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120+ Adventure Quotes (w Pics!) for Inspo & Instagram!

In need of a little pick me up? Or just want to get in the mood for your next epic trip? This list of 120 Inspiring Adventure Quotes can help you out!

If you’ve found your way to this page it’s either because you are planning your next amazing trip and are looking for some adventure quotes to get you all revved up – or you are simply procrastinating at work.

No judgment on the latter, and to be honest I think I know that I was very much procrastinating the day I decided to put this collection of awesome adventure quotes together.

You know how you do when you’re looking for some travel inspiration or a little escapism – quotes are such a great starting point. (And if you want to take a look at exactly what articles I was procrastinating over I had three posts and a video on the go in various states of completeness – A Travel Guide for Auckland, a guide to the best tours and day trips from Las Vegas and a video showcasing The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in a Minute – All of which are now live!)

Never-the-less, you’re here for a much better reason than to listen to me wax lyrical about the work I should have been doing and so without further ado, here are 120+ INCREDIBLE Adventure Quotes that I refer to when I need a pick me up or to get me super excited to head on my next trip to explore our amazing planet!

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So I have found some extra inspiring adventure quotes and this list is now up to well over 120 quote about adventure and exploration!


Short Adventure Quotes

1: “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss
(the first adventure quote on our list is an oldie but a goodie and gives you that sense of childlike wonderment about all the amazing places you could go!)

2: “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

3. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

4: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney
(As a Disney geek – I used to work there – Walt was a pioneer of the 20th Century and this wouldn’t be a true representation of the best adventure quotes on the planet without a few inspirational words of wisdom from him.)

5: “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty
(this one originally featured in my post about the best travel quotes, but as it’s all about adventures, it is good enough for this list of adventure quotes too! And if you’re looking for a little more out of the box inspiration, we’ve got 30+ unique words with beautiful meanings that inspire wanderlust – or you could take a peek at our Beach Quotes, Ocean Quotes or Mountain Quotes posts – perfect for hikers, climbers and adventurers!)

6: “The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir

7: “Adventure is not outside man; it is within” – George Eliot

8: “How wild it was, to let it be.” – Cheryl Strayed

9: “It’s not down on a map, true places never are.” – Herman Melville

10: “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” – Yogi Bhajan (one of the truly great short adventure quotes!)

Adventure Quotes - Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul

One of the best adventure quotes about travel and people finding themselves and the balance between working and traveling.

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Inspirational Quotes about Adventure

11: “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah Winfrey (this is one of the most amazing quotes on adventure in this list! Thanks Oprah Winfrey!)

12: “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

13: “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else” – Lawrence Block 

14: “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” – Angela N Blount (One for all of you who are planning the road trip of a lifetime (like this one in the USA – or this one in New Zealand!))

15: “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart (I think this is the ultimate quote about adventure!)

16: “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” – Roy T Bennett

17: “Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. Whenever you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.” – Unknown 

18: “I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.” – Carew Papritz

19: “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

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Famous Adventure Quotes

20: “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 (I’m sure you’ve all the seen the “I’m Going on an Adventure” meme from the Hobbit film which this adventure quote always reminds me of – and if you haven’t you’re missing out!)

21: “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh
(I love a bit of Winnie the Pooh action, but also think that this is one of the most beautiful quotes about adventure and exploration and love that I have ever read)

22: “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” – Michael Jordan

23: “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

24: “Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” Ewan McGregor

25: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine (possibly one of the most famous quotes about adventure on this – or any – adventure quote list.)

26: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

27: “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck (such a great quote about adventures!)

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

29: “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
(and if that isn’t a true comment not only on adventure but also on living life then I don’t know what is!)

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Unusual Adventure Captions

30: “Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them.” – Unknown

31: “If we were meant to stay in one place, we would have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

32: “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

33: “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” – Edward Abbey

34: “I want to be where the sun warms the sky” – Madonna (It’s definitely where we want to be, La Isla Bonita.)

