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Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 | 10 comments

45 Phenomenal Travel Quotes

45 Phenomenal Travel Quotes

The other day I was surfing the web and discovered some really inspiring travel quotes.  I felt curious and started to look around for more.  Let me tell you that what I found was really interesting.

Some quotes say exactly what I have felt for years.  Others express the idea of travel in a complete new level.  Moreover, some have a metaphorical context.  They can be applied to travel or to life in general.

I thought it was nice to share with you guys my findings.  I am sure you are going to end as delighted as me.  So, if you don’t have travel plans for the near future (I already have plans for a bargain vacation next month, wink, wink), get pumped up and start to plan!!

Enjoy, my dear friends!!

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1.The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

St. Augustine

2. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu

3. I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson

4. 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

5. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu

6. 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

7. Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Anatole France

8. Travel penetrates your consciousness, but not in a rational way.

Milton Glaser

9. No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

Lin Yutang

10. Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.


11. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

12. 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, Blue Highways

13. A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

John Steinbeck

14. 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

15. Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.

Mason Cooley

16. Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.

Hodding Carter

17. 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.

Lillian Smith

18. Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.

Ray Bradbury

19. He who would travel happily must travel light.

Antoine de St. Exupery

20. 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

21. 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

22. If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

James Michener

23. Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.

Fitzhugh Mullan

24. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain

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

Robert Frost

26. A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.

Moslih Eddin Saadi

27. I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.

Caskie Stinnett

28. Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.

Frank Herbert

29. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Aldous Huxley

30. 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

31. The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

G.K. Chesterton

32. A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

33. 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

34. 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

35. 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

36. 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.

Gloria Gaither

37. 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

38. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

39. A wise traveler never despises his own country.

Carlo Goldoni

40. 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

41. 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.

J.R.R Tolkien

42. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

43. The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart

44. There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.

Robert Louis Stevenson

45. Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.

Freya Stark


What is your favorite travel quote? Let me know in the comments section below.




  1. There are a lot of good quotes on here. Very inspirational travel quotes and there are many I could pick from. Here’s two I like and why:

    6. 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

    That’s the thing I learned the more about travel. It’s how much it has changed me and the way I view the world. If you only go to see the sights, you will miss out on what life is really about.

    15. Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.

    Mason Cooley

    I have to agree on this one. While there are times I do stick out, I would rather travel in such a way that I am considered a local that is only visiting.
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    • Great to see you liked the compilation. It is difficult to me to choose favorites. There are so many that I love.
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  2. My favorite is:

    16. Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.

    Hodding Carter

    Absolutely applies to what Lori and I try to do. You’ve assembled a fantastic list here though Ruth. I’m sure I’ll come back to this post for inspiration time and time again.
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    • Glad to see you identify with one of the quotes. Like I said, I identify with some but not with others. I guess we all experience travel in different ways. Definetly come back everytime you need an inspiration shot.
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    • #27 is definetly a great one. Caskie Stinnett is a writer who is well known for its humorous works. So I guess the quote is supposed to be funny.
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    • Hey Stephanie,
      Good to know you learned a few new quotes. Hope they help you to continue your exciting travels.
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