Inspiration

Inspirational Stories & Quotes - Authentic Traveling

Inspirational Stories

  • Stop Letting Fear Win: 11 Ways to Be a More Courageous Traveler

    Stop Letting Fear Win: 11 Ways to Be a More Courageous Traveler

    If you want to get the most out of your next trip—if you want to use your time on the road to learn and grow—courage is an indispensable thing to have. Here's a simple way that anyone can become courageous.
  • Mud, Sweat, & Gears: One Man’s Bike Trip Across Europe

    Mud, Sweat, & Gears: One Man’s Bike Trip Across Europe

    In 2014 Michael Kernan spent 37 days traveling across Europe by bike, covering 9 countries and 2400 miles. Along the way he learned some valuable lessons about the world, travel, and himself. Here’s his story.
  • One Step at a Time: Overcoming Adversity, Exploring the World, and Inspiring Others

    One Step at a Time: Overcoming Adversity, Exploring the World, and Inspiring Others

    Devon’s story is proof that it’s not the adversity you face but rather how you respond that ultimately determines your quality of life. Despite losing her lower right leg at a young age, she recently fulfilled a longtime dream and backpacked through Europe, documenting her journey in a series of photos that have inspired people around the world.
  • Danni’s Story: How to Live in 10 Countries Before You Die

    Danni’s Story: How to Live in 10 Countries Before You Die

    Danni is the opposite of most people. At the age of eighteen she left small-town England to embark on a journey that led her to live in eight different countries and found the motivational website LiveIn10Countries.com. Here is her story.
  • 7 of the Most Inspiring Travel Books

    7 of the Most Inspiring Travel Books

    Want an infusion of wanderlust? Look no further than your bookshelf, local library, or bookstore! Here are 7 of the most inspiring travel books that I know of, all of which are guaranteed to make you want to take the next available plane to a faraway land.

Inspirational Quotes

  • Best Travel Quotes – 127 Inspirational Travel Quotes For Your Next Trip

    Best Travel Quotes – 127 Inspirational Travel Quotes For Your Next Trip

    Are you looking for some travel inspiration? You’re in luck. Here are 127 of the most inspirational (and) best travel quotes, complete with numerous detailed explanations.
  • Robert F. Kennedy – Travel Quote of the Week

    Robert F. Kennedy – Travel Quote of the Week

    “Only those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” On this date 51 years go, Robert F. Kennedy said these words during an anti-Apartheid speech at the University of Cape Town. He had been invited there by a group…
  • Karl A. Menninger – Travel Quote of the Week

    Karl A. Menninger – Travel Quote of the Week

    With everything that’s been happening in the news lately, perhaps it’s inevitable that I’ve had fear on my mind. Not that I’ve been constantly afraid, but rather that I’ve been thinking about fear itself. In particular, I’ve been wondering where…
  • Neil Donald Walsch – Travel Quote of the Week

    Neil Donald Walsch – Travel Quote of the Week

    Neil Donald Walsch is an American author, writer, and speaker. He is most famous for his book series Conversations with God. This week’s quote—“Life begins as the end of your comfort zone”—speaks to the necessity of pushing yourself beyond your…
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – Travel Quote of the Week

    J.R.R. Tolkien – Travel Quote of the Week

    J.R.R. Tolkien was a British writer, poet, and professor. He is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This week’s quote—“Not all those who wander are lost”—is part of a poem inside…
  • Eugene Fodor – Travel Quote of the Week

    Eugene Fodor – Travel Quote of the Week

    Eugene Fodor was a Hungarian-born American travel writer, editor, and businessman. He is best known for founding Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of English language travel books. Fodor was born in Léva, Hungary in 1905, in what was part of…
  • Saint Augustine – Travel Quote of the Week

    Saint Augustine – Travel Quote of the Week

    Saint Augustine [354-430] was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced both the development of Western Christianity and philosophy. He was bishop of Hippo, a Roman city in modern-day Algeria. His most famous works are The City of…
  • Laurence Gonzales – Travel Quote of the Week

