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99 Short, Inspirational Travel Quotes to Spark Your Next Big Adventure

99 Short, Inspirational Travel Quotes to Spark Your Next Big Adventure

We could all use a little inspiration from time to time, especially when it comes to world travel.

That’s why I put together a master list of 99 of the best inspirational travel quotes to help spark your wanderlust and get you started planning your next big adventure.


1) “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ~ Gustav Flaubert.

2) “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Saint Augustine

3) “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

4) “Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

5) “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~ Anita Desai

6) “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

7) “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” ~ James Michener

8) “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” ~ Mark Twain

9) All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber

10) “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regrets.” ~ Oscar Wilde

11) “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” ~ David Mitchell

12) “To travel is to live.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

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

14) “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

15) “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

16) “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” ~ Tennesse Williams

17) “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

18) “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” ~ George Augustus Moore

19) “Ultimately, I have come to think, travel teaches us about love. It teaches us that the very best we can do with our lives is to embrace the peoples, places, and cultures we meet with all our mind, heart, and soul, to live as fully as possible in every moment, every day.” ~ Don George

20) “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” ~ Unknown

21) “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

22) “It’s a big world out there. It would be a shame not to experience it.” ~ J. D. Andrews

23) “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” ~ Jack Kerouac

24) “Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.” ~ Thornton Wilder

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

26) “That’s the place to get to—nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewheres, into our own nowhere.” ~ D.H. Lawrence

27) “You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next.” ~ Kirsten Hubbard

28) “I had a desire to see something besides my own shores, if only to be content to return to them someday. If I wish to live in my native land and love her, it should not be out of ignorance.” ~ Margaret George

29) “I may be going nowhere, but what a ride.” ~ Shaun Hick

30) “This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.” ~ Paolo Coehlo

31) “Set out from any point. They are all alike. They all lead to a point of departure.” ~ Antonio Porchia

32) “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

33) “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” ~ Ernie Harwell

34) Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station’.” ~ Lisa St Aubin de Terán

35) “One thing that I love about traveling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone.” ~ Sarah Glidden

36) “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

37) “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” ~ David Mitchell

38) “The road embraced me, let me breathe, and more importantly, did not judge me.” ~ M.B. Wilmot

39) “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

40) “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ~ Frida Kahlo

41) “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

42) “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah

43) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

44) “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ~ J.R.R Tolkien

45) “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” ~ Amelia Earhart

46) “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.” ~ Robert Frost

47) “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” ~ Dr. Seuss

48) “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Hux

49) “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” ~ T.S Eliot

50) “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” ~ Danny Kaye


51) “London on your own actually seems more exotic than Egypt on a tour.” ~ Laura Fraser

52) “I am just a girl chasing her dreams and having an amazing adventure.” ~ Madeline Stuart

53) “You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.” ~ Amit Kalantri

54) “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

55) “Life is short and the older you get the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.” ~ Viggo Mortenson

56) “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

57) If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” ~ John D. Rockefeller

58) “You know more of a world by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” ~ William Hazlitt

59) “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment.” ~ Hilaire Belloc

60) “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” ~ Frank Borman

61) “One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

62) “I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind –  and spirit.” ~ Jacqueline Cochran

63) “You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot.” ~ Shakuntala Devi

64) “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

65) “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Unknown

66) “ I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” ~ John Green

67) “ Take only memories, leave only footprints.” ~ Chief Seattle

68) “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

69) “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey” ~ Babs Hoffman

70) “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” ~ Unknown

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

72) It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” ~ Asian proverb

73) “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

74)  “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” ~ J.K. Rowling

75) “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” ~ Jamie Lyn Beatty

76) “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” ~ Ibn Battuta

77) “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ Mae West

78)  “Live your life by a compass not a clock.” ~ Stephen Covey

79)  “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it’s not what ships are built for.” ~ John A. Shedd

80) “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ~ Dalai Lama

81) “Collect moments, not things.” ~ Unknown

82) “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” ~ John Steinbeck

83) “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind” ~ Marty Rubin

84) “Quit your job. Buy a ticket. Get a tan. Fall in love. Never return.” – Island Company

85) “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

86) “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

88) “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

89) “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

90) “Every hundred feet the world changes” ~ Roberto Bolaño

91) “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

92) Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.” ~The Prophet Mohamed

93) “Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” ~ Seneca

94) “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

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

96) “Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs.” ~ Amin Maalouf

97) “A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

98) “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” ~ Caskie Stinnett

99) “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~ Susan Sontag

Need more inspiration? Check out this list of travel poems.


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Saturday 8th of June 2019

A compilation of best travel quotes, especially as there are a few there I’ve never read before The one from - Ralph Waldo Emerson “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.”