50 Quotes about Adventure to Embolden Your Wanderlust

Quotes about adventure help to inspire us and give us the strength to summon the courage we need to take on that frightening challenge. These adventure quotes can also help settle our fears, and boost our courage.

I read quotes about adventure as I shakily got ready to run with the bulls. In Pamplona, I relied on adventure quotes before skyrocketing out of a pink plane and over Mt. Doom in Taupo, New Zealand. Buried my face in them as I got used to climbing 100 ft high on a tall ship in Newport

As adventure travelers, we are often confronted with the uncomfortable and faced with pushing ourselves past the dangerous. These are my favorite quotes about an adventure that brings out the desire to travel in all of us!

Adventure Travel Quotes

1-Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.” -Anne Sophie Swetchine.

2- “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

3- “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

4- “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” –Jawaharlal Nehru

5- “We must constantly be jumping off cliffs and developing wings on our way down.” – Kurt Vonnegut

6- “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

7-“Adventure is a path.  Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth, and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins (Personally, one of my favorite quotes about adventure.)

8- “It feels good to get lost in the right direction.” – Anonymous

9- “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

10- “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” ― Paulo Coelho, 

11-“Adventure is worthwhile”– Aristotle

12-“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost ( One of the very first quotes about life and adventure I ever heard.)

13- “ Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14- “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road (Every quotes about adventure by Kerouac is fantastic.)

15-“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

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16-“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” Ovid

17-”Life is a great adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller. 

18-“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

19-“Definition of ‘adventure’: extreme circumstances recalled in tranquility.” – Jules the Kiwi

20-“I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in”. – Rowland Waring-Flood 2011

21-“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

22-“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

23- “I wanted to quit and to do this forever, sleep in a bed and in a tent, see what was over the next hill and never see a hill again. All of this all at once, every moment, on the trail or off.” ― Bill Bryson

24-“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

25-“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” – Henry David Thoreau


26- “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust

27- “I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” – James Baldwin

28- “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark (a personal favorite adventure quote of mine)

29- “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

30- “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” ― Pat Conroy

31- “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

32- “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” -Andre Gide ( This adventure quote sums up my entire lifestyle.)

33- “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust

34- “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye ( adventure quotes that inspire me to be better)

35- “Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

36- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs ( Who knew Steve Job has an excellent adventure quotes reminding us to make the most out of life?)

37-“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” Paulo Coelho ( Coelho has some of the best quotes about adventure and quotes about traveling in the world)

38- “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

39- “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

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40-“Without travel “I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life.” – Lauren Hutton

41- “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -André Gide

42-“You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.” – Mae West

43-Experience is the teacher of all things.” – Julius Caesar ( While it is one of the short adventure quotes it still packs a punch)

44- “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

45- “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” Paulo Coelho

46-“Too often. .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

47- “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most fantastic view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. – Edward Abbey

48-“Audaces Fortuna iuvat (latin)- Fortune favors the bold.” ― Virgil

49-“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” ― Paulo Coelho 

50- “The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”― Christopher McCandless


These quotes about adventure give us courage, and fuel our wanderlust to not only see the world but explore it.
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Adventure quotes have had a significant impact on my life. This helped me start this life of wanderlust when my mind was cloudy with doubt and disbelief. Adventure quotes pushed me to keep going and be a better traveler and to conquer m fears!?

What are your favorite quotes about adventure? How have adventure quotes helped you?

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