The 100 Most Inspirational Travel Quotes Of All Time

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  • November 8, 2020 November 17, 2020
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If you’re planning a holiday, fighting post-trip blues, or just scrolling through instagram travel photos, you can be sure there’s a quote about traveling out there that hits the spot for you.

Travel quotes to discover yourself, travel quotes to motivate your next journey, fantastic travel quotes to drive you to live your best life and more. We can all relate to inspirational travel quotes, making them so fun to read.

In this article, I gathered some of the most popular travel quotes (and my personal favourites). I hope you’ll find these incredible travel quotes inspiring, and they’ll make you want to go out and see the world.

Famous travel quotes

1. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”–Andre Gide

2. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller

3. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

4. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” – Mohammed

5. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” –Mark Twain

6. “Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” – Freya Stark

7. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu 

9. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign” – Robert Louis Stevenson

10. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” –Saint Augustine

11. “Life is meant for good friends and great adventures” – Anonymous

12. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” –Susan Sontag

13. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by” —Robert Frost

14. “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” –Dalai Lama

15. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” –Tim Cahill

16. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”  – Anita Desai

17. “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”-Anonymous

18. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

19. “Collect Moment, Not Things.”-Anonymous

20. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

21. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” — Hilaire Belloc

22. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

23. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” ― Melody Truong

24. “This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.” – Paulo Coelho

25. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” – Rachel Wolchin

26. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin

27. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

28. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” ― Mark Twain

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

30. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho

31. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

32. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

33. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

34. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett

35. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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

37. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”― David Mitchell

38. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

39. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

40. “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” – Caroline Myss

41. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

42. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” ― Jack Kerouac

43. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

44. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde

45. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

46. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” –Randy Komisar

47. “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth, then I ask myself the same question.” –Harun Yahya

48. “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” –Unknown

49. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

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

51. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

52. “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

53. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

54. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

55. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

56. “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

57. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

58. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

59. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

60. “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

61. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

62. “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

63. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

64. “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

65. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

66. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

67. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

68. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

69. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

70. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

71. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

72. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

73. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

74. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things — air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. All things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

75. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

76. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

77. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

78. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

79. “Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

80. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

81. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

82. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

83. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

84. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

85. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

86. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” -Antoine de St. Exupery

87. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

88. No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

89. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” -Jack Kerouac

90. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” -Benjamin Disraeli

91. “Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag” -Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

92. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”   -Susan Heller

93. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

94. “Conventional wisdom tells us… we take our baggage with us. I’m not so sure. Travel, at its best, transforms us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home. Sometimes we do leave our baggage behind, or, even better, it’s misrouted to Cleveland and is never heard from again.”   -Eric Weiner

95. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” -Robert Frost

96. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

97. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

98. “At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.” –Arthur Frommer

99. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” -Oscar Wilde

100. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” -Oscar Wilde

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95 most inspirational travel quotes ever penned

Our favourite inspirational travel quotes have encouraged us to travel with abandon over the years. Perhaps they will do the same for you…

For us, there is no such thing as luxury travel; travel is, by default, a luxury. It is a privilege provided by the country of our birth, a privilege that many are not as fortunate to enjoy.

Sometimes, we have to pinch ourselves at just how ridiculous our lives have become: an ex-teacher and jobbing writer travelling the world for a living. It is absurd, it is astonishing, it is luxury.

When I first went travelling at 21 years old, my father gave me this quote scrawled on a piece of card.

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It infused me with wanderlust. It encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, make the most of my time, see the world and enjoy the freedom that comes with being on the road. It remains one of the most inspirational travel quotes I’ve read (even if Twain did not actually say it).

Today, 20 years and almost 100 countries later, it’s still in my wallet. Despite its tattered and dishevelled appearance, it’s every bit as important to me now as it was then.

With that in mind, we’ve collated our most beloved inspirational travel quotes to encourage readers to “explore, dream and discover” for themselves.

inspirational travel quotes

1. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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3. “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

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5. “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

6. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

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7. “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

8. “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

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9. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

10. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles... inspirational travel quotes

11. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller Anderson

12. “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

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13. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

14. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

A good traveler... inspirational travel quotes

15. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

16. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.” – John A. Shedd

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17. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

18. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

Not all those who wander are lost... inspirational travel quotes

19. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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21. “Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before.” – The Dalai Lama

22. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

How beautiful it is to travel... inspirational travel quotes

23. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re travelling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

24. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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25. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

26. “A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

Moslih Eddin Saadi inspirational travel quotes

27. “Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

28. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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29. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

30. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

Wandering... travel quotes

31. “I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” – Ricky Skaggs

32. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” – Hilaire Belloc

Travel for fulfilment quote

33. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

34. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

James Michener inspirational travel quotes

35. “The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

36. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

Money isn't everything quote

37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

38. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

All journeys have secret destinations...

39. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

40. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

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41. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

42. “Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” ― Michael Palin

Once the travel bug bites inspirational travel quote

43. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

44. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

A journey is like marriage... inspirational travel quotes

45. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

46. “There are far, far better things ahead than we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

There are better things ahead...

47. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

48. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

To travel is to discover...

49. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveller learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

50. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

Mark Twain Quote about travelling with friends

51. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

52. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew

Travel broadens the mind inspirational travel quotes

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

54. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

See the world quote by Ray Bradbury

55. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

56. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

The journey not the arrival matters

57. “Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” – Robert Orben

58. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust quote

59. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde

60. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

I travel for travel’s sake... inspirational travel quotes

61. “If an ass goes travelling, he’ll not come home a horse.” – Thomas Fuller

62. “Travelling tends to magnify all human emotions.” – Peter Hoeg

“Travelling tends to magnify all human emotions.”

63. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

64. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

A strange town... inspirational travel quotes

65. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine from the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

66. “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

Puffins rest on a rock

67. “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” – George Bernard Shaw

68. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

A wise traveler... inspirational travel quotes

69. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

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

Travelling can leave you speechless

71. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

72. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Travel is deep and permanent inspirational travel quotes

73. “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

74. “A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A tent beneath the stars

75. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

76. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

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77. “The more I travelled the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

78. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

Inspirational travel quote by Stephen Covey

78. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block

80. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle – or Si’ahl

A man walking in the sand featuring the travel quote about footprints

81. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

82. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

A travel quote from Moby Dick

83. “We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

84. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself” – Wallace Stevens

inspirational travel quote by Wallace Stevens over the blur hole in Belize

85. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

86. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Julia Ormond (although it is often wrongly attributed to Audrey Hepburn)

A photo of the Eiffel Tower featuring the travel quote, Paris is always a good idea

87. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip.” – Babs Hoffman

88. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

inspirational travel quote by Jaime Lyn Beatty over mountaineers

89. “Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

90. “It is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be not to explore at all.” – Sir Ernest Shackleton

Shackleton's Endurance ship stranded on the ice in Antarctica with an inspirational travel quote

91. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” –  Jack Kerouac

92. “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

93. “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.” – Oscar Wilde

94. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M Goodman

95. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain (or possibly H Jackson Brown Jr )

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Say goodbye to scouring the internet in search of inspirational travel quotes to keep you focussed on saving for that next big trip. Instead take a read through our list of every travel quote ever. We dare you to try and not be inspired.

Are we missing one of your favs? Share your own travel quote in the comments and we might just include it!

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Unknown

“I am not a great book, I am not a great artist, but I love art and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.” – Michael Palin

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

not all those who wander are lost travel quote

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

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” ― Rich Ridgeway

“To travel is to evolve.” – Pierre Bernardo

Take the first step, the rest will follow. Book the ticket, apply for the job, send the email, jump into the water. The rest gets easier from there. – Abi from http://www.insidethetravellab.com/

“A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.” ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

paris is always a good idea travel quote

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

It’s never too late to have a life you love. Don’t ever feel like you’ve missed the boat, don’t have what it takes or can’t achieve your dreams. Instead of removing your dreams, remove the doubts and fears keeping you from them. It’s never, ever too late. – Phoebe from https://littlegreybox.net

“Without travel I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life.” – Lauren Hutton

“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” – James Baldwin

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“I was not born for one corner. The whole world is my native land.” – Seneca

“Travelling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron

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“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

“Tourists visit. Travellers explore.” – Unknown

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“Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.'” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on Earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Unknown

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“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

“NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

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“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” ― Clifton Fadiman

“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

Adventure Travel Quotes

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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” ― Steve McCurry

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

The biggest addiction a person can have is discovering the unknown. Once it takes hold, there is no getting out and the only way to get your fix is by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and exploring new horizons, cultural, and places. – Stephen from A Backpacker’s Tale 

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”― Andre Gide

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” ― Unknown

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” ― John A. Shedd

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” ― Martin Buber

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” ― Trenton Lee Stewart

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“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” ― Freya Stark

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” ― G.K. Chesterton

The more borders you cross, the more your mind opens — Paul from Global Help Swap

“One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.” – Ella Maillart

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

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“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

“A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

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“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown (thanks to Melissa Bond for the contribution!)

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten

“It is better to travel well then to arrive.” – Buddha

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

“We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

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“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” – Doug Coupland

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese

“How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“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

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“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment” – Hilaire Belloc

“If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey most of us would never start out at all.” – Dan Rather

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” – Al Gore

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

“It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – William Hazlitt

“You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot.” – Shakuntala Devi

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75 Quotes About Adventure and Travel to Inspire Your Wanderlust

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Looking for the best, most inspiring quotes on adventure and travel to inspire your wanderlust? Here are 75 travel quotes, personally curated by us to inspire you.

There was a time when quotes on adventure or travel inspired us a lot .

It's kind of funny/sad looking back upon it; the two of us in our little cubicles at our respective workplaces, emailing each other beautifully designed travel quotes ( weheartit was life!) all through the dull winter working days, discussing how one day we’d be living our life by these very same quotes.

Our workplace productivity might have been questionable, our emails cheesy AF, but we related to them and in some small way they drove us to follow the life of travel we dreamed about.

Fast forward five years, and in many ways,  we are actually living by many of those quotes .

We’re not going to say they were the sole reason for us to follow our dreams - nor that our life has become some kind of poetic dream - but they certainly sowed the seed to live the life we’d always dreamed about. Heck, we even own a beautiful old bronze compass with Mim’s favourite travel poem, “the road not taken” by Robert Frost inscribed in its lid now. 

Although these same travel quotes now fill Instagram captions and Pinterest feeds daily (shameless plug: go follow our Pinterest account right now! ), they still hold a special place in our hearts - which is why we really wanted to share our faves with you and hope that you will be inspired to follow your dreams, a little like we were. 

So here are our favourite quotes about adventure and travel to inspire you to live that life you've always dreamed about.

75 INCREDIBLE QUOTES ABOUT ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL

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Kicking it off, we're sharing our personal favourite travel and adventure quotes. These are the ones that hold a special place in our hearts as they’re the ones that drove us to make some crazy/great life decisions. We think they might do the same for you. 

1. The joy of discovery is the single most important thing in life. Don’t forget it.

-- The Common Wanderer

2. As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.

-- Robin S. Sharma

3. Better an oops than a what if

-- Beau Taplin

4. And then there is the greatest risk of all - the risk of not spending your life doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom later to do it 

-- Randy Komisar

5. There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to keep moving, to never stop

-- Bill Bryson

6. To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

7. Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure 

-- Bob Bitchin

8. Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

 -- Pico Iyer   

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 9. If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home

 -- James A Michener

10. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city

11. I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

-- Mary Anne Radmacher

12. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

-- Henry David Thoreau

13. We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. 

-- Pico Iyer

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Most inspiring travel quotes.

Everyone needs a little inspiration every now and then. Whether it's finally tackling that challenge you've been putting off for, well, forever, or getting pumped up for your next adventure; we think these quotes will have you running for Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit or exploring Africa (check out these Africa safari quotes !) in no time!

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14. Certainly, travel is more than seeing the sights, it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living

-- Mary Ritter Beard

15. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

-- Cesare Pavese

16. Adventure should be 80 percent 'I think this is manageable,' but it's good to have that last 20 percent where you're right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone

-- Bear Grylls

17. If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.

-- Anthony Bourdain

18. At the very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure

-- Christopher McCandless

19. Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life

-- Michael Palin

20. Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.

-- Ernest Hemingway

21. Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.

-- John Amatt

22. Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground

-- Judith Thurman

23. Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

-- Ray Bradbury

24. Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.

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QUOTES FROM THE ROAD

#VanLife is a massive source of inspiration for us. In fact, it’s our long-held dream to buy a Volkswagen Combi and drive through Europe, totally free to do what we want, when we want. There's just something about that feeling of taking off for a long road trip, windows down, music blasting, and nothing but the open road and exciting memories to be made ahead of you. The #VanLife movement has spawned some incredible adventure quotes, which inevitably lead us to hours of daydreaming.

These are the best road trip quotes to drive your next adventures (pun intended).

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25. Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

-- Jack Kerouac

26. Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.

-- Emma Chase

27. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference

-- Robert Frost

28. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

-- Jennifer Lee

29. Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.

-- Ewan McGregor

30. Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.

-- Steve Pavlina

31. Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.

32. The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.

-- Aaron Lauritsen

33. Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions.

-- Jenn McKinlay

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Quotes about mountains.

Mountains light a fire in the belly and satisfy a deep craving for nature and connection for many of us. They're also the inspiration for some of the greatest adventure quotes out there! These quotes will have you hiking the nearest snow - capped peak in no time.

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34. “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

-- William Blake

35. I learn something every time I go into the mountains.

-- Michael Kennedy

36. How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains

-- John Muir

37. When you go to the mountains, you see them and admire them. In a sense, they give you challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.

-- Edmund Hillary

38. The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human

-- Victor Hugo

39. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. -- John Muir

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Quotes about the joy of discovery.

The reason we travel is the joy of discovering something new, stepping into the unknown and learning about different cultures, places, and people (and, often, ourselves in the process too). These quotes sum up the joy of discovery pretty bloody well.

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40. I need to move around a bit. to shuffle my surroundings. To wake up in cities i don’t know my way around and have conversations in languages i cannot entirely comprehend. There is always this tremendous longing in my heart to be lost, to be someplace else, to be far far away from all of this.

41. As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.

42. I hope you never stop seeing the world, even when your eyes are closed

43. The wish to travel seems characteristically human; the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown 

-- Paul Theroux

44. Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.

-- Irving Waller

 45. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

46. It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and whats happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.

47. Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

-- Amelia Earhart

48. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

 -- Jawaharial Nehru

49. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson

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COMMON, CLICHED OVERUSED TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE QUOTES WHICH WE STILL SECRETLY ENJOY

You know, we know them, everyone knows them. These are the travel quotes all over Pinterest, Instagram, and every online platform, adored by everyone - even though deep down we all know they're so cliched they're worthy of much eye-rolling. Yet despite all that, they're popular for a reason, and we still think these quotes are pretty awesome:

50. Not all those who wander are lost

-- J.R.R. Tolkien

51. To move to breathe to fly to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live

-- Hans Christian Anderson

52. Oh the places you’ll go.

-- Dr Seuss

53. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-- Mark Twain

54. Once a year, go somewhere you've never been before

55. Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures..

- anonymous PostSecret user

56. If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.

-- Paul Coelho

57. Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

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 58. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart

-- Helen Keller

59. Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

-- David Mitchell

60. The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.

-- Sir Richard Burton

61. Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination

-- Roy M. Goodman

62. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

-- Gustav Flaubert

63. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

64. People don’t take trips, trips take people.

-- John Steinbeck

65. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

-- Aldous Huxley

66. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

-- Saint Augustine

67. One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

-- William Feather

68. Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.

69. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

-- T.S Eliot

70. You lose sight of things, and when you travel, everything balances out. 

-- Daranna Gidel

71. I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been before

72. When a young person is moved by a passion and feels compelled to go on this sort of quest, I think you have to let him. You can't stop him. In our culture we don't have formal rights of passage like in some ancient cultures. Subjecting yourself to risk... may be something you have to go through to be a man or a woman.

-- Jon Krakauer

73. There is no certainty - there is only adventure

-- Roberto Assagioli

74. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

-- Susan Sontag

75. Traveling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

-- Ibn Battuta

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We’ve been putting together some of our favorite inspirational travel quotes as we continue to journey around the world and experience new places and things abroad.

What follows is a complete collection of 156 of the best travel quotes, including some famous quotes from figures like Anthony Bourdain, John Muir, and Mark Twain.

Warning: some of these quotes may give you the travel itch! In any case, I hope you’ll find them inspirational!

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. — Unknown
Take only memories, leave only footprints. — Unknown
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. — Gustave Flaubert
Not all those who wander are lost. — J.R.R. Tolkien

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Every man dies, but not every man really lives. — William Wallace
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. — Oscar Wilde
Life is a journey. Make the most of it. — Unknown
I’ve traveled every road in this here land… I’ve been everywhere, man, I’ve been everywhere. — Johnny Cash

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Paris is always a good idea. — Audrey Hepburn
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. — Unknown
Collect moments, not things. — Unknown
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. — Dr Seuss

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Unknown
I’m shaking the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. — George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. — J.R.R. Tolkien
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. — Gary Snyder

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao Tzu
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. — John Muir
The mountains are calling and I must go. — John Muir
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. — John Muir

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To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live. — Hans Christian Andersen
Oh the places you’ll go. — Dr. Seuss
I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost
When one is alone at night in the depths of the woods, the stillness is at once awful and sublime. — John Muir
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own. — Charles Dickens

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• Mark Twain Travel Quotes

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.
To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else — these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment.

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It is the loveliest fleet of islands [ Hawaii ] that lies anchored in any ocean.
No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one [ Hawaii ], no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides; other things change, but it remains the same.   For me the balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surfbeat is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud wrack; I can feel the spirit of its wildland solitudes, I can hear the splash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.

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• Funny Travel Quotes

Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you. — Leroy Satchel Paige
Two great talkers will not travel far together. — George Borrow
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. — Mark Twain

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I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. — Caskie Stinnett
Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone? — Erma Bombeck
Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. — Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

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• Short Travel Quotes

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. — Unknown
Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times. — Asian Proverb
Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. — Ibn Battutah
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. — Unknown

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One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm. — Ella Maillart
Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of lostness. — Ray Bradbury
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. — Neale Donald Walsh
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. — Unknown
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. — Louis Armstrong
They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind. — G.K. Chesterton
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. — Anita Desai

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Life is short and the world is wide. — Unknown
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land. — G.K. Chesterton
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. — Vincent van Gogh
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. — John Muir

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A wise traveler never despises his own country. — Carlos Osvaldo Goldoni
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. — William Hazlitt
I love to travel, but hate to arrive. — Albert Einstein
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. — John Muir

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A great way to learn about your country is to leave it. — Henry Rollins
Live your life by a compass, not a clock. — Stephen Covey
Some experiences simply do not translate, you have to go to know. — Kobi Yamada

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I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. — Mary Anne Radmacher
At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding. — Arthur Frommer
Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage. — Paulo Coelho

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Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost. — Erol Ozan
Travel far enough, you meet yourself. — David Mitchell
The journey itself is my home. — Matsuo Basho

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Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry. — Jack Kerouac
The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. — Guillermo del Toro
A good traveler leaves no tracks. — Lao Tzu

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It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the Earth people who make you feel right at home. — Aaron Lauritsen
It is better to travel well than to arrive. — Unknown
The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. — Agnes Repplier

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• Misc Travel Quotes

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. — Albert Camus
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. — John Muir
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. — John Muir
I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana, it is love. — John Steinbeck
Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. — John Muir
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. — Jacques Cousteau

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The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don’t always know if it is green or violet, you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray. — Vincent van Gogh
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. — John Burroughs
No pain here, no dull empty hours, no fear of the past, no fear of the future. These blessed mountains are so compactly filled with God’s beauty, no petty personal hope or experience has room to be. — John Muir
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. — Jules Renard
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. — Albert Einstein
Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal, and glass. There’s a human story at every lighthouse. — Elinor DeWire
To almost every man and woman there is something about a lighted beacon which suggests hope and trust and appeals to the better instincts of all mankind. — Edward Rowe Snowe

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• Inspirational Travel Quotes

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. — Helen Keller
Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. — Douglas Ivester
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. — Lawrence of Arabia
Do not dare not to dare. — C.S. Lewis
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. — George Adair

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart. — Unknown
It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. — John Paul Jones
This is what holidays, travels, vacations are about. It is not really rest or even leisure we chase. We strain to renew our capacity for wonder to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. — Shana Alexander
I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. — Henry Rollins
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain. — Jack Kerouac
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. — Ray Bradbury
We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. — Pascal Mercier
Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. — Alan Keightley
Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground. — Judith Thurman

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Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. — Pat Conroy
No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet. — Patrick Rothfuss
It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling. — Gustave Flaubert

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The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown. — Paul Theroux
Although I deeply love oceans, deserts and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more. — Victoria Erickson

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• Travel With Friends Quotes

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. — Tim Cahill
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
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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• Adventure Travel Quotes

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. — Amelia Earhart
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal. — Paulo Coelho
Most of us abandoned the idea of a life full of adventure and travel sometime between puberty and our first job. Our dreams died under the dark weight of responsibility. Occasionally the old urge surfaces, and we label it with names that suggest psychological aberrations: the big chill, a midlife crisis. — Tim Cahill
Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. — John Muir
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. — Edward Abbey

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Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.   We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. — John Steinbeck
What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies. — Jack Kerouac
A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. — J.A. Shedd
Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and make a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any. — Hugh Laurie
Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the Earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white. — Mark Jenkins

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The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. — Christopher McCandless
Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand? — Richard Aldington
Be careful because Cambodia is the most dangerous place you will ever visit. You will fall in love with it, and eventually it will break your heart. — Joel Brinkley

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• Solo Travel Quotes

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. — Freya Stark
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Unknown
I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses. — Bill Bryson
The true fruit of travel is perhaps the feeling of being nearly everywhere at home. — Freya Stark

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When you’ve managed to stumble directly into the heart of the unknown – either through the misdirection of others, or better yet, through your own creative ineptitude – there is no one there to hold your hand or tell you what to do. In those bad lost moments, in the times when we are advised not to panic, we own the unknown, and the world belongs to us. The child within has full reign. Few of us are ever so free. — Tim Cahill
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. — Lin Yutang
He travels the fastest who travels alone. — Rudyard Kipling

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Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. — Lawrence Durrell
When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself. — Liberty Hyde Bailey
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. — Henry David Thoreau

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I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more. — Thomas Jefferson
Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. — Hannah Arendt
Personally I like going places where I don’t speak the language, don’t know anybody, don’t know my way around and don’t have any delusions that I’m in control. Disoriented, even frightened, I feel alive, awake in ways I never am at home. — Michael Mewshaw

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I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads. — Paulo Coelho
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose. — Walt Whitman

   

• Anthony Bourdain Travel Quotes

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.
Travel changes you. 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.
It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu , for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about.   For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what’s happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there — with your eyes open — and lived to see it.

