A collection of the most inspiring travel quotes

50 Best Travel Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust

Travel quotes have become so ubiquitous that some of them might seem a bit tired and inane. However the best ones do encapsulate the moments that make travel so special and have the power to motivate you to take action towards your dreams. I have pulled together a collection of travel quotes that have resonated with me in some way. Hope you enjoy them too.

These travel quotes by famous thinkers and adventurers of all times are sure to feed your wanderlust and inspire you to see the world.

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

2.I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see. – Carew Papritz

3.It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ursula K. Le Guin

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

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

5.Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustave Flaubert

6.Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.” – Simon Raven

7.I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side. – Roman Payne

8.To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen

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

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

11.To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. – Elizabeth Gilbert

12.See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security. – Ray Bradbury

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

14.Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience—buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello — become new all over again. – Anthony Doerr

15.Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul. – Jaime Lyn Beatty

Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul

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

17.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. – Ryu Murakami

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

19.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. – Christopher McCandless

20.Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times. – Asian Proverb

21.The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to. – Alain de Botton

22.Adventure is worthwhile. – Aesop

23.The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands. – Sir Richard Burton

24.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

25.Live your life by a compass, not a clock. – Stephen Covey

Live your life by a compass, not a clock

26.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

27.The journey not the arrival matters. ― T.S. Eliot

28.You need a break every once in a while to enjoy the everyday and you need the everyday to enjoy the break you take every once in a while. ― S.A. Tawks

29.Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind. – Seneca

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

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

32.How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you. ― Sarah Reijonen

33.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

34.Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good. ― Saadi

35.Move to a new country and you quickly see that visiting a place as a tourist, and actually moving there for good, are two very different things. ― Tahir Shah

36.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

37.Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. ― Paul Theroux

38.Foreign lands never yield their secrets to a traveller. The best they offer are tantalising snippets, just enough to inflame the imagination. The secrets they do reveal are your own – the ones you have kept from yourself. And this is reason enough to travel, to leave home. ― Graeme Sparkes

39.I love traveling, because you’re escaping into life instead of hiding from it. ― Margo Rabb

I love traveling, because you’re escaping into life instead of hiding from it

40.Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people. ― Thor Heyerdahl

41.Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard. ― Vera Nazarian

42.Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty. ― Debasish Mridha

43.Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs. ― Amin Maalouf

44.[Walking] is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. ― Elizabeth von Arnim

45.A wise man travels to discover himself. ― James Russell Lowell

46.Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing! ― Kenneth Grahame

47.The secret to youth is to fill your mind with beauty. ― Linda Ballou

48.To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy. ― Raquel Cepeda

49.The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown. – Paul Theroux

50.The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

This collection of travel quotes is by no means exhaustive, but I hope it provides some inspiration for your future adventures. 

I’d love to hear what your favourite travel quotes are – feel free to share them in the comments.

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