Best Travel Quotes: 35 Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Powerful words can ignite passion in people.

And traveling is something humans are already drawn towards.

You don’t need to work too hard to convince yourself to go on a trip. Just a small pep talk and you’re rummaging through your drawers for your passport.

In case, you’re one of those who can’t, here are the best 35 travel quotes to inspire you to travel.

Best Inspirational Travel Quotes

Adventure Travel Quotes

1.

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

Susan Sontag

Napoleon Hill once said, “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”

If you desire to travel, then you’ll make it happen. And a list reminds you of doing what’s needed to be done in order to cross off every place from your bucket list.
2.

Adventure Is Worthwhile.

Aesop

It’s as succinct as it gets. In just three words, Aesop has summed up the essence of traveling. Adventure brings the unknown, the hidden and presents it in front of you to unfold it and peel its layers away. And that is nothing but worthwhile.

Every penny you spend, every joule of energy you exhaust, every ache you feel in your bones and every other effort you put in for traveling together form an adventure that educates you.
3.

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

Herman Melville

The most precious treasures are never documented. Similarly, destinations truly worth visiting are not on maps.
The best of experiences are those which come unexpectedly. Same is the case with places. The best of places are those which are not listed and you find them by chance.

Make sure you don’t just stick to the map!
4.

Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring the better.

Simon Raven

Well, isn’t that the truth?

The vastness of this world is incomprehensible. You can’t take it in all at once. But you can uncover it piece by piece, place by place. In the short span of time, that is life, you can only see so much. It’s better to start your quest to go around the globe as young as possible.
5.

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

Lawrence Block

Stumbling upon something that we were not seeking is a delight. And for a tourist, it’s ecstasy.

When you don’t know that beyond the expanse of a massive forest you’re exploring lies a mesmerizing waterfall, coming across it would make your journey 10 times exhilarating.

The best experiences are formed when you find something or someone without even looking for them. Enjoy the unexpected delight that traveling has to offer.
6.

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

Caskie Stinnett

Life is not a routine affair; instead it’s a spontaneous string of events that you truly live. Enjoy the spontaneity life has to offer and don’t settle for monotony.

That’s why I love going to other places many times per year. Alone, or with my significant other, or with friends. From Paris to Tokyo, I prefer to live my life on the road rather than in a cubicle 24/24, 365 days a year.

Getting up early, going to work every day shouldn’t be how you define life. Life should be full of adrenaline and adventure. Make sure you don’t miss out on it because you had the wrong idea about what really life is.

Tips and Money Travel Quotes

7.

Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.

Matthew Karsten

Travel teaches you more about yourself than you ever can never find out otherwise. You find yourself through traveling.

When you take on challenges, you are testing yourself. And they lead you to yourself. Traveling is also like a challenge that tells you how resilient and determined you are to not settle.

Invest in yourself by investing in experiences, moments, and traveling.
8.

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

Eugene Fodor

The 19th century traveler gave the world a valuable gnome at a time when traveling was a luxury for the elites. Eugene himself traveled the world on a budget and proved that even when times are tough you can squeeze in a trip in your meager wealth. And his statement has never been truer than it is now.
9.

Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.

Paulo Coelho

Just like Peter Hoeg, Paulho Coelho also believes that travel is not about having money; it’s about having the courage to face the unknown. Only daring beings can enjoy the mystical experience of traveling, people who are willing to step out of their safe place.

It’s like reading a suspense thriller, where you don’t know what is going to come next. If you brace yourself for the unknown and get out into the world, you reap the fruits till the end of time.
10.

He who travels happily must travel light.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This one is a great travel tip in itself.

Don’t just reduce the size of the baggage you carry when you travel, also reduce the size of the baggage your heart and mind carry. To fully enjoy the world, letting go of your demons is essential. When you plunge into the bottomless pit of traveling, rid yourself of worries to truly recharge your soul.

Personality Impact Travel Quote

11.

Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.

Peter Hoeg

Going out in the world presents you with unfamiliar situations which stir up all of kinds of emotions. You get to experience, excitement, love, fear, nervousness, anticipation and the list goes on.

