Top Things that Inspire Me to Travel the World

On February 17th, 2016

adventure thumbThe world is a vast place filled with wondrous sites, untamed wilderness, and unlimited amounts of beauty. Even when the road gets tough the inspiration you need to keep going is never far away.

Over the years, the things that keep inspiring me has shifted a little, but many of the reasons I am still traveling are the reasons why I started in the first place.

After over three years on the road, these top things that inspire me to travel the world.

Finding the heart of the country


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I love seeing the famous sites and eating at the celebrated restaurants.They are important things to do whenever visiting a new place.

Although, visiting sites no longer inspires me as much as it did at one time.

Don’t get me wrong, unforgettable experiences like wandering the temples of Angkor Wat, or hiking on the Great Wall of China still fill my body with excitement and my heart with wanderlust.

However, you can only visit so many churches, cathedrals, temples, and other sites before they begin to lose their charm and start to feel repetitive.
The longer I travel, the more I find inspiration hanging out with locals, dining at hole in the wall restaurants, and wandering non-touristy neighborhoods.

This is where you find the real heartbeat of a country.

When I started doing this it changed the way I travel. It has made my love of the road grow much more than seeing another towering church or extravagant painting.

Now as I travel I try to immerse myself in the local culture. It always makes me feel like I am actually in the country not just visiting it. It gives me a lot of inspiration, happiness, and it’s a fantastic reminded of why I started traveling.

I need to see the world, not hear about the world


By nature, I am a curious person. From the moment, my first trip to Ireland began I got a serious case of Wanderlust.

That trip was ten years ago, and I am still as curious about the world as I was then.

One reason I am continuously inspired to travel is because I am not satisfied with someone telling me what is over the next horizon. I have to see it for myself.

I have to know the feeling you get when you are hiking through the jungles of Malaysia, or looking out over Rome from the top of the Vatican.

My curiosity to actively experience the world around me is a daily inspiration that keeps me on the road even at the toughest times.

I want to experience a full life

I have an adventure quote I use for inspiration, which is, “ When I am eighty will I regret not doing this?”

A small phrase, but it is one that has a powerful effect on me.

Sometimes I am a little nervous about conquering a fear, trying that strange dish that you can’t quite tell what it is, or planning my next batch of adventures. Whenever to get a little squeamish I am all I have to do is whisper that little phrase to myself. Every single time it drives me to push past my hesitations and nervousness.

Living with no regrets is one of my biggest inspirations for traveling.

I travel because I love it more than anything.Because it is my dream, and I believe that we all should live our dreams. I travel because when I am older, I want to look back at my life and say that I lived it.

My first trip abroad made me feel alive in a way I did not know possible. From that moment my entire life has been dedicated to my biggest love in the world, traveling. These three reasons were big inspirations for me taking that first trip, and continue to inspire me daily as I explore this beautiful planet.


Stephen Shcreck – Is a continuously being inspired to travel the world. You can read more at his travel blog or follow him on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Luis Llerena