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The 100 Most Famous Travel Quotes Of All Time

Travel quotes have an incredible ability to motivate us to take the plunge and travel to new places and experience new cultures.

Why is that?

You are a reflection of your thoughts. The things you think, you become! The good thing is that you can control what you think. That is where these travel quotes come in.

They will inspire you to think like the great minds that they originated from. As a result, you would want to travel to unknown places and experience new cultures.

That is why we compiled this list of 100 of the most famous travel quotes from modern-day explorers to century-old travelers.

We hope it inspires the wanderlust in you!


1.”Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert

2. “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

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

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

5. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” — Roy M. Goodman

6.”One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller

7. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” — Herman Melville

8. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” — D.H. Lawrence

9. “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” — George Bernard Shaw

10. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller

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Travel quote "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all"

11. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” — Dagobert D. Runes

12. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” — Asian Proverb

13. “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

14. “The journey not the arrival matters.” — T.S. Eliot

15. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” — Henry David Thoreau

16. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” — Randy Komisar

17. “For the born traveler, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.” — Aldous Huxley

18. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” — Wallace Stevens

19. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” — Benjamin Disraeli

20. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” — Saint Augustine of Hippo

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Travel quote "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."

21. “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.

22. “Once you have traveled, 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.” — Pat Conroy

23. “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” — Anna Quindlen

24. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” — Mohamed

25. “The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” — Sir Richard Burton

26. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” — Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

29. “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

30. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” — Buddha

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Travel quote "It is better to travel well than to arrive."

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

32. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” — Frank Herbert

33. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” — Seneca

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

35. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber

36. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” — Ray Bradbury

37. “If an ass goes traveling, he’ll not come home a horse.”— Thomas Fuller

38. “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

39. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”— Lao Pascal Mercier

40. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” — Robert Frost

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travel quote "Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by."

41. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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

43. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” — John Steinbeck

44. “I love to travel, but hate to arrive.” — Albert Einstein

45. “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

46. “Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station’.” — Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

47. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” — Chris McCandless

48. “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” — Dalai Lama

49. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” — Cesare Pavese

50. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” — Paul Theroux.

travel quote "Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going."

51. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” — Hilaire Belloc

52. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” — William Blake

53. “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

54. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” — Caskie Stinnett

55. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill

56. “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

57. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

58. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” — Elizabeth Drew

59. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

60. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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

travel quote "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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."

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

62. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” — Anais Nin

63. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Henry David Thoreau

64. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lau Tzu

65. “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

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

67. “Travel teaches toleration.” — Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

70. “Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

travel quote "Not all those who wander are lost."

71. “Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” — Ray Bradbury

72. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” — Anita Desai

73. “People don’t take trips… trips take people.” — John Steinbeck

74. “And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, 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

75. “The journey itself is my home.” — Bashō Matsuo

76. “I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

77. “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” — Agnes Repplier

78. “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

79. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” — Terry Pratchett

80. “I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.” — Paulo Coelho

travel quote "I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads."

81. “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand?” — Richard Aldington

82. “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone because they reflect more.” — Thomas Jefferson

83. “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains.” — Alain de Botton

84. “Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” – Ma Jian

85. “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 the floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” — Anthony Bourdain

86. “Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman

87. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” — Rumi

88. “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” — Ryū Murakami

89. “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” — G.K. Chesterton

90. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” — Melody Truong

travel quote "I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met."

91. “A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out nor ends when we have reached our doorstep once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.” — Ryszard Kapuściński

92. “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

93. “There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.” — Charlotte Eriksson

94. “I read, I travel, I become.” — Derek Walcott

95. “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

96. “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

97. “The journey is the destination.” — Dan Eldon

98. “Tourists went on holidays while travelers did something else. They traveled.” — Alex Garland

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

100. “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

travel quote "Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain."

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