40 Travel Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust and Adventure

The Best Travel Quotes

We love inspirational travel quotes. They can help to motivate you to see the world, try new things, and make the most of your time when you’re on vacation.

We dug through Pinterest, Twitter and various websites to create a list of our favorite travel quotes. Some of these are philosophical, others are more literal, but we feel like there is something for everyone here.

We did our best to compile this list of travel quotes with accurate attribution to the original speaker, but we understand the complexities (and debates) associated with some of these quotes. You may find multiple authors for some of these quotes depending on where you look online, but the motivational power and quality of these words cannot be disputed.

The travel quotes below are in no particular order and it would be impossible for us to rank our favorites. You can learn more about the author of each quote by clicking their name where applicable—we included links to their Wikipedia pages for reference. We hope that these travel quotes provide a little inspiration and motivation to go see the world, explore things, seek new experiences, and make the most of the time that we have on this planet.

Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know which quote is your favorite. If you have another one that isn’t on our list, we would love to see it in the comments!

 

Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer. -Unknown Click to Tweet


“Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer.”

Unknown

“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.”

Andrew Zimmern

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“Better weight than wisdom a traveller cannot carry.”

Hávamál

“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

“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

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. -St. Augustine Click to Tweet


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

St. Augustine

“Traveling is good for your health and necessary for your amusement.”

Thomas Jefferson

“There are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight.”

Henry Rollins

“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

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

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

Andre Gide

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. -Ibn Battuta Click to Tweet


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

Ibn Battuta

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.”

Hans Christian Andersen

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

Unknown

“I am … all the cities I have visited.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“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

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

Susan Sontag

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport. -Unknown Click to Tweet


“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”

Unknown

“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

“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

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Unknown

He is truly wise who's travelled far and knows the ways of the world. -Hávamál Click to Tweet


“He is truly wise who’s travelled far and knows the ways of the world.”

Hávamál

“I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail”

Muriel Strode

“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

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

Unknown

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

James Michener

“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

Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. -Asian Proverb Click to Tweet


“Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times.”

Asian Proverb

“When you are doubting whether a thing is worth the trouble of going to see, recollect that you will never again be so near it, that you may repent not having seen it, but can never repent having seen it.”

Thomas Jefferson

“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

“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

“There is only one thing you don’t have enough of, and that’s time. When you come to that realization, I think it’s very important that you spend your time wisely. And what better way of spending time than traveling and continuing to educate ourselves and continuing to broaden our minds?”

Torstein Hagen

“You can read the books, you can watch the movies, but getting up off the couch and going and seeing the world is the best way to grow as a human being.”

Andrew Zimmern

The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust Click to Tweet


“You never really travel alone. The world is full of friends waiting to get to know you.”

Unknown

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

Marcel Proust

“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

“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

“Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.”

Kevin Kelly

“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




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