There are a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t embark on your right now—but there are even more reasons why you should. You work hard for those vacation days to freely take a few weeks to yourself.
No matter what it takes, traveling should be everything you hoped it would be and more. You’ve only got one life to live, so get in everything you deem worthwhile while it still seems like a good idea. And, taking a dream summer vacation is most certainly a good idea—and the time is NOW.
We looked to travelers past and present to share their insight into why you should stop dreaming about it and travel NOW. Ahead, you’ll find 24 reasons why you should start (or finish!) planning that dream summer vacation.
Get Out There
The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.
—Marie de Vichy-Chamrond (1697-1780)
Why We Travel
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
—St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Begin the Journey
If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin.
—Ivan Turgenec (1818-1883) Russian writer
Learn From History
Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.
—René Descartes (1596-1650) French philosopher, mathematician, scientist
Smell the Roses
That delicate forest flower, With scented breath and look so like a smile, Seems, as it issues from the shapeless mould, An emanation of the indwelling Life, A visible token of the upholding Love, That are the soul of this great universe.
—William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) American poet
Explore the World
Oh, the places you’ll go.
Connect with Nature
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
—John Burroughs (1837-1921) American naturalist and nature essayist
Explore Wild Outdoor Spaces
Not to have known…either the mountain or the desert is not to have known one’s self.
—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) American writer, critic, and naturalist
Try Something New
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
—Dalai Lama (1935-)
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
—Michael Altshuler, American writer, speaker, and leadership trainer
Reconnect with Wilderness
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…
—John Muir (1838-1914) Scottish-American naturalist and author
We can never have enough of nature.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) essayist, naturalist, and philosopher
Expand Your Horizons
You lose sight of things…and when you travel, everything balances out.
Walk Amid Nature
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
—William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English poet and playwright
Walk in the Woods
To the edge of the wood I am drawn, I am drawn.
—Sidney Lanier (1842-1881) American poet
Learn to Go with the Flow
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
—Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936) English writer, poet, and philosopher
Drop the Itinerary
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
—Douglas Adams (1952-2001) English author
Learn Something New
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 Beard (1876-1958) American historian
Learn from Nature
The world is not to be put in order; the world is order incarnate. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.
—Henry Miller (1891-1980) American writer
Enjoy the Journey
The journey not the arrival matters.
—T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) Essayist, playwright, and poet
Take only memories leave only footprints.
—Chief Seattle (1786-1866) Suquamish chief
Find a Reason to Journal
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
—Moslih Eddin Saadi (1210-1291) Persian poet and writer
Just Enjoy the Journey
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
—Lao Tzu (601 BC-531 BC) ancient Chinese philosopher and writer