    Laurence Gonzales – Travel Quote of the Week

    Laurence Gonzales is an an American writer, journalist, and survival skills expert. He is perhaps best known for writing the best selling book Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. Gonzales was born in St. Louis, Missouri but moved…
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Travel Quote of the Week

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Travel Quote of the Week

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer, journalist, and philosopher. He is best known for his novels, which include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. He became interested…
  • Lao-Tzu – Travel Quote of the Week

    Lao-Tzu – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from Lao-Tzu, a legendary Chinese writer and philosopher. Little is known about his life, but most scholars believe he was born in China during the sixth century BC, making him a contemporary of Confucius.  He is best known…
  • Gardner McKay – Travel Quote of the Week

    Gardner McKay – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from Gardner McKay, an American writer, actor, and artist. Throughout his life, McKay did things his own way. Having gained considerable fame in Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, McKay elected to leave acting in the '70s to…
  • Epictetus – Travel Quote of the Week

    Epictetus – Travel Quote of the Week

    Epictetus was a Greek-speaking Stoic philosopher from the first century AD. His teachings have influenced a wide range of people including the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the military commander James Stockdale, and the modern spiritual guru Eckart Tolle.   Epictetus…
  • Max Lucado – Travel Quote of the Week

    Max Lucado – Travel Quote of the Week

    Max Lucado is an American writer, preacher, and speaker. He has written over 100 books on the philosophy of life—many of which have become best sellers. Lucid was born into a working class family in Texas. He seldom traveled growing…
  • Cus D’Amato – Travel Quote of the Week

    Cus D’Amato – Travel Quote of the Week

    Cus D’Amato was an American boxing manager and who helped train Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres—all of whom are members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. D’Amato was born in the Bronx in 1908 to a family…
  • Erol Ozan – Travel Quote of the Week

    Erol Ozan – Travel Quote of the Week

    Erol Ozan is a writer, scientist, and professor of information technology at East Carolina University. He has degrees in electrical engineering, applied physics, and engineering management. In his novel Talus, Ozan writes “some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting…
  • Andrew Zimmern – Travel Quote of the Week

    Andrew Zimmern – Travel Quote of the Week

    Andrew Zimmern is an American chef, food writer, and television personality. He is perhaps best known for being the host and co-creator of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.   This week’s travel quote—“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try…
  • Tim Cahill – Travel Quote of the Week

    Tim Cahill – Travel Quote of the Week

      Tim Cahill is an American adventurer and traveler writer. He is best known for being the founding editor of Outside magazine.  Cahill was born in Wisconsin in 1944. As a young man, he was a competitive swimmer, earning a…
  • Marie Curie – Travel Quote of the Week

    Marie Curie – Travel Quote of the Week

    Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physician and chemist. She is best known for her work on radioactive compounds, for which she won multiple Nobel Prizes. Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867. At the age of 24…
  • Japanese Proverb – Travel Quote of the Week

    Japanese Proverb – Travel Quote of the Week

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the philosophy of the Far East. My bookshelf is filled with volumes about Buddhism, Taoism, and mindfulness. As such, it should come as little surprise that I chose to…
  • Henry Miller – Travel Quote of the Week

    Henry Miller – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from Henry Miller, an American writer, literary critic, and thinker. He is best known for developing the semi-autobiographical novel format, which blended philosophical reflection, social criticism, and character study. Miller was born in Manhattan in…
  • W. Clement Stone – Travel Quote of the Week

    W. Clement Stone – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from W. Clement Stone, a businessman, philanthropist, and self-help book author. He is often cited as a real-life example of the rags-to-riches trope, having created a massive fortune from nothing.  Born into an impoverished Chicago…
  • Clint Borgen – Travel Quote of the Week