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Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.
I know that I will never understand the world I live in or fully know the places I’ve been. I’ve learned for sure only what I don’t know — and how much I have to learn.
I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find the perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.
Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? … I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.

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It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn.   Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.
I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable.
Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.
Southeast Asia has a real grip on me. From the very first time I went there, it was a fulfillment of my childhood fantasies of the way travel should be.

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I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia . I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder.   I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies.
At this point I think my body is like an old car. Another dent ain’t gonna make a whole lot of difference. At best it’s a reminder that you’re still alive and lucky as hell. Another tattoo, another thing you did, another place you’ve been.
I have seen firsthand that things can turn on a dime. Tremendously awful, evil things happen to nice people all the time. I have seen people, again and again, relentlessly grinding under the wheel of poverty or oppression. At the same time, I see random acts of kindness and pride in the most outrageous and most unexpected circumstances. I am grateful. I understand that I am very privileged to see what I am seeing, even when it hurts. I think that people, particularly Americans, need to be more inspired to travel and be adventurous with the things they eat. And if they are curious about the world and willing to walk in somebody else’s shoes—that is surely a good thing.

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Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.
Who wouldn’t travel, if they could? It’s unthinkable to me. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy different, new sensations, especially when the world is filled with so much great stuff? I like new things. I like to feel good. I like learning about stuff. It makes me happy. I like being wrong about stuff.
If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

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50 Inspirational Travel Quotes to Ignite the Wanderlust in You

As a child gazing at a world map, I would daydream about exploring every exotic shore on the horizon. However, embarking on my first transatlantic journey revealed how challenging travel can also be. From navigating unforeseen obstacles to trying new foods, each foray away from home transforms us.

Travel expands perspectives, unravels preconceived notions, and illuminates the rich tapestry of global cultures. These inspirational travel quotes capture the allure of discovering new places, overcoming adversity, and the personal growth inspired by our journeys. May the words ignite your own wanderlust spirit and send you voyaging to far-flung realms!

Key Takeaways:

The call of distant shores: travel quotes about new destinations, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – lao tzu.

The Chinese philosopher highlights how even vast undertakings like world travel start small, with courage and intention. His wisdom inspired me to take my first solo trip to Asia . Though daunting, those initial steps created a path to the most rewarding experience of my life.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

After hiking through jaw-dropping Yosemite Valley , I understood what Flaubert meant. Surrounded by towering granite cliffs and sequoia trees, I felt small yet connected to the grandeur of nature. Travel humbles and exhilarates us.

“Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.” – Publilius Syrus

The ancient writer cautions that travel alone does not guarantee growth. We must approach our journeys with open minds, curiosity to learn, and critical thinking. Travel reveals our true natures.

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like the people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

Twain’s humor gets at a truth – sharing transport and living quarters reveals a travel companion’s character. Challenging situations will expose their integrity, patience, and problem-solving. Choose wisely for smooth journeys.

Embracing the Path Less Trodden: Quotes on Travel and Adventure

“life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – helen keller.

Despite blindness and deafness, travel gave Keller fascinating insights into human nature, heightened her remaining senses, and broadened her worldview. She encourages us not to let fear limit our adventurous sides.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Many associate wandering with aimlessness. But as Bilbo Baggins of The Hobbit discovered, sometimes finding your way requires getting intentionally lost and following where the road takes you.

“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

No description or photo can ever match being enveloped by the damp heat of the Borneo jungle or deafened by the volcanic eruption in Tonga I witnessed. Some moments must be lived firsthand – so get out there!

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” – Anonymous

While trying new foods could cause belly issues and hiking the Inca Trail knee aches, staying within our comfort zones can actually shrink our worlds. When we stop challenging ourselves, we stop living and learning.

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

This line from On the Road captures the restless spirit of adventure – to throw caution to the wind and risk it all for the freedom of the open road, come what may. It’s a siren call that tugs at every true wanderer’s soul.

The Gifts of the Journey: Quotes on the Benefits of Travel

“the more i traveled, the more i realized that fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” – shirley maclaine.

MacLaine aptly expresses how travel breaks down the barriers between us, laying bare our common humanity. Prejudices seem to fade when we actually connect with people .

“Travel expands the mind and fills the gap.” – Sheda Savage

This quote perfectly captures the sense of returning from a journey feeling more full as a person, with a bank of indelible memories and learnings to enrich daily life. Travel indeed widens our mental horizons.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustinus Sanctus

By staying home, we deprive ourselves of the fuller story and limit our knowledge of history, cultures, geographies, cuisines, languages, and more. Travel lets us read every chapter.

“Untouched by the customs and complexities of man, nature patiently waits to unleash her wonders on those who seek adventure.” – Pippa de Bruyn

De Bruyn inspires us to venture into remote corners where, free from human influence, nature surprises and rejuvenates the spirit. My trans-Siberian train journey through the stark Mongolian wilderness quenched my thirst for the rawness of the elements.

“To travel is to evolve.” – Pierre Bernardo

Through constantly navigating new cultures, terrains, people, and languages, travel expands our competence and knowledge. Tackling each unfamiliar situation shapes us through experience. We return home as expanded versions of ourselves.

Unveiling the World’s Secrets: Quotes About Exploring New Places

“a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – oliver wendell holmes, jr..

Holmes reveals how the insights gained through travel permanently change our psychology and worldview. After living in Mumbai , the poverty sharpened my gratitude and showed me how joy transcends wealth. My perspective forever transformed.

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir

This quote by the great naturalist makes me think of one of the joys of map-gazing as a child – imagining how much was out there to discover. Muir inspires us to seize the daylight and set off on the ultimate adventure – exploring the planet.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

The ancient Taoist master understood the magic that happens when travelers remain open to evolving journeys. Chance encounters, spontaneity and newfound freedom await those who let the journey unfold organically.

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

This reminder to tread lightly and respectfully should guide all travels. We take home cherished memories that enrich the soul. What we leave behind is our responsibility. From picking up trash to supporting local businesses, we vote with our actions to protect destinations.

The Tapestry of Global Traditions: Quotes About Different Cultures

“when we reject the single story, when we realize there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.” – chimamanda ngozi adichie.

Nigerian writer Adichie warns about the danger of a “single story” stereotype dominating perceptions of a people or place. By listening directly to locals’ multidimensional stories with empathy, we gain a nuanced cross-cultural understanding.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

Twain perfectly expresses how living within diverse cultures expands minds and dissolves ingrained biases. Experiential learning fills gaps left by classroom lessons alone. This quote serves as my ongoing anthem for cultivating empathy through travel.

“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” – James Baldwin

Here the author highlights the out-of-body experience of observing one’s own culture from afar for the first time. In a loose sense, travel introduces you to yourself within the tapestry of global diversity. These reflections foster personal growth.

Triumphs on the Trail: Quotes About Overcoming Travel Challenges

“the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – marcel proust.

The French novelist illuminates that transformative travel is not just about seeing sights but gaining new perspectives. Visiting the pyramids shifted my perception of “old” from a negative to a sense of awe about human endurance.

Journeys That Shape Us: Quotes About Travel’s Transformative Power

“travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – anonymous.

This quote elegantly captures how travel enriches us far beyond a monetary value. The memories, knowledge, confidence, friendships, and personal growth sparked by travel develop the spirit in priceless ways.

“We wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

Such a profound distinction – travel engages us far beyond the fleeting pleasures of a vacation. When we open ourselves to unfamiliar people and places, we open doors to transformation.

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

By testing ourselves in unfamiliar environments, the grit of travel reveals our true natures and we gain clearer self-knowledge. My solo backpacking trip helped me shed limiting beliefs about my introversion and capabilities.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

Beyond sites seen, travel reveals humanity’s connective tissue. The shared joy and tribulations forge fast friendships. I still visit those I met on my very first hostel trip decades ago – they feel like old souls.

Timeless Travel Tales: Quotes on Creating Lasting Memories

“to travel is to live.” – hans christian andersen.

This pithy quote sums it up – immersing ourselves in new places and cultures makes us feel truly alive. Vibrant sights, sounds, and connections create indelible memories that enrich life after the journey ends.

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

Quindlen’s quote reflects how travel allows us to reinvent ourselves and craft new narratives. Career woman becomes nomad. Homebody tastes street food. Daily routines give way to unexpected adventures and discovery.

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground.” – Paul Bowles

Eloquently put – there is no substitute for personally experiencing the textures and flavors of a place. Travel transforms foreign lands from abstractions into cherished memories that forge human connections.

Lessons Learned on the Road: Quotes About Personal Growth from Travel

“traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” – peter hoeg.

The heightened novelty and stress of navigating new places often intensify reactions. Trips reveal the deepest aspects of relationships and force personal evolution at an accelerated pace.

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Keightley describes the awakening – travel liberates us from cultural conditioning and societal expectations. We relinquish roles to rediscover our authentic selves and what truly matters.

“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot reminds us that the magic happens along the open road, with each twist and turn expanding our horizons – not just upon reaching the destination. Travel is about embracing the process, not the outcome.

The Essential Expedition: Quotes About Why Travel Matters

“travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – paulo coehlo.

While finances impact possibilities, at its core, travel demands the courage to venture beyond the familiar and comfortable. As Coehlo says, daring to explore opens our lives and selves.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener

Michener makes clear that keeping an open mind and embracing cultural differences are prerequisites for meaningful travel that fosters human kinship.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustinus

By absorbing the diversity of life in unfamiliar realms, we enrich our perspectives and grayscale turns technicolor. Staying put closes the book while travel turns every page.

May these quotes ignite your lifelong quest to boldly venture beyond horizons, open minds to humanity’s mosaic, and discover more authentic selves. Keep collecting inspiring passages to reflect upon while lacing up your boots before the next journey that calls you.

Which travel quote resonates most deeply with your own wanderlust spirit? Share your favorites to keep motivating fellow travelers and explorers.

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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The 100 Best Inspirational Travel Quotes to Spark Your Next Adventure

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I was a voracious reader when I was growing up, typically reading two books a week on average.

My lower-middle class family didn’t have the money to do much in the way of traveling, outside of the occasional camping trip in North Georgia . Both my parents worked, and my dad worked multiple jobs to support his family of five.

The furthest we ever traveled was a trip to visit my godparents in Virginia when I was 14. So instead I read books about travel and adventure long before I had the financial means to start taking adventures of my own.

It was the written word that originally fueled my travel dreams, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island  and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books  to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea .

It was through Henry David Thoreau’s Walden , John Muir’s Our National Parks ,  and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature  that I developed a passion for the environment. Without them, who knows if I would’ve become the advocate for ecotourism and wildlife conservation I am today. 

And when I finally started traveling, the work of travel writers such as Jon Krakauer , Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux greatly influenced the way I did it.

But the first classic quote I remember having a significant impact on me came in the form of a Robert Frost poem: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” This idea influenced many of my choices, setting me on the path to becoming a full-time professional writer in my twenties.

For me, these inspirational travel quotes aren’t just words: They are the distillation of a philosophy that continues to drive my life and work today. I hope they will prove equally influential for you…   –Bret Love; photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

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  • Inspirational Travel Quotes (General Inspiration)
  • Quotes about Adventure Travel

Short Travel Quotes

Family travel quotes, solo travel quotes.

  • Couples Travel Quotes  

Safe Travel Quotes

Famous travel quotes, motivational travel quotes, nature travel quotes.

Inspirational Travel Quotes “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust

Inspirational Travel Quotes

1. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust

2. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” –Pat Conroy

3. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” –Freya Stark

4. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain

5. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” –Miriam Beard

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Inspirational Travel Quotes “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

6. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” –Paul Theroux

7. “One of the gladdest moments of human life, me thinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy .” –Sir Richard Burton

8. “I travel around the world in a way that tries to open my mind and give me empathy and inspire me to come home and make this world a better place.” – Rick Steves

9. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust

10. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” –Mary Anne Radmacher

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Adventure Travel Quotes “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide

Quotes About Adventure Travel

11. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Andre Gide

12. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” –Jawaharial Nehru

13. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –H. Jackson Brown Jr.

14. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” –Hans Christian Andersen

15. “In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain .” –Jack Kerouac

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Quotes about Adventure Travel “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal” - Paulo Coelho

16. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” –Paulo Coelho

17. “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain . Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles in life.’’ –John Amatt

18.  “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in 10 seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” –Ray Bradbury

19. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” –Irving Wallace

20.  “There’s a race of men that don’t fit in, A race that can’t sit still;

So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will.

They range the field and rove the flood, And they climb the mountain’s crest;

Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood, And they don’t know how to rest.”  —Robert W. Service

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Short Travel Quotes “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”

21. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” –Anonymous

22.  “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller

23. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –Saint Augustine

24. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” –Rumi

25.  “Only one who wanders finds new paths.” –Norwegian Proverb

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Inspirational short travel quotes -“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ― Lao Tzu

26. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” –Lao Tzu

27. “Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” –Tennesee Williams

28. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” –Anais Nin

29.  “Your feet will take you where your heart is.” – Irish proverb

30. “Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” –Roy T. Bennett

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Family Travel Quotes "To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know that even one life has breathed better because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." –Ralph Waldo Emerson

31.  “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch , or a redeemed social condition, to know that even one life has breathed better because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

32. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” –Lin Yutang

33. “The best education you will ever get is traveling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences.”  –Mark Paterson

34.  “Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.” –Harvey Lloyd

35. “If real, regular, normal, boring life, (when you’re at home every day, seeing the same people, doing the same things) is like sitting at home on the floor surrounded by toys… traveling feels to me like going to Toys R Us with your toy box and getting to trade stuff in and buy new things and explore whole new ideas.” –Alex Day

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Family Travel Quotes - We do not inherit the earth

36. “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children” –Chief Seattle

37. “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” –John Hope Franklin

38. “Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.” –Hodding Carter

39. “When you travel with children you are giving something that can never be taken away… experience, exposure, and a way of life.” –Pamela T. Chandler

40. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” –Tim Cahill

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41. “The further I go, the closer to me I get.” – Andrew McCarthy

42. “A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.”  – Roman Payne, The Wanderess

43 “I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious wherever you stand.” –Shannon L. Alder

44.  “A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” — Pico Iyer

45. “How will I know who I can become if I don’t give myself the chance to try new things, to push myself beyond my normal boundaries? Who might I be if I am away from the things that I currently use to define myself?” ― Eileen Cook, With Malice

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Inspirational solo travel quotes -“Two roads diverged in a wood and I– I took the one less traveled by… And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

46. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I– I took the one less traveled by… And that has made all the difference.” –Robert Frost

47. “To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley

48. “Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” – Eudora Welty

49. “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” — The Dhammapada

50.  “All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money, or even close friends with me on my journey. I never understood people very well anyway, and they never seemed to understand me very well either. All I wanted was my art and the chance to be the creator of my own world, my own reality. I wanted the open road and new beginnings every day.” — Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: In Search For The Great Perhaps

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Couple Travel Quotes -As soon as I saw you...

Couples Travel Quotes

51. “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.”— A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

52.  “Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

53. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

54.  “And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” — Pico Iyer

55. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” — Shirley MacLaine

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Inspirational Couples Travel Quotes “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”– Lewis Carroll

56.  “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”– Lewis Carroll

57.  “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” — Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

58. “What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” — Robert Brault

59.  “Love is the food of life, travel is dessert.” – Anonymous

60.  “To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.” — Rebecca Solnit ( A Field Guide to Getting Lost )

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Safe Travel Quotes “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” -Alan Keightley

61. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” -Alan Keightley

62.  “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!'” — Hunter S. Thompson ( The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 )

63. “If you reject the food , ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener

64. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.” -William Least Heat Moon

65. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all the familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things– air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky– all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

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Inspirational Safe Travel Quotes “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

66. “ Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

67. “Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” ― Jodi Picoult

68. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

69. “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen

70. “Be spontaneous, never be afraid to try new things or find new ways. Don’t let overplanning and routine poison your life.” ― Mouloud Benzadi

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Famous Travel Quotes “It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see”. - Henry David Thoreau

71. “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

72. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

73. “Not all those who wander are lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

74. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Neale Donald Walsch

75.  “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

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Famous Travel Quotes "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself".- George Bernard Shaw

76.  “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

77.  “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the Universe.” –Anatole France

78. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” –St. Augustine

79. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr. in P.S. I Love You

80.  “I find the great thing in this world is not so much about where we stand, as in what direction we are moving… We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Motivational Travel Quotes "Stop creating a life that you need a vacation from. Instead, move to where you want to live, do what you want to do, start what you want to start, and create the life you want today. This isn't rehearsal, people. This is YOUR life." –Dale Partridge

81.  “Stop creating a life that you need a vacation from. Instead, move to where you want to live, do what you want to do, start what you want to start, and create the life you want today. This isn’t rehearsal, people. This is YOUR life.” –Dale Partridge

82. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” –Bill Bryson

83. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” ―Judith Thurman

84.  “Travel is the antidote to fear. It makes you see the similarities and differences that exist around the world, and it opens your eyes– and mind– to new and different approaches.” –Julia Cosgrove

85. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson

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Inspirational Travel Quotes “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

86. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

87. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure . The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” —Christopher McCandless

88.  “Travel while you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” — Anonymous

89. “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food , it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” – Anthony Bourdain

90. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett

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Inspirational Nature Quotes "Look deeper into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

91. “Look deeper into nature , and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein

92. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy.” –Sylvia Plath

93. “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” –Schopenhauer

94. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” — John Muir, The Mountains of California

95.  “When the blood in your veins returns to the sea, and the earth in your bones returns to the ground, perhaps then you will remember that this land does not belong to you– it is YOU who belongs to this land.” –Native American proverb

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Nature Quotes "Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." –Cree Indian Proverb

96.  “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” –Cree Indian Proverb

97. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” –Henry David Thoreau

98. “Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep , and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

99. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, 

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar

I love not man the less, but nature more.” –Lord Byron

100. “We only know a tiny proportion about the complexity of the natural world. Wherever you look, there are still things we don’t know about and don’t understand. There are always new things to find out if you go looking for them.” ―David Attenborough

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Travel has played a crucial role in human lives for millennia. These travel quotes show it can play a role in yours too.

Though we see travel through the lens of our own experiences and the world around us, the desire to spend time in a place far from home is not new. People have been traveling across countries and continents for generations.

Travel is an exciting adventure . Though some of us travel for business, many of us are motivated by vacations, which give us the opportunity to recharge, reconnect, and understand our place in the world.

Whether you’re going to a new place for a week, embarking on a gap year before college, or making a big move, we’ve got the best travel quotes to inspire you to get there.

