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Adventure Quotes For Outdoorsy Travelers



There is something special about a new adventure. That sense of mystery that comes from jumping into the unknown. For us, venturing down a new path always leads to something unexpected and great. In general, the most epic adventures have come when enjoying the great outdoors in the wild. In the places on earth where anything can happen.

Whether its hiking to the summit of a beautiful mountain view, enjoying the serene coastlines of this world, or cozying up next to the campfire after a day in the woods, you’ve also felt the power of exploring something new. Wherever your outdoor travels take you, those moments will stick with you forever.

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Adventure Quotes

We’ve put together our top 20 adventure quotes for outdoorsy travelers. Use these quotes and images to inspire your next outdoor adventure or to help capture the feeling of your most recent trip in the wilderness. The world is wide, greet it with open arms and enjoy the ride!


“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” – Freya Stark

Remember that moment when you saw your first beautiful sunset? The sun dipping below the horizon at a snails pace. Every minute flowed like water through a gentle stream. Your stresses melted away while the sky turned shades of orange, then red, then pink. The stars came alive. That moment staring our across the horizon is what we live for. Chasing sunsets and the thought of never-ending freedom. That’s why this is our number one adventure quote for travelers!


“I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.” – Carew Papritz

This is one of our favorite travel quotes ever! Some people are fine doing the same routine day after day. Taking the same route to work, drinking the same coffee, eating the same food. For some, that comfort makes the world go ‘round. For us travelers, we take pride in breaking away from that routine. We strive to be pushed. To learn and get out of our comfort zones on a daily basis. Life is an adventure and we must get out there to truly live it!


“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie The Pooh

When you get outdoors and experience new things, you start to realize that you can take on any adventure. There is no challenge too tall once you’ve already scaled a mountain peak at 3,000 meters. Nothing can scare you once you’ve seen a grizzly bear on the trail just feet away. Once you expose yourself to the wild and succeed at whatever you set out to do, you begin to understand your own capabilities and strengths.


“I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.” – Andrew Garfield

If you’ve ever been hiking, you understand this adventure quote well! Even if you’ve scaled the highest mountain peak in your area, there is always another peak in the distance that is even higher. That’s why it’s important to not let yourself get obsessed with conquering the next peak. Because there will always be a taller one out there. Rather, take the time to enjoy your journeys no matter where you are. Soak in the moment during all of your adventures.


“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey

This is an excellent adventure quote that has inspired us for years now. It ties back to the notion that you should never be comfortable with staying inside and in your routine every day. Of course, some routine and basic necessities are needed to live a healthy life. But you would be surprised with how little you need to be happy. True happiness comes when you mix nature back into your life at every possible moment. It’s where we came from as humans and as cities grow and expand, its important for us to get back to our roots from time to time. Enjoy your next adventure outdoors!


“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” – Walt Whitman

There’s nothing better than getting out on the open road. This is not only a fantastic road trip quote for your adventure but also a perfect quote for exploring. With the wind in your hair and not a care in the world, there is truly something special about the freedom that comes in those moments. We especially enjoy the times when we are out of cell phone service. Getting away from it all and just letting the adventure seek in. Immersing ourselves in the great outdoors and taking every new experience as it comes. That’s the life!


“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir

John Muir is one of our favorite people of all time. He had a true appreciation for the wilderness, especially in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. We’ve experienced some of the places he talks about and our breath has been taken away just like his. From the lakes, trees, mountains, and coastlines, there is a so much beauty all around. And one thing we love about John Muir is that he always speaks of larger adventures than just that region. He takes the beauty he saw in the Pacific Northwest and puts it into perspective on a grander world scale. Noting that there is always more to explore. We salute you John Muir!


“The Earth has music for those who listen” ― William Shakespeare


This has to be one of the best adventure quotes of all time! If you spend just 10 minutes a day outside and listening, you will start to feel the heartbeat of the world and notice the beauty all around you. Too many people go through their lives sucked into a computer, phone, or TV screen. Those virtual realities can start to feel like reality if you’re not careful. The key is to get out into nature and explore the world around you. These adventure moments will remind you how special the planet is. But you have to get out and listen first.


