101 Travel Quotes – Inspiring The Journey

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Travel plays a huge part in our lives and going on a journey is an exciting adventure but travel also puts life into perspective. When you’re out in the big wide world visiting a foreign land, it’s so much easier to be whoever you want. Here’s a collection of the best travel quotes to inspire you to take that journey, to live the life you deserve and fulfil your dream of exploring faraway places.

When you read these travelling quotes, remember that words are your wand and if these travel quotes inspire you, please share them with others.  


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101 Famous Travel Quotes

Travel Quotes That Make You Think

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This travel quote will make you think!
1- When you’re travelling, 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, Blue Highways

People travel for different reasons, such as to see family and friends, to look for opportunities or to learn about other cultures and even to learn about themselves.

One of the reasons I like travelling so much is that when travelling, it’s easier for me to be whoever I want to me.

This travel quote by travel writer and historian William Least Heat-Moon highlights something about travelling that many of us crave – freedom.


Travelling gives you the freedom of re-inventing yourself and not having to live up to the expectations of your past as the people you meet along the way don’t know you and don’t have preconceived ideas of who you are or who you need to be.   

You might also like these travel with friends quotes for more inspiration. 

2- “No one has ever described the place where I have just arrived: this is the emotion that makes me want to travel. It is one of the greatest reasons to go anywhere.” – Paul Theroux, The Pillars of Hercules
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Paul Theroux has written many famous travel quotes, such as this one.

I have visited 60+ countries and territories and contributed hundreds of articles to newspapers, magazines and websites around the world.

This travel quote rings a bell for me as no writer, podcaster or videographer has ever portrayed a place I’ve visited with a 100% match to my take on life.

That’s because we are all individuals with different experiences.

For me, the most exciting part of travelling is arriving in a place that I’ve never been before and even if I’ve researched it or seen it in an award-winning documentary, words and images rarely evoke the emotions of the first contact with a strange land.  

Writing or video are one and two-dimensional, whereas standing in the middle of a market in Istanbul in real-life evokes not only your sight and hearing but the five senses kick in.

Your sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch come together to allow you to experience a place in a way it’s just not possible by reading words on a page, no matter how skilful the writer, or watching pictures on a screen no matter how talented the producer.

On a trip to Antarctica, I remember feeling taken aback by the overpowering stench of guano as soon as I stepped off the ship.

The awe of hearing 10,000+ penguins and seals honking, trumpeting, braying (call it whatever you like).

I’ve seen similar scenes on a large screen with surround sound but nothing has ever come close to the wonder I felt of being there.

However, I’m looking forward to seeing how Virtual Reality might change my thoughts on this subject.

3- “Is there any point in going across the world to eat something or buy something or watch people squatting among their ruins? Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with distance or the exotic. It is almost entirely an inner experience.” – Paul Theroux, Fresh Air Fiend

Take some time to reflect upon this travel quote by American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux.

Ask yourself why you travel and then dig deeper and examine your true motivations.

You may have booked a week in Bali because you feel stressed out and need to get away and being in Bali makes you feel instantly relaxed.

In this case, it might seem that you’re travelling to Bali because you’re stressed but, you’re going there to seek a result – which is the feeling of being relaxed.

So ask yourself why you booked that European river cruise or that trip to Cuba – the answer is most likely a feeling or a state of mind that’s within you. 

Short Travel Quotes

Short travel quotes to use for Instagram and Twitter

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This is a popular short travel quote for social media.
4- “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

The best places to make this travel quote come true is to go and see the world’s most stunning natural wonders, such as Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon or Uluru in Australia.

5- “To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Anderson

For most people, going on vacation is something to look forward to.

Being in a different environment is a chance to relax and leave the daily grind behind, let go of stress and forget the routine.

No meetings.

No deadlines.

No annoying bosses.

There’s even a study that links happiness and geographical location, showing that people’s tweets get significantly more positive in mood the greater the distance they are from home.

So it appears, we’re least happy at work and most happy when we are farthest from home.


What is it about travel that makes it a happy thing?

Happiness is a concept that is not that easy to define. 

6- “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller

Travel makes it easy to become the kind person who embraces those daring adventures. 

This travel quote always makes me think of drifting over one of the world’s greatest wilderness regions, the Maasai Mara, which is an uplifting feeling.

I visited at the start of the migration and floating low above thousands of wildebeests was exhilarating.

Everyone in the basket was happy, including the pilot, and the mood was infectious.

I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

7- “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
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One of the best travel quotes to ground you and bring you back to earth.

