The 55 Greatest Quotes on Travel Ever


Inspiring quotes about travel

Inspiring quotes about travel. Photo by Lily.

Whether you’re starting to plan a trip of a lifetime or you’re already on the road, quotes are a great way to get a dose of inspiration when the travel process gets frustrating.

Some milestones I had before starting my current year-long trip included figuring out how much it’d cost to travel, how to letting go of my belongings and trying to break free of a status quo mentality.

Along my travel journey, I’ve been at the crossroad between returning home or continuing to travel (I chose to travel longer). I’ve had my mental resilience and on a few rare moments I wondered why I left the comfort of my home in Toronto in the first place.

I just celebrated my one year travelversary two weeks ago in Chiang Mai, Thailand and here are some travel quotes that have inspired me or made me smile this past year around the world.

Top travel quotations and sayings

  1. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber
  2. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “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
  4. “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”
  5. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu
  6. Don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly. I traveled in the most inefficient way possible and it took me exactly where I wanted to go.National Geographic’s Andrew Evans, on his 40 day, 40 bus journey from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. Watch his refreshing TEDx Talk (18 min).
  7. “Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien
  8. “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
  9. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  10. View of beach near Dahab's Blue Hole
  11. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
  12. “A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.”
    – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  13. “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
  14. “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Gael Attal
  15. “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
  16. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley
  17. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert
  18. ‎”If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” — Roland Gau
  19. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde
  20. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” — Aldous Huxley
  21. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” — James Michener
  22. “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” — Dutch proverb
  23. 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
  24. Camel ride along Red Sea
  25. “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment.” — Lily Leung
  26. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller
  27. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill
  28. “No matter where you go, there you are.”
  29. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro
  30. “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.” — Jawaharal Nehru
  31. “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards.” — Spanish Proverb
  32. “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
  33. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block
  34. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton
  35. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye
  36. Sunrise over Saudi Arabia over the Red Sea
  37. “If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” — Will Kommen
  38. “Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive bundle of cash; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way.” — Rolf Potts
  39. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan
  40. “The further one goes, the less (he realizes he) one knows.” — Lao-Tzu
  41. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.”
  42. “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”— Gustave Flaubert
  43. “Travel is like love, 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
  44. “Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination.” — Ross Morley
  45. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” — Susan Heller
  46. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” — Henry David Thoreau
  47. “Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” — Eudora Welty
  48. “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” — Daranna Gidel
  49. “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.” — Amelia E. Barr
  50. Flight over the Red Sea
  51. “Let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen closely.”
  52. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs
  53. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
  54. “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

Final words

  1. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” — Glenn Clark
  2. ‎”Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men, instead, seek what they sought.” — Matsuo Basho
  3. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide
  5. “Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Pearson

>> Which travel quote is your favourite? Which sayings would you add to this list?

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  • SpainDriving

    “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment.” This is so true for me! I’ve been always travelling and moving a lot and I’ve always had a question: Is my home everywhere or nowhere? Yes, my home is where my heart is.

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  • luis

    Originally great quotes they are. The great quotes always inspire us to pack bag for going travel and discover new things.

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  • shailabhsuman

    Stumbled randomly on your blog when I was looking for Vipasana Meditation in Malaysia. Wonderful travel story all in all :)

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  • Tony Chan

    My personal favorite: “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in ANY direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know. Only YOU are the guy that will decide where to go!”.
    -Dr. Suess. “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”

    • Lily

      Thanks for sharing that Tony. Good quote.

      – Lily

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  • OE Travel Blogs

    Great list of quotes, good work.

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  • John

    “Best is…travel to unknown places in Africa where the people in London, New York and Paris who had never seen!

  • Kelly Swan

    Travel is the only thing money can buy that makes you richer.-unknown

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    compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

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  • tj

    I love these quotes! :-) Thanks for sharing dear

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    Wow!!!!! what can I say,inspiring and encouraging
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  • Gerard ~ GQtrippin

    Wow. I thought I’ve read most of the travel quotes out there already. This is a great list Lily. No idea where you find them, but nice job.

    • Lily

      Thanks Gerard, glad you enjoyed them!

      – Lily

  • @WFTristan


    I love these comments they are great, my favourite was “If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” — Will Kommen
    Which if you had seen my passport photograph…………

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    • Lily

      Hi Tristan,

      Thanks for the mention on your blog post. I cracked up when I saw that quote and had to include it on this list :)

      – Lily

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  • Nailah

    First time visitor to your blog…great list!  I’ll have to bookmark this one. My all time favorite travel quote is “A ship in its harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for”.  

    • Lily

      That’s a great quote Nailah :)

      – Lily

  • Alan

    You missed the best one of all:

    “It’s better to travel well than to arrive.”


    • Lily

      That’s a good one Alan :) Thanks for stopping by!

      – Lily

  • Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Had a good laugh at some of the quotes :) There are just so many reasons why we should travel and what it gives us :)

    • Lily

      Glad you enjoyed them, always nice to have some humour mixed in with the “inspiration” :)

      Thanks for stopping by!
      – Lily

  • Mr X.

    Thanks for this post! Awesome!!!!
    First off, I love motivational quotes of all kinds. And second, I am trying to find a way to quit my 9 to 5 job, and explore the world too! Like many, I am tired of the 9 to 5 grind! 
    To help me stay motivated, I have also put up a website to track the things that I do to finally escape. Take a look. 
    I am printing these motivational quotes about traveling, to take them with my on my lunch break. Until I can quit the 9 to 5, while at lunch, I can at least dream. :-)
    Mr X.

  • Nomadic Samuel

    Great list Lily – definitely inspiring!

    • Lily

      Thanks Samuel, glad you enjoyed the list!

      – Lily

  • Torre – Fearful Adventurer

    “If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” — Ha! 

    • Lily

      I laughed out loud when I found that one. Thankfully I’ve never been so sick that I look like my passport photo (or so I think…) :)

      Thanks for stopping by!
      – Lily

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  • Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    #4 and #7 are my favorites.  I always like the quotes with a bit of humor :-)

    • Lily

      Humor is always good! Travel gets too serious sometimes… :)

      – Lily

  • Anonymous

    great list!!!

    I love #6, 10, 26, and of course, 23! :)

    • Lily

      Glad you enjoyed it Jen! #23 is one of my favourite too (also the day of the month I officially took of on a jet plane) :)

      – Lily