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Travel Quotes

Hans Christian Anderson travel quote "To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live"

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. Miriam Beard
He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him. Dutch Proverb
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli

Travel Quote "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. Aldous Huxley
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin
Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets. Oscar Wilde
Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Battuta
Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. Paul Theroux
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions. Peter Hoeg

Michael Palin Quote "Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life"

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware. Martin Buber
Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing in the pursuit of something else. Lawrence Block
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. Bill Bryson
One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are. Edith Wharton
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. Tony Robbins

Hilaire Belloc travel quote "We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment"

Travel: the best way to be lost and found at the same time. Brenna Smith
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind. Anthony Bourdain
The journey not the arrival matters. T.S. Eliot

William Least Heat Moon Quote “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do - especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then”

For the born traveller, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort. Aldous Huxley
Travel brings power and love back into your life. Rumi
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. Gustave Flaubert
A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Seneca Travel Quote “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind”

Why We Travel

We know that the urge to travel, explore, and see new things is not a new one for humankind, but what encourages us to pack our bags and leave home?

Whether you go by car, on foot, by rail, or air, these travel quotes are all about the forces that drive us to go new places and seek new experiences.

Robert Louis Stevenson Quote "I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move"

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust
The journey itself is my home . Matsuo Basho
I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it. Alexander Sattler
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Augustine Travel Quote “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page”

There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave. Charlotte Erikkson
To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. Charles Horton Cooley
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like the people or hate them than to travel with them. Mark Twain
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. John Steinbeck

George A Moore Quote “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it”

Focus on the journey, not the destination, joy is found not in finishing the activity, but in doing. Greg Anderson
Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. Pat Conroy
We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered. Kahlil Gibran
Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere. Isabelle Eberhardt

Mary Ann Radmacher Travel Quote"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world"

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. Christopher McCandless
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. Susan Sontag
The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. Agnes Repplier
Sometimes one day in a different place gives you more than ten years of life at home. Anatole France

Carew Papritz Quote "I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven't seen, how much I'm not going to see, and how much I still need to see"

Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed pope-mobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once. Anthony Bourdain
And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful , receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. Pico Iyer

Solo Journey Quotes

Traveling alone is one of the scariest and most rewarding things you can do. Going where you want, when you want, without having to account for someone else… it sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no.

Taking a solo trip is liberating and reminds us how responsible and accountable we can be for our actions. We get to enjoy the journey, as well as the amazement of going somewhere we’ve never been before, with no distractions or drama.

Although traveling alone can be a little lonely, it’s also a great way to build confidence . It’s worth remembering that a solo trip might also introduce us to new friends, family we didn’t know we had, or even a significant other.

Suzy Strutner Quote "Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of others' expectations"

Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime. Jacqueline Boone
Some journeys can be only traveled alone. Ken Poirot
Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it. John Mayer
Travel far enough, you meet yourself. David Mitchell
A person susceptible to wanderlust is not so much committed to movement as committed to transformation. Pico Iyer
Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself. Anonymous
The inner journey of travel is intensified by solitude . Paul Theroux
When preparing to travel, let out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. Susan Heller

Thoreau Quote "The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready"

Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness. Ray Bradbury
I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been to before. Anonymous
A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without familiars in order to be open to new influences, to change . Katharine Butler Hathaway
To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown. Freya Stark
I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible. Margaret Storm Jameson
Traveling alone will be the scariest, most liberating thing of your life, try it at least once. Anonymous

David McCullough Jr Quote "Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you"

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. Hannah Arendt
Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone. Chinese Proverb
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love . Ernest Hemingway

Business Travel Quotes

Some of us travel more than others, and for some travel is more about obligation than enjoyment. For businesspeople who have to travel from place to place, it doesn’t seem like much of a privilege at all.

However much of an obligation traveling for work may seem, there are always ways to make it more enjoyable, fulfilling, and rewarding.

Matthew Karsten Quote "Investment in travel is an investment in yourself."

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. Paulo Coelho
One thing I love about traveling for work is growing and learning out of my comfort zone. Anonymous
But my sense in speaking to people when I travel is that the film business is not that dissimilar from a lot of other businesses. Steven Soderbergh
I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… adventure is a state of mind and spirit. Jacqueline Cochran
I am in a very peculiar business: I travel all over the world telling people what they should already know. David Randi
Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. Asian Proverb
No one traveling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive. Thorstein Veblen
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success . John D. Rockefeller

Ann Landers Travel Quote "A husband is a man who wishes he had as much fun when he goes on business trips as his wife thinks he does"

Road Trip Quotes

Taking a road trip is a quintessential American dream for many, how many of us are brave enough to jump in the car, turn on the music, and drive for thousands of miles?

If this sounds like your idea of a perfect vacation, or something you’ve always wanted to do, make this the year that you plan it and do it!

Take the time to plan out a rough guideline for your adventure. Include must-see sights, places to stay, and experiences you just can’t live without. Making space for spontaneity is important, too, for some of the best times of our lives happen when we least expect them.

Lewis Carroll Quote "If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there"

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by. Robert Frost
I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it. Grace Jones
I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me. Walt Whitman
I climb behind the steering wheel… I drive off immediately without once looking back; it’s a long journey but it leads to freedom. Corinne Hoffman
Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music. Unknown
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac Quote "Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road"

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. Isak Dineson
If you’re on a road trip, you need driving music. Edgar Wright
Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way. Emma Chase
Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We’ll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we’ll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things. Victoria Erikson
Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions. Jenn McKinlay

"A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places"

What it takes to realize everything is fine around you? A road trip to the mountains where your soul dwells in the echoes of the winds that carry fragments of clouds with them. What it takes to realize world is going back to chaos and infinite hurry? End of the aforementioned road trip. Crestless Wave
A passenger on a road journey is in the hands of a driver; a reader embarking on a book is in the hands of a narrator. Romesh Gunesekera
Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip. Jon Bon Jovi
I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window. Miriam Toews
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. Jerry Seinfeld

"Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had"

I love being on the road. I love that lifestyle, traveling city to city, rocking out and moving on to the next place. Caleb Johnson
You can be writing every day. When you go on a road trip, the trip itself becomes part of the story. Steve Rushin
The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating. Aaron Lauritsen
That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything. John Green
Wherever you get to is better than where you started. To stay on the road is a massive achievement. Anthony Joshua

Walt Whitman quote "Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road"

All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road. Jack Kerouac
If you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra
I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads. Paulo Coelho
Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns. Susan Magsamen
When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it. Charles de Lint
The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself. William Least Heat Moon
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
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. William Hazlitt
The road must eventually lead to the whole world. Jack Kerouac

"The road is there, it will always be there. You just have to decide when to take it"

Wherever your next trip takes you, we hope you found a quote to inspire you on your journey! And if you’ve just returned home, now may be the perfect time to start planning your next adventure.

Travel has always been a transformative experience for those who dare to do it. Visiting different places, cultures, and lands can introduce us to parts of ourself we otherwise may never know.

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The 50 most inspiring travel quotes of all time.

O ne of these travel quotes may get you on the road again and/or be a mantra to keep you exploring the world for years to come. Here are the 50 most inspiring travel quotes of all time:

1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

5. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

6. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

7. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

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8. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

9. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

10. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

11. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty — his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

12. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

13. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

14. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things — air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky — all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

15. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

16. “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

17. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence

18. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

19. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

20. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

21. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

22. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

23. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

24. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

25. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

27. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

28. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

29. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

30. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

31. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

32. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

33. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

34. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

35. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

36. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

38. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew

39. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

40. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

41. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

42. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

43. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

44. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

45. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

46. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

47. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

48. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

49. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

50. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure — self-determined, self-motivated, often risky — forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

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A version of this article about travel quotes was previously published on March 7, 2008 and was updated on March 28th, 2019.

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117 Inspirational Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Who doesn’t love a good travel quote? When I’m feeling a bit glum or stressed (let’s face it, we all do from time to time), I love reading inspirational travel quotes from travellers of centuries past.

I’ll admit – I used to dismiss travel quotes as trite sayings that were clichéd and overused – and you know what, some are. But there’s a lot to be learned from the words of Maya Angelou, Ibn Battuta, T.S. Eliot, John Steinbeck and their ilk.

Somehow, there’s always that one travel quote that is just what you are looking for to brighten your day, the one that reminds us we can really go out and conquer the world – or that taking that first solo trip is never as scary as it seems.

So here we are, the best travel quotes, inspirational travel quotes, journey quotes , adventure quotes and solo travel quotes to help perk up your day. Are you ready?

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“The World is a Book and Those Who do not Travel Only Read One Page.” – Saint Augustine

Twenty Years from Now - Twenty Years from now - Mark Twain Travel Quote

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Soul of the Journey - William Hazlitt

“The soul of the journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.” William Hazlitt

Always Roaming - Tennyson Travel Quote

“For always roaming with a hungry heart, much have I seen and known.” Alfred Tennyson

Don't Tell me - Prophet Mohamed

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.”  The Prophet Mohamed

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”  John Steinbeck

Travel isn't always pretty - Anthony Bourdain Travel Quote

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

I travel because it reminds me - Carew Papritz Quote

“I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz.

A ship in a harbour is safe quotation - John Shedd

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd.

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't need to - best travel quote - Alan Keightley

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Once the travel bug bites - Michael Palin travel quote

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin.

It's a dangerous business Frodo - Tolkien Lord of the Rings quote

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – JRR Tolkien

Bizarre travel plans - Kurt Vonnegut Quotation

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut.  

Roy M Goodman

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

Traveling it leaves you speechless - Ibn Battuta Quote

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

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry - Maya Angelou wise words

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends” – Maya Angelou

Because in the end you won't remember - Jack Kerouac travel quote

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac.

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.  You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

When preparing to travel...

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

At its best travel should challenge - Arthur Frommer

“At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.” – Arthur Frommer.

Travel Makes You Modest - Gustave Flaubert

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”  – Gustave Flaubert

Travel is fatal - Mark Twain

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  Mark Twain

One's Destination is Never a Place - Henry Miller travel quote

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  Henry Miller

Live your life by a compass - Stephen Covey

“Live your life by a compass not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

The open road is a beckoning - William Moon travel quote

“The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” – William Least Heat Moon.

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

You know more of a road - William Hazlitt

“You know more of a road by having travelled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” –  William Hazlitt

Journeys are the midwives of thought - Alain de Botton

“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains.” –  Alain de Botton

People travel to faraway places - Dagobert Runes

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” –   Dagobert David Runes

Not until we are lost - Henry Thoreau

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”  – Henry David Thoreau

“How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.” –  Sarah Reijonen

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” –  Hans Christian Andersen

For the born traveller - Aldous Huxley

“For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.” –  Aldous Leonard Huxley

Two Roads Diverged in a Wood- Robert Lee Frost

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.”  Robert Lee Frost

Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content - Isabelle Eberhardt

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

All journeys have secret destinations - Martin Buber travel quote

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber.

“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty

We live in a world full of beauty

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru.

If you reject the food - inspirational travel quote

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

Travel is only glamorous in retrospect - Paul Theroux

“Travel is only glamorous in retrospect” –  Paul Theroux

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” –  William Least Heat Moon

The gladdest moment in human life - Richard Burton

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

To my mind the greatest reward and luxury of travel - Bill Bryson travel quote

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” -Bill Bryson

“Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Kerouac

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

“Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” – Ralph Crawshaw

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard.

Travel is never a matter of money

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”- Greg Anderson

“The journey itself is my home.” – Bashō Matsuo

He Who Knows No Foreign Languages - Wolfgang Goethe

“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” – Wolfgang Goethe

Be Fearless in the Pursuit - Jennifer Lee Inspirational Travel Quote

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

And then there is the most dangerous risk of all - Randy Komisar

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

Broad, wholesome charitable views - Mark Twain

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

The life you have led - inspirational travel quote

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier

Travel empties out everything - Claire Fontaine

“Travel empties out everything you’ve into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are” – Claire Fontaine

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand?” – Richard Aldington

“I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never less alone than when alone.”-  William Hazlitt

If you wish to travel far and fast

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” –  Cesare Pavese

Do not follow where the path may lead - Ralph Emerson

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –   Ralph Emerson

I address you all for who you truly are - Brian Selznick

“I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.” – Brian Selznick.

“Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” –-Aldous Huxley

“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.” – Nicolas Bouvier

I wandered everywhere - Roman Payne

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” – Roman Payne

“Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.” – Vera Nazarian

“The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.” – Anthony Bourdain

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

I wandered everywhere - Hilaire Belloc

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” – Hilaire Belloc

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” -Terry Pratchett.

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” –  Charles Horton Cooley

“Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour.

We must go beyond textbooks - John Hope Franklin

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

“People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” – Martin Yan

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

“NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

An Adventure may be worn as a muddy spot

“An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” – Judith Thurman

Great things are done where men and mountains meet - Best travel quote by William Blake

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake

The journey not the arrival matters- TS Eliot

“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

“ Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

In travelling I shape myself - George Eliot travel quote

“In travelling, I shape myself betimes to idleness and take fools’ pleasure.”- George Eliot

Our happiest moments as tourists - laurence block

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block

“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With” –   Charles Schulz

Dislike Feeling at Home - George Bernard Shaw

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

Live life with no excuses - Oscar Wilde

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” –  Anais Nin

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” –  Herman Melville

I always travel with my diary - Oscar Wilde

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”  – Oscar Wilde

“A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse…and thinks of home.” – Carl Burns

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnet

Traveling is like flirting with life- quotes about travel

“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

Tourists Don't Know Where They've Been - Paul Theroux

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” –  Paul Theroux

“Remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our doorstep once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.” – Ryszard Kapuściński

A journey is best measured in friends - Tim Cahill

 “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” –  Tim Cahill

To awaken quite alone - quotes about travel

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Dame Freya Madeline Stark

If you think adventure is dangerous try routine - paulo coelho

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

I always wonder why birds - Harun Yahya

“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.” – Francis Bacon

Good company in a journey - Izaak Walton

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” – Freya Star

“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.” - Anderson Cooper.

“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.” – Anderson Cooper.

If we were meant to stay in one place

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” – Rachel Wolchin

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”- Christopher McCandless

“Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs.” – Amin Maalouf

“You thought too hard. Same with travel. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.” –  Gayle Forman

“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

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124 Inspirational Travel Quotes That’ll Make You Want to Travel in 2022

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2021

This is the ultimate list of inspirational travel quotes. Let wordsmiths such as Stephen King, Mark Twain and the Dalai Lama transport you around the world from your armchair.

Not all inspirational travel quotes are created equal. “You have to look through the rain to see the rainbow.” Ugh! Case and point. With so many of these clichés flying around, we forget the real purpose of an inspirational quote. The best travel quotes are meant to inspire. To resonate with and encourage you to take action.

Whether you’re stuck in a rut, hungry for change and adventure, lacking motivation or self-confidence, the right inspirational quote can give you a well-needed kick up the butt to get you on the right track towards achieving your goals

My favourite kind of inspirational quotes is travel related, obviously! They remind me that following my dreams will always lead to happiness and fulfilment. So, I’ve collated a rather epic list of not just any inspirational travel quotes, but the best travel quotes. Many of these travel quotes describe wanderlust perfectly. You’re going to love them!

There’s a mix of short travel quotes, some would even make perfect travel captions for Instagram, some are funny quotes about travelling with friends, but most of all they are all awesome trip quotes.

Ok, so the length of this list is probably a little overkill, but they are all beautiful travel quotes from some really inspiring authors and legends including Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Samuel Johnson, John Steinbeck, Lao Tzu, Euripides, Seneca, Dalai Lama, Bill Bryson, T.S Eliot, Oscar Wilde and so so many more.

Here is the ultimate travel quotes list and the only one you’ll ever need. Save and Pin your favourites.

1. You need not even listen, just wait…the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. – Franz Kafka

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - You need not even listen, just wait...the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. - Franz Kafka

2. We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment. – Hilaire Belloc

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment - Hilaire Belloc

3. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharial Nehru

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharial Nehru

4. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustave Flaubert

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. - Gustave Flaubert

5. Travel expands the mind and fills the gap. – Sheda Savage

6. time flies. it’s up to you to be the navigator. – robert orben, 7. the world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – w.b. yeats, 8. the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – marcel proust, 9. the biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – oprah winfrey, 10. take the time to put the camera away and gaze in wonder at what’s there in front of you. – erick widman.

best inspirational travel quotes - Take the time to put the camera away and gaze in wonder at what's there in front of you. - Erick Widman

11. May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home. – Trenton Lee Stewart

12. living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year. – unknown, 13. it doesn’t matter where you are. you are nowhere compared to where you can go. – bob proctor, 14. if we travel simply to indulge ourselves we are missing some of the greatest lessons life has to offer. – unknown, 15. it is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and come back with a richer, fuller understanding of america – in all its beauty, in all its dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principles. – dwight d. eisenhower, 16. travelling tends to magnify all human emotions – peter hoeg, 17. when a man is a traveller, the world is his house and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home, and all the people are his family.- drew bundini brown, 18. ‘i’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen non-percent of. – louis c.k..

best inspirational travel quotes - ‘I'm bored' is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you've seen non-percent of. - Louis C.K.

19. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. – Susan Sontag

best inspirational travel quotes - I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list. - Susan Sontag

20. Wise as you have become, with so much experience, you must already have understood what these Ithacas mean. – Constantine Cavafy

best inspirational travel quotes - Wise as you have become, with so much experience, you must already have understood what these Ithacas mean. - Constantine Cavafy

21. Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape you. – Unknown

best inspirational travel quotes - 21. Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape you.

22. Travel changes you. 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

best inspirational travel quotes - Travel changes you. 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

23. To see the world, things dangerous to come to. To see behind the walls, draw closer. To find each other. And to feel. That is the purpose of life. – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

best inspirational travel quotes - To see the world, things dangerous to come to. To see behind the walls, draw closer. To find each other. And to feel. That is the purpose of life. – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

24. To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen

best inspirational travel quotes - To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live. - Hans Christian Andersen

25. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. – Oscar Wilde

26. though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.- ralph waldo emerson.

best inspirational travel quotes - Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. This is your planet. You really should come see it sometime. – G Adventures

28. there is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. and you ask “what if i fall” oh but my darling, what if you fly – erin hanson.

best inspirational travel quotes - There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly? – Erin Hanson

29. The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. – G.K. Chesterton

best inspirational travel quotes - The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. - G.K. Chesterton

30. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. – Albert Einstein

31 .the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – helen keller.

best inspirational travel quotes - The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller

32. Still round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate. – J. R. R. Tolkien

33. paris is always a good idea. – audrey hepburn, 34. own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. let your memory be your travel bag. – alexander solzhenitsyn, 35. our footprints always follow us on days when it’s been snowing. they always show us where we’ve been, but never where we’re going. – winnie the pooh, 36. once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and i know that i shall be happily infected until the end of my life. ― michael palin..

best inspirational travel quotes - Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. ― Michael Palin.

37. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama

38. nothing lasts forever, except the day before you start your vacation. – gayland anderson, 39. life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments and places that take our breath away – unknown, 40. 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, 41. if you are lucky enough to have lived in paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for paris is a movable feast. – hemingway, 42. if we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. – anon, 43. i’m not lost, i’ve just temporarily lost sight of my destination. – unknown.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - I'm not lost, I've just temporarily lost sight of my destination. - Unknown

44. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. – Oscar Wilde

45. i love to travel, but hate to arrive. – albert einstein.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - I love to travel, but hate to arrive. - Albert Einstein

46. I am not the same having seen the moon shine from the other side of the world. – Mary Anne Radmacher

47. how is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world i never knew – ernesto che guevara., 48. experience, travel – these are as education in themselves. – euripides.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves. - Euripides

49. A year from now, you will wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - A year from now, you will wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb

50. A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but its persistence. – Jim Watkins

51. when you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. it is designed to make its own people comfortable. – clifton fadiman, 52. what you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. when you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. people don’t have your past to hold against you. no yesterdays on the road.” – william least heat moon, 53. travel is glamorous only in retrospect. – paul theroux.

best inspirational travel quotes - Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. – Paul Theroux

54. Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art. – Freya Stark

55. to travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – aldous huxley, 56. the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – marcel proust, 57. the first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. – rudyard kipling, 58. not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves. – henry david thoreau.

best inspirational travel quotes - Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves. - Henry David Thoreau

59. I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. – Lillian Smith

60. i have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. i have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. so, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in. – rowland waring-flood.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in. - Rowland Waring-Flood

61. I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya.

62. adventure is a path. real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. the world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. in this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. this will change you. nothing will ever again be black-and-white. – mark jenkins, 63. a wise traveler never despises his own country. – carlo goldoni.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - A wise traveler never despises his own country. – Carlo Goldoni

64. A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships were built – John A. Shedd

best inspirational travel quotes - A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships were built - John A. Shedd

65. Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. – Aldous Huxley

66. why do you go away so that you can come back. so that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. and the people there see you differently, too. coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. – terry pratchett, a hat full of sky, 67. when we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. but things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. cool, unlying life will rush in. – d. h. lawrence, 68. we travel initially to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves. we travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. we travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe where riches are differently dispersed. and we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and to fall in love once more. – pico iyer, why we travel, 69. we must not cease from exploration. and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time. – t. s. eliot.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot

70. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharial Nehru

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. - Jawaharial Nehru

71. Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. – Anatole France

best inspirational travel quotes - Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. – Anatole France

72. Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

best inspirational travel quotes - Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

73. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

74. trust me, it’s paradise. this is where the hungry come to feed. for mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. so never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. and if it hurts, you know what it’s probably worth it. – richard, ‘the beach’ (alex garland), 75. travelling is a brutality. it forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. you are constantly off balance. nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. – cesare pavese, 76. travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – miriam beard, 77. travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – seneca, 78. tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. – paul theroux, 79. too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation. – elizabeth drew, 80. to those who stay put, the world is but an imaginary place. but to the movers, the makers, and the shakers, the world is all around, an endless invitation. – unknown, 81. to my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. – bill bryson, 82. to awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. – freya stark, 83. there is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. – charles dudley warner.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. – Charles Dudley Warner

84. There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. – Robert Louis Stevenson

85. the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – st. augustine, 86. the use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. – samuel johnson, 87. the journey, not the arrival matters. – t. s. eliot, 88. stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. it’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. – ray bradbury, 89. to travel is to live. – hans christian anderson, 90. so much of who we are is where we have been. – william langewiesche 91. somewhere on your journey don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view. – unknown, 92. there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – beverly sills, 93. perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. – maya angelou, 94. people travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. – dagobert d. runes, 95. don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled. – mohammed, 96. our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. but no matter, the road is life. – jack kerouac, 97. one’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – henry miller.

best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

98. Once you have traveled , the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. – Pat Conroy 99. Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien

100. no one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – lin yutang, 101. never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. – dolly parton, 102. man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – andre gide..