Anyone who has travelled to places where the customs and culture are different will tell you that travelling has a way of putting things into perspective.

Reading about living in an African village or watching a documentary about the landmarks in China doesn’t even come close to being there in person.

Visiting a place where poverty or pollution is everywhere has a way of putting first-world problems into perspective.

After visiting villages, getting to know the locals and seeing how happy the children are, it’s only gracious to be thankful for the life you have.  

8- “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller

Like the previous travel quote by Marcel Proust, often, when you change your environment, it resets your brain and allows you to see things differently through different eyes.

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

We’ve all met someone who fits the bill somewhere along the line during our travels and they’re often travelling because their partner or family member made them go.

Usually, these people who whine and complain are not trying to be difficult but are reacting to being way outside of their comfort zone.

If you keep this in mind, instead of avoiding them, take the time to help them see the world in a different light. 

You’ll be helping someone break out of their comfort zone as well as create good karma for yourself. 

10-“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
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A wise travel quote by Aldous Huxley

My husband, Roger, used to travel to London for business every year but for years he avoided travelling to Paris because friends and colleagues had told him that Parisians were arrogant and rude. 

When he finally visited Paris, he was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case and soon fell in love with France

So, keep in mind that everyone has a different perception of each place and a wise traveller should never make up their mind about a place based on other people’s experiences. 

11- “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Agustine of Hippo

The challenge of achieving something you set your mind to is uplifting, especially when it has to do with something in a different place.

Have you ever thought of helping to build an orphanage in Africa or Cambodia?

There’s something deeply satisfying about giving and becoming passionate about making a difference in someone else’s life.

12- “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” – Oscar Wilde

I never travel without my smartphone as there’s always something interesting to read on Facebook or the web!

Having these technology tools available makes it so easy to navigate your way around the world as an independent traveller. 

These days there’s an app for everything, including the weather, maps, news, transport timetables, accommodation bookings and what to see in each place you’re visiting.

So, there’s no excuse to stay at home.  

13- “The heaviest baggage for a traveller is an empty wallet.” – English Proverb

While this might have been true in the past, the wonderful thing about technology is it has paved the way for most of us to be able to afford to travel the world.

These days, with some smart planning and saving anyone can go travelling should they wish to. 

14- “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
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This famous travel quote will get you moving!

It’s too comfortable to sit on the couch watching travel programs on television, YouTube or social media. 

The best thing to do is to get out of that chair and experience the world.

Stop wishing.

Start doing. 

15- Not all that wander are lost.” – Tolkien

A good way to illustrate this famous travel quote is to think of the gorillas in Uganda that wander around the forest foraging for food.

I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle the gruelling trek and sometimes if you’re unlucky, you might have to trek all day to catch a glimpse of the gorillas.

Fortunately, our group was very lucky that day and we only had to trek for 90 minutes.

Even better, later in the day, the gorillas appeared at our camp and chose to spend the night next to my tent.

I often think back to that experience and I’m certain the gorillas knew exactly where they were going. 

16- “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
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I have a Fitbit and I wish mine had a compass, which would come in mighty handy as I have a terrible sense of direction and usually can’t tell which direction I’m travelling. 

17- “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” -Unknown

Well, perhaps travel isn’t the only thing that will make you richer as that depends on how you define “rich”.

If you don’t plan well, travel can be costly financially but travel certainly offers you rich experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

18- “There Are No Foreign Lands. It Is The Traveler Only Who Is Foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
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A famous travel quote by Robert Louis Stevenson to inspire your wanderlust.

The state of mind to be in when travelling is to have an open mind towards people and places. 

It won’t take you long to realise that even though people may speak a different language, they might look different, dress differently but when you strip away all the material things we are all the same. 

By the way, the fairytale building above is in Inner Mongolia, which is part of China. 

Journey Quotes

Famous Quotes About The Journey

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A famous quote by Marco Polo.
19- “The journey is the reward.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

The home of Happy Feet, Antarctica, is a place I often reflect on as memories of watching thousands of penguins never fail to put a smile on my face.

Another of my favourite journeys is around the Galapagos Islands. 

There are birds everywhere: trees full of red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, gulls and storm petrels, Nazca boobies sitting on eggs on the ground and chicks peering out from beneath under bushes.

On the Galapagos Islands, animals are everywhere you look.

Seeing a baby sea lion reunite with its mother sticks in my memory.

20- “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

Travel is about transformation and growth and the journey is the best part of the entire experience.

