Wednesday, April 6, 2016

50 Inspirational Travel Quotes

Sometimes we need a little push to leave the nest. When life gets all to cozy, it also tends to be harder to go out and explore. While my wanderlust is as strong as ever, I do like to remind myself of why I like to travel. It's really a combination of lots of things: from self discovery to discovering the world. Traveling soothes me, uplifts and no matter where I go is creating life-long memories. So in that sense I'm sharing some of my favorite travel quotes, collected from all over the place, and in no particular order. I hope you'll find some that are inspiring to you.

50 Inspirational Travel Quotes

1. “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

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

3. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

4. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

5. “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

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

7. “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon

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

9. “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

10. “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

11. “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

12. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

13. “Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.” – W. H. Auden

14. “Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor” – Seneca

15. “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

16. “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

17. “I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.” – Lord Dunsany

18. “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

19. “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

20. “I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.” – David Attenborough

21. “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

22. “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

23. “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

24. “Remember what Bilbo used to say: 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.” – JRR Tolkien

25. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

26. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

27. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

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

29. “I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller

30. “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

31. “To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley

32. “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

33. “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

34. “After a lifetime of world travel I’ve been fascinated that those in the third world don’t have the same perception of reality that we do.” – Jim Harrison

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

36. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

37. “Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

38. “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

39. “Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

40. “Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

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

42. “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

43. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

44. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

45. “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

46. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

47. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

48. “I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” – James Baldwin

49. “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

Do you have any favorite travel quotes?

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  1. Liebeer Mersad,
    das ist ein wunderschöner Post. Die Zitate sind so gut gewählt und interessant. Und deine Reisefotos sind großartig.
    Liebe Grüße

  2. Great series of quotes and accompanying photos.
    Thank you for sharing at

  3. Great quotes. Awesome pics.

  4. Wow, da hast du aber viel Mühe gegeben, diese Sprüche zusammenzusammeln. Liebe Grüße

  5. Amazing list of quotes. I will have to think about my favorite quote. So many hit the mark so well. Love your photos. The last one could be an illustration from "Lord of the Rings".

  6. I am not a traveler and will never be one, but i love to look at what you see when you travel. my mother had wanderlust but never had the funds to travel. she would have beleived these quotes. waking in a strange place alone terrifies me... i am a home body who travels no more than an hour from home....

  7. Hello Mersad,
    excellent pictures and quotes are top notch.
    Greetings Sadie

  8. Great collection of quotes! Makes me want to plan a trip right now!

  9. I enjoyed the quotations, but also thought you picked a couple of really fine pictures to go along with them.

  10. What an enthralling post, my dear Mersad, thank you for sharing it with us !

    Enjoy the remainder of your week, sweet friend,
    sending blessings of joy to you


  11. Very actual quotes, well related to amazing photo instants... Greetings!

  12. #10 is so true. Travel, in itself, is an education.

  13. You paired the quotes and the photos quite well.

  14. Ich finde sie alle toll und kann sie "unterschreiben". Mein allerliebstes Zitat in Bezug auf Reisen ist von Augustinus Aurelius

    "Die Welt ist ein Buch. Wer nie reist, sieht nur eine Seite davon"

    Echt klasse gemacht und deine Fotos drücken auch all diese Worte in Bild aus. Würde mich freuen wenn du diesen Post auch ohne Verlinkung/Angabe noch bei mir im Zitat im Bild vom Samstag mit verlinken würdest. Finde er gehört einfach gesehen^^

    Liebe Grüsse


  15. Hard to pick a favorite quote, but I like Disraeli's "Travel teaches toleration" the best!

  16. Thank you for beautiful post

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