Best inspirational travel quotes - Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Andre Gide.

103. Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. – Benjamin Disraeli

104. life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “wow what a ride” – hunter s. thompson, 105. blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures. – lovelle drachman., 106. if you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. – james michener, 107. i want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town. i want to explore the world. i want to watch tv in a different time zone. i want to visit strange, exotic malls. – homer simpson, 108. i have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. – mark twain.

Best inspirational travel quotes - I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. – Mark Twain

109. I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land. – Seneca

110. he who does not travel does not know the value of men. – moorish proverb, 111. travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, 112. for my part, i travel not to go anywhere, but to go. i travel for travel’s sake. the great affair is to move. – robert louis stevenson, 113. do not follow where the path may lead. go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – ralph waldo emerson, 114. all travel has its advantages. if the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. – samuel johnson, 115. all the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time. – paul fussell, 115. all journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. – martin buber.

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. – Martin Buber

116. A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. – Moslih Eddin Saadi

117. a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – lao tzu, 118. a journey is like marriage. the certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. – john steinbeck, 119. a journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. – tim cahill, 120. a good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – lao tzu.

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

121. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. – Mark Twain

122. 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.

Best inspirational travel quotes - 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

123. The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land. – G. K. Chesterton

124. travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown. – gaby basora.

Best inspirational travel quotes in 2022 - Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown. - Gaby Basora

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Thanks for the travel quotes. I’m going to save some and print them out. My favorite is like a lot of people here. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. This year has proven that. We can’t sit around all day and be happy. Let’s make it an adventure

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Cant really travel due to the pandemic so ill just read travel quotes 🙂

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Hi, there are some great quotes here, all make you stop and think – which is always a good thing! I think my favourite is ‘I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list’

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world :)) I saw it on profile on Worldee.com and its my favourite one!

That’s beautiful :) Thanks for sharing Tomas

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Yes, it’s really inspiring, but it’s a sad thing you can’t go anywhere at the moment…

Thanks Jenny :) When borders open up again, we will be able to appreciate travel even more :)

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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

I love this a lot, thanks for sharing Love from Indonesia

This is so true. Thanks for sharing Adi :)

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My favourite is Anderson’s “to travel is to live” . In a lack of travel opportunities sometimes i feel i just exist ,not live. Crying:'((((

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Thank you for this post. I loved it. Reading the quotes made me reflect on the feelings and experiences of my travels and made me long for more :)

Thank you, Allison, it’s my pleasure. It’s so wonderful to hear that you enjoyed it. I get a tad emotional myself every time I look back through this post. It’s definitely one of my favourites :)

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The Winnie the Pooh one was good. Clever little bear , isn’t he. ?

Thanks for the amazing post. Some made me laugh, some made me think but all of them makes me want to travel more.

Thanks Basil :) Did you have a favourite?

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105 Best Travel Quotes To Inspire WANDERLUST with Photos

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Sometimes you just need that extra bit of motivation to push you out the door or a good reminder of what makes travel life-changing. Through the years, we’ve been collecting the best travel quotes that’ll truly inspire some serious wanderlust.

By combining these wanderlust quotes with photos to create the most fitting pictures, use the table of contents below to jump straight down to organized categories such as trip with friends quotes, short travel quotes, meaningful wanderlust quotes about life and discovery, and more!

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“Best” is always subjective and yes there are many other great takes on quotes that can inspire one to travel or speak to why the idea of travel is so powerful and life-changing.

Below, we’re going to be listing the best travel quotes with the associated person that wrote or said them. We’ve created pin-able images for many of the quotes for you to use and share.

For organization, wanderlust inspired quotes are broken down into high level categories. Some may belong to multiple but I tried my best to segment them into appropriate buckets.

We’ve also dropped a few nuggets of wisdom and color commentary for a few that we really love.

As we mentioned, the selection of the “best” quotes is subjective. Every quote speaks to every individual differently because of where you are in your life, the experiences you’ve had, your mind space, where you want to be, and your aspirations.

These are the best in our eyes because they aren’t deep in meaning and haven’t been overused to death.

1. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

do not follow where the path may lead and create your own is one of the best travel quotes by ralph waldo emerson

Passed on from generation to generation is the idea that we need to fit in our own box and follow the norms set for us. It can be societal, cultural, or anything. We’ve found joy in our lives not following that conventional path.

Starting Going Awesome Places and turning it into a full time job sounded crazy (still kind of is) but we carved our own way through it. Sure there are parallel paths but I’d like to think we’ve blazed our own trail.

2. “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

we take photos as a return ticket to our memories northern lights with bubble by katie thurmes

I’ll be the first to admit that we take way too many photos when we travel but when we go back and look at the own albums (whether on our phones or photobooks we print), it really is a wonderful portal back in time to moments and time gone but not forgotten.

3. “This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.” – Paulo Coelho

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Now that’s the incredible thing about travel. If you open your mind and your heart, anywhere new is a wonderful adventure of discovery and not strange of weird.

Take the incredible journey I had in our 9 day Ethiopia itinerary . Sure it was uncomfortable and challenging but I embraced it all.

4. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

journey of a thousand miles travel quote by lao tzu

You can make your dreams come true with a simple step. It might be the hardest step that you’ve ever had to take because you don’t know where the journey will take you but all it takes are the first baby steps.

Sometimes it can be literal when you take that step off the plane when we went skydiving in New Zealand .

5. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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Where we grow up in many ways define who we are and what we know. Like it or not, places like our favorite restaurants in North York , the Oxford County Cheese Trail , or local walks in the parks in Richmond Hill , are a core part of who you are.

It’s our own little bubble and when we are able to bust out of it to see what the world is like, it will challenge you to open your eyes, mind, and be a better person. In Mary’s words, you will never be the same again.

6. “Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”

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We cheated a little here but we sometimes throw around the word wanderlust but what does it actually mean? With this fun travel quote, now you know!

Now who has that impulse to explore the world?

7. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

comfort in losing sight of the shore wanderlust quote by andre gide

My mind immediately went to the new worlds we’ve seen while going to the best places to scuba diving in the world but this is one of the best quotes about travel because it encourages us to leave the comforts of home to make new discoveries.

You can take this from the perspective of us being land mammals or the fact that we naturally want to be close to the things that we feel at home with. Whether small or large, you won’t learn something new until you put yourself out there and venture to places unknown.

And no, it’s not just “man” but all the wonderful people of this earth!

8. “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty

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This is one of the best travel quotes because it is SO TRUE .

The experiences you gather while travelling are honestly worth more than all the money you can make.

9. “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton

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As a photographer, my favourite moments are during sunrise and sunset. Every time we compile a list of the best photography spots like this one in Prague , there’s at least one sunrise or sunset included.

There’s a calmness, stillness, and serenity to the start and end of the day and yes, they’re totally free.

10. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it. ” – John Steinbeck

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As a married couple, there’s a deep honesty to this travel quote. As a couple, travel will test your relationship to the max and we always say that even more -so than moving in is to go on a trip together to see if you have partner in life.

In John Steinbeck ‘s travel quote, he talks about how you have to let travel flow the way it wants to go. You can try to bend it, mold it, and control it but you have to let it take you

Some of the best wanderlust sayings are by accomplished writers. They’re incredibly deep, thoughtful, and literary.

11. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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This is one of the most well-known wanderlust quotes that speaks to how the journey is more important than the destination. Many of us travel without that end point in mind and that’s totally okay!

12. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain

Travel is the greatest teacher of them all. It’s something that has truly opened my mind and is something that more of us need. I’d like to think that we don’t travel for travel’s sake but we do it with purpose – to open our minds, break barriers, and gain broader understanding of the world.

13. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

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The more you travel the more you realize that what you know and take for granted is but just a tiny bubble on this great earth. While I don’t know if I’ll ever see it all but to travel is to expand your horizons.

14. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

Everything you encounter – people, food, culture, fortunes, and mishaps stay with you forever and you become better for it.

15. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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I’ve been feeling a little empty ever since COVID-19 and our lockdown existence. It’s truly made me realize how important it is my life.

16. “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Helen Sontag

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Bucket-lists are such a topic of contention these days but I say there’s nothing wrong about dreaming and building your list of places you want to go, what you want to do, and things you want to experience. Just expect it to be a long list.

17. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

18. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

19. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

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

people don't take trips, trips take people travel quote by john steinbeck walking towards red pyramid in egypt

I’m pretty OCD when it comes to planning and I’m sure it comes through on the itineraries we publish but some of the best travel moments always come from the unexpected. In many ways, as much as I want to be in control, I feel that I am but a passenger.

21. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

There’s a level of fulfilment when travelling and I love that I can expand my horizons and see our world in a new and different way.

Sometimes you just need something short and sweet to convey your love of travel.

Here are our favorite short travel quotes but there are also quotes that cross with other categories so make sure to browse through the entire list as there are definitely more short quotes than just these ones below.

22. “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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You probably don’t know yet but you’ll be going to a ton of awesome places in your lifetime.

23. “Don’t quit your day dream.” – Anonymous

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Always be dreaming and more than that, make it a reality.

24. “Where to next?” – Anonymous

This is more like the question that I get asked the most beyond “where’s your favorite place you’ve been to?”. This

If you’re a traveler, this is a question that you get almost every single time. It’s also a fantastic short travel quote because it’s almost rhetorical. There’s always somewhere you’re planning on going or want to go to.

It’s also a bit of a loaded question because I’m sure your list is quite long.

25. “Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” – Ralph Crawshaw

26. “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Anonymous

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27. “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.” – Oscar Wilde

Not just an amazing travel quote but great words to live by in all facets of your life.

28. “Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” – Chinese Proverb

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In travel, it’s easy for someone to say that you can know everything you need to know by reading about it in the books or looking at photos but it’s something else entirely to see, experience, and feel it in person.

29. “I want to make memories all over the world.” – Anonymous

30. “Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.” – Anonymous

We try to live without regret and this is a great short quote that we try to live life by.

31. “The journey, not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

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32. “All you need to know is that it’s possible.” – Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker

33. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

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I don’t always travel that light with our packing lists but this is a great short travel quote that’s always the forefront of my mind. I always ask myself, “do I really need this?”.

Here, I’m in the middle of Tokyo with the original Peak Design 5L Sling that makes a great light travel set up.

Sticking to the road less travelled can be the most rewarding. Here are a couple of quotes that push me to always incorporate something a little different on my trips.

34. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

It’s so easy to follow the crowd and be sucked into what everyone’s doing on Instagram or places that are the most popular. I’ve always found that the best trips are the ones that most people don’t know about.

35. “Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.” – Rick Watson

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36. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

To some extent all great quotes come from a place of philosophical thought but to keep things organized, these are some of the most famous quotes by legendary philosophers that have stood the test of time.

37. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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Wisdom, experiences, happiness, and wonder – it’s out there for you to explore.

38. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

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

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If you’ve read about how Going Awesome Places came to be , you’ll know that I kind of stumbled upon it by accident. It’s through travel that I’ve become a better storyteller. Ibn Battuta was absolutely right.

40. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi Jalalud-Din

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This quote speaks to the greatest reward of travel. Travel has given me so much on many levels. I’m gracious beyond words.

41. “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

42. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”  – Mark Twain

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This has to ring so true right. The best test of a friendship is to travel and you quickly find out whether you can stand them or not.

43. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

44. “Life was meant for great adventures and close friends.” – Anonymous

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45. “True friends never apart maybe in distance never in heart.” – Helen Keller

46. “We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world & the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

47. “The more I traveled, the more I realized fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

48. “As with any journey, whom you travel with is more important than the destination.” – Anonymous

49. “Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.” – Anonymous

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There’s enough suckage in life. Spend time with those that don’t suck.

50. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.”  – Edith Wharton

51. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”  – Ernest Hemingway

52. “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie The Pooh

Sometimes you just know who’s going to make an awesome travel partner.

53. “You can pack for every occasion, but a good friend will always be the best thing you could bring!”  – Anonymous

54. “In life, it’s not where you go – it’s who you travel with.” – Charles M. Schulz

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As much as I love solo travel, it just isn’t the same when you can’t share your travel experiences with someone else.

55. “No road is long with good company.”  – Turkish proverb

56. “Friends that travel together, stay together.” – Anonymous

57. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

58. “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.” – African Proverb

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59. “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.” – Anonymous

We seek good wanderlust quotes because we’re looking to be inspired. In a simple sentence, you’ll feel that itch to book that ticket. These quotes speak to a way of life, and why you need to just go.

60. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

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Sustainable travel is so important and its core principle can be said in this simple travel quote.

61. “Our happiest moment as tourists always seems to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block

62. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” – Anonymous

63. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

64. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

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65. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” – Anonymous

Travel is about taking that leap of faith. It could be a big investment in money. It could be a big risk quitting your job or taking a sabbatical. It could be scary doing it on your own. Whatever it is, think about how incredible the experiences will be to push you over that edge.

66. “Wanderlust isn’t about running away from it all.  It’s about experiencing the outside to discover the inside.” – Unknown

This is so true. Some might have the perspective that intrepid travellers are running away from something at home. The reality is that for many, travel is a way for us to learn more about ourselves and running towards truth.

Beyond inspiration, travel and wanderlust quotes tell us how we should think about life and what is important.

67. “We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.” – Anonymous

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Time moves faster than ever. There are only so many “I’ll do that later” you can use before you run out. Don’t let those opportunities slip on by.

68. “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

69. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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This is one of my all-time favourites that can easily go into the short travel quotes section. It’s a motto in life that’s truly transformative.

70. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

71. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

72. “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

73. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

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You have one life to live. Make it count is what I say.

74. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anotole France

Adventure is such a core part of our travel DNA and these quotes about travel should inspire you to launch your very own.

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

76. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

77. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

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When the adrenaline is pumping, and you don’t know what’s coming next is when I feel the most alive. That includes being terrified of heights and jumping out of a plane in the Abel Tasman .

78. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

79. “Great things never came from comfort zones.” – Anonymous

80. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.” – Anonymous

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81. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

82. “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

83. “Just go. Go see all the beauty in the world.” – Anonymous

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There is truly so much beauty in the world. Everywhere I go, I’m constantly amazed.

Above all else, travel is what puts a smile on many people’s faces. This collection of wanderlust quotes should give you what people call “the travel feels” these days.

84. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

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85. “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

86. “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

There are so many ways to interpret this one but I think of it as always staying positive whether it’s someone feeling down or when shit happens when you travel.

87. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”  – Anonymous

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I have a couple of these songs on my road trip mixtape. Songs are such a great way to convey ideas and these are a few lyrics that make me want to travel even more.

88. “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world”. – Louis Armstrong, “It’s a Wonderful World”

This isn’t normally something you associate with travel but when you think about those skies of blue, clouds of white, trees of green, colors of the rainbow, and all the faces of people going by, I can’t help but think about all the things that make travel so amazing.

89. “Life is short; I wanna live it well. One life, one story to tell.” – Switchfoot, “Live It Well”

If you know me well, you’ll know that Switchfoot is my all-time favourite band. Their lyrics are what I love the most about them because they always have incredibly deep meaning. Life is precious, you’ve got one shot to make it count.

90. “But hold me fast, hold me fast, cause I’m a hopeless wanderer.”  – Mumford & Sons, “Hopeless Wanderer”

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91. “Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free. I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me.”  – Elvis Presley, “Harem Holiday”

92. “Tell everybody I’m on my way. New friends and new places to see. With blue skies ahead, yes I’m on my way.” – Phil Collins, “On My Way”

They might not be authors or philosophers but they equally have important things to say about the impact of travel and why it matters.

93. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

The late Anthony Bourdain was someone that truly understood travel. He was such a great storyteller and this quote reminds me of my earlier days when I was backpacking around Europe and just not having a care in the world.

94. “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

95. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

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96. “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

97. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

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Travel does change you and always for the better. Anthony Bourdain goes a step further by also encourages us to leave the places we visit better off.

98. “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

99. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

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100. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

There are a couple of wanderlust quotes from movies that stand out. Some are well-known and others you might not’ve heard of or watched.

101. “I’m shaking the dust of this crummy town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world!” – George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

102. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.” – The Hobbit

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Pictures tell a thousand words and videos many more but there’s nothing like being in these places that people talk about and taking it in with all of your senses.

103. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

104. “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” – Me Before You

105. “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” – Beauty and the Beast

I’m not sure if we’ve ever done a list this long but we hope that you’ve been able to pull a few favorites of your own with the best quotes about travel.

Many of these have anchored but have also set me free when it comes to traveling the world. In one way or another, these quotes have driven me to take the leap, to continue to explore, and to get outside of my comfort zone.

Wanderlust is defined as “a strong desire to travel”.

Best quotes about travel are ones that are easy to understand, have deep analogies to life, and of course create strong feelings of wanderlust.

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Helen Sontag “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” – Anonymous “We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.” – Anonymous “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” – Beauty and the Beast

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty Thi “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes “Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.” – Anonymous “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Anonymous “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss “Don’t quit your day dream.” – Anonymous “Where to next?” – Anonymous “Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” – Ralph Crawshaw “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Anonymous “Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” – Chinese Proverb “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

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73 Best Travel Quotes To Inspire Your Next Vacation

These inspirational travel quotes will make you want to book your next trip as soon as possible.

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It's hard to put into words just how transformational travel can be. Thankfully, artists, authors, philosophers, and world travelers have captured the essence with inspirational travel quotes that remind us of our past journeys and serve as fuel for future trips.

We've rounded up some of the best travel quotes from the likes of Anthony Bourdain, J. R. R. Tolkien, and other literary greats to help you get excited about your next big adventure. These beautiful quotes also make great travel captions for Instagram, so add them to your next post to encourage your followers to get out and see the world.

Inspirational Travel Quotes

"Once a year go somewhere you have never been before." — Dalai Lama

"You lose sight of things … and when you travel, everything balances out." — Daranna Gidel

"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings." — Moslih Eddin Saadi

"When overseas, you learn more about your own country than you do the place you're visiting." — Clint Borgen

"It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn." — Anthony Bourdain

"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

"Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action." — John Muir

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." — Andre Gide

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." — Lin Yutang

"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready." — Henry David Thoreau

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." — Gustave Flaubert

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." — John A. Shedd

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." — St. Augustine

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharlal Nehru

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” — Maya Angelou

“You need not even listen, just wait … the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself.” — Franz Kafka

Quotes That Make Perfect Travel Captions for Instagram

"Life is an adventure, it's not a package tour." — Eckhart Tolle

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." — Oprah Winfrey

"Robert Frost was right. To take the 'road less traveled by' does make all the difference." — Samantha Brown

"Travel changes you. 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." — Anthony Bourdain

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." — Michael Altshuler

"A great way to learn about your country is to leave it." — Henry Rollins

"Not all those who wander are lost." — J.R.R. Tolkien

"People don't take trips, trips take people." — John Steinbeck

"We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." — Hilaire Belloc

“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.” — Jamie Lyn Beatty

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” — Lovelle Drachman

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” — Melody Truong

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” — Neale Donald Walsch

Best Travel Quotes About the Journey

"I don't know where I am going, but I'm on my way." — Carl Sagan

"Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness." — Ray Bradbury

"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." — Seneca

"Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting." — Sargent Shriver

"Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints." — Chief Seattle

"There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror." — Orson Welles

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." — Lao Tzu

"An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered." — Gilbert K. Chesterton

"Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going." — Paul Theroux

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” — David Mitchell

“The journey not the arrival matters.” — T.S. Eliot

“If it scares you, it may be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin

“Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.” — Harvey Lloyd

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” — Shirley MacLaine

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip.” — Babs Hoffman

“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton

Best Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust

"The Wanderlust has got me ... by the belly-aching fire." — Robert W. Service

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live." — Hans Christian Andersen

"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls." — Anaïs Nin

"For always roaming with a hungry heart, much have I seen and known." — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” — Oscar Wilde

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” ― Bill Bryson

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” — Michael Palin

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” — Randy Komisar

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” — Paul Brandt

“It is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be not to explore at all.” — Sir Ernest Shackleton

Best Travel Quotes for After Your Trip

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." — Anita Desai

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." — Ursula K. Le Guin

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." — Marcel Proust

"What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? ― it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies." — Jack Kerouac

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” — Isabelle Eberhardt

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.” — Paulo Coelho

“Traveling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” — Ibn Buttuta

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill

“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” — Sandra Lake

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” — Benjamin Disraeli

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101 of the Best Travel Quotes to Inspire Amazing Adventures

I’ve put together 101 of the best travel quotes as a reminder, motivation, and remembrance for the reasons why we travel.

