143 Inspirational travel quotes

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The Ultimate List of Adventure Travel Quotes

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You’ll find quotes from famous names and well-known travellers here, with a fair sprinkling of quotes that we all know and love; however, no one knows who coined the phrases originally.

Feed Your Wanderlust with 143 Quotes about Travel, A-Z by Author

It’s a long list, so you might want to grab a cuppa and put your feet up before you dive in. Which will be your favourite?

Joe Abercrombie

1. Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever

Quote about Travel with image of Taj Mahal under blue skies with text overlay stating "Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever"

Richard Aldington

2. Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before

John Amatt

3. Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life

Greg Anderson

4. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it

Hans Christian Andersen

5. To travel is to live

My 86 year old dad is the living embodiment of this wonderful quote about travel. Despite the inevitable advance of the years, he flatly refuses to hang up his travel shoes and settle for a life less extraordinary. I wonder where I inherited my itchy feet from??

Aristotle

6. Adventure is worthwhile

St Augustine of Hippo

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. Inspirational travel quote featuring image of woman with rucksack and child exploring shoreline of beach with text overlay "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page "

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

Ibn Battuta

8. Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller

Jaime Lyn Beatty

9. Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul

Is this the ultimate quote to describe the urge to travel that drives digital and global nomads to roam the planet? A “safe” job is not everyone’s idea of a fulfilled life and it’s becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice.

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Miriam Beard

10. Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living

Walter Benjamin

11. How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!

Wendell Berry

12. Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone

Yogi Bhajan

13. Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light

Travel light, live light,  spread the light, be the light. Travel quote featuring image of solo woman traveler with rucksack hiking on a mountain with text overlay "Travel light, live light,  spread the light, be the light "

Bob Bitchin

14. Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure

Lawrence Block

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

William Blake

16. Great things happen when men and mountains meet

Quote about travel with image of people trekking through snow near mountain with text overlay "great things happen when men and mountains meet"

Brian Blessed

17. My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure

I almost didn’t include this quote! As a self-confessed grammar nerd, the split infinite in the middle (to boldly go) is painful, but I love the sentiment of the quote and who doesn’t adore Brian Blessed?

Anthony Bourdain

The irrepressible late American chef Anthony Bourdain was a prolific travel writer and part of his legacy is a vast portfolio of travel quotes. I’ve cherry-picked my favourites here.

18. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown

Image of two young women travellers with their hands in the air enjoying outdoor scenery

19. I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary

20. The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca

21. 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 McDonald’s? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once

22. Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride

Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride  - adventure quote with boomer woman traveler on toboggan from Great Wall of China with text overlay "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride"

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23. 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

24. I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable

25. It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go

26. I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times

27. Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund

28. 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. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt

 When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out. Travel quote with image of two midlife women travelers drinking a cold beer with text overlay "When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out "

29. When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out

30. Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go

31. It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what’s happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there – with your eyes open – and lived to see it

32. 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

33. There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub

34. I wanted adventures. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world and I wanted the world to be just like the movies.

 35. Drink heavily with locals whenever possible. Adventure travel quote with image of happy women drinking with text overlay "Drink heavily with locals whenever possible"

35. Drink heavily with locals whenever possible

36. Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind

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Ray Bradbury

We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. Travel quote with black and white image of the Eiffel tower and text overlay "We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost"

37. We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost

38. Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories

Richard Branson

39. If happiness is the goal – and it should be – then adventures should be top priority

Bill Bryson

40. 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

Martin Buber

41. All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware

Tim Cahill

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. Travel quote with image of three women on hillside, with text overlay "A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles "

42. A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles

Albert Camers

43. The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion

Joseph Campbell

44. The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES! to your adventure

Paolo Coelho

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal. One of our top quotes about travel with image of man wearing a read backpack jumping over rocks, with text overlay "If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal"

45. If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal

46. I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads

Anderson Cooper

47. The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off

Dalai Lama

Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before. Travel quote with image of traveler on mountain and text overlay "Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before"

48. Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before

Alan de Botton

49. Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains

Anita Desai

50. Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow

Miguel de Unamuno

51. Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling

Walt Disney

52. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them

Benjamin Disraeli

53. Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen

Amelia Earhart

54. Adventure is worthwhile in itself

Dan Eldon

55. The journey is the destination

T.S. Eliot

56. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go

Sue Fitzmaurice

You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. Adventure quote about travel with image of solo woman traveler wearing a backpack and walking through mountains, with text overlay "You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong"

57. You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong

Gustave Flaubert

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

59. It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling

Claire Fontaine

60. Travel empties out everything you’ve put into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are

Robert Frost

61. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled

Thomas Fuller

62. Travel makes a wise man better and a fool worse

Andre Gide

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

Daranna Gidel

64. You lose sight of things, and, when you travel, everything balances out

Ernest Hemingway

65. Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another

Frank Herbert

66. Without new experiences something inside us sleeps. The sleeper inside us must awaken

Drew Houston

67. Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward

Kirsten Hubbard

68. You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next

Aldous Huxley

69. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries Aldous Huxley

70. Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure

Thomas Jefferson

71. I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone because they reflect more

Mark Jenkins

72. Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have first-hand encounters with the world

