The Ultimate 100 Travel and Journey Quotes to Inspire You + See the World

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top travel quotes inspirationI don’t need much motivation or inspiration to get me traveling and if you’re a fan of this site, chances are you don’t either. It’s naturally a way of life for us and a part of who we are. But, every once in a while a travel quote has a way of expressing in words the way you fell deep inside.

Every time I’ve stumbled across such a quote, I’d make a note, write it down or take a screenshot.

Over the years I’ve amassed quite the list…

These are my favourite Journey Quotes

also affectionately referred to as:

The Ultimate 100 Travel Quotes to Inspire You +
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Are you ready? Let’s get into it guys…

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more — Pico Iyer

Not all those who wander are lost — J.R.R. Tolkien

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list — Susan Sontag

For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the Earth looking skywards, for there you have been, and there you long to return — Leonardo Da Vinci

We travel not to escape life but life not to escape us.

If life is a journey, the beach is my destination.

The joy is in the journey.

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It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves. In finding themselves — Andre Gide

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes — Marcel Proust

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all — Helen Keller

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

May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — Edward Abbey

Travel brings power and love back into your life — Rumi

No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. Into the Wild

Our greatest purpose in life is simply to align with what makes our heart sing — Emmanuel

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving — Lao Tzu

Adventure is worthwhile — Aristotle

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world — Mary Anne Radmacher

A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places — Isabelle Eberhardt

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe — Anatole France

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home — Rumi

To travel is to take a journey into yourself — Danny Kaye

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

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step — Lao Tzu

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart — Julien Green

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

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

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

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love” — Rumi

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

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

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I don’t know where I am going but I’m on my way – Carl Sagan

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

Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the  very thing that will set you free. Anonymous

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey – Fitzhugh Mullan

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

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

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

Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

The world lies in the hands of those who have the courage to dream and who take risk of living out their dreams – each according to his or her own talent – Paulo Coelho

There is something special about a quiet untouched forest that just pulls you into the moment. Something that no parks will ever be able to achieve. Isn’t that what we’re all searching for in life? To just be happy and content in the moment, to just be there in the “now” – Jon Krakauer

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

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled – Mohammed

Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone? – Erma Bombeck

Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness. – Ray Bradbury

Once a year go somewhere you have never been before — Dalai Lama

The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life — Agnes Repplier

The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page — St. Augustine

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Throw away your brilliant career and start living — graffiti

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

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

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering – St. Augustine

The journey is the destination — Dan Eldon

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde

No matter where you go, there you are — Buckaroo Banzi

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

“The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” – William Least Heat Moon

“When we are high up, everything looks very small. Our glories and our sadnesses cease to be important. We have left whatever we won or lost down below. From the top of a mountain you can see how large the world is and how wide the horizon.” – Paulo Coelho

“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb

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

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. – Rumi

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

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

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

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“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

“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

“Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?” – Rumi

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

“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.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton

He who chooses his own path needs no map. African Quote

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, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it — Cesare Pavese

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow — Lin Yutang

Certainly, 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

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

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer — Unknown

Every exit is an entry somewhere else. – Tom Stoppard

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

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

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. – Rumi

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

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. – Moslih Saadi

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau

One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy. – Richard Burton

Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions. — Peter Hoeg

Not I – Not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself — Walt Whitman

It is better to travel well than to arrive — Buddha

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Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor — Seneca

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place — Rumi

A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car — Emile Ganest

Travel teaches toleration — Benjamin Disraeli

People don’t take trips… Trips take people – John Steinbeck

The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them – Amelia E. Barr

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

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles – Tim Cahill

Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn

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

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends – Shirley MacLaine

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears – Rumi

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Wanderlust

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


Over to you guys… What are some of your favourite travel and journey quotes?
Do you also have a list? Let me know in the comments below.

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