Let these travel quotes by women inspire your wanderlust! These famous women who love travel will empower and support your own adventures…wherever they take you.
One of my fiercest passions is traveling. I’m sure you can relate if you’re part of the Wanderful community.
And the most remarkable aspect of Wanderful is this global sisterhood. The community surrounds you with thousands of women who, although beautifully diverse and unique, share that common passion: Travel.
Even though we are strong, independent women, we still need a community, a safe space, a haven where speaking endlessly about wanderlust never becomes a burden.
And, it turns out, this is nothing new.
I compiled a selection of inspiring quotes by women writers who would have fit right into the Wanderful community, had it existed in their day. And there are also some current women writers who still have time to become a part of it!
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Let’s delve into their words, which you might even recognize as something you would say…
Top Travel Quotes by Women
Travel Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of the living.” – Miriam Beard
I have yet to find one single person who says that traveling did not change them. Many people agree that traveling challenges our preconceptions and is sort of humbling, yet empowering.
Because, oddly enough, getting away from all that makes you be you, is usually where you really get to find yourself.
“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station’.” – Lisa St. Aubin De Teran
You know that feeling at the very beginning of a relationship?
When life is fresh and fun and you are glowing with confidence? When everything about that person seems interesting and charming?
That’s exactly how setting foot in a new place feels like, isn’t it?
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
Is there anything more delicious than opening your eyes one fine morning and, for one split second, not knowing where you are?
That sweet realization that you could be anywhere in the world… it’s magical.
“So much better to travel than to arrive.” – Margaret Atwood
Destinations are endings. What’s interesting is on the road (or up in the air, or in the deep blue sea…)
Quotes About Finding Home
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” – Maya Angelou
Those of us who travel for life are at times accused of or pitied for not having a home.
But this is an utter misunderstanding! It’s not that we don’t have a home… we actually have too many of them!
“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” – Jane Austen
There is no use in living a life unfulfilled and without purpose. And, sometimes, purpose does not come to you…
You need to chase it in foreign lands.
“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf
What an invigorating sensation it is! Not feeling like a stranger in anywhere, but feeling part of something much greater than borders and languages and belief systems.
Women connect with each other across these barriers in spaces all around the world. Our experiences are as universal as they are unique.
Quotes for Women Who Travel
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt
Living in the present is key to living a happy life, but it’s a skill that is, from time to time, hard to master.
Who hasn’t looked longingly through the window and sighed thinking of an unfulfilled bucket list?
“I’ve not ceased being fearful, I’ve gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you go too far.” – Erica Jong
As wanderers, we seek what is outside of our comfort zone. Sometimes we do so even in spite of ourselves.
Fear is a minor sacrifice, knowing the reward that follows: the adventure, the discovery, the overcoming.
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalía De Castro
What an unseasoned life it would be if we knew exactly what every day would look like.
Nobody truly knows what awaits, but travelers, more than anyone, seek that extra pinch of salt.
“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
There is nothing more energizing than nature.
Even for urbanites, a breath of fresh air and the scent of greenery now and then are revitalizing.
Inspiring Quotes for an Adventurous Life
“I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
Getting to know different landscapes, gastronomies, architectures, languages, faunas… we travelers pack our lives with the experiences of a dozen.
We squeeze the juice out of our time here.
Isn’t that exhilarating?
“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” – Hannah Arendt
The freedom of the impermanent, the relief of the anonymity, the opportunity in the lack of expectations.
Traveling offers the chance to embrace your most authentic self in a way that may be constrained in day to day life.
“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” – Holly Morris
I’m positive that we travelers will all look back down the road and smile, satisfied and content.
We lived a life worth living.
We knew our world was big and gorgeous so we saw it, we tasted it, we experienced it, we shared it, we felt it.
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
And we circle back to that first quote that travel does, or should, change you.
Because we, ourselves, cannot stay static as we move around this world.
As travelers, we are not mere spectators, we are not watching a documentary on TV. We partake, we engage, we become.
The journey outside prompts the journey inside, and vice-versa.
This was just a tiny sample of all the travel quotes by women out there. They are certainly relatable for women who love to travel!
These women writers are fellow travelers with whom we can identify and confirm, once again, that we are not alone.
Feature image by Carlos Leret on Unsplash. All other images courtesy of the author.