101 BEST Adventure Quotes Sure To Ignite Your Wanderlust


Are you looking to read some adventure quotes? We draw inspiration from these quotes on travel and adventure before we tackle a tough challenge or new destination.

I used to pass my time reading new adventure quotes on travel before we left to explore the world. It wasn’t all that long ago that we’d sit in our cold NYC apartment in February reading quotes about adventures from more intrepid adventurers. It became a ritual in the mornings on my way to the gym.

I’d start with a new adventure quote – one that prepared me to tackle the world.

During that time, we spent our days reading books on our long commute to work, and nights were spent watching films that focused on travel and adventure. And saving every penny, we could get for travel. Adventure is a pretty subjective word to me, but in the basic sense, it’s anything exciting and unusual. For our most recent adventure, it was a terrific safari across Africa!

It’s why many people in our generation choose to travel over buying more material items. However, when you dive into literature and film, you find that the idea of a life full of moments and adventures is not a new one. It dates back to the ancient Greeks.

We have spent so much time contemplating what it is we’d like in life, and we’re still not sure, but we do hope it’s always an adventure. I hope that these quotes inspire you to live a fulfilling life too. In no particular order here are a handful of the best adventure quotes about travel!

1. “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

-Karen Blixen

2. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

-Ernest Hemingway

3. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

-Helen Keller

4. “Adventure is worthwhile.”


5. “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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

6. “‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

-J.R.R Tolkien

7. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”

-A.A. Milnie

8. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

-Amelia Earhart

9. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

-Henry David Thoreau

It’s hard to find a more inspirational author than Thoreau. His essays, poems, and thoughts have changed the world and inspired millions. It would be impossible to have any quotes about adventure or inspiration without Henry David Thoreau.

10. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.”

-Irving Wallace

11. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.”

-Robert Frost

12.  “Oh, the places you’ll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

13. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

-John Steinbeck

14. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”

-Aldous Huxley

15.  “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

-Saint Augustine

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16. “The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

-Henry David Thoreau

17. “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

The famous Scottish novelist 

20. “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

21. All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

-T.E. Lawrence

It’s hard to find someone who lived a greater adventure than T.E. Lawrence. He’s often been referred to as Lawrence of Arabia and the famed film of the same name was based on his life in deserts of Arabia. If you haven’t seen the movie it’s one of my favorite travel films

22. “I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

-Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

23. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

-T.S Eliot

25. “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

27. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

David Mitchell

28. “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter that the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”

-Walt Disney

29.“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”

-Wilfred Peterson

30. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

-William Feather

31. “The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.”

– Paulo Coelho

32. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Winnie The Pooh

33. “Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life”

John Amat

34. “Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”

– Ewan Mcgregor

35.  “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

– Oprah Winfrey

36. “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.

– Karen Blixen

If you have plans to travel or take an adventure to Africa you can’t go wrong with Blixen’s classic book, Out of Africa. It’s also a pretty amazing film with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. 

37. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.

– Rachel Wolchin

38. “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

-Anthony Bourdain

39. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

-Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain was a major inspiration for our lives. An astounding author, cook, and traveler that explored the world with fresh eyes and a great sense of adventure. 

40. “You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along.”

– Katrina Mayer

41. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.”

– Marty Rubin

42. “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

– Andre Gide

43. “I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.

– Carew Papritz

44. “The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself you will always be someone else. Become yourself.”

– Myles Munroe

45. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

-John Augustus Shedd

46. “As soon as I saw you, I knew adventure was going to happen”

-Winnie the Pooh

47. “Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.”

-Karen Gibbs

48. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

-Stephen Covey

49. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

-Sir Ranulph Fiennes

These are words to live by in the mountains. In all our adventures around the world we’ve always appreciated having the right clothes for the job. Our most recent reminder was snow blowing sideways while on of a mountain in July.

50. “Not all girls are made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear.


51. “Adventure: An undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.”

-Meriem Webster

52. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”

-Walt Disney

53. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

-Jack Kerouac

54. “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.”

-A.A. Milne

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

-Jawaharlal Nehru

56. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

— Greg Child

57. “I’ve done a lot of thinking about fear. For me the crucial question is not how to climb without fear that’s impossible- but how to deal with it when it creeps into your nerve endings.”

58. “You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”

— Jim Whittaker

59. “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

60. “To wake in that desert dawn was like waking in the heart of an opal. … See the desert on a fine morning and die — if you can!”

-Gertrude Bell

61. “Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.”

—Reinhold Messner

Messner is one of the greatest mountain climbers of all time with a massive list of feats many would aspire to accomplish one of his many. He was the first to climb Everest solo, without oxygen, and all 14 peaks above 26,000 ft.

62. “I met a lot of young people who asked me what books to read or films to watch. I think that is a good way to start, but there’s no substitute for just going there.”

— Yvon Chouinard

63. “Nothing lives long, Only the earth and mountains”

— Dee Brown

64. “I now walk into the wild.”

— Jon Krakauer

65. “Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

—Dag Hammarskjold

66. “Go where you feel most alive.”

— Unknown

67. “I like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.”

― Mark Obmascik

68. “He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

69. “I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.”

— Tenzing Norgay

70. “If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”

— Vera Nazarian

71. “The mountains are calling and I must go.”

— John Muir

One of the most important American adventurers who aided the establishment of the National Park system in the United States. He inspired many to care about the preservation of our natural environments.

72. “The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far.”

— Paulo Coelho

73. “Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face.”

― Idowu Koyenikan

74. “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

― David McCullough Jr.

75. “If you want to train for big mountain endeavors, spend time in big mountains.”

-Jimmy Chin

76. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

— T.S. Eliot

77. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

— Andy Rooney

78. “I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.”

— Andrew Garfield

79. “If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.”

— Wilfrid Noyce

80. “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

— Barry Finlay 

81. “The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.”

— Jeanne Moreau 

82. “Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.”

— Werner Herzog 

It’s words to live by, but I don’t know if we all need to literally pull a boot over a mountain. 

83. “Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty.”

— Victoria Erikson

84. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

— Sylvia Plath

85. “You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”

— John Muir 

86. “May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.”

— Harley King 

87. “How wild it was, to let it be.”

— Cheryl Strayed 

88. “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.”

— John Lubbock 

89. “Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

— Unknown

90. “There are far better things ahead than the ones we leave behind.”

— C.S. Lewis

91. “The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.’’

– Casey Neistat

92. “All good things are wild and free.”

— Unknown

93. “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”

— Dr. Seuss

94. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”

— Michael Jordan

95. “Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face.”

— Idowu Koyenikan

96. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

— Sir Edmund Hillary

97. “I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s going to happen or who I’m going to meet, where I’m going to end up.”

– Jack Dawson, 

98. “Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.”

– Viggo Mortensen

99. “To live would be an awfully big adventure.”

– Peter Pan

100. “Life movies pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in a while you could miss it.”

Ferris Bueller

 101. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”


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Cameron Seagle is one of the creative forces behind The World Pursuit. He is a writer and photographer for the travel website. Cameron has been traveling for the last four years. He found a passion for conservation and safari while living out of a truck in the African bush. Obsessed with finding the best gear and travel products, he loves to research new product releases. In his free time, you can find him shooting photographs, summiting mountains, and snowboarding. Cameron currently lives in Banff with his partner and blogging co-conspirator Natasha. Cameron’s favorite countries are Ireland, Scotland, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Japan. And he can never resist an excellent beach destination.

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