“Keep Calm and Travel On” – 15 Travel Quotes that Inspire Me!

“A very wise quote is a spectacular waterfall! When you see it, you feel its power!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Who doesn’t love an inspirational quote? They can be charming, insightful, and humorous but what I really enjoy about quotes is that they can help us see the world differently. My mother has recently been sending my sisters and I quotes from various sources, and I have to say it is a great way to start the day! I love to reflect on its meaning and see how it relates to life and how it relates to me.  I find inspirational quotes push me in another direction, and allow me to think about something I have never thought of before or something I never considered. I now love to seek out new quotes and share them with others as my mother does, and by doing so I have come across some travel quotes that are very compelling and are very fitting to my views on travel and adventure!

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I feel that this quote is very true. I wouldn’t know as much about the world if I had not traveled and experienced another country and its culture, and I am very grateful to have this knowledge.

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I remember back when my friends and I went to Europe on our grade 12 trip. We had visited France and England for three weeks and it was beautiful! However, we were so busy everyday that we didn’t even really take in where we were until we got home and were back to our normal routine! When we were in London we saw a billboard ad for Hollywood and we looked at it like “that looks like a nice place to go”, and then we started laughing because we weren’t realizing we were in an amazing place ourselves…silly silly.

When you travel you can’t believe you are there, and when you get home that feeling is what makes you want to get back out there and travel again! So being somewhere familiar can push you to have adventure!

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Yes…the hardest thing for any woman…packing light. But it is true, to travel happily (and comfortably) you must pack light, and I am getting better at this with every trip. I am only taking one suitcase and backpack for my study abroad trip so I think that is pretty good!

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I always used to be afraid of the “what ifs” but I had to stop myself from thinking this way. I would rather live a life of “oh wells” than what ifs because I would never have adventure or excitement in my life if I did.

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I feel that this quote is definitely me. Sure, I haven’t been everywhere, but I will try my hardest every day to see everything and do everything I can, and take advantage of what life has to offer.

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This is very true! I regret the things I don’t do more than the things I did do (FOMO anyone?) So I think it is better to take chances (make mistakes and get messy!!)

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I think this is true. Since I will be mono on this trip, I know I will be lost at times (either physically, mentally or spiritually) so I am glad to have ups and downs because it will help me to grow and gain a new perspective and sense of accomplishment and confidence.

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Of course travelling means $$ and will make me have debt but I think this experience is worth it. I will have gained much more than I spent.

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The old me was the best example of staying in the safe zone, but not anymore! I know that I need to step out of my comfort zone and do something amazing that I will never forget, and by doing so will make me a better person and allow me to see and handle things differently.

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This always happens when I go on trips! I am always amazed at the beautiful scenery (even if I have the picture set as my screensaver on my computer). Seeing it in person leaves me speechless and allows me to tell amazing stories to friends and family back home.

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I am a guilt feeling person, always have been. When I decided to go on my trip I felt guilty to leave my family, my dog and friends behind, but as my mother always tells me “there is no sorry!”. It is true, guilt is a wasted emotion, so it’s good to live your life and have no regrets and be happy… my friends and family are happy for me.

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Yes, it is.

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Whenever I am stressed to the max on this adventure whether I’m lost at the train station or cannot find a classroom at my school, I will think these quotes to myself. I just need to stay calm and continue on and know everything will work out eventually.

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Even after I am done studying abroad, I will always have that urge to travel and see the rest of the world, so I am not going to quit after this adventure! In the meantime all I am going to do is keep calm and blog on…until next time! : )

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Mono Defined

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Now that my trip is so close, I realize I am going to have to spend as much time with family and friends as possible! Once I get on the plane, it’s just me going on this adventure.  No one is coming with me, and yes it seems scary and lonely, but at the same time it’s empowering! I was always scared to be by myself, but then I thought “when will I ever be alone like this again”? For the rest of my life I will be surrounded by friends and family, so I think six months of flying solo will be fine! I’m excited for this experience, of being alone, being mono.

This definition of mono I developed is something I have thought a lot about; not only being alone in terms of my trip but being mono as an individual. Mono is such a strong word if you think about it. Sure it seems simple, mono meaning one, single, lone etc, but when you think it through, it’s everything. Everything in life starts with one and ends with one. We are born as one person, live our one life, and pass as one person. We take our first steps, say our first words and everything in our lives unfolds as we encounter new things. That first experience sets the tone for future encounters. We learn from our own firsts, and it’s those “firsts” that shape us into the person we are. If there were no firsts where would we be?

I started my young adulthood by getting physically and mentally sick (as you all know), but to get over those illnesses I had to look within myself to change, and determine who I want to be and where I want     to go in life. The key to this major breakthrough was me! It wasn’t therapy or medication; ultimately it was me. This is how the ‘mono-meg’ persona came to be! Because of this I am now spreading my wings and flying on my own for my adventure abroad. I wouldn’t have gotten here without this realization. Now I am ready to be by myself and live life to the fullest!

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I am advocating this mono concept because I have realized simply that when it comes down to life it is you alone that lives it. Sure you can be influenced by others and have support and love from family friends, but it is up to you to live the life you want, and take charge and be who you want to be. You can’t wait for life to give you something; you have to find it for yourself. And by being your mono self, you encounter all those firsts that life offers you, and develop into the person you are destined to be. So don’t be afraid to be mono, it’s all you have and it’s all you need.

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