To encourage you to follow wherever the path may lead, to wander to explore this wonderful world and to live life to the fullest, we’ve put together the best wanderlust-inducing explore quotes, quotes about exploration and 75+ inspiring quotes about travel and adventure. And they come complete with motivational, pretty as a picture pins – so you can get them onto your those inspirational virtual vision boards on Pinterest as quick as you can say: “Let’s go Explore!”

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The Best Explore Quotes

1. “We only know a tiny proportion about the complexity of the natural world. Wherever you look, there are still things we don’t know about and don’t understand. There are always new things to find out if you go looking for them.” David Attenborough

2. “We were meant to explore this earth like children do, unhindered by fear, propelled by curiosity and a sense of discovery. Allow yourself to see the world through new eyes and know there are amazing adventures here for you.” – Laurel Bleadon Maffei

3. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt

4. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

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5. “May you all wander and explore mother nature so that one day when you look back you have so much in your heart to tell… real stories to tell to your kids instead fake stories or giving them tablets or phones.” Guru Z S Gill

Explore Quotes: Exploration is a wonderful way to open our eyes to the world; and to truly see that impossible is just a word - Richard Branson

6. “Exploration is a wonderful way to open our eyes to the world, and to truly see that impossible is just a word.” Richard Branson

7. “Life is simple. Birth, eat, drink, play, explore, and relate to family and friends; be happy and enjoy life!”James A. Murphy

8. “Of course humans like to explore, and we should. There’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s more than that. It’s essential for your children and your children’s children.” Jeff Bezos

9. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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.” Sarah Frances Brown, mother of author H Jackson Brown
(but is famous travel quotes is often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain – although I don’t think Mark Twain would complain!)

10. “If I were really, really ridiculously wealthy, I wouldn’t buy a mansion, just tiny apartments in every city I love.” Mara Wilson

Inspiring Quotes On Exploring

11. “The more I travel, more I know that I know nothing.” – Dr Prem Jagyasi

12. “It’s the ‘everyday’ experiences we encounter along the journey to who we wanna be that will define who we are when we get there.” – Aaron Lauritsen

13. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

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14. “Exploration is curiosity put into action.” – Don Walsh

Explore Quotes: Exploration is curiosity put into action

15. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world” – Freya Stark

16. “The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

17. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

18. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

19. “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  (the TL:DR: push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s worth it.)

20. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Hellen Keller

21. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

22. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey (this is such a great life quote!)

Live your life by a compass not a clock

Explore Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

23. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert

24. “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

25. “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

26. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

27. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

28. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

29. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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

31. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
(go on, I dare you to travel the world.. It’s pretty incredible)

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

32. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

34. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anaïs Nin

35. “Wherever you go becomes part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

36. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”Anthony Bourdain

Short Explore Quotes

37. “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” – Lao Tzu (this is one of my favorite short travel quotes)

38. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde

39. “The best explorer is one without a camera.” – Kamand Kojouri

The best explorer is one without a camera

40. “Travel is only glamorous in retrospect” – Paul Theroux

41. “Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.” – Anonymous

42. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley

43. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

44. “You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.” – Amit Kalantri

45. “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

46. “Embrace, Explore, Endure.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

Embrace, Explore, Endure

47. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

48. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

49. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

50. “Life is an experiment in which you may fail or succeed. Explore more, expect least.” – Santosh Kalwar (quite an unknown quotes on traveling, but a great life quote none the less!)

51. “So much of who we are is where we have been.” – William Langewiesche

Exploring Nature Quotes

52. “In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

53. “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb

54. “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau

55. “I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored” – David Attenborough

56. “Explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.” – Edward Abbey

57. “And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

58. “Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

59. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac

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60. “Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr. Seuss

Because when you stop and look around the life is pretty amazing

61. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

62. “Do not dare not to dare.” – C.S. Lewis

63. “Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”

64. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

65. “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

66. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

67. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

68. “Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” – Freya Stark

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

Movie Quotes for a Wanderer

69. “Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating in Dead Poets Society

70. “I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up.” – Jack Dawson in Titanic

71. “To live would be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan in Peter Pan

72. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.” – Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

73. “Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.” – Malcolm Wallace in Braveheart

74. “While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.” – Dumbledore in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

75. “To infinity and beyond!” – Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story

76. “I didn’t know where I was going until I got there.” – Cheryl Strayed in Wild

77. “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” – Will Traynor in Me Before You

You only get one life. Its actually your duty to live it as fully as possible

If you can’t wait to get out there on an adventure in our wonderful world, we hope our collection of explore quotes has inspired you even more.

Be sure to let us know in the comments below where you are hoping to explore on your next travel adventure, what your favorite short travel quote/short explore quote is and we would love to know what your quote of the day is! 

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