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50 Inspirational travel quotes for women by women

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If you’re a female traveller looking for inspiration or a little extra motivation to hit the road this post is for you! Here are 50 inspirational travel quotes for women by women.

1) “Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” ― Holly Morris, American Author

2) “Beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” Marilyn Monroe, American Actress

3) “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” ― Maya Angelou, American Poet

Mel doing the Porto Bridge climb playfully doing bicep curls as a celebration of getting to the top of the bridge with the quote: “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass" by Maya Angelou the American Poet across the top of the picture

4) “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” ― J.K Rowling, British Novelist

5) “I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Novelist

6) “Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.” ― Gayle Foreman, American Author

Picture of a woman from above smiling with her out in the ocean in a bikini with the quote: "Travelling's not something you're good at. It's something you do. Like breathing." by Gayle Foreman the American Author

7) “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”  ― Anais Nin, French-American Diarist, Essayist and Novelist

8) “As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” ― Virginia Woolf, English Writer

9) “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, Spanish Writer

Mel walking down towards towards the camera down an open road in Nevada with the quote "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." by Rosalia De Castro the Spanish Writer at the top of the image

10) “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney, Author

11) “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same place.” ― Nora Roberts, Author

12) “Travel is as much a passion as ambition or love.” ― Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English Poet and Novelist

Mel smiling in front of a harbour town in Wales on a sunny day with the quote "Travel is as much a passion as ambition or love." by Letitia Elizabeth Landon an English Poet and Novelist at the top of the image

13) “I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” ― Diane Ackerman, American Poet

14) “Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” ― Hannah Arendt, German Philosopher

15) “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher, American Author

The desert at night with a moon in the sky and the quote "I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." by Mary Anne Radmacher the American Author

16) “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” ― Agnes Repplier, American Essayist

17) “Travelling carries with it the curse of being at home everywhere and yet nowhere, for wherever one is some part of oneself remains on another continent.” ― Margot Fonteyn, Greatest classical Ballerina of all-time

18) “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” ― Gaby Basora

Sunset on a mountain top with the silhouette of a person jumping between rocks with the quote “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” by Gaby Basora

19) “You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” ― Ella Maillart, Swiss Writer

20) “Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.” ― Cheryl Strayed, Author of ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’

21) “If we were meant to stay in one place we would have roots instead of feet.” ― Rachel Wolchin

Girl walking away on a beach leaving footsteps in the sand with the quote “If we were meant to stay in one place we would have roots instead of feet.” by Rachel Wolchin

22) “As the traveller who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinise more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” ― Margaret Mead, American Cultural Anthropologist

23) “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” ― Kate Douglas Wiggin, American Educator and Author

24) “Life is an adventure…dare it!” ― Mother Teresa, International Missionary

Mel smiling in front of the Gulfoss falls in Iceland selfie style with the quote “Life is an adventure…dare it!” by Mother Teresa, International Missionary at the top of the image

25) “I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” ― Diane Ackerman, American Poet

26) “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” ― Lovelle Drachman

27) “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” ― Jaime Lyn Beatty, Musical Artist

Mel looking out onto Porto city centre in Portugal from the cathedral balcony with the quote “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” by Jaime Lyn Beatty, Musical Artist

28) “An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” ― Norma Shearer, American-Canadian Actress

29) “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

30) “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” ― Mae West, American Actress

Two women pictured from behind in front of a misty Golden Gate bridge in San Fransisco with their arms out with peace signs with the quote “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” by Mae West, American Actress

31) “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey, American Media Executive, Actress, Talk Show Host, Television Producer and Philanthropist

32) “Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell.” ― Libba Bray, American Writer

33) “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” ― Freya Stark, British Explorer and Writer

Mel holding her arms out in front of the Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square Moscow with the quote “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” by Freya Stark, British Explorer and Writer

34) “The more I travelled the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” ― Shirley MacLaine, American Actress

35) “You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” ― Anita Septimus, Psychotherapist

36) “You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.” ― Sue Fitzmaurice, Author

Girl hanging out of a car window from behind with her hair flowing in the wind with mountains in the background with the quote "You must go on adventures to find out where you belong." by Sue Fitzmaurice, Author

37) “Anybody can be an explorer if they want to be. You can be an astronaut if you want. Figure out what you want to do, and then go do it” ― Helen Thayer, New Zealand Explorer

38) “Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient.” ― Grace Lichtenstein, Author

39) “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

Mel with her arms out in excitement in front of the Grand Canyon with the quote “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” by Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

40) “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ― Maya Angelou, American Poet

41) “One thing that I love about traveling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone.” ― Sarah Glidden, American Artist

42) “A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.” ― Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss Explorer

Girl wearing a black hat and red checked shirt in front of a lake and mountain from behind with the quote “A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.” by Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss Explorer

43) “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” ― Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion Designer

44) “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ― Helen Keller, American Author

45) “Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” ― Freya Stark, British Explorer and Writer

46) “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ― Mary Ritter Beard, American Historian

Mel on top of a sand dune with her legs crossed in the Dubai desert with the quote “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” by Mary Ritter Beard, American Historian

47) “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, American Author

48) “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” ― Daranna Gidel, Author

49) “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” ― Angelina Jolie, American Actress and Humanitarian

50) “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver, American Poet

Mel with her arms out in front of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland from behind with the quote "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" by Mary Oliver, American Poet

Which of these inspirational travel quotes for women are your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! 😊

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Hi! I'm Mel a full-time Marketeer and part-time adventurer. I’m a British travel blogger who loves nothing more than immersing myself in different cultures and exploring new places. My goal is to inspire all of you office dwellers to follow your travel dreams whilst still working your 9-5.