Traveling alone is a chance to reconnect with yourself. It is when you aren’t relying on anybody’s itinerary that you get to trust yourself, appreciate your own company, and fully listen to your own thoughts, which is why it’s considered one of the most enlightening things anyone can do for themselves—at least once in your life. So if you’ve had it on your bucket list for a long time now and have often wondered what it’s like to explore an unfamiliar place alone, these quotes below might just inspire you to finally book that plane ticket (or even that bus ride to a quick getaway). 

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1. “There's only one place I want to go and it's to all the places I've never been.” - Nikki Rowe

2. "A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander." - Roman Payne

3. "A girl who travels has relationships that are based not on security, but on sincerity." - Lauren Klarfeld

4. "Becoming free is learning about yourself; the scared and the insecure, the brilliant and the bold. Embrace both and the journey is yours and yours alone. No longer are you following another’s directions and your path and purpose will present themselves. Only then might you find another wandering soul doing the same thing, who can walk with you but on their own journey. All of a sudden you might find a shared passion and a wrinkled map on the trail that makes sense." - Riitta Klint

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5. "Some journeys in life can only be traveled alone." - Ken Poirot

6. "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius 

7. "To travel is to take a journey into yourself." - Danny Kaye

8. "A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 

9. "And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end." - Pico Iyer

10. "One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now." - Paulo Coelho

11. "To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

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To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live." - Hans Christian Andersen

12. "We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more." - Pico Iyer

13. "Once a year go some place you've never been before." - Dalai Lama

Sources: Good Reads and Brainy Quote

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