The 80 Greatest Travel Quotes of All Time

Please enjoy this diverse and inspiring compilation of travel quotes.  I encourage you to put aside some time to read them all.  You’ll see why – there are gems all the way down the list.  I promise that you won’t be disappointed!  You may even find something that speaks to you and even moves you. 

Wise words have a way of touching us when we least expect it:

1. “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” –Walt Disney

2. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

3. “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.” – Jawaharial Nehru

4. “The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes.” – Proust

5. “Genuine travel has no destination. Travelers do not go somewhere, but constantly discover they are somewhere else.” – James Carse

6. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

7. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

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

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

10. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” – Mohammed

11. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

12. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.”- D. H. Lawrence

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

14. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

15. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

16. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

17. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

18. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

19. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

20. “If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” – Will Kommen

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

22. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

23. “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

24. “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

25. “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

26. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” Freya Stark

27. “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

28. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

29. “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

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

31. “It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run.”
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

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

33. “Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” – Robert Plant/Jimmy Page

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

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

36. “The journey not the arrival matters.” -T. S. Eliot

37. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” -Tim Cahill

38. “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

39. “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

40. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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

42. “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

43. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew

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

45. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. – William Least Heat Moon

46. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

47. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

48. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

49. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”- Rudyard Kipling

50. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

51. “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

52. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

53. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

54. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

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

56. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra

57. “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” – Stephen Wright

58. “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

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

60. “All that is gold does not glitter, and not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien

61. “Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.” – Euripedes

62. “Earth’s crammed with heaven.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

63. “I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people.”  Bumper Sticker wisdom

64. “She said she cried a little bit every day. Not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short.” – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

65. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

66. “Can you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice.  “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat. – Lewis Caroll

67. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

68. “It’s dangerous business walking out your front door.” – J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit

69. “All you touch and all you see, Is all your life will ever be.” – Pink Floyd

70. “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you’vee got to keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

71. “The fool wanders, the wise one travels.” – a Welsh proverb

72. “When I was just a young boy my mother said to me, There’s only one girl in the world for you, and she probably lives in Tahiti.” – Wreckless Eric

73. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” – George Carlin

74. There are none happy in the world but beings who enjoy freely a vast horizon.” – Thoreau

75. “I must be traveling on now, cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.” – Lynard Skynyrd, in Free Bird

76. “Go far. Stay long. See deep. And may the sun rise twice before you sleep.” – Unknown

77. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

78. “To Travel is to Own the World.” – Burton Holmes

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

80. “Wherever you are, that is where you will be.” – Unknown

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