Inspirational Travel Quotes & Sayings

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Sometimes all we need is a little nudge to inspire us to venture into new and unfamiliar places. I have compiled a list of interesting and sometimes funny travel quotes that will be sure to entertain you. Some are profound in their meaning while others are purely observations that we can all relate to.

 "Travel is glamorous only in retrospect" 

– Paul Theroux

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears."

- Glenn Clark

"Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment."

— Lily Leung

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

— Helen Keller

 "A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles" 

– Tim Cahill

"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

"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

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward."

— Spanish Proverb

 "No matter where you go, there you are" 

– Confucius

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

— Lawrence Block

"One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are."

— Edith Wharton

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries" 

– Aldous Huxley

"To travel is to take a journey into yourself"

— Danny Kaye

"Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken."

– Frank Herbert

"If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right."

— Roland Gau

 "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

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

— James Michener

"He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him."

— Dutch proverb

"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 look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel" 

– Will Kommen

"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

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey."

– Fitzhugh Mullan

 "I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list" 

– Susan Sontag

"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."

– Katharine Butler Hathaway

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance."

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 "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
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"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

"A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for."

– Gael Attal

 "Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world" 

– Gustave Flaubert

"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

"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

 "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore" 

– Andre Gide

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men, instead, seek what they sought."

— Matsuo Basho

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 "If you come to a fork in the road, take it" 

– Yogi Berra

"Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves."

– Carol Pearson

"Let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen closely."

– Unknown

"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

 "The further one goes, the less one knows" 

– Lao-Tzu

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

— Robert Frost

"Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination."

— Ross Morley

 "Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves" 

– Henry David Thoreau

"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

"You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out."

— Daranna Gidel

"The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them."

— Amelia E. Barr

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."

— Martin Buber

 "When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money." 

– Susan Heller

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"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

"If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space."

— Unknown

 "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step" 

– Lao-Tzu

"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."

— Andrew Evans

"Not all those who wander are lost."

— J. R. R. Tolkien

"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

"Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God."

– Kurt Vonnegut

"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it."

– Rudyard Kipling

"Take only memories, leave only footprints."

– Chief Seattle

 "It is better to travel well than to arrive" 

– Buddha

"I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!"

– William Shakespeare

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."

– Oscar Wilde

"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

"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far."

– Swami Vivekananda

"Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up."

– Ernest Hemingway

 "Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going" 

– Paul Theroux

Which travel quote is your favorite? Which sayings would you add to this list?

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Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.

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6 comments on “Inspirational Travel Quotes & Sayings”

  1. “Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.” - inspirational Vivekananda Quotes

  2. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

  3. Thank you for wide collections of quotations:) i like especially “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

  4. There are some great quotes you have here. My favorite is "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance" 🙂 so true

    I'm saving to go backpacking at the end of this year.

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