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23 Reasons to Drop Everything and Travel Now
As if we needed more motivation to hit the road, we pulled wise words from travelers past and present on the importance of constantly experiencing new places.

Erika Owen  March 29, 2016

There are a hundred reasons why you shouldn't embark on your dream vacation right now. But there are even more reasons why you should. We work hard for those precious vacation days, whether it's pinching pennies and slowly building up a "Dream Trip Travel Fund," or just getting enough ahead at work to freely take a few days to yourself (digital detox, anyone?). No matter what it takes, traveling should be everything you hoped it would be and more. But, as they say, you've only got one life to live, so it's best to get in everything you deem worthwhile while it still seems like a good idea. And trust us, taking a dream vacation is most certainly a good idea. 

But back to that one specific vacation you keep daydreaming about. (Santorini? Machu Picchu? Alaska? They're all on our list.) We looked to travelers past and present to share their insight into why saving all of the money, making all of the preparations, and getting ahead at work is all worth it in the end. Ahead, you'll find 23 reasons why you should start (or finish!) planning that trip of a lifetime—because if you look at it the right way, you'll always get more back from a vacation than you put in.

1 of 23 Luca Zanon

Try Something New

“Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

2 of 23 Vashishtha Jogi

Drop the Itinerary

“I don’t know where I am going but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sagan

3 of 23 Teddy Kelley

Re-Center Yourself

“You lose sight of things…and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

4 of 23 Jared Erondu

Find a Reason to Journal

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

5 of 23 Valor Kopeny

Gain Perspective

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

6 of 23 SmAil Ka

Reconnect with Wilderness

“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

7 of 23 Rodrigo Ardilha

Get Out There

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

8 of 23 Michael Haslim

Expand Your Horizons

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

9 of 23 Luke Michael

Try on Solo Travel for Size

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

10 of 23 Jeff Sheldon

Take Your Dream Trip

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

11 of 23 Maher Aridi

Learn to Go with the Flow

"An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered." - Gilbert K. Chesterton

12 of 23 Jeff Sheldon

Remember What Getting Lost Feels Like

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

13 of 23 Delphine Ducaruge

Break the Mold

"Life is an adventure, it's not a package tour." - Eckhart Tolle

14 of 23 Jean Marie Grange

Rack In the Passport Stamps

A great way to learn about your country is to leave it. ~Henry Rollins

15 of 23 Gabriel Garcia Marengo

Just Enjoy the Journey

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." ~Lao Tzu

16 of 23 Anthony Delanoix

Travel to Better Appreciate Home

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." - Lin Yutang

17 of 23 Hide Obara

Ditch the Daily Grind (for an Extended Amount of Time)

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

18 of 23 Alexander Schwarz

Travel to Get Over a Fear

There are only two emotions in a plane:  boredom and terror." - Orson Welles

19 of 23 Jordan Stambaugh

Make Memories

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

20 of 23 

Learn Something New

“Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” – Sargent Shriver

21 of 23 Anders Jilden

Challenge Yourself

"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." - Seneca

22 of 23 Alan Hurt Jr.

Create a Personal Change

"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 BeardWanderlust

23 of 23 

Experience More

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” - Michael Altshuler

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