit of the nomad is in many of us, despite our job, and it is an extraversion towards new places and experiences. Hollywood has explored the nomad archetype in movies such as Eat, Pray, Love, Into The Wild, and Seven Years in Tibet, and their popularity is a true testament to the spirit of travel that inspires so many of us!