50 Uplifting Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Next Adventure

Travel quotes remind us why travel is essential to a rich, fulfilling life. Here are my favourite travel quotes to inspire your next adventure. Suitcase at the ready!

On Travel

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

“When you start to look like your passport photo, it’s time to go home”- Erma Bombeck

“Great things never came from comfort zones” -Anonymous

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“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 Mozart

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

Travel Quotes: A Journey of Introspection

Getting away from your daily routine gives you the perspective to view your life with more objectivity. Here are my favourite travel quotes to inspire personal discovery.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” -Henry David Thoreau

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

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled” -Anonymous

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going”    -Paul Theroux

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us” — John Steinbeck

Not only can two people visit the same place and have completely different experiences. But individuals can revisit a place years later and experience it in a completely new way. Travel is like literature, what we get out of it depends entirely on where we’re at. Read on for the full quote by Steinbeck.

Travel Quotes about The Journey & Heightened Senses

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“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it” – John Steinbeck

“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. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses” -Bill Bryson

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

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question” -Harun Yahya

Travel & Mindfulness

“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, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end” -Pico Iyer

Travel Quotes: Rediscovery

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“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” -Penelope Riley

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time” -Hannah Arendt

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken” Anais Nin

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees” -Henry Thoreau

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection” -Lawrence Durrell

Travel Quotes on taking risks

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“Keep your eyes on the horizon and your nose to the wind” -Clint Eastwood

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience” -Paulo coelho

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” -Paulo Coelho

“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

“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. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt” -Anthony Bourdain

It’s not always easy or pleasant. But travel, like love and all great things worth fighting for involve an element of risk. What are the travel quotes that inspire you to step outside your comfort zone?

Travel quotes for the Youth

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“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently.” -Henry Rollins

“Travel has made me more aware of me. I learn more about myself while on the road than anywhere else. It’s given me the ‘I can make it happen’ attitude” -Jessica Johnson

“I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see a little of it” -Alexander Sattler

“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, 10 miles whopping, 50 miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret” Bill Bryson

“Traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless, newborn baby–I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. It can barf all over me if it wants to–I just don’t care” –Elizabeth Gilbert

Travel Quotes: Lifestyle

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

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~Mae West

“It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”- Proverb

“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is” -Marcel Proust

“Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents” -Gayle Foreman

Travelling is a discipline in letting go.

Feel the Fear & Go Anyway

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“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” -Anonymous

“If you think adventure is dangerous. Try routine, it’s lethal” -Paulo Coelho

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” -Gustave Flaubert

“If you’re 22, 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

Travel Quotes: Learning & Forgetting

“Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I’d forgotten England even existed.” -Alex Garland

“Splendid to arrive alone in a foreign country and feel the assault of difference. Here they are all along, busy with living; they don’t talk or look like me. The rhythm of their day is entirely different; I am foreign” -Frances Mayes

“Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. 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. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty” -Jon Krakauer

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge” -Robert M. Pirsig

Once you create distance between yourself and your life, only then do things begin to make sense. Which travel quotes inspire you to re-evaluate your life?

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Travel Quotes: Discovery

“A discovery you make yourself is worth twenty thousand things that you are taught, even if it is a discovery that everyone else has made” -Esther Freud

“There are two kinds of travel: first class and with children” -Robert Benchley

“It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may not be who we essentially are” –Alain de Botton

“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

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” -Hunter S. Thompson

What are your favourite travel quotes and how have they inspired you?

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