While planning every minute of your day might be within your comfort zone, try going with the flow occasionally and you might be surprised at what happens.

Often, the experiences that usually stick in your mind are those unexpected, unplanned encounters and experiences. 

21- “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

Years of juggling a successful career leaves you with little time for yourself.

Do you feel like you’ve been asleep or on autopilot for 10, 20 or 30 years? 

Sometimes, you might wonder if your life is what it should be. Are there forgotten dreams you would love to achieve?

Perhaps you wanted to be an archaeologist or explore jungles but just hadn’t got around to doing anything about it.

Get out there and create a miracle, give it go, turn on the lights and meet the challenge of those long-cherished travel dreams. 

22- “Better to travel hopefully than to arrive” – English proverb

Think about your last vacation and you might know what we mean when we talk about “coming back changed.”

We return from holidays feeling refreshed, recharged, rejuvenated and ready to face life again but there’s one thing that doesn’t seem to happen while travelling: coming back unchanged.

You never really come home the same person. There’s just too much new stuff going on inside you!

The journey is full of hope, and we seem to recall the places we visit through a different lens.

Some people travel in search of something elusive that they don’t know what they are looking for.

Visiting foreign lands might help you find the answers, but one day you might wake up and realise the answer is right there within you.

The best place to travel to is the place within yourself.

23- “The journey itself is my home.” – Bashō Matsuo

This saying was true for 17th-century Japanese poet of the Edo period who was from Osaka in Japan. 

This travel quote is even more relevant in the 21st century when the world has shrunk and many people choose not to have a fixed base.

As technology now allows us to work from anywhere, and many places have shared office facilities where you can rent a desk and internet access for a day, there’s a growing contingent of road warriors who enjoy travelling while working for themselves around the world.

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

Sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself out there, whether when travelling or in everyday life.

Sometimes it pays off big time. Other times it will lead nowhere at all. Either way, sometimes, you have to lose sight of the shore before you discover anything worthwhile.

It takes courage to be the best person you can be.

25- “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

The Moors were great travellers who travelled far and wide across Europe.

The wisdom of this travel quote is a little prod to remind you of the value of travelling.

When you travel you get to meet other like-minded individuals. You feel special to be able to share stories with others.

These experiences add to our character and give us an insight into ourselves which helps us to be happy.

26- “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

An eternal travel quote that not only relates to travel but to life. Lao Tzu was a philosopher in ancient China who believed that everything happens as part of a plan.

If you want to change your situation then you must first make changes to yourself. This means changing how you think, act and behave. Once these things start to shift then you can begin to create positive outcomes.

27- “I did not write half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed.” –  Marco Polo, on his deathbed

Marco Polo’s travels were romanticised throughout the centuries. Marco Polo was an explorer from Italy who travelled around Asia during the 13th century.

During his journeys, he wrote about many aspects of Asian culture including religion, politics, geography and history. However, some of his accounts were exaggerated due to him being under pressure from the Chinese government.

When he died he left behind a book called ‘Il Milione’. In this book, he described his adventures and gave details of his encounters with various cultures. Although most of his account has been proven false by historians, his descriptions still remain fascinating.

28- “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

If you look beyond the challenges, all travel does indeed have a positive side.

Travelling allows people to see new places and experience new cultures. By doing so we learn more about ourselves and what makes us unique. We also gain knowledge on how to improve our own lives.

There are no limits of where you could go if you put your mind to it.

29- “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry” – Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac’s rather blunt travel quotes are words that will shake you out of the doldrums and get you out there exploring. Life is too far short to spend time feeling sorry for yourself or regretting decisions made in the past. Instead, take action now and live each day fully.

30- “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” 

This relates to any journey, at home or abroad and indeed, life itself can be a journey on a road full of potholes. 

So stop struggling and enjoy the journey as the lessons we need to learn are revealed along the way.

31- “The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams, Jr.

Travel mimics life if you look for the lessons it throws you. As long as you keep looking backward, you’ll never know exactly what lies ahead. But don’t worry because every journey comes full circle eventually. So just enjoy the ride!

32- “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

This travel quote gives the traveller a deeper purpose. You may not be in control of what life or your travels throw at you but how you react to them is completely your choice. Your actions determine whether you stay stuck in the same place or move onwards towards something better.

Anatole France was a French writer whose works include novels, plays, essays and poetry. This quote shows that travelling helps one reestablish harmony between man and nature.

