I’m sure you’ve heard these quotes before (because there are only a finite amount of these quotes and an infinite amount of posts with similar names to this one).
But there’s a reason – because these quotes are awesome! These are my personal favourites (right now) and what they mean to me.
This is one of the first travel quotes I think of when I think of travel quotes, and it’s probably because it’s everywhere! But that’s okay, because it probably hits home for a lot of people like it does for me. As an expat, this makes so much sense to me. Every single place I’ve been to (or lived in) becomes a part of my soul and (not to sound too cliche’d), but a piece of my heart gets left in every place I visit. Travel is funny that way – it enriches your life in so many ways but it also opens up your world so much that you find yourself missing places and people no matter where in the world you are.
Travel changes you – it’s really as simple and as complicated as that. It might change you in ways you notice right away, or it might be subtle changes that reveal themselves over time. But traveling, becoming more aware of other cultures, seeing other areas of the world- that kind of thing leaves a permanent impact on you.
I just found this quote the other day and absolutely fell in love with it because it’s just the truth, plain and simple.
Even if you can’t travel, you can travel. This quote really inspired me to explore my own back yard, so to speak. In 2014, when I was in Canada missing my boyfriend and Belgium after months of living there – I was really down and out. I was exhausted with our long distance, annoyed with the visa complications and at that point, I was miserable in Canada because it wasn’t Belgium. But then I went on a road trip across Canada with my sister and found my love for my country again. Because every 100 feet, the world changes, and so does your perspective on life.
This quote is the one quote I’ve found that is so profound and beautiful because it speaks to parts of myself that I don’t really talk to or let show all that often. Being an expat is hard, guys. It’s not all cute Instagram pictures and sitting in adorable cafes while blogging my life. I miss people. All the time. Everywhere I go, it feels like a small part of me is missing. It feels like part of my life are just kind of not there at that moment, and then when I find them, somehow other parts of me are missing. It’s a very, very complicated thing, to live your life as a traveler or expat. You’re never quite whole, but it’s strange, because you’re happy most of the time. Obviously there are hard times, but for someone who feels like chunks of me are missing, the pieces that are there are just incredible. And then I travel somewhere else and find other parts of myself that make me just as happy but in different ways.