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65 Backpacking Quotes to Inspire You to Travel (EXPLORE)

Top 10 Inspirational Backpacking Quotes

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
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. - Robert Louis Stevenson
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson

“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.”

Mark Twain
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. - G.K. Chesterton
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. – G.K. Chesterton
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal. - Paulo Coelho
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal. – Paulo Coelho
Not all those that wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien
Not all those that wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien
If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. - Seth Godin
If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. – Seth Godin
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills
To travel, to experience and learn that is to live. - Tenzing Norgay
To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live. – Tenzing Norgay

15 Exciting Backpacking Quotes That Will Encourage You To Travel

“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
Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment. - Lily Leung
Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment. – Lily Leung
Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free. - Charles Bukowski
Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free. – Charles Bukowski

“Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience – buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello – become new all over again.”

Anthony Doerr
Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take. - Sheridan Anderson
Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take. – Sheridan Anderson
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream. - Ray Bradbury
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream. – Ray Bradbury
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. - James A. Michener
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. – James A. Michener
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. - Jack Kerouac
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. – Jack Kerouac
I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring. - David Bowie
I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. - Rachel Wolchin
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. – Rachel Wolchin
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. - Lin Yutang
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – Lin Yutang
And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. - Randy Komisar
And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. – Randy Komisar
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. - Freya Stark
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. – Freya Stark
I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations. - Nyssa P. Chopra
I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations. – Nyssa P. Chopra
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
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

14 Backpacking Quotes That Will Encourage You To Go Hiking

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it. - Andy Rooney
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it. – Andy Rooney
We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking. - Finis Mitchell
We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking. – Finis Mitchell
The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain but is inspired by it. - William Arthur Ward
The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain but is inspired by it. – William Arthur Ward
Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. - Sir Martin Conway
Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. – Sir Martin Conway
Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak. - Paul D. Boyer
Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak. – Paul D. Boyer
Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. - Ed Viesturs
Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. – Ed Viesturs
Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits. - Cindy Ross
Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits. – Cindy Ross
You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well. - Terri Guillemets
You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well. – Terri Guillemets
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. - John Muir
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. – John Muir
Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. - Greg Child
Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. – Greg Child
Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. - Hermann Buhl
Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. – Hermann Buhl
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. - Sir Edmund Hillary
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Sir Edmund Hillary
Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street. - William Blake
Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street. – William Blake
You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. - Dr. Seuss
You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. – Dr. Seuss

8 Backpacking Quotes That Will Help You Appreciate Nature

“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”

Ryel Kestenbaum
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. - Gary Snyder
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. – Gary Snyder

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.”

John Muir
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. - Aristotle
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. - John Muir
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir
A walk in nature walks the soul back home. - Mary Davis
A walk in nature walks the soul back home. – Mary Davis
To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. - Mary Davis
To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. – Mary Davis

3 Backpacking Quotes For Traveling With Someone

When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee. - Helen Hayes
When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee. – Helen Hayes
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. - Mark Twain
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. – Mark Twain
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. - Tim Cahill
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. – Tim Cahill

5 Backpacking Quotes That Inspires Travelling Light

Own only what you can always carry with you known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag. - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag. – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value. - Christopher Fry
I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value. – Christopher Fry
Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive bundle of cash; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way. - Rolf Potts
Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive bundle of cash; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way. – Rolf Potts
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. - Glenn Clark
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. – Glenn Clark
Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care. - Earl Shaffer
Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care. – Earl Shaffer

10 Backpacking Quotes to Ponder

“The tourists come here to stay put in their hotels, with their holiday-friendly staff, private beaches, private bars and private sunshine. And yet still, when they get back home, they’ll claim they’ve been to Egypt.”

Harry Whitewolf
You don’t have to be rich to travel well. - Eugene Fodor
You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. - Aldous Huxley
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley
Traveling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. - Cesare Pavese
Traveling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. – Cesare Pavese
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. - Rosalia de Castro
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. – Rosalia de Castro
People don’t take trips... trips take people. - John Steinbeck
People don’t take trips… trips take people. – John Steinbeck
That’s the difference between backpackers and holidaymakers. The former can’t help but invite hassle whilst the latter pays to escape it. - Harry Whitewolf
That’s the difference between backpackers and holidaymakers. The former can’t help but invite hassle whilst the latter pays to escape it. – Harry Whitewolf
I am a traveler. I am a nomad. I rarely sleep in the same bed more than three or four nights. And I know hotel life better than anyone. - Diane von Furstenberg
I am a traveler. I am a nomad. I rarely sleep in the same bed more than three or four nights. And I know hotel life better than anyone. – Diane von Furstenberg
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
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
I’m gonna tell my momma that I’m a traveler. I’m gonna follow the sun. - Parov Stelar
I’m gonna tell my momma that I’m a traveler. I’m gonna follow the sun. – Parov Stelar

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