I’m not just talking about the sightseeing and beach vacations. Travel is about the journey as much as the beautiful destination.

We learn about the world by experiencing new cultures and ways of living, in turn learning about ourselves.

I’ve been traveling the world for a few years – Will has been traveling for over 9 years – and the rest of the Broke Backpacker crew has put quite a dent in their passports too. I think these awesome quotes about traveling highlight some of the magnificent journeys and lessons we’ve experienced along the way.

Why? Because Travel quotes provide inspiration and capture truths about travel, adventure, and life.

Just like travel, words have the power to open our minds to completely new perspectives, which is why I hope this collection of quotes about travel and powerful words will inspire you to get out there and experience some adventurous travel yourself.

101 Best Travel Quotes

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From funny travel quotes to inspiring words from legends past and present, here are the 101 best:

1. Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn.” – Nyssa P. Chopra, The Cultureur

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2. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

This is one of my favorite quotes about traveling. A lot of people think that one travels to escape life, or that long-term travelers are running away from reality. The way I see it – sure – maybe vacations are a quick escape from the real world, but traveling is a way to embrace life’s grandest adventures. Traveling is a way for life not to escape us.

3. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.” – Marty Rubin

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4. “To the tourist, travel is a means to an end; to the traveler, it’s an end in itself.” – Marty Rubin

5. “to live is to travel, on a voyage more epic than the odysseys of myth – not from place to place, but through the poignant strangeness of time.” – t.l rese.

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6. “Travel often; Getting lost will help you find yourself.” – Holstee Manifesto

Some of my best travel experiences were not necessarily butterflies and rainbows. Sometimes they were uncomfortable and painful. Sometimes I have quite literally gotten lost, but in the end, these experiences have helped me find myself.

I think that is what traveling is often about: finding – or at least rediscovering – aspects of yourself.

7. “Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” – Ralph Crawshaw

8. “a man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – george a. moore, 9. “sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” –   drake.

This is one of the most important travel quotes. Doesn’t matter how long you’re traveling for, you’ll see new cultures, open your mind and change your way of thinking – even if it’s just a little bit. Traveling shows us sides of the world but also about yourself that you’ve never seen before. Having a different view on things helped a lot of people when it comes to making hard decisions.

10. “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture are like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

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11. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” –  Cesare Pavese

I love this traveling the world quote from Cesare Pavese. Having been on the road for the last few years, he nailed my experience spot on. Nothing is certain – except air, sleep, the sea, the sky – but that is what traveling is about: embracing the unknown and trusting the process. The way I see it, the only thing for certain is what is happening in the now.

12. “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

13. “culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.” – thomas wolfe, 14. “traveling — it gives you home in a thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.” – ibn battuta.

This is one of the most beautiful travel quotes. Meeting so many new people, making new friends and even finding a second family, has to be one of the best aspects of traveling. Having traveled quite a bit, I can say that having multiple homes is definitely an amazing feeling, although it can also create some distance between you and your original home.

15. “Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.” – Malcolm Bradbury

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16. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”- Ibn Battuta

Probably one of the best travel quotes I’ve heard – the play on words, the sincerity, and the capture of what it means to travel. Traveling will undoubtedly leave you speechless, surprised, and lost for words, but those words will be found, and you will have epic stories to tell.

18. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

19. “every journey is personal. every journey is spiritual. you can’t compare them, can’t replace, can’t repeat. you can bring back the memories but they only bring tears to your eyes.” – diana ambarsari, 20. “the perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. there is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore.” – rosita forbes, 21. “travel can also be the spirit of adventure somewhat tamed, for those who desire to do something they are a bit afraid of.” – ella maillart.

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22. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” –  Roy M. Goodman

I think this is one of my favorite quotes about travel. Having been to 30 or so countries, and plenty of destinations among them, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that happiness does   not come from beautiful destinations any more than the concept that money can buy happiness…

It’s easy to assume that if money can’t buy happiness, surely experiences can, but you can be in the most beautiful place on earth having some crazy experience, and not be happy. We tend to always be in search of the next big thing – the most beautiful beach or bigger mountain – without realizing that it is the journey there that matters, not the destination.

Happiness is hard to define of course, but I think happiness lies in your outlook and present state of mind. To be happy is to be in the present moment, no matter what you own or where you are.

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23. “What gives value to travel is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we all have.” – Elizabeth Benedict

24. “we must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – john hope franklin, 25. “though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” – ralph waldo emerson.

Walking on the globe with your head down will never open up all views and beautiful things to see. In order to enjoy traveling, you have to keep your mind and heart open, accept different cultures and traditions and simply try to adapt. Keep a positive mindset and you’ll see the beauty of the world.

26. “Real traveling is not about visiting places but about ‘re-visiting’ our inner-self.” – Sorrab Singha

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27. “Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you’ve been all along.” – Unknown

Both of these travel quotes (#26 and #27) encapsulate that sometimes we travel to learn more about ourselves. A large aspect of traveling is, of course, visiting places, but sometimes you end up visiting parts of yourself too.

28. “Travelling expands the mind rarely.” – Hans Christian Andersen

29. “traveling outgrows its motives. it soon proves sufficient in itself. you think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.” – nicolas bouvier, 30. it is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – ursula k. le guin, 31. “the best journeys are the ones that answer questions that at the outset you never even thought to ask.” – rick ridgeway.

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32. “You thought too hard. Same with travel. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.” –   Gayle Forman

This is one of my favorite travel quotes! It reminds me of something I read in the book  Shantaram , about an ex-convict on the run and his adventures in India. In the book, he was given similar advice: to surrender to India and accept his experience for what it was.

You have to surrender to the chaos and enjoy/endure the experiences as they come. While this is applicable to many aspects of life, it is definitely applicable to travel. You can’t try to force itineraries and plans or work hard to fulfill some high expectations in your mind. Doing so will only tire and disappoint you.

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33. “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.”  – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

34. “travel has a way of making the world a much smaller place.” – janna graber, 35. “life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” –   oliver goldsmith, 36. “focus on the journey, not the destination. joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – greg anderson.

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37. “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Durrell

I can relate to this quote about travel quite well actually. The longer and more that I travel, the more I find myself self-analyzing and observing my own thought and emotional processes.

Traveling has a funny way of throwing you out into the world with the intention of discovering more about everything around you, only to realize you will discover far more about yourself. It is why traveling can be the most rewarding form of introspection.

38. “You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot.” – Shakuntala Devi

39. “once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. the mind can never break off from the journey.” – pat conroy, 40. “travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” – seneca, 41. “a man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” – wilfred peterson.

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42. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway

I can relate to these words quite a bit as I try to find the balance between preparing and planning for the future, reaching goals, and just enjoying the ride and staying present in the moment.

Having goals and an endpoint in sight is good; however, I don’t think it will be as satisfying if you don’t enjoy the moments that take you there. If you only focus on the destination you’ll miss everything that matters – the journey along the way.

43. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber

44. “life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.” – debasish mridha, 45. “good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”- izaak walton.

Whether it’s long, annoying bus trips, a shabby hostel or simply somewhere you don’t necessarily feel comfortable, it’s always better to have great company by your side. Going through the rough times together makes the whole experience more endurable.

46. “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” – Alain de Botton

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47. “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

I love this quote about traveling. With age, comes wisdom. Wisdom isn’t something you can read about, it is something you learn through experience. The same goes for travel. You can read and hear about places and people that are different than you, but sometimes it takes experiencing those places and meeting those people for yourself to truly understand them.

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48. “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

49. “travel opens your mind as few other things do. it is its own form of hypnotism, and i am forever under its spell.” – libya bray, 50. “half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – ray bradbury, 51. “travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.” – francis bacon.

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52. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain will always be remembered for his adventurous spirit and ability to share some of the most remote and fascinating corners of this planet with the rest of the world. His words ring true. Travel is not pretty, and it’s definitely not always comfortable.

Sometimes you’ll deal with awful buses and missed flights, sleep in strange places, be confronted with challenging and stressful situations, or encounter experiences that break your heart. But that’s okay because the journey will make you stronger, and ultimately make you a better person.

53. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert

54. “it is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. such are the melancholies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.” – gustave flaubert, 55. “all travel has its advantages. if the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – samuel johnson, 56. “uncertainty and anticipation are the joys of travel.” –  ken hundert.

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57. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” –  Dalai Lama

58. “investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – matthew karsten.

Rather than investing in the latest technology, do yourself the favor and take yourself on a little trip. Clear your mind, learn new things and experience different cultures and people. You won’t regret it!

59. “Traveling carries with it the curse of being at home everywhere and yet nowhere, for wherever one is, some part of oneself remains on another continent.” – Margot Fonteyn

60. “certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – miriam beard, 61. “culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.” – karl kraus.

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62. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

63. “travel expands the mind and fills the gap.” – sheda savage.

There are so many things to see and learn. The more you know, the more open your mindset and view will be. If you feel like you’re missing someone, invest in yourself and go on a trip to experience new things – you won’t regret it, we promise!

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64. “Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.” – René Descartes

65. “if you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – cesare pavese, 66. “of the gladdest moments in human life, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.” – richard francis burton.

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67. “Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.” – Pico Iyer

68. “when you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. people don’t have your past to hold against you. no yesterdays on the road.” – william least heat moon, 69. “i soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – lillian smith, 70. “for my part, i travel not to go anywhere but to go. i travel for travel’s sake. the great affair is to move.” – robert louis stevenson, 71. “conventional wisdom tells us… we take our baggage with us. i’m not so sure. travel, at its best, transforms us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home. sometimes we do leave our baggage behind, or, even better, it’s misrouted to cleveland and is never heard from again.” – eric weiner.

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72.  “The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.” – Anthony Bourdain

73. “travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. that is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – pico iyer, 74. “to my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – bill bryson, 75. “perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – maya angelou, 76. “travel does what good novelists also do to the life of every day, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – freya stark.

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77. “The true fruit of travel is perhaps the feeling of being nearly everywhere at home.” – Freya Stark

78. “you will, if you’re wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.” – freya stark, 79. “when you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. it is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – clifton fadiman.

This another one of the most important travel quotes, especially in nowadays time. When traveling, always keep your mind open, be respectful towards other people and try new things. Just because your believes, expectations and values work for you, doesn’t mean that it works for others too. Watch, experience and keep the critical thoughts to yourself if you don’t want to make enemies in a different country.

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80. “Travel empties out everything you’ve into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are” – Claire Fontaine

81. “travellers understand, instinctively and by experience, that travel and adventure change and elongate time, even while navigating the deadlines of airline and train departures.” – paul sheehan.

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82. “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho

83. “we travel because we need to because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. when we get home, home is still the same. but something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” – jonah lehrer, 84. “travel is a set of corrective lenses that helps focus the planet’s blurred reality.” – andrew solomon, 85. “ i travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.” – nyssa p. chopra, the cultureur, 86. “travel is the best teacher. the only way to an open mind is by taking a plane out into the open world.” – c. joybell c..

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87. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

88. he who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – moorish proverb, 89. “travel is like an endless university. you never stop learning.” – harvey lloyd.

Whether it’s about a new recipe, a new language or as simple as the fancy toilets in Japan, there’s ALWAYS something new and exciting for you to learn. That is the beauty of travel, just make sure you keep your mind open!

90. “ The symbol of joy to-day is travel. There is a wanderlust that infects the blood.” – Rollin A. Sawyer

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91. “To travel is to evolve.” – Pierre Bernardo

92. “nothing develops intelligence like travel.” –  emile zola, 93. “the value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home — and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.” – rolf potts, 94. “there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” – david mitchell.

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95. “Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.” – Gayle Forman

96. “no one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – lin yutang, 97. “a man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – george moore, 98. “all the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – paul fussell.

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99. “Living in another culture, not just visiting it, has reshaped our view of the world.” – Nancy Petralia

100. “travel molds a man, people mold his wisdom and experiences mold his life” – sujit lalwani, 101. “travelling, one accepts everything; indignation stays at home. one looks, one listens, one is roused to enthusiasm by the most dreadful things because they are new. good travelers are heartless.” – elias canetti.

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The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

101 Best Travel Quotes in the World with Pictures

Written By: The Planet D

Inspiration

Updated On: May 22, 2024

We all know that travel quotes can be powerful. From inspirational travel quotes to motivational quotes about traveling we find that other people often say the words better than we can, so we put together these inspiring words of wisdom with our favorite quote photos.

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101 Best Travel Quotes

Through inspirational quotes, Dave and I have been motivated to take chances, inspired to travel  and strive to live a better life. When we started our travel blog in 2008, we gathered travel quotes to share and were the original bloggers who shared daily inspiring quotes on Twitter more than 15 years ago. Whether you enjoy short quotes or longer ones you are going to enjoy these motivational quotes about traveling .

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Inspiring travel quotes have certainly ignited our spirit of exploration and captured the essence of why we travel. For example,

  • “A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles,” Tim Cahill reminds us that experiences and connections matter more than distances traveled.
  • Another stirring quote is “Life is short, and the world is wide,” attributed to Simon Raven. It emphasizes our limited time to explore a vast world.
  • The wisdom in St. Augustine’s words, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page,” encourages us to broaden our horizons through travel.
  • John Steinbeck’s famous saying, “People don’t take trips, trips take people,” reflects the transformative power of travel.
  • “Travel far, pay no fare… a book can take you anywhere,” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, suggests that even in the absence of physical travel, we can journey through the pages of a good book.
  • “ A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving ” ~ Lao Tzu

Each of these travel quotes offers a unique perspective on the enriching experiences travel brings to life.

Feel free to pin, use as Instagram captions, download, and print these best travel quotes to put up these best travel quotes around your house for inspiration!

1. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Saint Augustine

travel quotes The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page  by Saint Augustine

Let’s kick our list off with some of the more famous travel quotes by famous people. We’ll get to the more obscure as we go down the list.

This is definitely one of the best travel quotes of all time, but it certainly reads true. One of our favorite travel quotes is “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

When you travel, the whole world opens up. Travel has helped us to understand the meaning of life and it has helped us become better people. Each time we travel, we see the world with new eyes. Just like reading a book, when you travel, you experience more than only one page of life. Make your life a novel, not a page.

2. “Not all those who wander are lost” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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This is one of our favorite travel quotes because it gets us. Throughout our lives, people have thought that because we keep traveling and searching for new things to do, we are not focused.

They have often thought we were flaky or unfocused. But travel helped us find our purpose and put focus into our lives. The more we got lost in our travels, the richer our lives became.

Seriously people, not all those who wander are lost. That’s a statement and a quote.

So when you think that the travelers in your life are flighty, remember, “not all who wander are lost “

3. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” ~ Helen Keller

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If Helen Keller can see life as a great adventure, what excuse do the rest of us have? Take a chance and live life to the fullest. When we are at our most daring, we feel the most fulfillment.

When we think of this travel quote, we live by it. Adventure is different for everyone, but we try to treat each day by doing something daring and adventurous; it keeps things exciting.

I wonder what she would think now, knowing that she is quoted as having one of the most popular travel quotes in the world.

4. “Take only memories, leave only footprints” ~ Chief Seattle

Famous travel Quotes - Take only memories leave only footprints by Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle had many inspiring quotes, but this is probably the most famous of all travel quotes, it is also a motto everyone should live by in life.

We need to give back to this world. People often feel they can take home a trophy, sneak a piece of stone from a historic site , or take something from nature.

Travel isn’t about taking, it is about absorbing the beauty of the world. So remember, sometimes only memories are all you need. They are your only private moments to enjoy. So try to take only memories.

5. “Travel is  fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” ~ Mark Twain

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Travel opens our minds and heart and makes us better people—one of our favorite travel quotes by Mark Twain.

6. ” The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

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When thinking about travel quotes, we often look to the most popular ones, but these quotes really make me think. Sure, we can set sail to different lands, but until you change your mindset, you’ll never really immerse yourself in a voyage of discovery.

7. “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

Travel quotes and inspiration by Gustave Flaubert

Traveling quotes often mention the fact of how travel makes you humble and how life experiences are more important than accumulating things.

8. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

This doesn’t necessarily need to be related to travel quotes it can work for life quotes too. It can be scary to try something new, take a chance, and step out of your comfort zone. But when looking back on life, it’s the chances you didn’t take that you’ll regret.

9. Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” ~ Hemmingway

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As a travel couple, this is one of those travel quotes that is close to our hearts. We love traveling together and couldn’t imagine doing it alone.

10. “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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This is one of those travel quotes that sum up a traveler perfectly. Over the years, our memories of our travels change and our stories become larger than life. Not only do we forget the bad and remember only the good, but the senses stick with us.

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

best travel quotes Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Before we started traveling in 2000, I only dreamed of writing for a living. But after our travels, I was so moved by many of our experiences I started writing stories to my friends and family.

When we first set off to begin our travel blog, a friend shared the works and travel quotes of Ibn Battuta with me it was through these early recommendations inspired me to become a storyteller.

No best travel quotes list would be complete without adventure quotes. Travel is an adventure and they go hand in hand. These are some of our favorite quotes about the adventure that we’ve collected over the years.

12. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal” ~ Paul Coelho

Adventure travel quotes by Paul Coelho

Travel quotes about adventure are our favorite because we are always pushing our boundaries and when we’re feeling a little afraid or lazy, we always think of this quote. Plus, I like this much better than his other quote: “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”

13. “Great things never came from comfort zones.” ~ Anonymous

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It’s true! Of all the travel quotes in this list, I really feel that this one rings true to life. Even if you are not traveling, you need to step out of your comfort zone.

Whether you’re taking on a new project, opening a business, or enrolling in a course, when you do something that scares you a little, you can do something great.

14. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou

Famous Quotes about travel by Maya Angelou

When looking for travel quotes about adventure travel, this one really stuck out by Maya Angelou. It wasn’t until we started to live a life less ordinary that we understood how much control we had over our lives and just how amazing we could make it.

15. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey” ~ Babs Hoffman

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This doesn’t have to a quote on travel alone. Life itself has a lot of potholes. Whether you are traveling or at home working at your job, you should definitely enjoy the journey.

16. “Fear is only temporary. Regrets last forever.”

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Are you wanting to travel the world but are afraid to take the next step? The travel quote above says it all. Fear is only temporary , but if you don’t follow your dream, you may regret it forever.

We are not saying to follow travel quotes like this blindly. Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations, but don’t let being afraid of the unknown consume you either.

17. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Best Quotes About Traveling life begins at the end of your comfort zone

This is one of my favorite travel quotes on adventure travel. It’s scary to step out of your comfort zone, but if you do so with proper training and guidance, a whole new life will begin!

18. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind”

Well to me this quote means you have to leave your burdens, your stress, and your preconceived notions behind. To understand travel, you must be open to new possibilities and it will change your life.

19. “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. ~ David McCullough

Traveling Quote by David McCullough

This is one of those quotes about travel that has never rung truer than in today’s society. Everyone is traveling to show off and brag or catch a selfie rather than to have an experience. But its the experience that you’ll remember, not the social share.

20. “Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.” ~ Jamie Lyn Beatty

It’s true, we all have to do our job and have our careers. And that is important we need to make money to be able to live. But it is also important to take time to smell the roses and let go of work when you are not in the office.

We have always looked at our lives this way, jobs fill your pocket so that you can spend your down time having a great adventure. Be it travel or at home, life begins outside the office.

I love funny travel quotes. Sometimes when we get stressed out or frustrated with travel, we need to sit back and laugh about the little things.

21. “Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.” ~ Charles M. Schulz

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We all have worries every day and more than ever the state of the world is in question. But travel makes you forget your troubles and Charles Schulz couldn’t have said it better. It’s the funniest of travel quotes.

22. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate people than to travel with them.” ~ Mark Twain

We have always given the advice that if you want to test to see if you are compatible in your relationship, go and travel together for a while.

Mark Twain could not be more correct. If you can travel with someone you’ll be friends for life! So put these travel quotes to the test and travel with someone right now!

23.  “A Journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it. ” ~ John Steinbeck

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When traveling, things are often out of our control and we have found that it is better to relax and let go. And that is true for our marriage as well. We can’t always be in control and that is half the fun!

24. “Drink Heavily with locals whenever possible.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

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This is a rather funny travel quote by Anthony Bourdain, but it is also very true. Some of our best travel experiences have been when having a few drinks with the locals.

So when we are out late at night, we look to these types of travel quotes for justification. hah!

25. “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places” ~ Henny Youngman

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This quote reminds me of my dad. He’s always telling silly jokes like this and I love it!

26. “There is nothing safer than flying, it’s the crashing that’s dangerous.” ~ Theo Cowa

For those of you who are afraid to fly, I am afraid that you are not going to find the humor in this travel quote, but I find it quite cheeky.

27. “I always like to go to Washington D.C. It gives me a chance to visit my money.” ~ Bob Hope

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This one made me chuckle because we were just in Ottawa (Canada’s National Capital) and we made a point of saying “ Now we know where our taxes go, look at all the beautiful museums and buildings in this city! ”

And even though Bob Hope was talking about his home country of the USA, it certainly rings true anywhere. So, we put it in our best travel quotes list, because everyone can relate!

28. “Jet Lag is for Amateurs.” ~ Dick Clark

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While I think it’s a funny travel quote, I tend to disagree with Dick Clark. It seems that the more I travel, the worse jet lag gets. But then I suck it up and think of him and then I say “Deal with it Deb, Jet Lag is for amateurs.” See, travel quotes can be motivating!

29. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” ~ Paul Theroux

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect by Paul Theroux

I love this travel quote so much because it is very true. When we come home from our travels, we always forget the tough times and difficult experiences.

We only remember the beautiful things about our travels and the bad stuff fades away. But let me tell you, we’ve had some very unglamorous travels in our lives.

30. “I wish I had never gone traveling.” Said no one ever.

travel quotes | I wish I had never gone traveling said no one ever

I don’t know who said this travel quote, but it is straightforward and to the point. If you are looking for travel quotes that capture the feeling of travel, this is it!

Inspirational Quotes About Travel

Inspirational travel quotes can be life-changing. I used to have quotes taped all over my house and now that we have moved into a house again, I’m collecting inspiring quotes about life and adventure. Words have meaning and can change mindsets.

31. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~Andre Gide

Inspirational Travel Quote by Andre Gide Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

I am going to update this quote though and say Woman and Man Cannot discover new oceans until they lose sight of the shore.

When Dave and I first started our careers in travel, we kept one toe in our careers and one toe in travel. It wasn’t until we finally let go of our safe life in the film industry and took a chance to go all into our new adventure travel careers that everything changed.

32. “It’s Better to Travel Well than to Arrive” ~ Buddha

33. “it is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.” ~ penelope riley.

Best Traveli quotes- It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way bu Penelope Riley

We all make mistakes in life and travel. Travel quotes can be relatable in life as well. And it really is the mishaps and adventures you have along the road of life and travel that make for everlasting memories.

34. “The important thing is to never stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing” ~ Albert Einstein

35. “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”.

Traveling Wisdom through quotes.

Okay so maybe it isn’t exactly the truest of travel quotes because if you buy a house, it may grow in value and if you buy stocks, you may get lucky and hit the jackpot, but you can never go wrong with travel.

But travel brings riches in life with experiences, learning, and making new friends.

36. “I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it.” ~ Alexander Sattler

Best Travel Quotes see the world

Quotes about traveling often have a message of being free from possessions and things, and instead of having life experiences instead. It think this travel quote says it the best.

37.  “It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

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When we saw the Taj Mahal for the first time, we had heard about it many times. We had read about it and people had told us all about it. But it wasn’t until we saw it that we really understand its beauty and meaning.

38. Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow

We agree with this travel quote indeed. Travel changes a person and it is because of the people you meet and the experiences you have. It is true that you take a piece of a place home with you.

39. “When was the last time you did something for the first time.” ~ Anonymous

We have found that travel gives us the courage to try new things. When we are home in our routine, we become comfortable. But when we travel, we are inspired by others and inspired by the destination.

40. “Someday I’m going to be free and I’m going to travel the world.”

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Before we started traveling full time we felt trapped. When we started putting our minds to living a life of travel, we felt the barriers break and soon we were living our dream. This quote is very close to our hearts.

41. “You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” ~ John Lennon

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Travel brings people together. It helps people understand other cultures and religions. What we think we know about other places is thrown out the window, once we land on their soil.

So get out there, meet other people and you’ll soon see that people around the world are just like you and me.

Short Travel Quotes Captions

Dave and I have been gathering quotes about travel for 20 years and shared them since we started our travel blog in 2008. They have always helped to pick us up when we’re down, put life in perspective, or just brought a smile to our faces.

These are our favorite traveling quotes we’ve posted on social media from Twitter to Pinterest .

42. “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” ~ Oscar Wilde

Short Travel Quote by Oscar Wilde

For life and travel, we all must follow our path without making excuses and we should never live with regrets.

43. “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

The Road less Travelled travel Quotes We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us

Many people think traveling quotes are all about people escaping and dreaming. But to us, this quote captures exactly the essence of travel. We never traveled to escape life, we always traveled to find ourselves.

44. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” ~ John Steinbeck

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We all take trips, but most of the time the trip ends up taking a life of its own.

45. “Don’t listen to what they say, go see” ~ Chinese Proverb

Travel quotes that are Inspirational

Perhaps people tell you not to go to a place because they think it is awful when it is really beautiful. Or perhaps someone constantly tells you how wonderful a destination is.

Go and see for yourself and make up your own mind. That’s what this says to me.

46. “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream”

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One of my favorite quotes about wanderlust. One of the things Dave and I are most thankful for is the fact that we never stopped dreaming.

If we settled (like we were supposed to in life) we’d still be working at our jobs thinking we weren’t allowed to have dreams once we reached a certain age. Never stop dreaming.

47. “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way”

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Isn’t this just the dream? I love it when I take a trip and clearly do not have a plan. That is when the real adventures happened in our travels.

48. “Oh, the places you’ll go.” ~ Dr Seuss

best travel quotes dr suess oh the places you'll go

It’s a short one, but oh it’s a good one. Whenever we meet someone that is starting to travel or is thinking of traveling, we always think of this quote by Dr. Suess.

These words make us think of adventure. Oh the Places You’ll Go! Doesn’t this make you excited to get out and explore thw world?

49. “Try to Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” ~ Maya Angelou

50. “life’s a journey, not a destination” ~aerosmith.

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Okay so maybe Ralph Waldo Emerson deserves the credit for Life is a journey, not a destination, but we heard it first through Aerosmith, so I’m giving it to Aerosmith. Because I couldn’t find the proof anyway.

I’ll never forget being in Vietnam in 2003 and while sitting in a bar, they encouraged travelers to write their favorite quotes on its wall.

What did Dave choose? Life’s a journey, not a destination naturally. We have always lived by this motto and of course adventure is for everyone.

51. “Where to next?”

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“Where will you travel next? How will travel change you and how will you change the world?”

52. “To Travel is to Live” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

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Why does this travel quote resonate so much with us? Before we traveled, we felt that we never truly lived. The more we worked, the more exhausted and disconnected we felt. When we introduced travel into our lives, we felt alive again.

53. “I want to make memories all over the world”

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To us, memories mean more than things. When we are out with friends, we have so much to talk about. It’s way more meaningful to have a memory to share than to show off a “thing.”

Meaningful Quotes About Travel

54. “whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” ~ mark twain.

 Inspiring Travel quotes - Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it's time to pause and reflect - Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of the greats when it comes to creating famous quotes about travel. We have always tried to live a life less ordinary and think outside the box. I do believe this has helped us have success in our business and our relationship.

55. “The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” ~ Paul Coelho

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I think in today’s society this travel quote couldn’t be truer. Many people are quick to attack others through social media and everyone has an opinion.

But what about “being the change?” Positive leadership can be powerful.

56. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley

Best Travel Quotes aldous huxley To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries

We often have preconceived notions of what other countries are like. But once we visit a destination, we realize that we have it all wrong.

Travel helps us to understand and learn about different cultures and ways of life. We always encourage people to visit other countries to understand the people and cultures around the world.

It’s impossible to truly understand a place until you have met the people, and immersed in the culture.

57. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

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Travel often opens our eyes to different ways of thinking and understanding the world. We as travel bloggers love to preach what we have learned to the world, but we also need to live by example.

58. “There’s a sunrise and sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

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59. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself - best travel quotes

I’ll never forget saying to Dave “I need meaning to my travels” when we first started traveling. It was by creating this blog, creating our videos, and creating our purpose to share our experience that I finally created myself.

60. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” ~ Johnathan Winters

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This is certainly one of the best motivational quotes that have to do with travel.

I often hear people complaining that they can never catch a break. But you know what? You can’t wait for things to happen, you have to make them happen.

61. “Without new experiences, something inside us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”

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Travel can awaken the giant within. It did for us!

62. “Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.” ~ Rick Watson

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Don’t get lost in the crowd. Be an individual. Think big and be brave. Stand out and live life to the fullest.

63. “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.”

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All my life, I worked hard and dreamed of what I might do one day when I retire. Once I learned that doing what you love is happiness. We don’t have to dream about what might be one day.

64. “Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.”

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Do you ever just stop and take a breath and look around? I am amazed at the little things. Too many of us wait until we are abroad to appreciate life and nature. Get out there now and start living today. From home!

65. “This heart of mine was made to travel this world”

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Dave and I feel that our hearts were truly made to travel the world. Even when we worked in the film industry, we were always planning our next trip.

66. “The Impulse to Travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life”

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It’s true. Whenever we have an upcoming trip, we always feel hopeful.

67. “Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost”

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Do you get lost when you travel? Or are you a planner? Here, the anonymous traveler quotes an idea to go with the flow, just the way we like it.

68. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” ~ John Green

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69. “Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” ~ Brenna Smith

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71. “The journey is my home.”

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Dave and I were on the road for seven solid years. We didn’t have a home. People often said to us that they couldn’t imagine not having a home base, but we felt at home on the road. We actually felt more at home on the road than at home.

Unique Travel Quotes

Not all of the best travel quotes are famous. We have dug deep down the rabbit hole of quotes to find some of the more unique quotes about travel out there. Enjoy!

71. “It’s a big world out there, it would be a shame not to experience it.”

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We got this traveling quote from our friend JD of EarthXplorer. Well said JD! There is no better piece of advice. I wish my niece and nephews listened to me when I told them this.

72. “You can shake the sand from your shoes, but not from your soul.”

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Whenever I read this quotation on travel, I always think of the singer Dido. Do you know that song ? “I’ve still got sand in my shoes and I can’t shake the thought of you.” When traveling to islands and beaches , this one always pops into my mind.

73. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” ~ Anonymous

Over the years we have had many people ask us, “how did we have the courage to do what we do.” Truthfully, we never thought too much about what could go wrong.

When we knew we wanted to cycle Africa or climb a mountain, we didn’t focus on what could go wrong, instead, we focused on the excitement and challenges ahead. So we recommend using this travel quote to help you overcome the “what ifs in life.”

74. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” ~ Hilaire Belloc

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When we first started traveling, people thought we were running away from things. But in truth, we were finding ourselves and we ran right toward our purpose in life. We have never felt so fulfilled as when we do when we’re traveling.

75. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.”

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We love traveling together and this is our favorite of all couple travel quotes. While we admire solo travelers we are so grateful to having someone to share special moments together.

76. “Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do, like breathing.” ~ Gayle Foreman

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People often say to us “Oh, you must be such great travelers!” and we say, It’s not about being good at something, it is about enjoying what you do. If you enjoyed your travels and if you have a good time, you did a good job!

77. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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As we get older, we have developed a deeper appreciation of the time we have on earth. After spending many years doing something we did NOT love, we realized that time goes by quickly and we have to make the most of our time.

Now that we have a passion for our careers and adventures, we understand even more how true this quote is.

78. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.”

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Dave and I often get lost when traveling and it is usually the times that we take a wrong turn that we have our greatest adventures.

Getting lost is part of the fun of travel, so don’t over plan too much when planning your travels.

79. “Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself.”

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When we started traveling we discovered so many new things about ourselves and each other.

By stepping out of our comfort zone and trying new things, travel helped us become better people and this quote is definitely true for us.

80. “Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” ~ Ralph Crawshaw

Best quotes about traveling stretching the mind

Travel expands the mind and without having to study or read books or take a course. We learn and grow without even trying when we travel.

81. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” ~ Anotole France

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Wow, this is certainly one of those deep travel quotes. But it is true! Humans are connected to the universe, when we get out and really travel, we feel that connection stronger.

82. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

best travel quotes All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware

How many times have you gone traveling and thought that you have it all planned out? But it’s the surprises and secret destinations along the way that really stick with you for the rest of your life.

83. “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” ~ Tim Cayhill

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People really do make the journey. We may only meet someone for a fleeting moment, but they often stay in our memories forever.

84. “Just Go. Go See all the Beauty in the World”

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Each day we are grateful that we get to live in this beautiful world.

Not only is the earth’s scenery awe-inspiring, but there is a beauty in the people, culture, and wildlife that we have experienced.

I love hearing travel quotes from my favorite celebrities and people in history. Check these ones out and see what you think.

85. “I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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We just love to travel. It doesn’t matter where. No matter where we go, we always learn something new.

86. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

87. “because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. climb that damn mountain.” ~ jack kerouak.

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We have our tasks and chores to do each day, but it is the unique challenges that come with an adventure that we will remember at the end of our lives. I want to be able to say “I climbed the mountain and I lived well.”

88. Paris is Always a Good Idea ~ Audrey Hepburn

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89. You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back ~ Paul Theroux

90. “you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ mae west.

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Ah, Mae West. I can just hear her saying this quote in that fabulous accent. I am sure she wasn’t talking about travel, but we can make anything related to travel quotes.

91. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” ~ Robert Frost

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Robert Frost said it best, if you take the road less traveled in life, you will probably see success. And when it comes to travel, you can find something amazing if you go off the beaten path.

92. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel next, to find ourselves.” ~ Pico Iyer

93. “once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ~ dalai lama.

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94. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

95. “the only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.” ~ henry david thoreau.

travel quotes - The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost ~ Henry David Thoreau

96. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it” ~ Charles Dudley Warner

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My favorite part of traveling is the anticipation. This captures that perfectly.

97.  “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

98. “keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ~ walt whitman.

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I have found that travel has helped me become an optimist. The more experiences I have, the more positive my life becomes.

99. “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” ~ Maya Angelou

100. “perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ~ maya angelou, 101. “the biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ oprah winfrey.

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It was Oprah Winfrey that got us hooked on inspiring quotes so how could we not finish off our best travel quotes list with words of wisdom by the Grand Dame of Show Biz, inspiration, and philanthropy? And it is definitely a great way to end.

Bonus Travel Quotes

And we leave you with not the most inspirational travel quote, but this one is practical for travel.

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”  – Susan Heller .

best travel qtuoes When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money

Not truer words have been said about packing. The best way to travel is to travel light. You can always buy something if you forgot it or need it, but seriously, chances are you probably won’t.

You’ll be surprised just how few clothes and accessories you’ll need to travel. So when packing for your next trip remember… When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. ~ Sir Richard Burton

best travel quotes Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.

It’s becoming more difficult to find unknown lands as the world shrinks in the age of Instagram and TikTok. But it is still possible, so start searching for those unknown lands today.

And I think to myself, what a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

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And we leave you with the wise words of Louis Armstrong. Seriously, do you ever just think to yourself, what a wonderful world? We do.

When we took our first travels in 2000, we felt a huge change in ourselves. Our lives were never the same. We never came all the way back, we have left a piece of ourselves around the world and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What are your favorite travel quotes? Now that we’ve got your wanderlust juices flowing, please share your favorite travel quotes in the comments below. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or inspiration, we hope these travel quotes have ignited your wanderlust!

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145 thoughts on “101 Best Travel Quotes in the World with Pictures”

Travel far, travel wide, and let your soul be your guide.”

Fantastic collection of travel quotes! Every single word goes well with the picture they’re pasted over. It is tough to say which one is the best travel quote.

Hi Dave and Deb,

I absolutely loved your article about the ultimate travel quotes! As someone who is always on the lookout for inspiration to travel, reading through these quotes made me feel excited and motivated to plan my next adventure. I especially loved the quote by Ibn Battuta that says “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” It perfectly captures the transformative power of travel and how it can change us in so many positive ways.

Overall, your article was beautifully written and showcased a diverse range of travel quotes that were both inspiring and thought-provoking.

great article.. and the quotes were really inspiring.. i loved them.. thanks for the quotes.. i literally took snaps from my phone and kept it safe for captions when i travel and post..

Very informative and eye catchy images. keep it up. thanks

Thanks for sharing these lovely informative travel quotes with pictures.

Really good post. I love all the travel quotes. thanks for the list.

What beautiful places, I will add them to my travel list with my husband this vacation!

The best way to learn and gain knowledge is through travel, and I admire your originality. Outstanding writing. I appreciate the post.

Awesome travel quotes. Great source of inspiration.

Lovely travel quotes with pictures. these quotes are inspirable for travelers. Thanks for sharing.

Awesome collection of quotes. These are very inspiring for travelers. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful quotations with us. Love this post.

I was searching for the best traveling quotes, and I came across your blog and read a few of them. Really, I like them all. It will be helpful for writing Instagram captions. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for a ‘Wonderful article’, so many reasons given to ‘make smiling a habit’!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”. Can add this too 🙂

It was nice to go through your post. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quotes here. Keep up the good work. https://www.cakesandbakes.in/stories/category/customized-cakes/

It would be great if the pandemic ended soon so I could travel again for adventures. Thank you for sharing your quotes.

Your quotes is one of the best quotes that i have seen. specially number 90 which is “you only live once,but if you do it right ,once is enough” is best. Thanks to you for sharing such a nice things.

Great! Thanks for sharing really

Hi, Dave and Deb really I appreciate your creativity. Fantastic writing. Thanks

My favourite: You travel to see things and visit places – but what you remember when you come back home is the people you met…..

Who said so?

Great Words

I was looking for the best quotes for travelling and after getting your blog, I read some quotes. Really i like these all quotes. It will be helpful to me for write Instagram caption. Good job and keep sharing!

Wonderful collection

I was hoping the pandemic will end up so I can free travel again for adventure. Thanks a lot for sharing your collection qoutes.

Thanks for the travel quotes. I’m going to save some and print them out. My favorite is like a lot of people here. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. This year has proven that. We can’t sit around all day and be happy. Let’s make it an adventure.

My choices for the best travel quotes are: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all Travel makes one modest you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

Great travel quotes, although I don’t get this one… The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Does travel give you new eyes or do you have to have your eyes open before traveling? Hmm, things to think about.

These really are inspirational travel quotes. I love this one by Anthony Bourdain. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

These are the best travel quotes I’ve seen! What a list! And thank you for the pictures. This phrase “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Really puts it all into perspective. When you travel (really travel, not as a tourist) you understand that you are not the center of the universe. And I agree travel really does make you richer. Thanks

Wow! What a list of inspirational travel quotes. I’m going to print these off to get motivated and start saving for travels. Here’s to traveling the world! My favourites are Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore But I agree with you, it should be “people”

Thanks for the inspiration with these travel quotes. I am looking forward to traveling again!

Amazing list of travel quotes!! Truly inspiring. Keep up the great work!!

Those are amazing travel quotes, thanks for sharing! My favourite is “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” by the Dalai Lama. May I share your picture of it on my social media? Of course, I’d mention that it belongs to you. Thanks and have a great day?

These are beautiful words to live by. Experience life and adventure.

Loved it: “KEEP YOUR FACE ALWAYS TOWARD THE SUNSHINE – AND SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU.”

Congrats on the article and keep it updated! Love the one of: “Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” Travel is a mix of feeling with sometimes the fear of get lose but feeling free at the same time.

I wish you all a good holidays/travels for this 2021, if pandemics let us for sure! Keeping healthy is priority

Really amazing post on travel quotes, thanks for sharing these lovely quotes. And this particular quote “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.” is the perfect example of happiness. Please keep sharing these types of posts. Thanks once again

Really this is a great post I love that quote. It’s short and sweet and right to the point. I always find that it is the journey that can be life-changing and that offers me the most inspiration. Thanks for you

traveling is my hobby. I love traveling thanks for sharing this post

I personally believe that all travelers must pick inspiring travel quotes in there mind. It helps to enjoy the trip. I always do the same for me. By the way a fantastic 101 travel quotes list.

Thank you, Dave and Deb, for this collection. I read all 101.

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed these trafel quotes. Do you have a favourite?

