Best Travel Quotes: 50 Inspirational Travel Quotes to Stir Your Wanderlust

I love inspirational quotes.  Not surprisingly, one of more memorable gifts I’ve ever received is a daily calendar from my college roommate, each page containing a daily inspirational quote.  I think of it as chicken soup for the heart. I still fondly remember one of my favorite quotes, “Beyond the clouds.  Behind the rain.  There are a thousand rainbows”. 

With travel summer season around the corner, I decided to compile 50 of my favorite travel related quotes (and 3 general quotes).  I hope they inspire and stir your wanderlust.

1. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

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

3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

8. “All that glitters is not gold. Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkein

9. “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 Lyer

10. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

11. “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

12. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

13. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

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

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

16. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry

17. “A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

18. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” — Paulo Coelho

19. “Of all the books in the world, the best stories can be found between the pages of a passport.”

20. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

21. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

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

23. “If home can’t be where you come from, then home is what you make of where you go.” – Eleanor Catton

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

25. “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

26. “Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

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

28.  “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

29. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

30. “Life is short and the world is wide.” – Simon Raven

31. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart

32. “A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” – Pico Iyer

33. “Travel is not a vacation, and it is often the opposite of a rest.” – Paul Theroux

34. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

35. “It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale

36. “Only those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

37. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

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. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

40. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

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

42. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

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

44. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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

46. “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

47. ”Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” – Steve Pavlina

48. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

49. “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” – John Amatt

50. “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

Then there are just three Inspiring life quotes I want to add:

51.  “You can’t pick the hand you’re dealt, but you can choose how you play your cards.”

52.  “Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.” – Phillips Brooks

53.  “Those who say it cannot be done should get the hell out of the way of those who are doing it.”

I know why I love to travel.  I wish you all a grand adventure, whatever you do and wherever you may be.


Are there any quotes that you like the most from the list?  Are there some really great ones that you love that’s not on the list?  If so, I’d love to hear it.  Please include in comments below.

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