*Okayyyy, cheesy post coming up*

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I can be a little neurotic, and I’m probably the last person anyone would expect to pack up their job and take a career break to go travelling with nothing lined up to come home to.

So for me, the last few weeks of planning our trip and packing up our home have been pretty stressful, with a lot of soul searching as to whether we’re making the right decision, whether we’ll live to regret it, if we’ll ever get jobs when we get back home… etc.

I agree with some other bloggers who say that half of the journey when it comes to travelling is in your head – having the confidence to break out of the everyday routine, and make a massive life changing decision to do something completely “off plan”. I think there seems to be so much pressure on young people to jump through hoops and to do the sensible thing, that sometimes breaking away from it all can feel impossible. It starts with endless exams at school, after which everyone is expected to go to university, graduate and get a great job, slave away for career progression and to buy a home, whilst meeting your perfect life partner ready to be married with a baby on the way by the time you hit 30… and never seems to end. I’ve certainly always prioritised hitting those sorts of ‘goals’ in my life, without really thinking about whether that’s the best route or the right route, so for me this is a great opportunity to think a bit more objectively about what I want out of life.

So yes, with all that pressure and hoop jumping and box ticking that I’ve been trying to keep up with for the last 10 years or so, deciding to travel and take a career break has been pretty terrifying. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed doing to keep me motivated and stop me from thinking that I’m making a terrible decision is collecting cheesy travel quotes to inspire me! As you’ll see from my insta, I’m a big inspirational quotes fan, and these are my fave ones when it comes to travelling:

“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 colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”
– JK Rowling

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
― Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

“I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.”
― Edmund Hillary

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
― Maya Angelou

“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.”
– Mark Twain

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”
– Pico Iyer

Would love to hear any of your inspirational quotes or thoughts when it comes to travel – share in the comments 🙂

Pin it on Pinterest