Ma Jian

73. Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead

Steve Jobs

74. The journey is the reward

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Samuel Johnson

75. All travel has its advantages. If the traveller visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it

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

Danny Kaye

77. To travel is to take a journey into yourself

Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Travel quote with image of jeep a top of a sand dune with text overlay "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing"

78. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

Jack Kerouac

79. Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry

80. We wandered in a frenzy and a dream

81. So, shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry

82. Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain

T. E. Lawrence

83. All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible

William Least Heat-Moon

84. 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

Ursula K Le Guin

85. It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end

David Livingstone

86. I am prepared to go anywhere provided it be forward

Bashō Matsuo

87. The journey itself is my home

Christopher McCandless

88. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun

Ewan McGregor

89. Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you

Pascal Mercier

90. We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there

Henry Miller

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

AA Milne

92. When you see someone putting on his big boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen

93. As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen (Winnie the Pooh)

David Mitchell

94. Travel far enough, you meet yourself

Mohammed

95. Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how far you have travelled

Jawaharlal Nehru

96. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open

Anais Nin

97. We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other soul

Michael Palin

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. Travel quote with image ofmature travelers sitting on suitcases reading a map, with text overlay "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 "

98. 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

Cesare Pavese

99. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

100. If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears

Terry Pratchett

101. 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

Marcel Proust

102. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes

Anna Quindlen

103. In books I have travelled, not only to other worlds, but also into my own

Mary Anne Radmacher

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

J.A. Redmerski

105. I wonder if the ocean smells different on the other side of the world

Agnes Repplier

106. The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life

Eleanor Roosevelt

107. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience

Ruth 1:16

Travel quote from Ruth 1_16 with image of woman walking in dress with flowers, with text overlay "Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy  God my God"

108. Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God Dr Seuss

109. Oh, the places you’ll go

Paul Sheehan

110. Travellers understand, instinctively and by experience, that travel and adventure change and elongate time, even while navigating the deadlines of airline and train departures

Beverly Sills

111. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going

John Steinbeck

112. People don’t take trips, trips take people

113. A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it

Robert Louis Stevenson

114. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move

115. There are no foreign lands, it is only the traveller who is foreign

Susan Sontag

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

Freya Stark

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

Paul Theroux

118. Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going

119. The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown

120. Travel is at its most rewarding when is ceases to be about reaching a destination, and becomes indistinguishable from living your life

Henry David Thoreau

121. The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready

122. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived

JRR Tolkein

123. 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

124. All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost

Eckhart Tolle

Life is an adventure. It's not a package tour. Quote about travel and image of solo woman traveler looking out of airplane window with text overlay "Life is an adventure. It's not a package tour""

125. Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour

Mark Twain

126. 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.

127. 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

Lao Tzo

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Travel quote and image of solo woman traveling with backpack with text overlay "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

128. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

129. A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving

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130. Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them

131. Adventure Awaits. Go find it!

Simply put, this is the story of my life…

132. It feels good to be lost in the right direction

133. Life was made for good friends and great adventure

134. Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure

135. What is life but one grand adventure?

136. One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure

Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. Adventure quote with image of man leaping from a cliff into a beautiful blue ocean with text overlay "Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show "

136. Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show

Of all the quotse about travel, this is one of my favourites because it really captures the spirit of the traveler in me. In a society obsessed with things and labels, it reminds us there’s more to life than the “stuff” we soon fall out of love with. Memories never grow old.

Catherynne M Valente

137. When one is traveling, everything looks brighter and lovelier. That does not mean it IS brighter and lovelier; it just means that sweet, kindly home suffers in comparison to tarted-up foreign places with all their jewels on

Irving Wallace

138. Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure

Tennessee Williams

139. Make voyages. Attempt them. There is nothing else

Oprah Winfrey

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Adventure quote with five people riding camels through the desert, led by a man in a robe with text overlay "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams "

140. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams

Harun Yahya

141. I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question

Banana Yoshimoto

142. No matter where you are, you’re always a bit on your own, always an outsider

Siya Yarrabi

Maybe the best moment of your life will be on your next big adventure. Quote about travel with image of wild campsite at night, with camping chairs and tents around a campfire and text overlay "Maybe the best moment of your life will be on your next big adventure"

143. Maybe the best moment of your life will be on your next big adventure

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Retired nurse Mo took her first international flight as a baby, relocating from the Channel Islands to the Cayman Islands, and she's been traveling ever since. A self-confessed history nerd and lover of festivals, Mo loves to linger in museums but is also a bit of an adrenaline junkie and will try anything once!

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