33- “Arriving there is what you are destined for. Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey.” – C.P.Cavafy

Have you ever been undecided about where to go? Just trust yourself and let the destination choose you. Cavafy wrote these lines after visiting Ithaca which inspired him to write “Ode On A Nightingale”. He believed that destiny chooses who goes where they need to be.

34- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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

Take this advice from famous writer and traveller Mark Twain’s popular travel quote. When you set sail into unknown waters you must expect some bumps along the way. However, by taking risks you might find an adventure worth living.

Whether you want to explore another country or simply leave behind bad memories, going somewhere else can help you feel like a different person.

Safe Journey Quotes

Quotes To Wish Someone A Safe Journey

35- “In the desert of life the wise travel by caravan, while the fool prefers to travel alone.” – Arab Proverb

If you have no idea where you should head next then why not follow the wise caravan instead of wandering off on your own?

Travelling with others makes things easier to decide, especially when you share similar interests. It allows you to learn so much more about other cultures and people.

If you really want to make new friends then join a group tour. They usually offer great discounts so you won’t end up paying much for accommodation either.

36- “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd
37- “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

Wise Travel Quotes

Beautiful travel quotes that impart wisdom

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This is one of the most beautiful travel quotes ever.
38- “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

Whenever someone asks me to name my favourite destination, I always say it’s the last place I’ve been.

That’s because I see the good in every place I visit but ask me where I would like to go next and I’d easily choose a place I’ve never visited before.

A new part of me awakes every time I arrive in a foreign destination.

Every place has a different feel and soaking up the vibe is an interesting experience for curious minds.

39- “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

I love this travel quote by Booker prize winner Anita Desai as every experience contributes something, no matter how small, to your life story and this cannot be undone.

That’s until someone invents memory-erasing technology but even then I think your soul might still know what you’ve seen and where you’ve been.

40- “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” –Anais Nin

Travellers are often looking for answers to questions such as: Why am I here? Where do we come from? How did we get here? Who is God? etc. These questions will lead us down paths of self-discovery. We all seek meaning in our lives and sometimes we search far away places to find it.

Anais Nin was born in Paris, France and she became known for her writing style. She travelled around Europe before settling in New York City.

41- “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

This travel quote is one to contemplate while visiting remote places, such as the Australian Outback or the wilds of the Yukon or the vast white continent of Antarctica. 

Can you think of anywhere else?

42- “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

Travelling to see new lands gives you an opportunity to experience what life has to offer but if you don’t know what you’re doing then you could easily miss out on important experiences.

Don’t forget to stop exploring every once in awhile because there’s nothing wrong with having a home base. Although it may seem boring at first, staying put can give you time to reflect upon everything that happened while you were gone.

Travel Inspirational Quotes

Travel quotes that inspire people to explore the world

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This quote has inspired many to get out there are see the world.
43- “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

Travelling isn’t just fun but it can also teach you valuable lessons. Once you return back home, you’ll realise how wonderful your home is. No matter where you go, remember to always look forward and never regret anything. This quote about travel comes from Chinese author Lin Yutang.

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

A change is as good as a holiday and there’s nothing like travel to open your mind.

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

There is something special about travelling, whether you’ve been planning it since childhood or you started last week. You can step outside of yourself and experience new places and it helps you grow and become someone who you weren’t before.

There is power in leaving one world and entering another. It changes you forever. You start thinking differently and hopefully improve your outlook too.

46- “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you.” – Anthony Bourdain

Travel is full of ups and downs. Sometimes plans work out and other times they don’t. Travelling makes you appreciate your own country even more than when you’re not on the road.

When you travel, you meet amazing people along the way which leads to incredible friendships. Everyone needs some kind of adventure in their life. So why wait until later? Start living!

47- “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

This is a travel quote I need to take heed of.  

After all these years of travelling, packing light is something I still find extremely difficult.

These days, airline baggage limits force you to pack wisely but it still takes me forever to decide what to take with me and what to leave behind.

Ultimately, I take a lot more than I need. 

The best way to pack light is to book a safari with a butler who will wash and iron your khakis every day. 

48- “I travel, I read, I write, I have other lives. But when I have a camera, I know that’s my country, my island.”- Leos Carax

White-sand beaches, aquamarine water and swaying palms.

When I think of an island vacation, Fiji often pops into my mind.

What’s more, the Fijians are a happy lot.

Their laughter and smiles are genuine and filled with warmth.

49- “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.”- Hilaire Belloc

This travel quote says that travelling allows us to learn about different cultures and customs as well as make friends. Plus, being active will keep you happier throughout the day.

