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101 Best Travel Quotes to Inspire and Fuel Your Wanderlust

October 24, 2016.happynfull.1 Like.12 Comments

101 Best Travel Quotes to Inspire and Fuel your Wanderlust

101 Best Travel Quotes to Inspire and Fuel your Wanderlust

Whether you are currently traveling or are itching to travel, this list of 101 travel quotes will undoubtedly open a window into the importance of travel. I had so much fun compiling this list as it’s become more evident than ever that travel has been shaping great minds for centuries. This ultimate list of best travel quotes captures the prose of famous authors, journalists, political icons, religious leaders, and celebrities around the world, spanning multiple centuries. Their insights are invaluable and timeless!

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The following 101 travel quotes are broken into sections:

Wise Travel Quotes – The best travel advice from seasoned travel experts
Inspirational Quotes – Words that will make you want to pack your bags and grab your passport
Truthful Quotes – Viewpoints on travel that resonates for most travelers through past experiences
Gratitude Quotes – Celebrities and icons share their outlooks on how travel has shaped them

OK, y’all. Buckle your seat belts! Here we go!

25 Wise Travel Quotes:

1. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and 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 eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” ― Anthony Bourdain

2. ”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

101 Best Travel Quotes3. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

4. “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” – Andrew Zimmerman

5. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James A. Michener

7. “I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.” — Diane von Furstenberg

8. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” — Susan Heller

9. “Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

101 Best Travel Quotes10. “When I travel, I feel more like a nomad than a tourist.” –  Mohsin Hamid

11. “When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.” – Helen Hayes

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, Fahrenheit 451

13. “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’” – Daniel J. Boorstin

14. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

15. “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

16. “Don’t time travel into the past, roaming through the nuances as if they can change. Don’t bookmark pages you’ve already read.”– James Altucher

17. “Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.”– Lewis Mumford

18. “When I had money in the past, I would always travel rather than spend it on big apartments or cars. And I still feel exactly the same way.”– Robin Wright

19. “The best way to travel abroad is to live with the locals.”– Zach Braff

20. “I take a cooking class everywhere I travel. I find it’s the best way to get to know a culture.”– Blake Lively

21. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

22. “to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

23. “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

24. “Whether a plane to Singapore, a subway in Manhattan, or the streets of Cincinnati, I search for meaningful conversation wherever I may travel. Without it, I believe we lose the ability to not only understand others, but more importantly, ourselves.”– Dhani Jones

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

25 Inspirational Travel Quotes:

26. “You don’t have to travel, but I find extended travel to be a helpful tool for reexamining yourself and the constraints you’ve artificially placed on your life. It’s easy to believe everything has to be done one way if you’re always in one place around the same people.” – Timothy Ferriss

27. “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” — Anthony Bourdain

28. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

29. “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” ― Isabelle Eberhardt

30. “Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination.” — Ross Morley

31. ”Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” — Anthony Bourdain

32. “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

33. ”Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.” — Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

34. “Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” ― Ma Jian

35. “I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.” – Michael Palin

36. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson

37. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed

38. “I want to teach. I want to speak. I want to travel.”– Hillary Clinton

39. “The best way to get to know the place you are traveling in is to walk around… and the best way to walk around is with comfortable shoes! Grab your travel buddy and your running shoes and go explore!”– Laura Marano

40. “When I’m home, I spend Sunday with my husband. If we’re not cooking, we travel around in our camper, stop at fast-food restaurants, and picnic. We love that stuff that will harden your arteries in a hurry.”– Dolly Parton

41. ”Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate sourvenir is a broader perspective.”– Rick Steves

42. “There is a part of me that still wants to go out and grab a backpack and unplug – not take a cellphone or even a camera and just get out there and experience the world and travel. I have yet to do that, but someday I hope.”– Emilio Esteves

43. “To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”–  John Muir

44. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

45. “I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.”– Henry Rollins

46. “I read; I travel; I become” ― Derek Walcott

47. “There was part of me that wanted to see the world and travel to distant places, but I could only do it in my imagination, so I read ferociously and imagined things.” – George R.R. Martin

48. “Let’s go together and go to different places and see different things. It’ll be fun! ― Togashi Yoshihiro

49. ”I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.” — Cheryl Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)

50. “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”– Paulo Coelho

35 Truthful Travel Quotes:

51. “If you don’t like a place, maybe you don’t know enough about it… Give a culture the benefit of your open mind.” ― Rick Steves

52. “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

53. “Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.”― Sargent Shriver

54. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”― Terry Pratchett

55. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”― Samuel Johnson

56. “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

57. “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ― G.K. Chesterton

58. “I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

59. “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

60. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”― Lawrence Block

61. “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

62. “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”  ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

63. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

64. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway

65. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo

66. “Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.”― Robin Leach

67. “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”― Ernest Hemingway

68. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”― Tim Cahill

101 Best Travel Quotes69. “The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.” ― Anderson Cooper

70. “It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!”― Penelope Riley

71. “As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”― James Lane Allen

72. “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.”― Charles Kuralt

73, “We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair.”― Mignon McLaughlin

74. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

75. “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

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

77. “Men read maps better than women because only men can understand the concept of an inch equaling a hundred miles.” ― Roseanne Barr

78. “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

79. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

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

81. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ― Pico Iyer

82. “Hitler didn’t travel. Stalin didn’t travel. Saddam Hussein never traveled. They didn’t want to have their orthodoxy challenged.” — Howard Gardner

83. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

84. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

85. “People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” – Martin Yan

16 Gratitude Travel Quotes

86. “I travel around the world, experiencing every language, every religion… some places where there’s just no reason to smile, because their lives are so difficult.”― Lionel Richie

87. “I want to take time to understand life. I want to travel. I want to be a better person, a better Mom. I want to do something good with my life.” ― Angelina Jolie

88. “Food makes travel so exceptional, because you get to taste what it’s actually supposed to taste like. To eat the real Pad Thai or finally have a proper curry is something pretty amazing.”― Meghan Markle

89. “In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.”― Michael Jordan

90. “I love to see new things, and I love to learn. I always learn so much when I travel – that’s the best thing.”― Larry Fitzgerald

91. “It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty…”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

92. “Taking time to sit back and watch and think about what you’ve seen is important. Traveling did a great deal to me. I found that when I travel and just sit in the corner and watch, a million ideas come to me.”― Lionel Richie

93. “When I think, where did I laugh the most, where did I eat the most, where did I just feel good all the time, I would say making the Bond movie ‘Die Another Day.’ To be part of such an iconic franchise and to travel to exotic places – that was the most fun I ever had.”― Halle Berry

94. “The best education I have ever received was through travel.”― Lisa Ling

95. “I travel a lot, so when I arrive in a city, I like to go to good local bookshops and make a selection based on how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking. The book I pick usually seems to have a definite karmic connection!”― Yoko Ono

96. “I have no problem with the adventure travel movement. It makes better, more sensitive people. If you get people diving on a coral reef, they’re going to become more respectful of the outdoors and more concerned with the threats that places like that face and they’re going to care more about protecting them than they would have before.”― Tim Cahill

97. “I’ve had a very interesting career. I get to do amazing things and work with amazing people and travel and learn languages – things most people don’t get the opportunity to do.”― Gwyneth Paltrow

98. “I travel so much and am always living out of a suitcase, so my favorite saying is ‘Wherever you go, there you are’. I love it because it’s reassuring to me that you have to live in the moment wherever you happen to be.”― Jake Shears

99. “I crossed the street to walk in the sunshine.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

101 Best Travel Quotes100. “I really cherish the memories I have of my trips. For some reason, when you travel, it’s like your mind picks up on the fact that this is something uncharacteristic, so it tunes in more acutely and remembers better.”― Jennette McCurdy

101. “Travel opens eyes to the endless languages, cultures, food, and artistic sensibilities. You start to look at things in a different way and have a better sense of how you want to craft and live out the rest of your life.”― Happynfull (ME!) 😉

101 Best Travel Quotes to Inspire and Fuel your Wanderlust
I hope you enjoyed this list! Which one resonated with you the most? Do you have any travel quotes you love that aren’t on the list?

Comments (12)

  • Lerato Bambo . October 24, 2016 . Reply

    Loved this!! Truly inspiring for travel lovers.

    • (Author) happynfull . October 24, 2016 . Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Lerato!! 🙂

  • Kathleen . October 25, 2016 . Reply

    I love travel quotes too! 🙂 Loads in this I’ve not seen before 🙂

    • (Author) happynfull . October 25, 2016 . Reply

      Hehe, ‘loads’…. are you from the UK, Kathleen?! Thanks for commenting and glad I uncovered some new ones for you! <3

  • Lisa . October 25, 2016 . Reply

    Wow, I am inspired! Just wish I’d read these quotes before having a baby! Can’t wait to see more of the world. Especially love the quote about being half the clothes and twice the money – so true!

  • Laura . October 25, 2016 . Reply

    Oo great post!! There were loads in here I’d never seen before! My favourites were:

    28. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart – because it really resinates with me


    38. “I want to teach. I want to speak. I want to travel.”– Hillary Clinton – just because it’s by Hillary :’)

    • (Author) happynfull . October 25, 2016 . Reply

      Thanks, Laura. Hahaha I feel like Amelia Earhart’s quote sounds kind of like the Nike slogan. But hey, just do it is right! 🙂 and yeah, this year it’s all about the Hillz. <3

  • Sharon Myers . October 25, 2016 . Reply

    Love love love No 70 god the stories I have lol xx

    • (Author) happynfull . October 25, 2016 . Reply

      Hahaha you’ll have to share them someday! 🙂

  • Sophie Mitchell . October 25, 2016 . Reply

    This post is just what I needed this week! I love travel quotes 🙂

  • verushka . October 26, 2016 . Reply

    A fantastic post with so many wonderful quotes. Some I know and some I have never heard of. Thank you for sharing these gems

  • Eva . November 4, 2016 . Reply

    Fabulous collection of the best travel quotes 🙂

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