Excite your senses with the love of traveling. You cannot fathom the versatile mix of emotion a traveler feels until you, yourself take the plunge and experience the rush.
12.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It’s easy to learn but impossible to unlearn. Once a mind is exposed to new ways of thinking, it is never going back to its old ways. And that’s evolution.

Traveling evolves your mind. Once you evolve into a ‘woke’ person, you would never think like you used to. Give yourself the chance to evolve and step on a plane.
13.

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

Ibn Battuta

In the words of the traveling master, the ever wandering soul, Ibn Battuta, traveling leaves you dazed. The medieval traveler describes the ubiquitous impression traveling leaves on every traveler. The oxymoronic tendency of it first makes you awestruck, leaving you without words over the magnificence of the world. This then turns you into a colorful raconteur.

And this power of traveling has bequeathed timeless stories to the world which ignite the passion of exploring in every one of us.
14.

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

Gustave Flaubert

Where do we stand in this world? What is our place? Do we even matter? These questions are often answered when a person embarks on a journey. We realize how insignificant we are in this world. How negligible our being is in the grand scheme of things?

When a soul unearths the wonders of this mysterious world, and realizes there’s so much more to life than just their trivial existence, they become humble.
15.

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip.

Babs Hoffman

A journey is meant to have unforeseen glitches, but that doesn’t mean you don’t embark on it. Having the motto of ‘come what may’ will take you to faraway places.

Don’t let petty blips stop you from exploring. And isn’t that how you take on life, you don’t stop living if you’re faced with an unexpected challenge. If traveling comes with some pitfalls, why should you take it any different?
16.

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

Anais Nin

The wanderer in all of us seeks adventures and journeys to satisfy the hunger for exploration. Whatever maybe the reason behind going on a trip, but we all wish to travel to either explore or to resettle, to seek companionship or just to learn. The driving force may be different but the outcome remains the same.
17.

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

Mary Anne Radmacher

Traveling is truly a life-changing journey. It teaches you more than any book or classroom ever could. The obstacles you face, the places you come across, the people you encounter enlighten you. Once you have seen the world from outside the lens of your home, you will never see it the old way.

Traveling opens up new directions for you to think in. It makes you better and wiser.
18.

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

Andre Gide

Courage is all you need to explore the world. Getting out of the familiar, secure walls of your comfort zone and stepping out on the land of the unknown can be scary. But only with the unwavering resolve can you achieve greatness.

Dare to wander and leave familiarity of your safe place to see new horizons.
19.

With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.

Sandra Lake

Age might bring wisdom but traveling brings true meaning to wisdom. When you begin the process of taking a trip, it starts from packing your bag to returning home. And this entire process brings revelations that help you understand the world better.
20.

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

Anonymous

Material possessions fade away but traveling leaves a perennial mark on your existence. Everything you buy will depreciate and at some point stop existing. But the invigorating experience of traveling stays with you till your last breath.

So in essence, travel is indeed the only thing that truly makes you rich.
21.

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

Anita Desai

Whatever trace of a place you take away with yourself, becomes a part of your being. What you get from traveling stays with you till your last breath.

It’s not about souvenirs or presents that you get, it’s the everlasting impression of an experience that gets engraved on your soul.
22.

Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

David Mitchell

A traveler always finds themselves in the plains of a foreign land. As we have already established that traveling is the best investment in yourself because it helps you find yourself. This quote just reinforces that idea.

In the unfamiliarity of a place you find the unknown realities of your being as well. So it’s not just about finding places and people, it is also about finding yourself.

Social Interactions and Manners Travel quotes

23.

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.

Tim Cahill

A social animal lives in all of us. It may not define us but it is still present somewhere, deep down. And that being expects us to connect. Traveling can lead us to lifelong friends, and sometimes even to our better halves.

The fruitfulness of an experience is not always measured in the miles you travel or the number of places you discover; sometimes meeting other wandering souls can be the fruit of your trek.
24.

