80+ Travel Quotes To Ignite Your Wanderlust

Who doesn’t like inspirational quotes?! They are powerful words that inspire you to take action.

Over the last couple years of travelling the world I collected a couple notebooks full of travel quotes. Instead of keeping these amazing quotes to myself, I decided it would be nice to share them with you.

I hope these travel quotes will inspire you and motivate you to live YOUR life. Maybe even pack up everything, head into the unknown and see the world for what it really is.

Here are the most adventurous travel quotes I have come across:

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

People don’t take trips, trips take people.

John Steinbeck

You cannot explore the universe if you think that you are the centre of it.

Joshua Suya Pelicano

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

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, Tom Sawyer Abroad

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson’s Essays

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.


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

James Michener

Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.

Judith Thurman

…because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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

Marcel Proust

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

Henry Miller

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Mark Twain

I love to travel, but hate to arrive.

Albert Einstein

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.

Paul Theroux

Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.


Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realise they were the big things.

Kurt Vonnegut

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.

Rachel Wolchin

I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way…

Carl Sandburg

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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

We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.

Ray Bradbury

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

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

Caskie Stinnett

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Susan Sontag

Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

David Mitchell

All you’ve got to do is decide to go and the hardest part is over.

Tony Wheeler

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.


One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

Paulo Coelho

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.

Hilaire Belloc

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

Lao Tzu

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

A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

John A. Shedd

A person susceptible to wanderlust is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.

Pico Iyer

You don’t have to be rich to travel well.

Eugene Fodor

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.


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

John Steinbeck

Traveling makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Gustave Flaubert

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

Aldous Huxley

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Francis Bacon

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

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

Chief Seattle

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Helen Keller

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

Tim Cahill

If you don’t live on the edge, you can’t see the view.

Vicky Corrington

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

Ziad K. Abdelnour

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Michael Hyatt

If you don’t do stupid things while you’re young, you’ll have nothing to smile about when you’re old.


I’d rather look back at my life and say I can’t believe I did that, rather than, I wish I did that.

Richard Branson

I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.

John Green

Mondays aren’t so bad, it’s your job that sucks


I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.

George Bernard Shaw

The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.


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

Gustav Flaubert

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Ibn Battuta

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

To Travel is to Live.

Hans Christian Andersen

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

Lin Yutang

Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.

Thomas Fuller

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

Agustine of Hippo

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

Lao Tzu

He who would travel happily must travel light.

Antoine de St. Exupery

Wherever you go, go with all your heart!


Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.

Paolo Coelho

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

Anais Nin

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.

Oscar Wilde

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

Dalai Lama

Don’t count the days. Make the days count.

Muhammad Ali

My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.

Diane Arbus

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.

Cesare Pavese

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

Anita Desai

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T.S. Eliot

If you are thirty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn to 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 cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.

Anthony Bourdain

Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.

Oscar Wilde

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Henry David Thoreau

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.

Dagobert D. Runes

Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.

Gayle Foreman

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

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

Freya Stark

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

Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.

Marty Rubin

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

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