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100 Best Travel Quotes to Get You Inspired

These are the best travel quotes I’ve found online. These quotes about travel should help inspire you to go travel the world. That’s the only way to see what’s out there waiting for you… Also, everyone loves a good funny travel quote to spark some wanderlust.

Attached are my top 100 travel quotes to get you inspired and traveling. In these quotes about traveling you’ll find short travel quotes to help motivate you to start traveling.  If you’re actively searching travel quotes than it’s not a matter of if but when. Travel is incredible and anything but boring.

Read on below, and remember two things about your potential to travel. The only limits are the ones you place on yourself. Also, you’ll never know what is waiting unless you go!


Top 100 Travel Quotes Ever

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

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

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

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

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

6) “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

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

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

9) “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

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

Quotes About Travel

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

12) “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19) “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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


Short Travel Quotes

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

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

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

24) “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

25) “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

26) “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

27) “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

28) “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

29) “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

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

Famous Travel Quotes

31) “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

32) “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

33) “I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller

34) “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

35) “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

36) “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

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

38) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

39) “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

40) “Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach


Inspirational Travel Quotes

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

42) “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

43) “A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” – Henry Rollins

44) “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

45) “Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.” – Chinese Proverb

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

47) “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

48) “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

49) “If you can’t live longer, live deeper.” – Italian Proverb

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

Best Traveling Quotes

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

52) “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

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

54) “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

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

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

57) “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

58) “You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” – Roman Payne

59) “Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” – Erma Bombeck

60) “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


Funny Travel Quotes

61) “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

62) “Most of the time, beauty lies in the simplest of things.” – Winna Efendi

63) “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

64) “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

65) “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier

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

67) “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

68) “I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.” – Charles Bukowski

69) “Here was something I already knew to be true about myself: Just as there are some wives who will occasionally need a break from their husbands in order to visit a spa for the weekend with their girlfriends, I will always be the sort of wife who occasionally needs a break from her husband in order to visit Cambodia. Just for a few days!” – Elizabeth Gilbert

70) “Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.” – Saadi

Solo Travel Quotes

71) “You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.” – Erol Ozan

72) “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

73) “But that’s the wonderful thing about foreign travel, suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most basic sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross the street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryan

74) “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

75) “Move to a new country and you quickly see that visiting a place as a tourist, and actually moving there for good, are two very different things.” – Tahir Shah

76) “… adventure has the gravitational pull of a black hole. The more you do it, the more you find a way to keep doing it.” – Josh Gates

77) “The best way to know a city is to eat it.” – Scott Westerfeld

78) “Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.” – Paul Theroux

79) “What gives value to travel is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we all have.” – Elizabeth Benedict

80) “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


Quotes About Adventure and Travel

81) “It is better to travel than to arrive.” – Buddha

82) “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” – Unknown

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

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

85) “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

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

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

88) “What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?” – George Carlin

89) “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” – Art Buchwald

90) “It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – W. Somerset Maugham

Family Travel Quotes

91) “… travel allows us to escape the everyday formalities, giving us a sense of ownership over our lives.” – Caz & Craig Makepeace

92) “… long-term travel does not have to be a crazy fantasy … it can be a realistic option instead.” –
Earl Baron

93) “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather

94) “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

95) “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

96) “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

97) “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

98) “One of the inescapable encumbrances of leading an interesting life is that there have to be moments when you almost lose it.” – Jimmy Buffett

99) “Don’t ever live vicariously. This is your life. Live.” – Lavinia Spalding

100) “You’ll never know unless you go.” – Rob Lloyd


There you have it my friends, the world’s best travel quotes. Some are long some are short travel quotes and everything in between. While there is a lot involved with making long-term travel sustainable, it all starts with that initial decision. Th decision to raise your sails and change course. Also, you don’t need to quit your job and travel the world. You can start by taking smaller trips or even exploring your own city.

My travels started with a boring work life and a burning desire. I knew I wanted to travel the world. I first knew I wanted to travel in 2001 but I didn’t end up leaving until 2009, due to circumstances. They say you need to take your foot off first to get to second and they are right.

The important thing is to START though!

This begins with seeing everything from this day forward through the lens of travel.  The quotes about travel above will most certainly help with that. Keep going when you run into problems, or begin to doubt yourself. I often refer to inspirational quotes when I need a little motivation, it’s normal and smart.

Have a short travel quote you want to share with everybody? Share it with everybody in the comments below…

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