33 Nuggets of Inspiration for Your Next Trip

Tips, songs, quotes, books and movies to sprinkle some wanderlust and add meaning to your travels.

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Taking regular trips can be beneficial for your mental and physical well-being - whether it’s leaving on a jet plane indefinitely or just heading out of the city for a weekend getaway. This list of ideas to do, read, watch, and contemplate in your daily travels will spice up any travel experience - and add a bit of meaning to your next trip.

1. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu
2. Read An Inland Voyage by Robert Louis Stevenson.
3. “Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.” — Pope Francis
4. Listen to “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn.
5.
 “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” — Ernest Hemingway
6. Go to a music festival.
7. Watch Into the Wild.
8. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” — Buddha
9. Read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
10. Watch The Endless Summer.
11. Travel with a purpose.
12. Take a weekend trip.
13. Make a slideshow from previous vacations.
14. Learn a new language.
15. Go camping and unplug.
16. Listen to “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas and the Papas.



17.
 Listen to “Roam” by the B-52s.
18. Watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
19. Book a train ride.
20. Host an international dinner party.
21. Watch Rick Steve’s Europe on PBS.
22. Read A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain.
23. Pretend to be a tourist in your hometown.
24. Spend time with your family planning a vacation.
25. Read The A to Zen of Travel by Sarah Tucker.
26. Listen to “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode.
27. Read Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered by Tim Cahill.
28. Witness the beauty of America on two wheels.
29. Listen to Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger.”
30. Visit a national monument or a state park.
31. “I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro
32. Read On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
33. Watch Roman Holiday