Amongst the chaos that is the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s difficult to find much content that is in the realm of positivity. For some, the uncertainty and unfamiliarity with the situation “out there” is causing you to feel overwhelmed with negative emotions. For others, you may be feeling strangely calm and unbothered, despite everyone you encounter telling you otherwise.
I do want you to know this: however you may be feeling right now is valid. If you’re feeling scared and anxious, you aren’t alone. This is an unfamiliar situation with circumstances beyond anyone’s control. It’s normal for your brain to go into panic mode because it’s just trying to keep you safe.
If you’re feeling calm and secure, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wrong for feeling this way. The media makes it all too easy to get caught up in the panic wave that is flooding the world, and we need you and your level-head to balance it all out.
Even though we are facing external circumstances beyond our control, as I’ve learned from life coach Brooke Castillo, there are two things:
There are facts and there are your thoughts.
Facts are neutral. Your thoughts cause you to feel a certain way.
Facts don’t cause you to feel afraid and anxious or calm and secure because they are neutral. Your thoughts about those facts cause your feelings. Since your brain and your thoughts are the only thing you can control in this situation, it’s up to you to feed your brain with positive stuff to balance out the negative.
If you’re spending hours every day on your phone scrolling through social media and reading every new article that pops up, you will only be feeding your brain negativity. So in the spirit of good vibes and positivity, I’m sharing my all-time favorite travel quotes, and what they mean to me. The thing that all of these travel quotes have in common is that their underlying meaning is tied to the essence of life and death, and how we all have a limited amount of time to experience the world, which are the foundation beliefs that make up me and my brand.
It wouldn’t be me and my business if I wasn’t still pushing you to listen to your dreams and desires even in the middle of a global crisis like this. No matter what global event is next around the bend, I’ll be here to inspire you to travel and vacation while you are able instead of letting fear keep you from experiencing life. We never know when our time on this Earth is going to end, so the time to experience life is now.
My favorite inspiring travel quotes
Live your life by a compass, not a clock. – Stephen Covey
You have likely gotten pretty good at keeping an internal clock, but what about your internal compass? If you feel it drawing you to travel to new lands, listen to yourself.
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine – it’s lethal. – Paul Coehlo
We were not born to slave away in a cubicle every single day for the rest of our lives. The only way for our souls to feel truly refreshed and renewed is to get out of our normal daily routine and go on a big adventure for a bit.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustav Flaubert
Sometimes you need a slap in the face to make you realize how small you are living compared to the rest of the world. Traveling to another part of the world can change your entire perspective.
I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on Earth. Then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya
We live in an amazing time in the world when it’s easier and more affordable than ever to find ourselves anywhere else on the Earth. If something is holding you back from traveling, ask yourself what it is, and cultivate the desire to make it happen. And then it will happen.
A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. – John le Carre
You can’t experience the full life of the world from a cubicle. You have to get out there and see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, and taste it for yourself. From stark deserts to the mighty mountains, from agile monkeys to astounding whales, and from quaint villages to bustling cityscapes, the world has so much diversity to take in and learn from.
Listen to that wild hair and go. – Angela Gillmeister, Wild Hair Travels
If you feel a sudden impulse or whim to travel somewhere new and unexpected, I encourage you to “listen” to that feeling! Too many people opt to instead to the logical reasons why they shouldn’t travel instead of letting the desire to go make it happen.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
Do you want to be the 60-year old who is talking about the things that you “wished” you had done, but never did? The time is now to follow your dreams so that you aren’t feeling regret later in life from being too scared to go for it.
Collect moments. Not things. – Author Unknown
Possessions bring you short-term happiness, but experiences last for a lifetime. Yet we still spend so much money on things, because it’s easier to fill up a cart at Target than to plan and go on a vacation. It’s cheaper to buy new home decor than to go on a vacation. Because of that, we delay saving or using our money for vacation, even though it’s a much longer-lasting use of our money.