35: “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves. We travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer

36: “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”  – Karen Blixen
(Included for the shameless plug about my travels in Africa – my favorite continent – and for the opportunity to promote my ethical wildlife interaction post. Because living among lions is an absolutely incredible experience – even it it is just for one or two nights!)

37: “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace (what a statement to mark your adventure status!) and one of the great life adventures quotes

38: “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Unique Adventure Quotes

39: “My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.” – Brian Blessed

40: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost (I think this is ones of the best quotes about exploring and really encourages you to take the path less traveled)

41. ” I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmancher

42: “Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.” – Drew Houston

43: “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure” – Bob Bitchin

44: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley (one of the original & best famous adventure quotes)

45: “The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort” – Paulo Coelho

46: “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” – Roy T Bennett

47: “If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.”  Richard Branson

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What are your favorite adventures quotes? Let Me know in the comments below!

And some of the best travel adventures – which lead to the best adventure captions – can be had when you solo travel! Let us know what your favorite quote of the day is in the comments!

Travel Quotes That Prove Life is An Adventure

48: “The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

49: “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

50: “Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.” – Anonymous
(and one of my favorite quotes about adventure  – even if I have collected little things from all over the world, because I love the memories and I’m gonna need them to remember when I am old and grey!)

51: “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll.
(and if this resonates with you for your daughter, you can get plenty of inspirational jewelry pieces (such as this wave ring) to help inspire her every day.)

52: “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

53: “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 (Did you know he spent a large amount of time in Beautiful Samoa? Here are our top tips for visiting and things to do there!)

54. “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” – Lewis Carroll

55: “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” – Sue Fitzmaurice

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Such an inspiring adventure captions– I’m not sure if I know yet where I truly belong – but I’m having a great time trying to find out!

 Adventurous Quotes to get you out of your comfort zone

56: “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” – John Amatt

57: “I like to leave myself open for beautiful accidents, for strange things to happen, and then I want to pursue those.” – Patrick Rothfuss

58: “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett

59: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S Thompson

60: “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 (such a great adventurous quote!)

61: “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

62: “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

63: “Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.” – Hunter S Thompson

64: “Adventure Awaits. Go find it!” – Unknown (could this be the best adventure quote? It’s so simple!)

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Get out of your comfort zone – you never know what wonders are out there! Such a simple but inspirational travel quote that can apply to anyone. And I hope you like this Adventure Awaits Quote Graphic – pin it for later if you do!

Exploring Quotes To Inspire Your Next Adventure

65: “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.” – Richard Aldington

66: “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camers

67: “Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.” – Patrick Rothfuss

68: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.” – Freya Stark

69: “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

70: The world is big and I’d like to have a good look before it gets dark” – John Muir

71: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller (this one is easily one of the most famous adventure quotes!)

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This is one of my favorite quotes about life!

Adventure Quotes that make Perfect Instagram Captions

72: “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac (such a great adventuring quote!)

73: “Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.– Freya Stark

74: “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing” – Barry Finlay

Surely of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest

75: “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

76: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary (this makes for one of the most perfect hiking quotes too!)

77: “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

78: “Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” – Ewan Mcgregor


Epic Quotes on Adventures

79: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S Eliott

80: The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.– Sir Richard Burton

81: “Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” – Steve Pavlina

82: “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

83: “Since life is short, and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring the better.” – Simon Raven (this inspiration quote is more commonly known as it’s shorter version: Life is short and the World is Wide.

84: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

85: When a man is a traveller, the world is his house and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home, and all the people are his family.” – Drew Bundini Brown

86: “Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure.”

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Go. Travel The World. Seek out adventures. You’re life will be so much richer for it. It’s one of the best explore quotes out there!

Sayings About Adventure That Everyone Should Know!

