The 80 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes of All-time

  1. “We travel just to travel.” — Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004
  2. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber
  3. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “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
  5. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu
  6. “Don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly. I traveled in the most inefficient way possible and it took me exactly where I wanted to go.” — National Geographic’s Andrew Evans
  7. “Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien
  8. “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
  9. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  10. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
  11. “A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.”
  12. – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  13. “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
  14. “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Gael Attal
  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. “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
  17. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert
  18. ‎”If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” — Roland Gau
  19. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde
  20. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” — Aldous Huxley
  21. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” — James Michener
  22. “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” — Dutch proverb
  23. 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
  24. “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment.” — Lily Leung
  25. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller
  26. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill
  27. “No matter where you go, there you are.”
  28. “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
  29. “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.” — Jawaharal Nehru
  30. “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards.” — Spanish Proverb
  31. “I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.” — Diane von Furstenberg
  32. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block
  33. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton
  34. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye
  35. “If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” — Will Kommen
  36. “Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive bundle of cash; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way.” — Rolf Potts
  37. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan
  38. “The further one goes, the less (he realizes he) one knows.” — Lao-Tzu
  39. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.”
  40. “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”— Gustave Flaubert
  41. “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
  42. “Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination.” — Ross Morley
  43. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” — Susan Heller
  44. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” — Henry David Thoreau
  45. “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
  46. “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” — Daranna Gidel
  47. “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.” — Amelia E. Barr
  48. “Let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen closely.”
  49. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs
  50. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
  51. “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
  52. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” — Glenn Clark
  53. ‎”Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men, instead, seek what they sought.” — Matsuo Basho
  54. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  55. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide
  56. “Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Pearson
  57. “You can see it for miles. Like, it goes over the hills and stuff ….but so does the M6.” – Karl Pilkington on the Great Wall of China
  58. “Travel, which had once charmed him, seemed, at length, unendurable, a business of colour without substance, a phantom chase after his own dream’s shadow.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
  59. Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine.  So is Odessa.  London is a teenager, an urchin, and this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.” – John Berger
  60. “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” – Ernest Hemingway
  61. “The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere” – Geoff Dyer, Paris Trance
  62. ” I needed no better reason for the journey than to be exactly where I was, knowing what I knew. Those were the times when I felt full of natural wisdom, scratching at heaven’s very door.” – Ted Simon, Jupiter’s Travels
  63. “The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.” – Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
  64. “And I wondered, with mounting anxiety, what am I supposed to do here? What am I supposed to think?” – Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
  65. 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, On the Road
  66. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
  67. “A new kind of heat, brutal and hard, carrying the smell of another continent. As I came down the mountain this heat piled up, pushing against me with blasts of sand, so that I walked half-blind, my tongue dry as a carob bean, obsessed once again by thirst. These were ominous days of nerve-bending sirocco, with peasants wrapped up to the eyes… but far down in the valley, running in slow green coils, I could see at last the tree-lined Guadalquivir.” – Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
  68. “A journey is like a marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley
  69. “Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I’d forgotten England even existed.” – Alex Garland, The Beach
  70. “Venice is a cheek-by-jowl, back-of-the-hand, under-the-counter, higgledy-piggledy, anecdotal city, and she is rich in piquant wrinkled things, like an assortment of bric-a-brac in the house of a wayward connoisseur, or parasites on an oyster-shell.” – Jan Morris, Venice
  71. “All travel is circular. I had been jerked through Asia, making a parabola on one of the planet’s hemispheres. After all, the grand tour is just the inspired man’s way of heading home.” – Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar
  72. “I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart.” – Colette
  73. “He won’t fly on the Balinese airline, Garuda, because he won’t fly on any airline where the pilots believe in reincarnation.” – Spalding Gray
  74. “Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen. Each day had a tranquillity, a timelessness, about it so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us, glossy and colourful as a child’s transfer and with the same tinge of unreality.” – Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals
  75. “The border means more than a customs house, a passport officer, a man with a gun. Over there everything is going to be different; life is never going to be quite the same again after your passport has been stamped.” – Graham Greene
  76. “Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.” – Bruce Chatwin, What Am I Doing Here?
  77. “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
  78. “Jet lag is for amateurs.” – Dick Clark
  79. “With the palms zipping past and the big sun burning down on the road ahead, I had a flash of something I hadn’t felt since my first months in Europe. A mixture of ignorance, and a loose, what-the-hell kind of confidence that comes when a man picks up and begins to move in a hard, straight line toward an unknown horizon.” – Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
  80. “We could bore ourselves to death, drink ourselves to death, or have a bit of an adventure.” – Terry Darlington, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne


Written by Ryan Lum

Ryan is an avid bucket lister. Travel, photography, blogging and adventure are some of his hobbies. He once went on a trip to Spain and was robbed of all his stuff except his clothes. No money, no insurance, no identification and no way to contact family and friends from back home. Did he end his trip? No way! He ended up running with the bulls in Pamplona the very next day.


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