“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”- Buddha

We’ve gotten into some pretty sticky situations before on our adventures. There have been times in the mountains where a lightning storm came out of nowhere and poured rain on us for hours while we hiked through slippery mud. In those moments, it can be easy to doubt the “fun” of nature. But then the next morning, the sun can shine and breathe new life into you. Knowing that the sun will always be waiting for you at some point is what keeps us going even in the tough moments. The outdoors have a way of always regenerating in their own pattern, so just be patient and stay positive in each moment! The sun will shine again.


“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” ― Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is full of great short quotes about travel. There’s nothing better than waking up and knowing an adventure is waiting for you. Whether you planned it for months or just woke up and said “I want to explore today”. There is so much to do all around you. Whether it’s a local trip or a far-away destination, adventure is just around the corner. Go find it!


“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

The decision is easy. Nobody is forcing you to stay in your current routine. You have the option to do something different, it’s just a matter of putting your mind to it and going for it. If you really want to make a change, it all comes down to your mindset. Don’t be afraid of failing, but rather pick an adventure and go for it! If some things don’t go your way, then just learn from it, make the necessary change, and keep swimming.


“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” Greg Child

The reason we go on adventures is not always to see the viewpoint, although that’s what usually draws us to go somewhere. In the back of our minds, subconsciously, we’re really looking to grow and learn from new experiences. There is so much to be learned about ourselves and the world when we try new things. The fact that there is beautiful views and serene landscapes is just icing on the cake for our outdoor adventures.


“How wild it was, to let it be.” – Cheryl Strayed

This is a great adventure quote because it makes us realize how important it is to let go. To experience the moment for what it is without any expectations. The nice thing about being outdoors is that things are constantly changing and moving around you. There’s always something new to see and discover. So rather than forcing a thought of what an adventure should be, we like to take it all in stride and see what happens!


“Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.” – Karen Gibbs

We only live once. It’s important to go for it and do things that you enjoy. Fuel your wanderlust. Don’t let expectations and society norms keep you from doing what you love in your heart. While it can be scary to get out and take that first chance, it’s important to know that you as a human are strong enough to do it. People were born to explore and take risks. It’s how we’ve progressed to this level of humanity so quickly. And it’s how you will reach your desired situation for yourself!


“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert

The world is huge and we as people are so small. There is too much beauty out there for one person to ever see it all in a lifetime. When you go on new adventures, you see how much is out there. Even exploring a few hours around the outskirts of your hometown will open your eyes to new things you’ve never seen before. All of these new experiences will take you to a higher level of understanding for the world we live in. These small pieces to the puzzle will end up shaping a beautiful picture of our world as you see more and more. Never stop adventuring!


“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” - Anonymous

Life was meant to be lived, not to be seen from afar. Get away from your routine and screens by making time to travel. Exploring the world around you is the best way to truly feel alive and come to appreciate what a special place earth is.


“Light a campfire and everyone's a storyteller.” – John Geddes

Those moments after a long journey when you and your friends gather around the campfire are special. It is a time to reflect on the day, share what excited you, and relate those moments to other adventures you’ve had. These times of reflection are the essence of human bonding and connection. They are also the building blocks of stories that will take a life of their own and be passed down from generation to generation.


“In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you’ve come into a rough patch in your life, there’s no better way to heal than immerse yourself in the outdoors. The trees, mountains, beaches, and trails have a way of mending the soul. You can use these times of serenity and peace to reflect on what is causing your pain. In these moments of clarity, you will find new ways forward.


“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”  Gandalf

While it is important to do research before you head out on your next adventure, it’s also good to live in the moment once you are there. You don’t always have to live by the book and do everything other tourists do. Get off the beaten path from time to time and see what else is out there. There have been many times where we just walked an extra 10 minutes past a tourist viewpoint and came to something completely new and unexplored. Explore for yourself!


“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

Adventures are all about exploring. Finding the places that are unique in this world. It won’t always be laid out for you on a perfect trail or step-by-step directions. You’ll have to do some exploring yourself. But that’s part of the fun!



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