Last spring I made a big change in my life that has led me on a circuitous journey during the past year. I have been working hard to heal myself spiritually and emotionally. It has been through travel that I am able to begin this personal growth by exploring both the world around me and my inner world.

It’s been a transformative experience that continues. Sometimes I need some encouragement along the way. So I’ve been collecting all sorts of quotes from travel to general life ones. Because it has really been luck (and a few amazing friends who have supported me) that has allowed me to go on my journey. 

Over the next few posts, I’m going to start sharing more personal stories. I’m hoping that those of you who read my blog can help me discover the lessons from my journey. And perhaps these stories can help others too.

But first, I’d like to share some of my favorite inspirational quotes I’ve been collecting. Whether it is to travel or to just to expand your mind, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I start with a line from my favorite book, “The Alchemist“. 

If you have some favorite quotes, share them in the comments. I’d love to add them to my list.

Unknown island in southern Thailand


“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
-The Alchemist

Angkor Wat, Cambodia


“Wisdom begins in wonder”
-Socrates

Doi Inthanon Thailand
Doi Inthanon National Park


It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it.  I don’t want to be most of us.
– Oberyn Martell, Game of Thrones

Phu Quoc, Vietnam


“As soon as I’m on the road, I see, often palpably, that I know nothing at all, which is always a great liberation.”
-Pico Iyer

Remote island somewhere near Palawan, Philippines


“There are deeper reasons to travel—itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we’re doing there.”
— Jeff Greenwald

Chiang Mai


“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”
― Miriam Adeney

Nacpan Beach, El Nido


“The true wonder of the world is available everywhere, in the minutest parts of our bodies, in the vast expanses of the cosmos, and in the interconnectedness of these and all things.”
– Michael Stark

Somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand


“Your decision to walk creates the path ahead.”
— Paulo Coelho

Cork, Ireland


We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the
life that is waiting for us.
-Joseph Campbell

My Buddhist temple stay for Visika Bucca Day (May 2017)


“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks—on your body or on your heart—are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
— Anthony Bourdain

Tao Philippines Family


“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
-Peter Pan