Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” At least that is what Aldous Huxley, an English writer and philosopher, claims. This piece of text became one of the most quoted ideas in contemporary history, especially since the revolution of the internet, which made everything instant and available. But what is it about these pieces of text that actually motivate us to dream big and take action?   

Oh the places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

Inspiration is key. The essence of any motivational quote is an idea; and the wonderful thing about ideas, is that they usually inspire new ideas. So when an individual reads Mark Twain, and encounters the notion that “twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” the seeds of ideas are planted. Also, the fact that these words were written by Mark Twain, one of the most admired writers of the 19th century, helps promote the depth and meaning of these words.   

The thing about motivational quotes is that people can often see themselves as the subject of the featured idea, as if these words were written just for them. Psychologists and communication researchers claim that a well-structured message that includes strong imagery and appeals to people’s aspirational nature can be meaningful and powerful in changing people’s mindset, helping them to visualize something with their hearts instead of their minds.

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta

The right combination of psychology and linguistics can create a metaphor that presents the reader with a challenge they might wish to overcome. Everyone wants to do better, be happier, wealthier, and have more time to travel; and so, when people encounter these motivating ideas, they can instantly imagine themselves in a far away land, seeking new and exciting adventures. That is also when they are prompted to take action.      

Nowadays, and more than ever before, people are in constant search for meaning. An encounter with an intellectual idea, which reminds individuals of their hopes and dreams, can definitely motivate them to not leave their life’s goals behind. This is especially true when the motivating message comes from someone of a certain authority or an individual with intellectual prestige. For example, the well-established author, Helen Keller, had to overcome unbelievable obstacles on her way to become a scholar as she was both deaf and blind; and so, even if you take away the fact that “life is either a daring adventure or nothing,” came from Keller, the idea itself is larger than life and can motivate people to take action and lead a more meaningful life.

People don’t take trips, trips take people. – John Steinbeck

So what is it about motivational travel quotes that inspire people to take action? Their own imagination. People always want to embark on a new and exciting journey. It’s just that sometimes, they get lost and need inspiration.

Not all those who wander are lost. – JRR Tolkien