I love to travel but these quotes make me so dizzy. I wish I had wings!!!

Thank you for sharing such a large collection of quotes, during quarantine this is an excuse to distract a little)

I am glad we could distract you a little bit. I find travel quotes to be so inspiring. They often relate to other things in lie as well. All the best to you!

Great article had fun reading it anyway my personal fav is “It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end”

I love that quote. It’s short and sweet and right to the point. I always find that it is the journey that can be life changing and that offers me the most inspirations.

My travels should be the freedom of your dreams…!!!

Thanks for sharing! I hadn’t heard this travel quote before! Cheers.

I love seeing the combinations of quotes matched with photos. I really should do this with a lot of our travel photos so I have something to look at and continually motivate me to keep adventuring and taking the path less followed.

Thanks! We actually had these travel quotes in a vault for years before finally posting them into one article. We used to share daily travel quotes on Instagram and Twitter and then a few years ago we decided that one comprehensive post would be a better idea. So we rounded them up and put them in. Quotes really are great motivators.

Yup, I agree, these quotes are nothing but brilliant.

Love it. Would save a few on my notebook, so that it can be a source of inspiration for me when I am actually traveling and need some inspirational juice.

Love this blog, may come back later to read other parts 🙂

Thanks so much for the kind words. I love having quotes handy for inspiration. Especially in these trying times. I used to keep sticky notes posted around the house for motivation. I think I’m going to have to do that again now that we are home more often (at least for a bit:)

This is another awesome post with loads of inspiring travel quotes. Thanks. 🙂

Thanks so much! We appreciate the kind words. Do you have a favourite? Or do you have any unique travel quotes to share? We always love finding new ones to inspire.

We have nothing to lose and a word to see!.

I love this! I assume that is “world to see?’. It’s another fantastic short travel quote that is completely to the point. Thanks for sharing.

wow!! It’s was quite overwhelming to read all these travel quotes. some of them which got stuck to my mind are- i) “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD IS, OF COURSE, THE WORLD ITSELF.” – WALLACE STEVENS ii)“TRAVELING ALLOWS YOU TO BECOME SO MANY DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF YOURSELF.” iii)“I HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THERE AIN’T NO SURER WAY TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOU LIKE PEOPLE OR HATE THEM THAN TO TRAVEL WITH THEM.” ~ MARK TWAIN iv) “TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW YOU WILL BE MORE DISAPPOINTED BY THE THINGS YOU DIDN’T DO THAN BY THE ONES YOU DID DO” ~ H. JACKSON BROWN JR

Those are fantastic! My favourite is “I HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THERE AIN’T NO SURER WAY TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOU LIKE PEOPLE OR HATE THEM THAN TO TRAVEL WITH THEM.” ~ MARK TWAIN” We have found this out first hand in our travels and there is no truer travel quote 😀

Didn’t see this one above but it’s one of my favorites and from a very well traveled Nat Geo photographer:

“Ibn Battuta never dwells on what drove him on.

Curiosity? Perhaps . . . More likely it was a quest for knowledge.

One never seduced by a foreign culture cannot appreciate the fetters of his own. Life, after all, is a journey – a voyage of discovery.

Why not take the high road?”

Thomas Abercrombie, National Geographic

Thanks for sharing, that’s a great message. I love finding new words of wisdom.

travel makes your mind opened wider than before dudes. so, let’s go to explore

Is that your own quote? I love it. It’s perfect, straightforward and bang on. Thanks for sharing.

My favourite quote isn’t above. “The Journey Is the Destination” Sorry, I don’t know the source. Jules (46 countries and still counting.)

Congratulations on the wonderful travels Jules! I love that quote too. I remember Aerosmith sang “Life’s a journey not a destination” and that always stuck with me as well. It is a very wise phrase.

I have really loved all the quotes, they speak into our lives. Thank you so much.

Thank you! I am glad that you scrolled through them all. All the best to you!

Travel is exciting. Your blog is great. I am very fascinated.

Thank you very much! all the best to you!

Awesome list of quotes. Thanks for sharing.

nice article dave and deb, really amazing to read…

Lovely collection of travel quotes, but you miss something in this. So, i share the new collection of Travel Quotes and Sayings. Please check and share your reviews.

Awesome quotes, my favorite is “great things never came from comfort zones” .

These quotes are mind blowing.i want to go all of the dream places.thanks for the uploads good stuff

thank you for giving me wonderful information

Best Travel quotes I found on this website. Thank you…!!

Thanks for sharing traveling quotes.

Thanks for these quotes…. To me, traveling is my life.

Hey, Thanks for this article I love traveling. In these blogs lots of ideas, motivational thoughts as well as photos that I have to get inspired. Thank You

“ Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer

I love this! Thank so much for sharing.

Thanks, Great list of quotes for travelers.

Thanks! We love gathering travel quotes

Inspiring travel quotes, thanks for sharing them with us.

Nice, I’m a professional photographer and these travel quotes work great. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

Thanks very much for the kind words. That means a lot coming from a fellow photographer

Waving a big hello to you, friend! I like the “35. Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness” Looking forward to more recap posts from you!

A Big hello right back at ya! I love that quote too and the pride of the lion really captures the feeling.

I am so much motivated to travel, because of these quotes.

Awesome! So glad we could motivate you with these traveling quotes!

Travel is the best way to rejoin the world with your eyes.

Great list of quotes for travelers.

Nice Quotes, I like “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

Thanks for the post. “Don’t listen to what they say, Go see” is my favorite quote.

All are the best travel quotes, I have read in my life. Yes, Travelling provide a new direction and new motive to live a happy life. As I am concerned, Travel teaches various new lesson about life experiences, a strong will power for understanding others people.

This is just an amazing list! One of my favorite quotes is: “It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

The quotes are very cool.please keep writing. Thanks.

This is fantastic. Nice inspirational images with the nice line. I really appreciate your work

Really wonderful quotes I love seeing the combinations of quotes matched with photos.

I love this! It’s one thing to read a quote, but having an image attached really helps you to FEEL the quote.

I am so much motivated to travel, because of these quotes. Thanks for sharing…

First of all, thanks for sharing these lovely quotes. And this particular quote “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.” is the perfect example of happiness. Please keep sharing these type of posts.

Nice article and thanks for sharing! There are many good quotes in between but I think this is my favorite “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been with.”

We love reading travel quotes too – always a great source of inspiration!

Thanks, PlanetD You are Amazing …

These all quotes are amazing ”” I like to read again and again

Best quotes ever, i’ll use them in my travel blog! Keep it up

1. “You might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all the other love irrelevant”. 2. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you”. 3. “I din’t leave because I stopped loving you I left because the longer I stayed the less i loved myself”.

Quotes to motivate you by Rupi Kaur.

Great article travel is life , birth to death you get all the experiences comes from people and you meet with people with help of travel. Travel is major part of our life live life travelish.

this whole post was amazing especially the pictures

Great collection of quotes! May I add another favorite quote of mine from John Galliano? ” I’m passionate and I travel the world not just as a tourist but to understand cultures… I’ve lived with Masai tribe… I travel the world and bring it back in the form of a research book that would become the starting point for the collection. ” John Galliano

Great list of travel quotes!

Awesome quotes collection. Thanks for sharing such an amazing quotes stuff.

Very nice quotes.

Amazing quotes! That is true, nothing great can happen until we get out of the comfort zone. It’s just it can be so hard to take a first step and a lack of motivation is not really helping 🙂 But I think these quotes can give all the motivation and inspiration a person needs to start living a new exciting life. Thank you for posting!

Awesome post! I love all of these! Great blog too, really inspiring ?? I have just taken the plunge and started a travel blog. Ohh!

Thanks for sharing such a great collection bank of quotes,

I truly loved this post! And your images are unbelievable! I have traveled to Morocco a few times, but never during in winter. I did travel to Turkey during winter and it was not difficult at all to find best places for visit, like you said, it is fairly an exciting time to travel and the energy is really superior. Thanks to this post, I am not wanting to going back to Morocco!

inspiring quotes <3.. i also do blog about them regularly to remind me of bits and wisdom of life.

”I DONT WANT TO BE A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE RATHER I WANT TO BE A TRAVELLER OF MY LIFE……

Wonderful quotes I love seeing the combinations of quotes matched with photos. I really should do this with a lot of our travel photos so I have something to look at and continually motivate me to keep adventuring and taking the path less followed. Really thanks for sharing such beautiful quotes.

Thank you! Really good post and alive.

I love travel quotes…so inspiring and full of insight. Great collection.

Best quote is ” Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zone ” that is my motto too

” A JOURNEY IS BEST MEASURED IN FRIENDS RATHER THAN MILES ” this my favo quote 😀 share it if care it

Nice collection of inspiring travel quotes! I like it when one uses own pictures as inspiration for those quotes 🙂 One of my favourite quotes is “a ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are built for”. When browsing the internet for more info about this quote, I came across a poem with this quote in, and it’s really beautiful. I think at least 🙂 Here’s the link to that poem: http://www.thetravellingchilli.com/2014/11/ship-safe-harbour-thats-ships-built/

Thanks for this nice post!

You miss 100% of every shot you don’t take.–Wayne Gretzky This is how I live my life and view travel. I cannot see the world if I don’t take the shot to get out there.

That is an amazing one! And from a fellow Canuck! I’m going to use that if you don’t mind. I’ll be sure to tag you when I do! thanks for sharing.

Oh, I love this! It’s one thing to read a quote, but having an image attached really helps you to FEEL the quote. My favorite is the one about getting “lost in the right direction.” I feel that way very often 🙂

Thanks Jessica. It’s one of my favourite things to do each day. look for inspiring quotes and then look through Dave’s photos to match them up.

Travel is the best form of education!

Agreed! We’ve always said that is the best way to learn about culture, history, politics…so much!

Hi.! Thanks for sharing this lovely informations with pictures…I feel like saving them for futures references and facebook sharing…ofcourse your link will be there 🙂

Thank you. If you could credit ThePlanetD on facebook when you do that would be fabulous. Cheers!

Wow!! It is Very good through. I love to read that type thought. I am getting a good inspiration. thanks for sharing nice views.

So happy to hear we could inspire you! Cheers.

Really good post and alive photos! all photos are so nice, Our life is too short but we can make it very nice and most enjoyable to tour nice places in the world, Thanks for your nice post and some alive photos, have a enjoyable life!

Thank you! We enjoy putting the photos with the quotes, it helps them to come alive I think.

A couple on here I’ve not heard before.

My favourite quote is “Cover the earth before it covers you.” 🙂

That’s fantastic Raymond. I hadn’t heard of that one either! I’m glad that we could introduce you to a few new ones. I’m always trying to find new inspiration, but often it’s the oldies that are the goodies 🙂

Thank you! We enjoy putting the photos with the quotes

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101 Travel Quotes That Don’t Suck (+ Free Printables)

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Travel quotes are a guilty pleasure of mine, and as your friendly neighbourhood (insufferable) travel blogger, it should come as no surprise that I do indeed keep a secret shame folder of my favourite travel quotes that inspire me.

… And today, I’m unleashing the flood gates!

Read on for a full list of my favourite travel quotes, with hopefully some that are less common and less uhm… “live laugh love”, yenno?

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Save this list of travel quotes for later!

You’ll be very glad you did.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite travel quote is! Also, because this is the Internet, it’s entirely possible that some quotes are misattributed. Tell me in the comments if you notice any mistakes! All quotes without attribution are  “unknown” (or you know, most likely from a cheesy Pinterest graphic)

My Personal Favourite Travel Quotes

Of all the travel quotes floating around the interwebs, these are my personal favourites that really nail the emotions and joy I link to travel.

Many will (hopefully) be travel sayings you haven’t heard before. I hope you like them as much as I do!

1. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” –  Bill Bryson

2. “Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” –  Pico Iyer

3. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” – Judith Thurman

4. “It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and whats happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

6. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

7. “There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.”- Charlotte Eriksson

8. “This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive, as feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.” – Roman Payne

9. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry

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Funny Travel Quotes

Let’s start the rest of this collection off with a laugh!

Most travel quotes are mildly cheesy and inspirational, so I collected a few that don’t take themselves too seriously. Here are some of my favourite funny travel quotes for you:

10. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations.” – Elizabeth Drew

11. “Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” – Mercedes Lackey

12. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

13. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”  – Susan Heller

14. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

15. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

16. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

17. The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist. – Russell Baker

18. “Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” – Jerry Seinfeld

19. “If an ass goes travelling, he’ll not come home a horse.” – Thomas Fuller

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Road Trip Quotes

Despite always falling asleep and panic-crying when I get the navigation wrong, I love road trips! Here are some road trip quotes that will get you jazzed for your next big trip:

20. “The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen

21. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan

22. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” – Angela N. Blount

23. “It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.” – John Green

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Travel Quotes that Will Make You Say “True Dat”

Get ready to nod aggressively in agreement with these truth bomb travel quotes:

24. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

25. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

26. “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

27. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” -Mark Twain

28. ”Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”

29. “There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die.”

30. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

31. “Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself.”

32. “Of all the books in all the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”

33. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

34. ”Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn

35. “I would rather own a little and see the world, than own the world and see a little of it.”

36. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

37. “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

38. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley

39. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

40. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. ” – Lin Yutang

41. “Traveling — it gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.” – Ibn Battuta

42. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust

43. “Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”

44. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

45. “Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” – Brenna Smith

46. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

47. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

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Travel Quotes that Will Make You Go “YASSSS”

These travel sayings are here to get you FIRED UP! Enjoy my favourite travel quotes that will make you feel all empowered and stuff.

48. “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

49. “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Unknown

50. “If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

51. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

52. “Blessed are the curious for they will have adventures.”

53. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

54. “If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: it’s lethal.” – Paul Coelho

55. “There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.”

56. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

57. “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” – John Amatt

58. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends” –  Maya Angelou

59. “Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr Seuss

60. “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” – Ray Bradbury

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Short Travel Quotes

The following travel sayings keep it short and ultra-quotable. Think of them as a limitless bank of great travel captions for Instagram 😉 Best accompanied with a vaguely related emoji.

61. “Life is short and the world is wide.”

62. “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.”

63. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

64. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

65. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde

66. ”Adventure awaits. Go find it.”

67. “Fear is only temporary. Regrets last forever.”

68. ”The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.”

69. ”Do more than just exist.”

70. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac

71. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

72. “The journey itself is my home.” – Bashō Matsuo

73. “I may be going nowhere, but what a ride.” – Shaun Hick

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Travel with Friends Quotes

Is there any greater joy than the ability to travel with friends? Yes, the ability to travel solo. Lol jokes… kind of.

Anyways, here are some travel quotes related to friendship if you’re looking for something to half-heartedly sprawl into a birthday card 😉

74. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

75. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.”

76. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

77. “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

78. “Everyone needs someone who will call and say ‘get dressed, we’re going on an adventure'”.

79. “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”

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Long (but Awesome) Travel Quotes

A lot of travel sayings out there are short and snappy, but sometimes I love digging into longer travel quotes that are eloquently phrased and perfectly nail an emotion I or thought I’m not able to describe myself.

The following are some of my favourite long travel quotes. Sure they don’t fit on a T-Shirt, but dayum they’re great to read!

80. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

81. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” – Pico Iyer

82. “Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.” – Charlotte Eriksson

83. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett

84. “No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” – Patrick Rothfuss

85. “Every place is a goldmine. You have only to give yourself time, sit in a teahouse watching the passers-by, stand in a corner of the market, go for a haircut. You pick up a thread – a word, a meeting, a friend of a friend of someone you have just met – and soon the most insipid, most insignificant place becomes a mirror of the world, a window on life, a theatre of humanity.” – Tiziano Terzani

86. “They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things– I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.” – Lisa Ann Sandell

87. “The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.” – Florence Luscomb

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Reassuring Travel Quotes

88. ”Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” – Ewan McGregor

89. “Great things never came from comfort zones.”

90. “The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.” ― Aaron Lauritsen

90. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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Quotes Describing the Wonder of Travel

I felt like these three travel quotes needed a category of their own. I just love the way they capture the wonder/joy of travel! Do you agree?

91. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

92. “Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience— buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello—become new all over again.” – Anthony Doerr

93. “Real traveling is not about visiting places but ‘re-visiting’ our inner-self.” –  Sorrab Singha

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Overused AF (but Still Inspirational) Travel Quotes

Okay, and now, last but not least, I bring you THE most over-used travel quotes of all time. Some of them honestly make my skin crawl, but hey, I can admit they’re pretty darn inspirational (and of course, I couldn’t do a travel quotes roundup without them).

Just try to imagine them out of their typical context of inspirational mugs or T-shirts and you’ll be fine.

94. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

95. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

96. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

97. The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page.” – St. Augustine

98. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

99. “Travel. As much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”

100. “I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.”

101. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”

Did I miss any of your favourite travel quotes?

I hope you enjoyed that epic roundup of my favourite travel quotes! Now your turn – drop me a comment if I’ve left out any of your favourites.

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80+ travel quotes to inspire your next adventure.

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Between vacations, many daydream about what adventures the next trip holds. You can spend your days switching back and forth from looking at your favorite travel photos to trying to go about your day to day life. But a few friendly reminders that the next adventure is closer than you think can help you put your wanderlust to rest. And one of the best distractions comes with this list of travel quotes. Pick your favorite from the collection below and use it to inspire your next trip!

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Once you find your top picks from the quotes listed below, make sure to put them to use. Consider creating something special that will help you keep your favorite travel memories alive with the project ideas below:

  • Luggage Tag : Make custom luggage tags for you and the family that highlight exactly how much you’re ready to hop on a plane.
  • Travel Gifts : Personalized gifts and keepsakes make perfect opportunities to highlight your favorite travel quotes.
  • Travel Photo Books : Once you’re ready to fill the pages of a photo book with all your favorite vacation photos, consider adding a few of your top quote picks for captions!
  • Kids Travel Essentials : Check out our kids travel essentials and customize your favorites with fun family photos from your last vacation.

These travel quotes are as hilarious as they are true. Pick your favorite to send to a friend or to use in your next Instagram caption.

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  • “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
  • “Work, Travel, Save, Repeat.” – Unknown
  • “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller
  • “Can we just skip to the part of my life where I travel the world?” – Unknown
  • “Vacation calories don’t count. Right?” – Unknown
  • “I want someone to look at me the way I look at a travel magazine.” – Unknown
  • “I need six months of vacation, twice a year.” – Unknown
  • “The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” – Russell Baker
  • “I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.” – Bob Hope
  • “Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.” – Susan Sontag

These inspirational travel quotes will remind you of the transformational experience traveling can be. They also look great on a travel mug .

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  • “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
  • “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
  • The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens
  • “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
  • “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
  • “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
  • “A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”  – Pico Iyer
  • “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
  • “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

They’re short, they’re sweet, and they’re oh-so-true. These short travel quotes will have you wanting to be back on a beach in no time.

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  • “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty
  • “To Travel is to Live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  • “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman
  • “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle
  • “Live your life by a compass not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
  • “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
  • “Life is short and the world is wide.” – Unknown
  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

These famous minds knew exactly how addicting travel can be, and we want to share their insights with you.

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  • “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
  • “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green
  • “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo
  • “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
  • “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
  • “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
  • “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Mark Twain Travel Quotes

  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  • “Travel is  fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain
  • “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
  • “It liberates the vandal to travel — you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.” – Mark Twain

Anthony Bourdain Travel Quotes

  • “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
  • “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain
  • “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn.” – Anthony Bourdain
  • “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

Do you love solo travel? If so, these adventure quotes were made just for you. And don’t be afraid to share them with other fellow travelers who don’t mind the occasional solo adventure.

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  • “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
  • “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert
  • “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell
  • “Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.” – Mark Jenkins
  • “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
  • “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
  • “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” – The Dhammapada

Whether it’s with your Dad, your sister, your friend, or your significant other– these travel together quotes are sure to remind you of all the wonderful memories you shared together.

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Couple Travel Quotes

  • “I would like to travel the world with you twice. Once to see the world. Twice, to see the way you see the world.” – Anonymous
  • “It doesn’t matter where you are going. It matters who is beside you.” – Anonymous
  • “Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?” – Walt Whitman
  • “What we find in a soul mate is not something to tame, but something wild to run with.” – Robert Brault
  • “Go the distance, couples who travel together are more likely to stay together and feel more connected.” – Anonymous
  • “Here’s to all the places we went. And here’s to all the places we ‘ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you.” – Anonymous

Family Travel Quotes

  • “When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.” – Helen Hayes
  • “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” – A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  • “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures” – Lewis Carroll
  • “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring!” – Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
  • “The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories” – Og Mandino

Travel With Friends Quotes

  • “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
  • “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton
  • “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
  • “I get a friend to travel with me… I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
  • “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.” – Anonymous
  • “Friends that travel together, stay together.” – Anonymous

If you want to document your travel experiences on social media, we have the Instagram captions for you. Use these short and fun travel captions for Instagram to share how you spent your vacation.

