30 travel quotes to inspire your next adventure

Posted Date: 25 June 2019
Inspirational travel quotes

Ah, travel quotes. A few short words can fuel your imagination on a tedious afternoon, help you recover from the post-holiday blues, or provide inspiration for planning your next trip.

The benefits of travelling are many, but unfortunately, most of us can’t travel all the time. For the times when your wanderlust calls, nurture it with the wise words of fellow travellers and explorers.

We hope these thought-provoking quotes inspire you to plan your next big adventure!


1. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
― Helen Keller


2. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
― David Mitchell


3. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai

Travel Quote - Anita Desai

4. “Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.”

― Dalai Lama


5. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and widely as possible.”
― Anthony Bourdain


6. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”
― Wallace Stevens

Travel quote - Wallace Stevens

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

― Jack Kerouac


8. “To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen


9. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.”
― Oscar Wilde

Travel quote - Oscar Wilde

10. “If it scares you, it may be a good thing to try.”

— Seth Godin


11. “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.”
― Mark Twain


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

Travel quote - Gustav Flaubert

13. “The great glory of travel, to me, is not just what I see that's new to me in countries visited, but that in almost every one of them I change from an outsider looking in to an insider looking out.”

― Clara E. Laughlin


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


15. “So much of who we are, is where we have been.”
― William Langewiesche

Travel quote - William Langewiesche

16. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― Albus Dumbledore


17. “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


8. “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
― Ibn Battuta

Travel quote - Ibn Battuta

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


20. “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


21. “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
― Sir Richard Burton

Travel quote - Sir Richard Burton

22. “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


23. “Paris is always a good idea.”

― Audrey Hepburn


24. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
― Jacques Cousteau

Travel quote - Jacques Cousteau
25. “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.”
― André Gide


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


27. “Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Travel quote - J.R.R. Tolkien

28. “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.”

― Christopher McCandless


29. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
― John Steinbeck


30. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”
― Sir David Attenborough

Travel quote - Sir David Attenborough

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