Travel Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust and Adventure

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Top 30 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 travel.
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We dug through Pinterest, Twitter and various websites to create a list of our favorite quotes. Some of these are philosophical, others are more literal, but we feel like there is something for everyone on here.

The quotes are in no particular order- it would be impossible for us to rank our favorites. We hope that these 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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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.”


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“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

“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 coming and seeing the world is the best way to grow as a human being.”

Andrew Zimmern

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