The 47 Best Travel Quotes (That You Haven’t Read Before)

I am not one for spiritual journeys or motivational posters, but when it comes to travel, I do enjoy an inspiring quote every now and then. So whether you need that little kick to book your trip or if you need to have your wanderlust sparked, here are what I think are the most evocative travel quotes… that you won’t have read in every other post about this very topic.

Don’t hesitate to share your favourite quotes with your friends – spread the travel bug!

The 47 Best Travel Quotes of All Times (According To Me Anyway)

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain

“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

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
– John Muir

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

“It’s a dangerous business, 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.”
– JRR Tolkien

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

“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

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“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

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“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

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

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

“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


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

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“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.“
– Isabelle Eberhardt

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

“For what gives value to travel is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we have.”
-Albert Camus

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

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”
– Pico Iyer

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

“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

“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

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

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
– Jack Kerouac

“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

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“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
 Mark Jenkins

“Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”
– Tennessee Williams

“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 people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.”
– Emma Bombeck

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”
– Lin Yutang

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

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
– Anthony Bourdain

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
– Aldous Huxley

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
– Lewis Carroll

16 Comments on The 47 Best Travel Quotes (That You Haven’t Read Before)

  1. Jason's Travels
    February 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm (5 years ago)

    A great list! I like this one, too, by John Steinbeck: “I think I have no ‘place’ home. Home is people and where you work well. I have homes everywhere and many I have not even seen yet. This is perhaps why I am restless. I haven’t seen all of my homes.” (America and Americans P227-8)

  2. Alouise
    February 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this list, and there are quite a few quotes on here I haven’t heard of before. I particularly like that Tennessee Williams one.

  3. Keara
    February 6, 2013 at 2:11 am (5 years ago)

    Incredibly Inspiring thanks for sharing!

  4. Katie
    February 6, 2013 at 11:57 am (5 years ago)

    LOVE this post! I needed this today!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm (5 years ago)

      I hope it inspires you to keep traveling the world! :)

  5. Vera
    February 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm (5 years ago)

    Yay! I always like to be inspired! I don’t really have a personal travel quote (yet?) that I like to quote, but regarding this post, I clearly favour Bill Bryson – and Audrey Hepburn:)!

  6. Hogga
    March 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm (5 years ago)

    love them!

  7. Ahmed Gusto
    January 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm (2 years ago)

    WOW. this post is awesome. most of the quotes I have never even heard of it before. you deserve credit for bringing this up. Thank you

    • Marie-Eve
      January 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Ahmed!

  8. Geeta Sharma
    February 3, 2016 at 5:03 am (2 years ago)

    Awesome! I just loved going through these amazing and inspiring travel quotes. One of the best compilation of travel quotes I have ever come across. Due to my work commitments, I was not able to take a vacation in the past 2 years, but after reading this article I am sure about taking a trip this year. Thank you for the motivation!

    • Marie-Eve
      February 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Yay, thanks for your kind words Geeta!


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