The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life, it’s so easy to make it complex. What’s important is leading an examined life because most of the damage caused by humans is caused unintentionally.
Taking a trip for six months, you get into the into the rhythm of it, it feels like you can go on for ever. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that because you get all these high-powered plastic surgeons and C.E.O.s and you know, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas who put all the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed rope and you get to camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag, it’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. And the whole purpose of climbing something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain, but if you compromise on the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.
1. “Not all those who wander are lost” -J.R.R. Tolkien
Okay, so anyone who knows anything about me knows that this is my favorite quote of all time, and it’s even on me permanently!
2. “If it scares you it might be a good thing to try” -Seth Godin
Another easy one (hence the blog title), but I have always felt that getting outside of my comfort zone is when life really happens!
3. “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list” -Susan Sontag
I may have used this as an insta caption or two, but again it’s one of my favorites. I grew up traveling all the time and I can’t see my future any other way. Just imagine all the things there are to do in the world, the places to see, the people to meet. It’s endless!
4. “We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” -Carson McCullers
Something about this quote has always intrigued me. I think it highlights that struggle that comes with traveling, where as much as you miss home sometimes, you can also be at home and have a need for something you haven’t even experienced yet.
5. “Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry” –Jack Keronac
I think this is one of my favorites because although I miss out on lots back home, I will never be sorry for traveling.
6. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!” -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
I remember reading this one my freshmen year of high school, putting it into my phone, and realizing I had to come up with some bigger dreams because back then mine were just too easy. Those are cheap goals. I want the ones that make my palms sweat and drive me crazy. The ones I am up all night thinking about instead of falling asleep and dreaming.
7. “You were born to dance to the beat of your own heart, to roam without cages, with the innocence of a child and the free spirit of untamed horses. I hope you laugh without stopping, live with abandon, and love like it’s all there is. Stay wild, my wild, wild child.” -Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter
I could fill this blog with Kenny Chesney quotes and all the things they mean to me (but for y’alls sake- I won’t). This one, however, just pulses through me. These are #lifegoals.
8. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
I know what you’re thinking- way to be cliche, Snow, you’re just trying to sound fancy. But no, really, I still remember reading this in sixth grade english, writing it on our paper poetry bags, and it’s always kinda stuck with me. Sure, I like to quote it to sound fancy, but it’s oh so true (and yes I did repeat it on my hike the other day, and yes there were two roads diverging in a wood (although in Australia it’s called the bush)).
9. “The word adventure has gotten overused, to me, adventure is when everything goes wrong. That’s when the adventure starts.” -Yvon Chouinard (180 Degrees South)
If you haven’t seen 180 Degrees South stop whatever else you are doing, quit reading my blog (just for now of course) and turn on Netflix and go watch it! If anything is going to fuel your wanderlust it is this movie! I love love love this quote so much because I cannot think of a true adventure where something (or everything) hasn’t gone wrong. If everything was going right it would be boring, and adventures are anything but boring.
10. “Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards” -Tina Fey
This. Is. Me. Whether it comes to paying for a sixth month trip to Australia, going to Australia in forty degree weather, and literally everything else in my life, this is just what I do. I would say it always works out, albeit usually a little stressful.
11. “This is just a part of growing up. A little adventure, a little rebellion, that’s good. Healthy, even.” –Flynn Rider
I mean come on, did you really expect me not to have a disney quote in here somewhere? But I mean, I completely agree with you, Flynn. Adventure? Rebellion? Totally necessary for growing up.
12. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” -Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go
I can’t write much about this one or I will totally start crying. Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for giving us a children’s book with all the inspiration in the world.
13. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder… I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean” -Lee Ann Womack
Again with the cliches, but if you don’t sing Lee Ann Womack every time you stand in front of the ocean, then what are you doing?
14. “Why not take a crazy chance, why not do a crazy dance. If you lose a moment you might lose a lot, so… why not” -Hillary Duff
This one is pretty much my response for when people asked me why I wanted to come to Australia… “Why not?”
15. “For Kate Schafer, the greatest traveling companion in the world, and a woman who is not afraid to admit that she occasionally can’t remember where she lives” -Maureen Johnson
This is the dedication inside one of my favorite books Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson. I’ve read it countless times, and it has inspired me quite a lot, and always reminds me of my own aunt and I picking out all of the countries we wanted to travel to on my grandparent’s globe when I was little. I also, however, wouldn’t mind living the life of Kate Schafer and just forgetting where home is.
16. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined” -Henry David Thoreau
This one just flows off the tongue and is so encouraging. Just go, go confidently, and live the life you truly want.
17. “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
I think this one is so important because we get stuck in the monotony of our lives- work, school, etc. Every once in awhile go try something new just to say you’ve done it!
18. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.” -Hans Christian Anderson
To travel is to live…
19. “Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” -John Muir
John Muir was one of those outdoorsmen who just gets it… Nature has so much more to offer than you could ever realize and it’s so important for us to protect it and to take it in as much as we can. Nature is healthy, it’s good for the soul, it’s spiritual and it’s welcoming and it’s important.
20. “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go.” -Lisa St Aubin de Terán
Taking a trip for six months, you get in the rhythm of it. It feels like you can go on forever doing that. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that. Because you get these high-powered plastic surgeons and CEOs, and you know, they pay $80,000 and have Sherpas put the ladders in place and 8,000 feet of fixed ropes and you get to the camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag. It’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. The whole purpose of planning something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain and if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.