If you’re anything like me, then sometimes all it takes is one conversation, one book, one sentence to inspire you to pick up that backpack again and set out into the unknown.  If you’re feeling stuck in a bit of a January rut, check out some of our choice travel quotes for 2013 – you may get the inspiration you’re looking for.

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

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: 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.” – JRR Tolkien

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese

“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

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed

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

“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.” – Jawaharal Nehru

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron

“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” – Sargent Shriver

“No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine

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