87: “What is life but one grand adventure?” – Unknown

88: “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

89: “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

90: “The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure.” – Joseph Campbell

91: “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart

92: “Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.” – Mark Jenkins

93: “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” – Anonymous

94: “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” John Amatt

95: “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure” – Anonymous

96: “Life was made for good friends and great adventure” – Proverb 
(this is one of my favorite quotes about adventures – and can you think of anything better than an adventure with friends?! Some of my top travel experiences (Sri Lanka, Antigua, Bali & Australia have been with incredible friends. To me, that makes this adventures quote the BEST adventure with friends quote)s

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I finished this section with this one as I think it’s one of the best inspirational adventure travel quotes out there: good friends and adventures, what more could anyone want?! It’s the prefect friends adventure quotes.

Amazing Adventure Quotes from the Movies

New section alert! I’ve been watching a lot of action and adventure movies at the minute and have been struck by some incredibly inspiring quotes that I think would be a great addition to our adventure quotes list – and I hope you think so to:

97: “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell.” – Belle, Beauty & The Beast (and if you sang that line with me, you’re my kind of people!)

98: “Now, bring me that horizon..” – Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

99: “To live would be an awfully big adventure” – Peter Pan

100: “Carpe Diem. Seize the day (boys). Make your life extraordinary” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

101: “You only live once. It’s actually your duty to live life as fully as possible.” – Will Traynor, Me Before You (not gonna lie, bawled my eyes at this film – and I on a plane as well!)

102: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (Scorcer’s Stone in the USA)

103: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and 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)

104: “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – J.K. Rowling via Albus Dumbeldore

105: “Thanks for the Adventure. No go have a new one!” – Ellie, Up.
(I had just lost my Grandma when “Up” came out and the opening 5 minutes made me sob so much so that I couldn’t watch any more. But I think this adventure quote can apply to any loss or change in circumstance, and shows that there is always time for more adventures.)

106: “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming” – Dory, Finding Nemo

107: “You wake up at Seatac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, mountain, central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?” – Edward Norton (The Narrator/Tyler Durder), Fight Club

108: “See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me. And no one knows, how far it goes. If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me, One day I’ll know, how far I’ll go” Auli’i Cravalho as Moana (again, sing it with me folks..)

109: “When you decide not to be afraid you can find friends in super unexpected places– Ms Marvel

110: “You only have your thoughts and dreams ahead of you. You are someone. You mean something.” – Batman

It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live. Remember that. (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter)

Extra Adventure Quotes (in case we haven’t inspired you just yet!)

111: Travelling 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 Téran

112: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S Eliott

113: “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there” – J.R.R. Tolkien

114: “I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.” – Alexander Sattler 

115: “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life” – Michael Palin

116: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia” – Charles M. Schulz (Book me a ticket to Australia now!)

117: “It’s a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” – Oberyon Martell (A travel quote to end on for all the Game of Thrones fans out there. )


118: “The potential for adventure makes life worth living” – Vicki Garside @MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld
(yup, it’s my own adventure inspired quote! I’ve said this to people for years and thought it was time to make it official and add it to the list and make a pretty graphic for it! It’s certainly one of the most unique adventure quotes out there that’s for sure and I hope it becomes one of the mainstream adventure sayings!)

119: “Don’t ask for security, ask for adventure. Better to live 30 years full of adventure than a 100 years safe” – Jim Rohn

120: “Add life to your days, not days to your life” – Unknown

121: “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you” Richard Aldington

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And that’s a wrap folks! I have loved putting together my favorite inspirational adventure quotes of all time and I hope you are feeling suitably inspired by them; and maybe have even grabbed a couple for your pinterest boards for ongoing inspiration. (Scroll back up now and use the sharebar on the left if you forgot to pin your fave!)
Let me know which are your favorite inspirational quotes below – or heaven forbid if I have missed your favorite, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can add it to the post! And remember – Adventure is out there!

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Monday 26th of October 2020

Thank you for putting these amazing adventure quotes together!


Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light. :))) Nice quote.


Saturday 7th of March 2020

Nice post! The information you provided is very helpful if someone is planning to enjoy the holidays.

Explore The Sharjah

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Glad to read such a great post,I really like the way in which you explore the beauty of this palace.

Raven Charles

Monday 20th of January 2020

This line "Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you." was my favorite among of them. By the way thanks for sharing it to us:)

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