  • An adventure a day keeps the doctor away.
  • Left my heart in [insert city here].
  • Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
  • I have not been everywhere yet, but it’s on my list.
  • The tan will fade, but the memories will last forever.
  • “Jet lag is for amateurs.” – Dick Clark
  • I follow my heart … and it usually leads me to the airport.
  • Life is not meant to be lived in one place.
  • Always say yes to new adventures.
  • BBN: Be back never.
  • Always take the scenic route.
  • Eating my way through [or insert city or country here]
  • “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller

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151 Best Travel Quotes That Will Inspire Wanderlust

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As we prepare to travel again, there are fun ways we can keep our wanderlust alive, all while sitting at home. Cue staycations and inspiring travel quotes! 

Maybe you have a travel quote painted on your wall, as a decal on your bumper, or tattooed on your forearm. No matter the situation, whether it be during times of travel or travel journaling , travel quotes are a great reminder of life, love, and adventure .

Here are the 151 best travel quotes that will inspire the wanderlust in you.

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Inspirational Travel Quotes

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

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“I don’t know the question, but travel is definitely the answer.” – Unknown

“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.” – Unknown

“Travel like Gandhi, with simple clothes, open eyes, and an uncluttered mind.” – Rick Steves

“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – T. S. Eliot

“Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before.” – The Dalai Lama

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

“There are seven days in the week, and someday isn’t one of them.” – Unknown

“Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” – Mohamed

“Life is like a camera: you focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negative and if things do not work out, take another shot.” – Unknown

“Discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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“Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” – Holly Morris

“I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” – Ricky Skaggs

“Wanderlust isn’t about running away from it all.  It’s about experiencing the outside to discover the inside.” – Unknown

“Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.” – Anonymous

“People don’t take trips. . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

“Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

“Travel leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibu Battuta

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” – Peter Hoeg

“Of all the books in all the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” – Unknown

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” – Chinese Proverb

“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shant

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

“Add life to your days, not days to your life.” – Unknown

“Life is short and the world is wide.” – Simon Raven

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Glenn Clark

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“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“So much of who we are is where we have been.” – William Langewiesche

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place… but nothing ever grows there.” – Anonymous

“Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient.” – Grace Lichtenstein

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty

“We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ― Jawaharial Nehru

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told.” – Alan Keightley

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anaïs Nin

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

“Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

“At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.” – Arthur Frommer

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but it is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

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“Veni, Vini, Amavi. We came, we saw, we loved.” – Unknown

“This is what holidays, travels, vacations are about. It is not really rest or even leisure we chase. We strain to renew our capacity to wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.” – Shana Alexander

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” — Erol Ozan

“The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen, “100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip”

“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.” – Rosalía de Castro 

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

“The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

“Traveling is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

“Cover the earth, before it covers you.” – Dagobert D. Runes

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Funny Travel Quotes

“The best way to know a city is to eat it.” – Scott Westerfeld

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“If you think adventure is dangerous try routine, it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles M. Schulz

“ Jet lag is for amateurs.” – Dick Clark

 “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.” – Henry Youngman

“I travel a lot, I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s saying ‘I would stay and love you but I have to go, this is my station.’” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

“I crossed a time zone and I feel younger already. If I keep traveling west, I can become immortal.” – Jarod Kintz

“If anyone is Christmas shopping for me, I’m a size window seat in plane tickets.” – Anonymous

“I wish I was a postcard. For under a dollar, I could travel to any location in the world.” – Anonymous

“I would totally give up travel, but I’m not a quitter.” – Anonymous

“Road trips require a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes – oh, and directions.” – Jenn McKinlay

“My fear of flying starts as soon as I buckle myself in and then the guy up front mumbles a few unintelligible words then before I know it I’m thrust into the back of my seat by acceleration that seems way too fast and the rest of the trip is an endless nightmare of turbulence, of near misses. And then the cabbie drops me off at the airport.” – Dennis Miller

Witty Instagram Captions

Rome stole a pizza my heart.

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Stuck somewhere between “I need to save” and “you only live once”.

Friend: Let’s go to Bora Bora. Me: Man, I wanna go, but I’m pora pora.

It’s bad manners to let vacation wait!

Travel! Before you run out of time…

Moher photos, please.

Always take the scenic route.

An adventure a day keeps the doctor away.

Catch flights, not feelings.

Enjoy your vacation! Right baguette ya!

Good times and tan lines.

You used to call me on my shell phone…

Seek to sea more.

Eiffel in love in Paris.

I follow my heart … and it usually leads me to the airport.

Maybe you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy plane tickets!

It feels good to be lost in the right direction.

Paris, I hope our paths will croissant again.

Friend Travel Quotes

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

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“It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.” – Unknown

“Life was meant for great adventures and close friends.” – Unknown

 “ Friends that travel together, stay together.” – Unknown

“There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with.” – Kristen Sarah

“True friends never apart maybe in distance never in heart.” – Helen Keller

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world & the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“The more I traveled, the more I realized fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

“I get a friend to travel with me… I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie The Pooh

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” – Unknown

“Wherever it is you may be, it is your friends who make your world.” – Chris Bradford

“When you get lost in a really strange place, nothing is more comforting than finding your friend whom you trust and can show the way.” – Toba Beta

Anthony Bourdain Travel Quotes

“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

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“Travel changes you. 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.” – Anthony Bourdain

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” – Anthony Bourdain

“I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Plans should be ephemeral, so be prepared to move away from them.” – Anthony Bourdain

“I think food , culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Mark Twain Travel Quotes

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

“The funniest things are forbidden.” – Mark Twain

“It liberates the vandal to travel — you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.” – Mark Twain 

“There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” – Mark Twain 

“Take the universe as a whole, and it is a very clever conception and quite competently carried out, but I don’t think much of this globe as a work of art. It would have been better to take more time to it and do it right, it seems to me, than to rush it through, helter-skelter, in six days, just for reputation.” – Mark Twain 

“The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass.” – Mark Twain

“It is a subject that is bound to stir the pulses of any man one talks seriously to about, for in this age of inventive wonders all men have come to believe that in some genius’ brain sleeps the solution of the grand problem of aerial navigation — and along with that belief is the hope that that genius will reveal his miracle before they die, and likewise a dread that he will poke off somewhere and die himself before he finds out that he has such a wonder lying dormant in his brain.” – Mark Twain

Jack Kerouac Travel Quotes

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. ” – Jack Kerouac

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“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” ― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”

“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac, “Desolation Angels”

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”

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40 Magical And Inspirational Walt Disney Quotes

Walt Disney said some of the most magical and memorable things in his lifetime that still inspire people to this day.

This post has all of the best Walt Disney quotes and you’re going to love reading through them.

There are quotes about Disneyland, life, being an animator, and more.

1. “If you can dream it you can do it.”

2. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

3. “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

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4. “All our dreams come true if we face the courage to pursue them.”

5. “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

6. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

7. “To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

8. “Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.”

9. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

10. “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”

11. “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

12. “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”

13. “You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”

14. “I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.”

15. “We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have tun- together.”

16. “All the adversity l’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world tor you.”

17. “We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”

18. “A man should never neglect his family for business.”

19. “I believe in being an innovator.”

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20. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

21. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know now to get along without it.”

22. “Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”

23. “When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”

24. “I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.”

25. “I do not like to repeat successes, l like to go on to other things.”

26. “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.”

27. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

28. “Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.”

29. “We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.”

30. “Whenever | go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.”

31. “Disneyland is a show.”

32. “Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.”

33. “I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.”

34. “Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.”

35. “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

36. “Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.”

37. “I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.”

38. “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”

39. “Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”

40. “People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing i lit a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.”

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Gentle parenting was sucking out the joy of being a mom. Now I have a trial and error approach.

  • I wanted to use gentle parenting every time my first child threw a tantrum. 
  • Gentle parenting was not only not working for us, but it was sucking the joy out of having kids.
  • I want my two kids to see me as a whole person, so I do a trial and error approach now instead. 

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The first time my toddler threw a tantrum, it caught me off guard. She swiped her bowl of pasta to the ground (something she usually likes) and demanded a "peanut butter sammich" instead.

I froze, wracking my brain for parenting scripts and advice on how to handle this situation. She had eaten a peanut butter sandwich earlier that day, and I wanted to maintain this boundary.

After validating her emotions (twice) and offering two different preferred foods that she swatted from my hands, I felt defeated and perplexed. By this point, my toddler had hummed her sippy cup at the wall and wriggled out of her high chair straps.

"What now?" my husband asked over her anguished shrieks.

"I don't know," I conceded.

I thought about what I had learned about gentle parenting

The voices of gentle parenting experts — more accurately, the Instagram posts by certain accounts such as Big Little Feelings and Responsive Parenting — ran on loops in my mind.

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But what happens when gentle parenting doesn't work? Is it so bad to offer a bribe or just say no? How will our children learn that pitching a fit won't get them what they want? And, more importantly, what about my experience as a parent? Does it need to be this hard?

As we waded deeper into toddlerhood, it became clear that on top of being impractical, gentle parenting was sucking all of the joy out of parenthood. Daily transitions made me anxious. Day care drop-offs, trips to the park, and even walks in the stroller became potential hotbeds.

I gave up on gentle parenting

I officially gave up on gentle parenting when my second daughter was born, leaving me with two kids under two. I simply couldn't afford to spend precious time and energy obsessing over my toddler's emotional well-being at my own expense.

Gentle parenting is gentle on kids but hard on parents . It centers the child's emotional experience, mandating that the parent shrink to make space for the child's "big emotions." Saying things like "that made mommy sad" is forbidden. And, to make things worse, there's a mob of gentle parenting cult followers on social media just waiting to take you down if (when) you mess up.

In hindsight, I've always been a gentle parenting skeptic . As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, the notion that kids shouldn't know how their behavior affects others, including adults, seems counterintuitive. Recognizing social cues and predicting other people's emotional states is something we target in therapy as kids grow older.

I want to enjoy my kids

I want my daughters to see me as a whole person, and I don't want to resent them for allowing myself to become their emotional (or physical) punching bag. Moreover, I want to enjoy parenthood and offer myself the same compassion that I extend to my kids.

So, I've exchanged gentle parenting for a more lighthearted, trial-and-error approach. I've gotten off social media and stopped obsessing over every parenting interaction. Now, I can bring my daughter to the park or the beach without worrying about how I'll get her back into the car. I no longer dread dinnertime for fear of a high-stakes negotiation.

My new parenting motto is that life is too short to take myself or my kids too seriously. I only have one shot at being a mom, and I don't want to waste it trying to be perfect. Instead, I want to soak in all the joy I can.

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Biden's NATO news conference was actually fine, 'Vice President Trump' aside

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President Joe Biden ended a three-day NATO summit Thursday with a rare-for-him news conference that was, depending on the media outlet you watch, either “high stakes,” “pivotal,” or, as Joy Reid said on MSNBC, “The most important media appearance in Joe Biden’s very long political career.”

As it turns out, it was just regular — Biden doing Biden things, like using 10 words where one would do, but also showing a command of foreign policy that was impressive, especially given the apparent worry that he wouldn’t be able to string two sentences together.

“A lot of this struck me as just very normal, and I think that is something that he needed,” Reid said afterwards.

'Vice President Trump' was an unfortunate gaffe

And none of that is going to matter.

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Because Biden also did another Biden thing: He made two major flubs during the day.

Earlier, when introducing Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the summit, Biden called him “President Putin.” He caught himself, but the timing, given the incredible media scrutiny, was unfortunate for Biden, to say the least. Asked about it during the news conference, Biden laughed it off and defended the work of the NATO conference.

Then, while answering the first question of the news conference about Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden said, “Look, I wouldn’t have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if I didn’t think she was qualified to be president.”

Guess what’s getting all the headlines.

Biden gave eight minutes of prepared remarks and then took more than 50 minutes to answer 11 questions, more than pundits were predicting before the news conference began. A lot of his answers went pretty deep into the weeds of foreign policy. He did call on a prearranged list of reporters, but he stuck around and answered an extra question. He also repeatedly defended his fitness for the job.

It doesn’t seem like it is going to be enough, at least from the media’s perspective.

“He didn’t have the catastrophic failure he had at the debate,” Democratic strategist Paul Begala said on CNN. “But he also didn’t have the same sort of command he had at his inaugural.”

The post-game coverage, so to speak, showed just how much scrutiny every word Biden utters from now on will be under. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is off at rallies uttering nonsense.

It’s not that this isn’t covered — the New York Times, in an editorial Thursday, called the former president “unfit to lead.” But Trump’s gaffes, lies, and misstatements have somehow been factored into his personality and candidacy.

Is there anything Biden can do to satisfy Democrats?

Or, as Van Jones put it on CNN, “Any mistake (Biden) makes is a headline, and Donald Trump continues to say crazy stuff, and nobody even notices. That’s a tough situation for him to be in.”

Biden seems to know it. Pressed on why he won’t take a cognitive test, Biden said at the news conference, “No matter what I did, no one’s going to be satisfied.”

Fox News wasn’t, but that’s hardly a surprise. Panels are usually a bane on cable news shows, but Fox News could have used one right off the bat. Instead, we got noted gasbag Jesse Watters, who naturally dug in on the gaffes. Later, he had U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a former Trump critic turned sycophant, on, and he was breathing fire.

“This needs to stop,” Graham thundered. “I’m tired of being told there’s nothing wrong with Joe Biden. Do you want him in a room with Putin or (President) Xi (Jinping of China)? I wouldn’t let the guy buy me a car. This was a car wreck, it was a train wreck, it was misleading. We need the president of the United States to take a neurological exam.”

Would it be enough? Some stories take on their own momentum . It’s not clear at this point that Biden can convince doubtful Democrats that he is up to the task of defeating Trump. But he’s going to keep trying. He’ll sit for an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News on Monday, even as CBS News reports that dozens of Democratic lawmakers will ask Biden to step aside.

And the cycle will continue.

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Michael Mosley’s widow speaks of family’s ‘overwhelming’ grief

Dr Claire Bailey Mosley says family trying to put life back together ahead of special day of BBC programmes

Dr Michael Mosley with wife Dr Claire Bailey Mosley

The widow of TV doctor Michael Mosley has spoken of her “overwhelming” grief following his death on a Greek island.

The broadcaster, who is credited with popularising the intermittent fasting diet , died of natural causes aged 67 after he went missing while on holiday on the Greek island of Symi on June 5.

CCTV footage appeared to show the TV doctor falling over close to where his body was found.

His widow, Dr Claire Bailey Mosley said her family are finding it “very hard” to put their lives “back together”.

She said: “We are trying to put our lives back together without Michael and it’s very hard. Not all the time. We can smile and laugh too. As well as comfort each other.

“Grief can feel overwhelming. Light and beautiful. Catch you by surprise. Feel like the weight of a stone or a sharp pain. It changes unexpectedly.

“As people often say, it’s a journey, not all sad and you take each day at a time.

“The extraordinary outpouring of grief and gratitude for Michael and how he has changed so many lives is very moving, including the heartfelt thoughts and kindness extended to us as a family, for which we are incredibly grateful.

“While we are learning to live without Michael, he is ever-present through the lives that he touched and the difference he made.”

It comes ahead of a dedicated day on the BBC on Friday that will pay tribute to his long career.

He presented a host of science programmes and films including the BBC series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, which looked at healthcare in Britain, and hosted BBC Radio 4 podcast Just One Thing.

She continued: “The BBC’s celebration of Michael’s life tomorrow with Just One Thing Day is wonderful.

“A day dedicated to the impact he had on people’s lives and to celebrate his legacy within broadcasting and beyond – it’s humbling and delightful all at once. We are so grateful.”

A day to celebrate Mosley

BBC Radio 4 will be leading the charge on the day, kicking off on the Today programme, which will welcome those who have changed their lives as a result of Mosley’s tips.

She told the programme: “He would have been gobsmacked. He didn’t seek the limelight. He was quite shy, but loved what he did, and was very good at it.”

Dr Bailey Mosley added that she had been left “breathtaken” by the reaction from people across the country and around the world.

She hailed the “incredible” support from their children, saying: “I can’t tell you how much support they’ve given me and joy as well at really difficult times.

“And family and friends, and to be honest just I’m still kind of breath-taken by the response from people around the country, across the world, and it’s just extraordinary.

“He was quite a sort of quiet, humble man, and to have that sort of response is just extraordinary, and I hope we can find some really positive changes going forward.”

Speaking to the Today Programme, Dr Bailey Mosley said: “The response – people really love him, you know ... I’ve got a list of lovely quotes that people say, which are just so touching, and so caring.”

“One of the main things was that people felt they really knew him, that they lived in his kitchen and knew what he was cooking.

“It was very sort of trusting and kind of weirdly intimate.

“It’s just been so uplifting, and I’m so grateful for that. And it’s just so incredible that he has made such a difference to people. I’m so proud of what he’s done.”

Later on Woman’s Hour, host Anita Rani will reflect on the impact the TV doctor has had on her life with a focus on the benefits of exercise.

The Food Programme, Radio 2’s Tina Daheley, 6 Music’s Craig Charles and TV shows Morning Live and The One Show, where Mosley was a regular contributor, will join in celebrating his legacy.

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The 8 Best Places To See Dolphins In The South

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If you’ve ever scanned your eyes over the ocean only to see that familiar gleam of a fin breaking through the water, then you know the pure joy of a dolphin sighting. No matter how many times I’ve witnessed a pod gliding through the Gulf Coast waves, I can’t help but catch my breath just the tiniest bit every time that first fin pops up. For me, it’s not a beach trip without the rush of seeing an unexpected dolphin while I’m enjoying breakfast on the balcony or seeing one show off by doing a flip against the backdrop of a fiery sunset. With sea oats gently swaying in the salty breeze and the effortless expanse of the ocean, beaches are undeniably enchanting. Add in a group of dolphins playfully darting through the waves and the atmosphere becomes downright magical. If you’re seeking your own dolphin viewing adventure, head to one of these 8 Southern beaches , then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Fort Myers, Florida

This west Florida city draws in thousands of visitors for MLB spring training every year, but its aquatic superstars are around to delight visitors year-round. Dolphin cruises are an everyday occurrence in the waters surrounding Fort Myers, and it’s not just the onboard passengers who are a big fan of the practice. Dolphins are naturally curious and playful animals, so they can’t resist playing in the boat wake, sometimes swimming alongside boats as they cruise along.

South Padre Island, Texas

Hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins call the area around South Padre Island home. The island’s 34 miles of soft, sandy beaches are a great place to scout the seas for friendly fins. Isla Blanca Park, which is on the barrier island’s southernmost end, is a popular spot for all kinds of activity from surfing and fishing to dolphin watching.

The Florida Keys, Florida

As the country’s southernmost destination, there’s no shortage of beachy, tropical vibes to catch along the Overseas Highway , a 106-mile route that connects hundreds of islands that range from moderately sized to teeny tiny.  Since water is ubiquitous in this part of the South, all it takes is a little patience and you’re likely to spot a dolphin in no time. Serious dolphin lovers should make a pilgrimage to the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key. The animal sanctuary is home to nearly 30 rescued dolphins, as well as sea lions, tortoises, and exotic birds.

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama

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Dolphin cruises are a dime a dozen in these sister towns on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Take a daytime or sunset cruise to glide alongside everyone’s favorite blue-grey buddies. Not keen to get out on the open ocean? Shore sightings are just as easy to come by. Multistory properties are commonplace here, so if you stay in a high-rise condo, take advantage of that bird’s-eye-view to find as many dolphins as you can.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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New Smyrna offers a two-for-one when it comes to aquatic mammals. Not only can you see dolphins near the beach, you can also encounter their slower and less sleek cousin, manatees , in the same waters. A few locations to see both are Riverside Park and Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park. At the later, you can even rent a kayak to get out in deeper water and paddle alongside both species.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

The water around Hilton Head Island is teeming with underwater wildlife, chief among them is dolphins. Some live in the warm Palmetto State water year-round, while other migrate through in summer months. You won’t need much luck to spot a pod, as they’ll enter pretty much any body of water in the area, from the Atlantic Ocean to smaller rivers, creeks, and tidal marshes. Visitors have reported seeing them in Broad Creek, the Calibogue Sound, and even on the banks of shallow backwater creeks.

Clearwater, Florida

The exceptionally crystal-clear water that Clearwater is known for makes it an especially opportune environment for dolphin sightings. A dark, blue-grey blur is easy to catch when contrasted with Clearwater’s almost-iridescent turquoise water. Plop a chair in the sand and fix your eyes on the horizon for a “self-guided” dolphin tour, or book a trip with one of many outfitters who offer daily dolphin cruises.

Sarasota, Florida

The world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population takes place in Sarasota Bay. The group of around 150 dolphins have been monitored since the 1970s. Sarasota Bay Explorers offers marine biologist-led cruises through the Bay to see these famous dolphins firsthand. For more information about this incredible study, visit sarasotadolphin.org .

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