I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see little of it. – Alexander Sattler
I reflect on this a lot. My husband and I have many life goals that involve owning our little piece of this Earth. From our dream homesite, to a riverfront recreational property, to prime hunting land, and to a summer cabin in the mountains. But seeing as much of the world as possible is also a life goal that has a priority on its own.
If there are things you are thinking of doing, do them now. – Author Unknown
Life will always be there to get in the way of a vacation, but you have no idea how long your life will be on this Earth. You are taking a huge risk if you continue to delay doing the things that you want to do.
I am not the same, having seen the moon on the other side of the world. – Mary Ann Redmacher
There is just something about seeing the sun, moon, or stars in a completely foreign land that really connects you to the rest of the Earth. It’s the same moon, the same sun, and the same stars, no matter where in the world you are. A gut-punch, memorable moment for me in my travels was seeing the Milky Way in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.
Travel is not reward for working. It’s education for living. – Anthony Bourdain
With a limited amount of vacation time off every year, it’s common for you to view this time as a reward that you have earned for all of your hard work. But what if you viewed your vacation time as the opportunity to show back up in your life with a new perspective on the world and yourself?
Travel. Your money will return. Your time won’t. – Author Unknown
You can always make more money. Do you believe that? It was hard for me to re-train my brain to believe that, but especially when I think something like this is your one life or you’ll never live this day again, I know that time (not money) is the most precious thing we have.
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. – Anna Quindlen
Many people get caught up in an assumption that doing certain things – like traveling – is only reserved for the young while they are full of energy, or for the retired, once they have the time and money. Regardless of where you are in life, if you are feeling a desire to do or see more, you can change that at any time.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. – Author Unknown
Traveling is a give-give situation. You give your money to “buy” the ability to travel. But the destination then gives you life-changing experiences and leaves you with plenty of memories and hilarious stories to tell.
Travel after the COVID-19 outbreak
Many people, myself included, have had to cancel vacation plans because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With a current Level 4 – Do Not Travel advisory, the opportunity for taking a vacation is looking pretty bleak.
However, I’m still planning vacations for my clients, who are going in July, August, and September of this year. I’m pouring a ton of excitement and good vibes into those vacation plans so that they have positive things to occupy their minds and have these experiences to look forward to when this is all over.
I encourage you to do the same. Start planning your next vacation so that you also have something to look forward to. Even though we don’t know how long this is going to last, we do know that it’s a temporary situation that will not last forever.
Once it’s over, everyone is going to be ready to get out there and see the beautiful world that they’ve been missing for so many weeks. Even if you are not yet comfortable with booking travel arrangements until the situation calms down, I encourage you to at least choose where you want to go on vacation when this is all over. You will be ahead of so many people by starting to plan now.
But if you’re one of the majority of the population who isn’t just sitting around doing nothing while being quarantined, you don’t have a lot of idle time of your hands. You are getting your kids adjusted to a virtual learning environment and you are trying to stay on top of things while working from home. That’s why I have two free resources for you to help you get ahead and figure out where you’re going (either alone or with your family) after this is all over.
Take this Quiz for an Instant Recommendation
If you have absolutely no idea where you should go on vacation, or you are looking for some new inspiration, you can get an instant personalized recommendation by taking my Where Should You Go On Vacation Next? quiz. Even though it’s just a quiz, if there ever was a quiz that truly asked you the right questions about your next vacation, this is it! With 30 unique countries as a possibility for the result, I have tried my best to cover the wide range of possibilities in the world.
Get Personalized 1-on-1 Support
If you’re looking for more detailed and personalized help, I offer 1-on-1 destination matching as part of my free consultation. When you sign up for a free consultation, you start by filling out a questionnaire to tell me the basics about your vacation. Your answers help me do some initial filtering of destinations. Then I follow up with you via e-mail with some more personalized questions to get a better feel for what you’re looking for before recommending some options to you. It’s a super convenient back and forth 1-on-1 process that you’re gonna love as much as I do because I’ll be saving you time and brainpower.