    Clint Borgen – Travel Quote of the Week

      This week’s travel quote comes from Clint Borgen, an American entrepreneur, humanitarian, and thought influencer. He is best known for being the founder and president of the Borgen Project, an organization that works to bring U.S. political attention to…
  • Anna Quindlen – Travel Quote of the Week

    Anna Quindlen – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from Anna Quindlen, an American author, columnist, and journalist. She is best known for her New York Times op-ed column, Public and Private. Born in 1952 in Philadelphia, Quindlen began her career as a columnist…
  • H. Jackson Brown – Travel Quote of the Week

    H. Jackson Brown – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from H. Jackson Brown Jr., an American author and inspirational writer. He is best known for his book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller.    Born in Tennessee in 1940,…
  • Oscar Wilde – Travel Quote of the Week

    Oscar Wilde – Travel Quote of the Week

      Oscar Wilde was a 19th-century Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He is best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the play The Importance of Being Earnest, and his eccentric personality.   Wilde was born in Dublin…
  • Jaime Lyn Beatty – Travel Quote of the Week

    Jaime Lyn Beatty – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from Jaime Lyn Beatty, an American actress and singer. She is best known for appearing in the theatrical production A Very Potter Musical. Growing up in America, there was an underlying understanding that success in…
  • Mandy Hale – Travel Quote of the Week

    Mandy Hale – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s quote, “Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they’re meant to be in your life, they’ll catch up” is the perfect response to a problem that frequently plagues long-term travelers, nomads, and expats; namely, how…
  • Gustave Flaubert – Travel Quote of the Week

    Gustave Flaubert – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from Gustave Flaubert, a nineteenth-century French writer and thinker. His novels are famous for their gritty realism and sensual themes. Flaubert was born in the french city of Rouen in 1821. He began writing at…
  • Louis L’Amour – Travel Quote of the Week

    Louis L’Amour – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week’s travel quote comes from Louis L’Amour, an American novelist and short story writer. He is best known for his novels about the American West, but he also wrote science fiction and poetry.   He was born in small-town…
  • John Steinbeck – Travel Quote of the Week

    John Steinbeck – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from John Steinbeck, an American writer and Nobel Prize winner. Among his most famous works are East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath.  Steinbeck was born in California in 1902.…
  • Mark Twain – Travel Quote of the Week

    Mark Twain – Travel Quote of the Week

      This week's travel quote comes from Mark Twain, the noted nineteenth-century American writer and humorist. He is best known for his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is often described as "The Great American Novel".    Twain was born Samuel Clemens in…
  • Rudyard Kipling – Travel Quote of the Week

    Rudyard Kipling – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote is attributed to Rudyard Kipling*, a nineteenth-century British journalist, poet, and novelist. He is perhaps best known for his 1894 novel The Jungle Book, which was later turned into a much-beloved cartoon by Disney. Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in…
  • Rolf Potts – Travel Quote of the Week

    Rolf Potts – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from Rolf Potts, an American travel writer and essayist. He is best known for his 2003 book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel , which serves as both a how-to manual for…
  • Amelia Barr – Travel Quote of the Week

    Amelia Barr – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from Amelia E. Barr, a nineteenth-century British-American novelist. Born in England in 1831, Barr moved to the Texas at the age of 19, the lonesome landscapes and rugged inhabitants of which inspired a prolific career filled with semi-historical tales and novels. …
  • Lao-Tzu – Travel Quote of the Week

    Lao-Tzu – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from Lao-Tzu, a legendary Chinese writer and philosopher. Little is known about his life, but most scholars believe he was born in China during the sixth century BC, making him a contemporary of Confucius. He is best known…
  • Gardner McKay – Travel Quote of the Week

    Gardner McKay – Travel Quote of the Week

    This week's travel quote comes from Gardner McKay, an American writer, actor, and artist. Throughout his life, McKay did things his own way. Having gained considerable fame in Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, McKay elected to leave acting in the '70s to…