Words are powerful. And when they are put together the right way, they can be inspirational, start revolutions, and create lifelong bonds. We’ve compiled some of our favorite quotes about travel, goals, and motivation. They are designed to stop you in your tracks, re-evaluate what you are doing with your life, and challenge you to take a step further towards your career break goals.
We suggest you print your favorite ones out (in extra large font!), and pin them up in your cube, office, next to your coffee machine, on your mirror where you shave every morning, put in your planner, and on your fridge.
Put one in your wallet to remind you why you are trying to save money for a career break. Put one in your car so that you can stare at it while you sit in that never ending traffic while commuting. Put one in your underwear drawer – after all, you do need to put on underwear every day!
Look at it daily, and think about what you are doing to move one step closer to your travel goal every day.
If baby steps aren’t enough, you can also get giant leaps closer to your travel goals by simply attending a Meet, Plan, Go! event near you on October 18th.
See…it’s simple. Read, print, display, reserve your spot for Meet, Plan, Go!. Now go find some scissors.
Quote from people you (maybe) know:
“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”
– John le Carre
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman
“Insanity: doing the same thing over & over again & expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein
“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”
– Jonah Lehrer (reporter)
“There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say ‘watch me.’”
“…so many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”
– Chris McCandless – Into the Wild
Quotes from career breakers who you don’t know…yet:
“Without travel, your way of life is one grand untested hypothesis.”
– Ryan Murphy, Panelist – New Orleans Meet, Plan, Go!
“You can go through life doing what’s expected of you and what you think you ‘should’ be doing. You will probably have an okay life, but do you want just an ‘okay’ life?”
– Spencer Spellman, Panelist – San Francisco Meet, Plan, Go!
“If you sense that your creativity is dying, that your passion is slipping away and your sense of purpose is evaporating…..for God’s sake, get out while you still can.”
– Chris Gray Faust, Panelist – Seattle Meet, Plan, Go!
“Looking back now, a year later, I can now say that my decision to quit my boring cubicle job and fly to Asia was the best thing that has EVER happened to me. My life now looks totally different than it did 12 months ago and it just keeps getting better.”
– Stephanie Yoder , Panelist – 2010 Washington DC Meet, Plan, Go!
“I am fairly certain that if it wasn’t for Meet, Plan, Go! I might not be getting on a plane today to start this big adventure.”
– Katie Aune, Attendee – 2010 Chicago Meet, Plan, Go! | Panelist – 2011 Chicago Meet, Plan, Go!
“For the first time in my whole life, I am not making decisions based on security, safety, retirement and a fear of becoming homeless. I have new confidence and feeling of invincibility that I’ve never processed before. What caused this change? One word – travel.”
– Sherry Ott, Panelist – San Francisco Meet, Plan, Go!
“I love the simplicity of it all. My only job is to go somewhere and figure out how to do it. My to-do list is rather short: figure out the exchange rate and get cash out of an ATM, figure out a few key words in the native language, figure out transport to my lodging and around town, exchange books (find English used bookstore), do laundry every 2 weeks or so.”
– Lisa Lubin, Host – Chicago Meet, Plan, Go!
Do you have some favorite inspirational travel quotes you’d like to add? Share them in the comments!