Travel quotes, like the journeys that inspired them, lead us into more adventures. So much can be learned, not only about your destination and its people, but also about yourself when you’re traveling. Enjoy these insights and take advantage of any opportunity to travel.
Quotes about Travel
A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
J. B. Priestley
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.
One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.
Henry David Thoreau
Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.
Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.
The Journey Not The Destination
We have nothing to lose and a world to see.
Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.
Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Funny Travel Quotes
If an ass goes travelling, he’ll not come home a horse.
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.
As long as we don’t die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
Two great talkers will not travel far together.
Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.
Anne Sophie Swetchine
A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.
The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
Inspirational Adventure Sayings
One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.
I would gladly live out of a backpack if it meant I could see the world.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
John A. Shedd
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.
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.
We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
John Hope Franklin
I’d rather look back at my life and say I can’t believe I did that instead of saying I wish I did that.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
- 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.
- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.
- The world around us is real life, and experiencing it is invaluably educational; sitting at home and endlessly going through the same routine over and over again isn’t any more real, but it’s certainly more boring, and infinitely more conducive to ignorance.
- Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.
- It liberates the vandal to travel–you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.
- There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
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
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.
You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.
It is not down in any map; true places never are.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.
People don’t take trips, trips take people.
‘Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.
Tip: Some of these travel quotes make great captions for photos from your trip.
Around the World
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
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.
When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.
Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.
We live in a 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.
If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.
Amelia E. Barr
Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.
Don Williams, Jr.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
Are We There Yet?
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
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula K. Leguin
Images and Memes
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
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.
If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn’t it?
He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.
Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.
Explore the unseen.
The mountains are calling and I must go.
It’s a big world out there, go explore.
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.
The learned is happy, nature to explore; the fool is happy, that he knows no more.
Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.
To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.
Philip Andrew Adams
Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.
W. H. Auden
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
For the born traveler, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
The Wanderlust has got me… by the belly-aching fire.
Robert W. Service
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.
The best view comes after the hardest climb.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
G. K. Chesterton
Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.
Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.
Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
I love the simplicity and freedom of running. A pair of shoes, and you are all set to explore new trails.
If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.
If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.
Short Travel Quotes
The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.
William Least Heat-Moon
The journey is my home.
The journey not the arrival matters.
Travel teaches toleration.
Never stop exploring.
Our Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.
The only journey is the one within.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Life is short and the world is wide.
Adventure is worthwhile.
Let your memory be your travel bag.
If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Travel brings power and love back into your life.
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
Tip: These travel quotes can be used in notes for folks heading out on a trip.
Exploration is curiosity put into action.
To travel is to live.
Hans Christian Andersen
The world is yours to explore.
To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.
The grand tour is just the inspired man’s way of heading home.
Adventure is worthwhile.
He who does not travel does not know the value of men.
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
Travel With Friends
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside.
As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.
Winnie the Pooh
Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.
Just remember if we get caught, you’re deaf and I don’t speak English.
We were together. I forget the rest.
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