People have many reasons for wanting to travel but only a few actually do so. If you plan ahead, then it won’t take long to pack up your bags and hit the road.

50- “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” ― Freya Stark

Travelling has a lot of benefits that we all know. Not only does it help our mental health, but it also teaches us a lot about ourselves.

By experiencing other countries, cultures and lifestyles, we gain knowledge and understanding about what’s important to us. It provides an opportunity to see things through fresh eyes and understand them better.

It’s like going into a whole new world with no boundaries.

51- “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

When you’re away from home, everything seems bigger because there aren’t any distractions around. Everything becomes clearer and easier to grasp.

Your mind can focus completely on whatever task at hand without having to worry about anything else. This could lead to learning new skills, making new connections and discovering hidden talents.

No wonder travellers often say that they feel younger after visiting foreign lands.

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52- “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

There are many good reasons to visit another place or go abroad. One reason is that travelling helps us grow mentally. Seeing how other people live, eat and dress can teach us valuable lessons.

Another benefit is that it broadens our minds. Going somewhere new forces us to think differently and question our beliefs.

There may be times where we need to confront unpleasant truths, but if we face those challenges head-on, we’ll come out stronger and wiser.

53- “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

One thing I love about travelling is seeing how others live in their own country.

When you walk down the street in your hometown, you don’t really notice much but when you step outside your comfort zone, you start noticing more details. For example, you might notice something unusual in the way someone walks or talks.

Maybe you even meet some interesting characters along the way. Travelling can change who you become over time.

54- “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

I’ve travelled quite a bit from a young age. Some places have left me speechless while others made my heart skip a beat. Each experience has taught me something new about myself and opened up my mind to different ways of thinking. My travels helped shape who I am today.

55- “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.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

Travelling teaches us to appreciate life for what it has to offer. Even though things may not always seem perfect back home, the beauty found in nature will never fade.

Whenever I’m feeling stressed or sad, all I have to do is take a trip somewhere far away. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a short vacation or an extended stay overseas, just looking at the world through fresh eyes makes everything look brighter again.

Jawaharlal Nehru was right: there is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

56- “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 Author of Night Train to Lisbon

When you first decide to move out of home, you might feel like you’ve lost part of yourself. However, after living on your own for several years, you realize that leaving home had actually given you room to grow into a better person.

Over time, you become comfortable with making decisions and learn to trust your instincts. These experiences are invaluable as they allow you to develop confidence in yourself and a chance to discover who you truly are.

57- “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

Travelling helps people understand themselves better by giving them new perspectives on their lives. You’ll be surprised at how many times you’ll come across moments where you think “wow” when looking back at photos taken during your journey.

This happens because travelling forces you to let go of expectations and embrace the unknown. As you get older, this becomes easier and easier.

58- “It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancholies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.” – Gustave Flaubert

I don’t know why but whenever I travel abroad, I tend to become more introspective than usual. I start questioning my place in society and wonder how other countries live compared to ours.

While these questions make me uncomfortable, they also help me realize that every country has its unique culture and traditions which should be respected.

59- “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

Life is short and 10 or 15 years can fly past in a flash.

You’ll never remember the mundane things you do each day but you’ll always remember your time in Paris or Bali or Thailand.

So climb that mountain, book that cruise and plan that driving vacation. Do it now!  

60- “The greatest justification for travel is not self-improvement but rather performing a vanishing act, disappearing without a trace.” – Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari

I don’t like having to be in touch every day while on the road but Wi-Fi makes it hard to vanish without a trace.

That’s one of the benefits of long-distance flights. Sitting in an aircraft for 14 hours has few advantages; however, one of them is you have an excuse not to answer your messages immediately.  

Funny Travel Quotes

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61- “Plane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” – Al Gore
62- “Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.“ (Unless you bought bitcoin.) – Unknown
63- “What fresh Hell is this?” Dorothy Parker.

This one is not a travel quote but a quote that travel writers will understand after returning from a trip, jet-lagged, to a pile of bills, unpaid invoices, rejection slips and deadlines.

64- “Shouldn’t travel therapy be included in health insurance policies?” 
66- “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller
67- “Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.”

Just make sure you’re not in the same spot on Earth next year!

68- “We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot.” – Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Travel Quotes for lovers

These travel quotes will ignite wanderlust in couples

Book with message to never stop your wanderlust

Travelling as a couple pushes you to learn new things, to compromise and learn to be patient with one another.

