110 of the Best Travel Quotes for Inspiration

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Best Travel Quotes

Travel quotes can be some of the most powerful and inspiring ways to encourage someone to get out there in the world, take chances, and live a more meaningful life.

I became intrigued with travel quotes as soon as I knew I wanted to travel. For years I’ve researched and collected my favorite and most thought-provoking quotes, mixed in with a few of my favorite books or movies. I thought it was time to share with you all my favorite quotes for travel.

Hopefully, they push you to get out there and live your dreams like they did for me.


110 Amazing Travel Quotes


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

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

3. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

4. “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

5. I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” – Belle, Beauty and the Beast

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

7. “I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s going to happen or who I’m going to meet, where I’m going to end up.” – Jack Dawson, Titanic

8. “Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.” – Viggo Mortensen

9. “To live would be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan

10. “Life movies pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

11. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.” – Gandalf, The Hobbit 

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12. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” -Walter, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

13. “Life is about courage and going into the unknown.” – Cheryl, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

14. “If I’d learnt one thing from traveling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.” ― Alex Garland, The Beach

15. “Tourists went on holidays while travelers did something else. They traveled.” ― Alex Garland, The Beach

16. “How wild it was, to let it be.” – Cheryl Strayed, Wild

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

18. “It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed, Wild

19. “Freedom, the fatuous jingle of our civilization. But only those of us deprived of it have an inkling of what it really is.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

20. “Never lose your childish innocence. It is the most important thing.” –  Federico Fellini

21. “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

22. “If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Pocahontas 

23. “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 your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

24. “When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find out that it is the same in all her music.” – Karen Blixen 

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

26. “I dislike feeling at home when I’m abroad.” – George Bernard Shaw

27. “Don’t listen to what they say – Go see.” – Unknown 

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

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

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

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

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

33. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

34. “Do you want to take a leap of faith, or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone.” – Sado, Inception

35. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” –Rapunzel, Tangled 

“When in Rome, live as Romans do; When elsewhere live as they do elsewhere” – Saint Ambrose

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37. The best ways to make your dreams come true is to wake up– Paul Valery

38. “Away is a place where it’s not about the money you spend. It’s about the moments you share.” – Anonymous

39. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air, mountains, tree, people. I thought: this is what it is to be happy.” – Sylvia Plath

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

41. “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” – Jack Johnson

42. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” -Paulo Coelho

43. “The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to.” – Richard Mullin

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

45. “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.” –– Gusteau, Ratatouille

46. “The biggest risk in life is not taking any risks.” – Barfi

47. “Jobs fill your pocket.  Adventures fill your soul.” –Unknown

48. “I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told.  I decided I was safe.  I was strong.  I was brave.” – Cheryl Strayed, Wild

49. “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

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

51. “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” – Mae West

52. “Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

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

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54. “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” –Jimmy Carter

55. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

56. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

57. “Don’t just fly, soar.– Dumbo 

58. “You have to go through those mountains and valleys – because that’s what life is: soul growth”. – Wayne Newton

59. “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir

60. “You don’t have to travel the world to understand that the sky is blue around the world.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

61. “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” –Denzel Washington

62. “Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it?” – Brian Jackman

63. “When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.” Francesca Marciano

64. “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” – Donald Duck

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65. “The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” -Russell Baker

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

67. “Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” – Mercedes Lackey

68. “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

69. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

70. “Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles M. Schulz

71. “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

72. “Dreams may be sexy, but planning is the condom that makes it all possible.”  -Eytan Levy

73. “The most important part of luggage is a cheerful heart.” ―Hermann Löns

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

75. “You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next.” ― Kirsten Hubbard

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. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King

78. “Don’t let danger control you. Embrace a challenge—you never know where it will take you. Just don’t go around visiting elephant graveyards, okay?” – Mufasa, The Lion King

79. “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

80. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

81. “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

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

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

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

85. “The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – Unknown

86. “Oh, the places you’ll go.” -Dr. Suess

87. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” -Jim Rohn

88. “I mused for a few moments on the question of which was worse, to lead a life so boring that you are easily enchanted, or a life so full of stimulus that you are easily bored.”  –Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent

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89. “That’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. 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 even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”   –Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There

90. “I love to watch cities wake up, and Paris wakes up more abruptly, more startlingly than any place I know.” –Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There

91. “There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.” – ill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There

92. “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

93. “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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

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

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

97. “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

98. “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

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

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

101. “As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.” – Unknown

102. I was never going to go if I waited for someone to come with me.” – Unknown

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

104. Adventure is worthwhile.– Aristotle

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

106. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” -Wallace Stevens

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

108. “You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul.” – Unknown

109. “Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face.” -Idowu Koyenikan

110. “Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.” –Unknown

 

What other travel quotes would you add to this list?

 

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