When you’re after a bit of travel inspo, one of the best things you can do – other than drooling over the Instagram accounts of the lucky few who get to travel for a living – is to turn to the words of some of the world’s greatest writers. In a few short sentences, the authors we’ve picked have managed to summarise the unique feelings stirred by going on holiday. If they inspire you to get out there too, take a look at our deals to start planning your next trip…
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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain
This isn’t the only travel quote that Mark Twain is known for, but it’s perhaps his most famous. It can be applied to almost any area of your life, which is probably why it’s so popular. Ultimately, it encourages the reader to be brave – so where have you always wanted to travel to? Somewhere far flung, like Costa Rica? Make it happen. What’s stopping you?
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries – Aldous Huxley
We think Huxley is on to something here – the summit is always more spectacular, and the fruit is always sweeter when you’ve climbed and tasted it yourself. You can hear or read about a place a million times, but until you’ve been there and tried it first-hand, you’ll never know if what everyone says is true. Colour the world with your own memories and experiences, and find out for yourself whether tacos are better on the beach in Mexico than at home in front of the TV… we’re going to assume they are.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure – Freya Stark
We think seeing the world solo is super cool. But no matter who you’re with, being somewhere completely different from what you’re used to, like Sri Lanka, is always exciting. Everything is brand-new, and there’s so much you haven’t seen, heard, or smelled before. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Not all those who wander are lost – JRR Tolkien
Taken from a longer poem in his Lord of the Rings series titled ‘All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter’, this quote has inspired many a traveller over the years. Travel isn’t just for backpackers or those looking for a way to escape life. For many holidaymakers, it’s a chance to see other cultures, meet new people, and try new things while still living their everyday life. It’s just as exciting going to somewhere like Croatia for a week as it is to travel for months at a time….
I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
And finally, is there anything sweeter than coming home to your own bed after a long trip? Not only do you return to your family and friends feeling rested, but you come home with memories of being introduced to worlds completely different to your own. Your eyes are opened and it makes you look at things differently. Travel makes you more open-minded, creative, and mostly, makes you want to see more. Go out there and explore the world – you won’t come back the same.