Today’s Wanderlust Wednesday is another edition of travel quotes. I paired them with photos of the American Southwest because I’ve been missing it desperately – it has been almost 3 years since I’ve been there! I enjoyed not only going through these photos, but finding quotes to go along with them. For me, the most inspiring of these 10 quotes is the last one. It’s a quote by a girl who WWOOFed in British Columbia and I love her spirit! It makes me want to WWOOF more than ever before!
“When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there… I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right because that’s where it’s interesting. I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet or quietly strange.”
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is… to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we done even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh-
“Give me the ocean, the desert or the wilderness! In the desert, pure air and solitude compensate for want of moisture and fertility. The traveler Burton says of it, ‘Your morale improves, you become frank & cordial, hospitable & singleminded… In the desert, spiritous liquors excited only disgust. There is a keen enjoyment in a mere existence.”
-Henry David Thoreau-
“Accept that cars aren’t necessary and that some take hours, that we can now fly to space, that there’s nothing wrong with crashing on couches if you’re on an adventure, that three outfits are enough, that sunrises are free, that the first time you see Machu Picchu it will break your heart, that being alone in a country with no money or return ticket will teach you more about yourself that any therapist ever could.”
-Aric S. Queen-
“There in that place and time, I climbed mountains and I swam in valleys. I rode clifftop roads in the back of old pickup trucks, and caught, killed, gutted and cooked my own dinner. I hiked and biked, and rode in SkyTrains. I drank a little, ate a lot, walked by moonlight and in the blazing-hot sun, was hungry and thirsty and sleepy. I was burnt and bruised and bitten, bloody and scratched, impaled by sticks and stones and plants and bugs. I saw bears and bats and butterflies and coyotes ,and heard cougars cry in the night. Had humming birds land on my head and spiders fall on my face. I was stung and sampled by every insect and arachnid known to BC. I shot shotguns and held rifles and sowed seeds and picked flowers. Climbed trees and tamed dogs and toiled in the hot sun, willing the garden to grow and cursing the weeds. I weeded and seeded, and cried and laughed till my belly hurt. I never wanted to leave, and yet I missed my own bed and my mom so much I felt like weeping. I lost weight and gained muscle and friends. I met folks I would never forget, and I fell in love with a people and a place. I suffered a sunstroke in the dirt and had the snow fall down around me, catching flakes on my tongue in July. I really lived.”
-Allanah Pinhom on WWOOFing in Canada-
I truly have a passion for exploring & wandering. These quotes inspire me & keep me desperate to get out into the world, and I hope that they inspire you as well! What quotes inspire you to travel?
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