Greatest List of Inspiring Travel Quotes

I am inspired by quotes and in particular quotes about travel so I wanted to create an ultimate list of the best travel quotes of all time. Of course, no list of this sort is ever complete so I intend to, over time, keep adding. For the most part the list is sorted randomly and there are a few quotes here that are perhaps more about travelers than traveling. I tried to do a good mix from over the millennia,  some funny and some profound. I think some of them are profoundly funny. Others I just threw in because I like them. If you can think of any great ones I missed please send them to me:

wpid-Ngapali-Beach-Myanmar-2855.jpg1. 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

2. We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character. – Henry David Thoreau

3. He who would travel happily must travel light. – Antoine de St. Exupery

4. I am not the same having seen the moon on the other side of the world. – Mary Ann Radmacher

5. Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey. – Pat Conroy

6. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. – Mark Twain

7. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

8. There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. – Robert Louis Stevenson

9. 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

10. 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

11. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. – James Michener

13. Take only memories; leave only footprints. – Chief Seattle

14. A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. – Tim Cahill

15. Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien

16. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley
Oil Candle and Ladle at Doi Suthep
17. 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

18. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller

19. He who does not travel does not know the value of men. – Moorish proverb

20. A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. – Henry David Thoreau

21. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. – Henry David Thoreau

22. Men have become the tools of their tools. – Henry David Thoreau

23. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. – Oscar Wilde

24. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

25. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. – Susan Sontag

26. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu

27. All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. – Martin Buber

28. It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. – Sir Francis Drake

29. I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. – Caskie Stinnett

30. 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. – Jawaharlal Nehru

Buddha at the Temple of Dawn in Bangkok31. I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education. – David Rockefeller

32. Adventure is worthwhile. – Aristotle

33. Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. – Francis Bacon

34. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

35. Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way. – Ralph Crawshaw

36. When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. – Susan Heller

37. Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else. – Tennessee Williams

38. The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. – Rudyard Kipling

39. Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. – Michael Palin

40. The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau

41. You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. – Yogi Berra

42. The journey is the destination. – Dan Eldon

43. After a lifetime of world travel I’ve been fascinated that those in the third world don’t have the same perception of reality that we do. – Jim Harrison

44. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. – Paul Theroux

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

Image of a fake fisherman of Inle Lake46. 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

47. Wandering reestablishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. – Anatole France

48. 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

49. Too often, I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. – Louis L’Amour

50. You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. – Dr. Seuss

51. 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

52. One who lives sees much. One who travels sees more. – Anonymous

53. Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself. – Walt Whitman

54. Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. – Jack Kerouac

55. To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. – Philip Andrew Adams

56. Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

57. Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. – Charles Kuralt

58. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jatiluwih RIce Terraces59. Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse. – Thomas Fuller

60. 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

61. There is no happiness for the person who does not travel. For Indra is the friend of the traveler, therefore wander! – Brähmann

62. To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. – Freya Stark

63. I am not the same having seen the moon on the other side of the world. –Mary Ann Radmacher

64. Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. – Ray Bradbury

65. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

66. 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

67. To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. – Charles Horton Cooley

68. Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else. – Tennessee Williams

69. Throw your dream into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. Anais Nin

Sunrise Over Mrauk U, Burma70. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Scott Cameron

71. A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. — Moslih Eddin Saadi

72. You lose sight of things and when you travel, everything balances out. – Daranna Gidel

73. 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

74. He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something. He who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all. – Sinclair Lewis

75. Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. – John Muir

76. 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 fulfillment. – Hilaire Belloc

77. To travel is to take a journey into yourself. – Danny Kaye

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

79. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for – John A. Shedd

80. The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. – G.K. Chesterton

81. 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

82. You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown; you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself. – Ella Maillart

83. There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one. – Thomas Wolfe

84. We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character. – Henry David Thoreau

Silhouette of a Woman Crossing the Ubine Bridge on Bicycle85. I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals. – David Attenborough

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

87. When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting. – Clint Borgen

88. The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

89. Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations. – Elizabeth Drew

90. 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

91. The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them. – Amelia E. Barr

92. 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

93. A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. – John Steinbeck

94. What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. 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

95. Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of Home, one feels once more happy. – Sir Richard Francis Burton

96. Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey. – Fitzhugh Mullan

97. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

98. Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God. – Kurt Vonnegut

99. 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

Infinity Pool100. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama

101. Own only what you can carry with you; Let your memory be your travel bag. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

102. Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled. – Mohammed

103. People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live. – Martin Yan

104. Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. – Benjamin Disraeli

105. Travel teaches toleration. – Benjamin Disraeli

106. You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference. – Anita Septimus

107. One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy. – Richard Burton

108. Every exit is an entry somewhere else. – Tom Stoppard

109. Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. – Paul Theroux

110. A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car. – Emile Ganest

111. If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go. – Anthony Bourdain

112. Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist. – W. H. Auden

113. To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen

114. People don’t take trips; trips take people. – John Steinbeck

wpid-Dochu-La-Pass-Bhutan-0267.jpg115. People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. – St. Augustine

116. Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves – Euripides

117. An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other. – Norma Shearer

118. Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions. — Peter Hoeg

119. Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure. – Irving Wallace

120. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. – Bill Bryson

121. The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. – Anna Quindlen

122. The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. – Shirley MacLaine

123. 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

124. People don’t take trips, trips take people. – John Steinbeck

125. He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him. – Dutch Proverb

126. 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

127. Adventure without risk is Disneyland. – Doug Coupland

128. I don’t know where i am going but I’m on my way. – Carl Sagan

129. It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves. – Andre Gide

A Mahout at National Elephant Day130. No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” Lin Yutang

131. One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

132. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

133. Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor – Seneca

134. A wise traveler never despises his own country. – Carlo Goldoni

135. While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put. – Anne Tyler

136. One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. – Andre Gide

137. Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves. –Euripides

138. Certainly, 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

139. Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones. – Anne Sophie Swetchine

140. Without travel I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life. – Lauren Hutton

141. I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. – Steve McQueen