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

James Michener

Having an open mind is a pre-requisite of traveling. If you carry your biases, beliefs and uninformed opinions with you to other places, you’d never welcome new ideas. Holding on to your perspectives can turn you into a bigot. And a bigot can never get the true essence of traveling, so it’s better if they don’t travel at all.
25.

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

Shirley MacLaine

Humans are the same fundamentally; we share same emotions, same fears and same desires. When you meet new people, that reality is reinforced. And you realize that we are one, made of similar ingredients, only our complexes make us feel different.

Globetrotting gives you the opportunity to meet new people and connect with your own kind.
26.

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

Chief Seattle

Don’t take away pieces from a place, just lock their impression in your mind and take that with you. Don’t disrupt the order of things when you’re just a guest there. Leave just an innocuous trace of your presence behind.

Nobody likes it when outsiders change their arrangement of things. Places are the same way, don’t chip them away with the thought that you’ll leave them behind.
27.

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.

Samuel Johnson

Traveling pops your bubble. It acclimatizes you with reality and makes you realize that things are different than how you thought them to be. It’s important to know the truth of things for than to rely on your uninformed ideas. It makes you wise and knowledgeable.

Travel to learn the truth, to find the reality of the world.

Inspirational Travel Quotes

28.

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

Freya Stark

The rush of adrenaline that comes from stepping on a foreign land is intoxicating. Being a stranger in an unknown space makes you powerful and vulnerable simultaneously. It gives you the liberty to be whoever you want to be. And at the same time it leaves you at the mercy of your own device to navigate through the unfamiliar surroundings.

But the heady feeling of being on your own trumps almost every other sensation of life.
29.

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

Saint Augustine

In the metaphorical words of Saint Augustine, we get the plainest yet pithy analogy of the world. When you read a book, you must finish it or at-least get through most of it to form an informed opinion. You cannot understand the truth of it if you are not fully aware of its matter.

Just like the world. If you stay within your comfort zone, within the bounds of your own culture, you will never know about the diversity the world has to offer.
30.

The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.

Wallace Stevens

Everything about the world is worth exploring. It has so much to offer. It basically offers its entire sphere for you to look at and revel. Then why be so picky? Every new place has something to offer, whether you realize it or not.

Just go out in the world and marvel at its wonders and even at its shortcomings.
31.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart!

Confucius

Traveling without heart is like a life without love. Doing anything half heartedly would never give you the best results. And when it comes to traveling, it’s even more important to put your heart into it. Because if done with love and care and excitement, traveling can elevate your soul.
32.

To travel is to live.

Hans Christian Andersen

Life is not in the confinements of daily routine. It’s in the treat of traveling. As Caskie Skinnett expressed beautifully that routine life disrupts it. And this quote by Hans Christian Anderson rephrases it as succinctly as possible. Life is not in routine, it’s actually in the hustle of traveling.

If you truly want to live, then travel!
33.

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

Asian Proverb

Listening is not as satisfying as looking. What you experience by looking cannot even come close to hearing about something. If you truly wish to witness the wonders of life then use your eyes instead of your ears.

Go out; embark on a journey to explore the Earth. Don’t rely on others to fill you in on the wonders of the world.
34.

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

Henry Miller

Every new destination is fraught with new ideas and values. A traveler doesn’t just look at a place, they also absorb it.

When you go in a garden teeming with hypnotizing flowers, you don’t just look at them, you feel their essence. You learn their fragrance you memorize their texture to truly enjoy their presence. Exploring places should also be like that.
35.

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

It should never be about the destination!

The best part about traveling is exploring. Going out to see a place that you already know exists is nice but not as delightful as traveling itself. Move, start a journey and don’t fret over the destination. Every journey brings destinations, expected or unexpected. Once you start the journey you are bound to find something.

Conclusion

Music is deemed as the food for the soul. But traveling is the food for the mind and heart. You cannot fathom the splendors until you take it up yourself. Life without traveling is mediocre. Don’t settle for mediocrity and embark on the journey to elation and greatness.

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