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102 Adventure Quotes  Sayings ABout Life and Travel

Adventure quotes help inspire us, fuel our dreams, and give us the courage we need to face our fears head-on.
As adrenaline junkies, we’re often faced with pushing ourselves past the uncomfortable and into the unknown. 

I used quotes about adventure to help me get ready for the running with the bulls in Spain or before jumping out of a pink plane in New Zealand. As I climbed over 130 Ft. into the rigging of a Tall Ship. And they got me through driving 1/3 the planet without a Clutch. 

These sayings are also a source of inspiration. They help hone our focus and push us to make our dreams a reality.  

They are a tool we can use to make us better. They inspire you, push you, and change you.  

There are lots of quotes out there. There are adventure quotes for couples and for life. Adventure quotes funny enough to make us crack up, or short enough for a quick inspiration fix.

Let’s look at 101 of the best adventure quotes.


“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth, and you will bear witness.

In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”

– Mark Jenkins (Personally, one of my favorite quotes about adventure.)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

― Marcel Proust

“Experience is the teacher of all things.”

― Julius Caesar

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.”

―Tennessee Williams

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

― André Gide

“Audaces Fortuna iuvat (latin)- Fortune favors the bold.”

 ― Virgil

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”

— Bob Bitchin

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”

― Christopher McCandless 

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.”

– Anonymous

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

― Lewis Carrol

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong”

― Sue Fitzmaurice

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”

― Herman Melville

“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.”

― Richard Branson

“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

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

– T.S Eliot

Short Adventure Quotes

“Adventure is worthwhile”

– Aristotle

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It feels good to get lost in the right direction.”

– Anonymous

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

― Neale Donald Walsch

Don’t ask for security, ask for adventure.

― Jim Rohn

”Life is a great adventure or nothing.”

― Helen Keller

“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.”

― Ovid

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”

― Unknown

Go where you feel most alive.

― Unknown

“My favorite thing to do is go where I’ve never been”

– Anonymous

“If it scares you ,it may be a good thing to try”

— Seth Godin

“Definition of ‘adventure’: extreme circumstances recalled in tranquility.”

– Jules the Kiwi

“I think I am quite ready for another adventure.”

— Bilbo Baggins

“The biggest risk in life, is not taking one”

— Nicola Yoon

New Adventure Quotes

Let’s look at recent quotes on adventure. They mostly come from authors like Bill Bryson, Paulo Coelho, and J. K. Rowling. If you haven’t read the Alchemist by Coelho, or Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson I recommend it.

They are two of my favorite books. Other sayings come from prominent figures like Opera, her statements about adventure and life lessons are insightful.

Quotes on New Adventures

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“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

 “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”

– Paulo Coelho

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.”

– John Amatt

“I wanted to quit and to do this forever, sleep in a bed and in a tent, see what was over the next hill and never see a hill again. All of this all at once, every moment, on the trail or off.”

― Bill Bryson

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”

– James Michener

“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”

— Hagrid

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

– Paulo Coelho

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

― Paulo Coelho

“Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding.”

― Bill Bryson

“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you’ve been all along.”

– Unknown

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

― J.K. Rowling

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”

–  Paulo Coelho

“There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.”

― Bill Bryson

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

― Oprah Winfrey

Quotes About Adventure in Life

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

― Anita Desai

“Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.”

― Anne Sophie Swetchine

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

– Jawaharlal Nehru

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

– Robert Frost

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

– John A. Shedd

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.”

– Andre Gide 

 “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”

– Lewis Carroll

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs 

“You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.”

– Mae West

“Make your life a mission – not an intermission.”

– Anonymous

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

– Jennifer Lee

“It is an exciting adventure, doing what you love.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The certainty of life is beautiful, but the uncertainty of life is exciting and amazing. It is more exciting to live an uncertain life that it is to live a boring certain life.”

― Debasish Mridha

“Extraordinary change can happen in your life, but it will take extraordinary people, extraordinary courage and extraordinary faith to believe that this won’t be a repeat of your past.”

― Shannon L. Alder

Funny Adventure Quotes

“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course.”

― Bill Bryson

“We must constantly be jumping off cliffs and developing wings on our way down.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.”

– Bob Hope

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”

– Unknown

“I mused for a few moments on the question of which was worse, to lead a life so boring that you are easily enchanted, or a life so full of stimulus that you are easily bored.”

― Bill Bryson

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”

― Paulo Coelho

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.”

― Al Bolisk

“The older you get the more it seems the world belongs to other people.”

― Bill Bryson

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

― Hilaire Belloc

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”

― Helen Keller

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

– Charles M. Schulz

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.”

― Bill Bryson


My wife is an adventurer. We met in Venice. Fell in love in India. Traveled through Bangladesh, hiked in the mountains on Nepal.

Traveling with your partner is a wonderful thing. Here are some adventure quotes for couples that always make me think about how lucky I am to have my wife.

QUOTES About Adventure and Love

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”

— Anonymous

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

— Ernest Hemingway

“When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.”

— Helen Hayes

“People never forget two things, their first love and their first day in New York City.”

— Anonymous

“What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.”

— Robert Brault

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

– John Steinbeck

“Love is the food of life, travel is dessert.”

— Anonymous

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.”

—Trenton Lee Stewart


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

― Terry Pratchett

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” 

― Jack Kerouac

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” 

― Jack Kerouac (Every quote about adventure by Kerouac is fantastic.)

“I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in”.

 Rowland Waring-Flood

“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”

― Ray Bradbury

“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.”

― James Baldwin

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”

― Freya Stark (a personal favorite adventure quote of mine)

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” 

― Pat Conroy

“The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.”

― Daniel J. Boorstin

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”

– Danny Kaye

“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”

– John Muir

“Without travel “I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life.”

― Lauren Hutton

“Too often. I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.”

― Louis L’Amour

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most fantastic view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

― Edward Abbey

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”

― Anatole France

“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”

― Chinese proverb

These quotes about adventure give us courage, and fuel our wanderlust to not only see the world but explore it.

Adventure quotes have had a significant impact on my life. This helped me start this life of wanderlust when my mind was cloudy with doubt and disbelief.

So whether you are looking for quotes about life or for couples they will push you to be a better and to conquer your fears!

What are your favorite adventure quotes?

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