intentional travel quotes

I love to travel and I’ve really missed it this past year. I’ve pulled together some of my favourite Intentional Travel quotes. Not only was 2020 hard for so many of us because of the pandemic, but because we couldn’t travel or explore as much as we wanted to. For some people, this wasn’t too much of an issue. However for those of us who feel the need to travel in our bones, “itchy feet” my mother calls it, it was really hard.

Even now, as I sit and type this at the end of January 2021, we have no travel plans made for this year. I guess we’re just waiting to see what happens. But even though we couldn’t travel, the wanderlust spirit in us is very much alive! And what better way to fuel your wanderlust than with some pretty amazing travel quotes.

Intentional Travel Quotes To Live By

Intentional travel is not the same as simply going on holiday. These intentional travel quotes really explain what it means to travel with intention. All photos in these pinnable travel quotes were taken by myself on our various travels over the years. Please pin your favourites.

My favourite thing to do is to go where I’ve never been.  – Diane Arbus

This picture was taken in Dubai during a desert safari.

My favourite thing to do is to go where I've never been

Life is about more than work. Travel is about more than a vacation.  – anon

This picture was taken at the Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland. We took our children there to see where my husband proposed to me for our 10 year wedding anniversary in 2019.

Life is about more than work, travel is about more than vacations

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment. Hilaire Belloc  

This picture is from a stop along the western coast of South Africa on a road trip we did in 2015 with our children.

we wander for distraction, we travel for fulfilment

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucious  

Picture from East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa when we were considering moving there in 2017. Ultimately we decided that it was a lovely place to visit, but not for us to live.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – St Augustine

This picture is from the village of Eichstatt in Germany, that night we couldn’t find a place to stay and ended up discovering that you can the local nunnery ran a b&b for weary travellers. It will forever be one of the most memorable places we’ve ever stayed! It’s amazing the things you find when you’re not even looking.

the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller 

This was a deserted dirt road somewhere in the middle of central South Africa when my husband and I and our friends did a 3 countries in 3 days motorbike tour visiting Swaziland, South Africa and Lesotho in 3 days.

Life is either a daring adventure of nothing

Not all who wander are lost.  – J.R.R. Tolkein

Discovering this breathtaking lake in the Dolomite region of Northern Italy, was something we did not expect. We spent the day wandering around the lake, making memories and taking a million pictures.

Not all who wander are lost - Intentional travel quote

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.  – Robyn Yong

Another one from Gonubie, East London South Africa. This is a river estuary that runs into the Indian Ocean. The water was clear, the beach was clean, it was a tropical paradise.

we travel not to escape life but for live not to escape us

I am not the same, for having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.  – Mary Ann Radamacher

This is the sunset from our patio in Welkom, Free State, South Africa. We lived there or 3 years and this was the sunset in winter.

I am not the same for having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world

You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. – Sue Fitzmaurice  

These are the woods close to home on a frosty December afternoon. The sun setting at about 14.30 in the afternoon. The contrasts and the similarities between the two pictures is one that I appreciate and miss.

You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong

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

This is from one of the quintessentially cobbled streets in Whitby, North Yorkshire. I love peaking into streets like this, imaging the lives of those who lived in them hundreds of years ago, and those that live there today.

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny space you occupy in the world – Gustave Flaubert  

This is so true. Travel is one of the best ways to learn and understand different people, different places, different religions and different traditions. Oh, and don’t forget the different food!

Intentional Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny space you occupy in the world

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.  – Martin Buber

One of our favourite things about travelling is when we discover something amazing that you haven’t read about, heard about or even considered when doing research about that destination. The best way to do this is to go where the locals go. They know the best places.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware. Intentional Travel.

It’s about the journey, not the destination.  

This is so very true, and one of the main reasons we would choose a road trip over any other holiday if we were only allowed to choose one mode of travelling. Fortunately, that’s not the case, but I do love a good road trip for all the experiences along the way. This is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy intentional travel.

Intentional Travel Quotes

There you have it. My favourite intentional travel quotes.

When I am planning a trip, I always aim to be mindful of the place I’m going. I try to research a bit about the country, their customs, their history, their food, their religion. It’s important to remember that anywhere you travel that is not your home country, you are a guest in that place. Part of living a more intentional life is that we need to be more mindful of others, but also of what we can accept of ourselves. Travelling to exotic destinations that look good on paper, but then you find out that the ethos of the country, the region or the people, goes against your personal fundamental beliefs, well it’s just not worth it is it.

These intentional travel quotes are meant to inspire you to really think about travel, consider where you’re going, think about what you will do when you’re there! Being more intentional about your travel plans will ensure you get the most out of your next trip, vacation or holiday.


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