These Wanderlust Quotes Will Inspire You to Hit the Road in a Hurry

by Julie Evans
Sep 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. ET

The word "wanderlust" is defined by Merriam-Webster as a noun that means a "strong longing for or impulse toward wandering." While Merriam-Webster's definition isn't wrong by any means, it certainly doesn't encapsulate the essence of what wanderlust really is. Wanderlust is a deep, almost primal urge to discover new surroundings, new people, new cultures — and even new things about yourself. 

And y'all, it's safe to say we've got it.

The addictive quality of travel isn't anything new (the first use of the term "wanderlust" dates back to 1875), but it definitely seems that more and more people are itching to leave the banalities of everyday life behind in search of some adventure nowadays. Maybe it's because our fast-paced lives and reliance on technology keeps us in a constant rat race, but unplugging and getting away from it all sure sounds amazing, doesn't it?

These inspirational quotes will make you want to get out and see the world. And just remember, not all who wander are lost.

Originally published April 2016. Updated September 2017.

1/25 :Secret destinations

You never know what will happen on a journey.

2/25 :Regulate imagination

Travel provides a whole different lens through which to look at your life. 

3/25 :Why we travel

Don't let life escape you! 

4/25 :All people

When we travel, we see that as different as we all are, we are so much the same.

5/25 :Adventure or nothing

So, what will it be?

6/25 :Travel is hope

Where will you find hope? 

7/25 :A magnifying glass

Magnify your life. 

8/25 :The road is life

On the road, forever.

9/25 :Richer

So true. 

10/25 :Travel is change

It's definitely about more than just the sights. 

11/25 :New vigor

Where will you go?

12/25 :Coming home

Coming home is beautiful too.

13/25 :Lostness

There is beauty in being lost.

14/25 :Go

For travel's sake, go! 

15/25 :The other side of the world

All travel — no matter how far — changes us. 

16/25 :The art of travel

Let yourself go! 

17/25 :Speechless

What stories will you tell? 

18/25 :Our views of men

Don't vegetate in your corner.

19/25 :The shore

What will you discover?

20/25 :Traveler or tourist?

Which one are you?

21/25 :Read

Don't stop at page one.

22/25 :Endless adventure awaits

Seek them! 

23/25 :Stuff your eyes

So fantastic! 

24/25 :20 years from now

Don't be disappointed. 

25/25 :Modest

We can all use more modesty.