Lots of couples who experience friction in the home find joy in travelling together. Perhaps that’s because:

69- “Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” -Brian Chesky
70- “Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.” – Japanese Proverb
71- “Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.” – Chinese Proverb
72- “Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.” – Dutch Proverb
73- “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck
74- “It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.” — Anonymous

Family Travel Quotes

Travelling with kids can be extremely rewarding for the whole family and an experience that will lay the foundation for your child’s future.  So, here are some family travel quotes to inspire you to book that next family travel adventure.

75- “The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories” – Og Mandino“

You may not realise that kids adapt to situations so much quicker than adults. 

We tend to worry about the weather or the food but kids are experts at taking whatever comes. 

We could all learn a lot from this. 

76- “Two Of The Greatest Gifts We Can Give Our Children Are Roots And Wings.” – Hodding Carter
77- “Travel Is Not Reward For Working, It’s Education For Living.” – Anthony Bourdain

When you visit a place like Fiji, it can be a culture shock for the family as you will be stunned that the local children don’t have toys, iPods or computer games.

The best education for the kids is to holiday in countries where the children are not as fortunate, and computers and whiteboards are not the norm.

Take them to visit homes where families sleep on the floor.

78- “He who has not traveled widely thinks that his mother is the best cook.” – African Proverb
79- “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness., and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” -Mark Twain

There’s no better education for a young mind than to visit a foreign land and to learn about another culture.

Kids who travel at a young age learn to open their minds and travel provides a foundation for the best education.

80- “When a man is a traveller, the world is his house and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home, and all the people are his family.” – Drew Bundini Brown

Holidaying abroad will change your children as seeing families that have no furniture yet everyone was smiling will make them question why people at home don’t smile at you in the same way.

Travelling will broaden young minds and your kids will take an interest in other cultures and countries.

They will be more willing to try different types of food and learn about how other people live.

How about encouraging them to donate toys to other children who need them more? 

It will help them to be less selfish, a lot more compassionate and less self-centred.

81- “In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” – Robert Benchley (actor)
82- “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

Solo Travel Quotes

83- “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.”- Freya Stark
84- “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.” — Thomas Jefferson
85- “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli
86- “The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau
87- “I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.” – Paulo Coelho

Thinking of You Quotes

Travelling can mean being away from home for long periods and your family and friends may not be able to go with you.  

When you’re away and want to drop a line to the people you care about here are some “Miss You” quotes to write on your e-card or postcard.

Curiously, in French, you don’t say “I miss you”, you say “Tu me manques” which means “you are missing from me.”

It’s so nice to get a text from someone who is thinking of you but if those five simple words aren’t enough, here are a few “thinking of you” quotes that may come in handy during your travels. 

88- “In case you ever foolishly forget: I am never not thinking of you.” – Virginia Wolf, Selected Diaries
89- “If I have a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Adrienne Grandi
90- “I don’t know where you are, but I miss you. I don’t know what you’re doing, but I’m thinking of you.”
91- “I keep myself busy with the things I do. But in every moment when I pause, I still think of you.”
92- “If I were given a dollar for every time you were in my thoughts, I’d only have one because you never left them.” – Anonymous
93- “May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, and every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you.” – Irish Blessing

World Travel Quotes

94- “Culture shock is often felt sharply at the borders between countries, but sometimes it doesn’t hit fully until you’ve been in a place for a long time.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye
95- “Now, looking back on my life in Africa, I feel that it might altogether be described as the existence of a person who had come from a rushed and noisy world, into a still country.” – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
96- “The Australians, it seems to me, thrive on their remoteness from the world and see it as a way of keeping up a code of “No worries, mate,” while peddling their oddities to visitors: nonconformity is at once a fact of life for many, and a selling point.” – Pico Iyer, Falling Off the Map
97- “If you are planning to travel where corn grows, you should take a sickle with you.” – Ethiopian Proverb
98- “Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.” Jack Kerouac
99- “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn.

There’s something about Paris that is eternally alluring, and I can understand why so many famous travel quotes are about Paris.

100- “You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back.” – Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari 
101- “The traveler sees the world in its true proportions: small enough to hold within his arms, yet large enough to encompass him. He feels himself part of the universe, instead of separate and apart from it.” – James Michener

It might seem hard now, but once you go abroad, you’ll never look back. Travelling opens your eyes to how beautiful the world truly is. Seeing the beauty of nature and meeting new people will give you a sense of accomplishment.


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Christina Pfeiffer
Christina Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia. She has lived in three continents and her career as a travel journalist has taken her to all seven continents. Since 2003, she has contributed travel stories and photographs to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. She has won many travel writing awards and is a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.