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

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It leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.

I 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 + Travel the world

Whether you enjoy short travel quotes, longer inspirational journey quotes, or widely quoted travel adages, I’m almost certain a couple of these will speak to your love for exploring the world, discovering new destinations and life in general. Many of these also make for great travel captions for Instagram.

If you often find yourself saying, “can we just skip to the part of my life where I travel the world?” continue reading ↓↓

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.

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

Travel far enough, you meet yourself — David Mitchell

The joy is in the journey.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart — Confucius

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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

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a plane ticket and that’s kind of the same thing.

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

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling — Margaret Runbeck

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

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

To travel is to live — Hans Christian Anderson

(It doesn’t get more real than this short travel quote)

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

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls — Anais Nin

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 — H. Browne Jr.

With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding — Sandra Lake

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 – Prophet 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

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not — Henry David Thoreau

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people 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

The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel reads only 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

Travel is the best way to get lost and be found at the same time.

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 Runes

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

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

If a donkey goes travelling, he’ll not come home a horse — Thomas Fuller

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life — Jack Kerouac

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Voyage, travel, and change of place impart new vigor to the mind — Seneca

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

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness — Mark Twain

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

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 your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind – Anthony Bourdain

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

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad — George Bernard Shaw

For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort — Aldous Huxley

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen — Benjamin Disraeli

The journey not the arrival matters — T.S. Eliot

Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God — Kurt Vonnegut

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware — Martin Buber

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign — Robertm Stevenson

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

And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, 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

I love to travel, but hate to arrive

Albert Einstein

It feels good to be lost in the right direction.

Oh the places you’ll go — Dr Seuss

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are — Samuel Johnson

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime – Mark Twain

I’m a travel addict on the road to recovery. Just kidding! I’m on the road to the airport

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

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine — Caskie Stinnett

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 — C Cooley

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It is not down in any map; true places never are — Herman Melville

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation — Elizabeth Drew

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time — Andre Gide

I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met – Melody Truong

It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.

If you look like your passport picture, you probably need a trip.

Jet lag is for amateurs — Dick Clark

Travelling – It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller — Ibn Battuta

A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions – Oliver Wendell

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal — Paulo Coelho

Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind

I told my doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places — Henny Youngman

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not — Ralph Emerson

The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost — Henry David Thoreau

You go away for a long time and return a different person. You never come all the way back — Paul Theroux

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 — Ray Bradbury

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination — Roy M. Goodman

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

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

Live your life by a compass, not a clock — Stephen Covey

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Wanderlust

Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost.

Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage — Paulo Coelho

Travel has a way of stretching the mind — Ralph Crawshaw

Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better — Simon Raven

I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it — Alexander Sattler

I have found out that there ain’t a no surer way to find whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them – Mark Twain

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 — Wendell Berry

Travelling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself.

Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets — Oscar Wilde

Let’s find someplace beautiful to get lost.

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow — Anita Desai

Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do, like breathing — Gayle Foreman

If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be a priority.

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


Many of these travel quotes have inspired me to keep exploring our planet. I hope they inspire you to and give you that wanderlust motivation.

Over to you guys… What are some of your favourite journey and traveling quotes?

Do you also have a list? Let me know in the comments below.

For more travel inspiration, I’d love for you to stick around a little longer and check out some of these other awesome lists:

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This heart of mine was made to travel the world,

✈ Rai o’ flight

Remember,
Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul.

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20 Responses

  1. Maxie Mclaurin says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these wanderlust quotes. I will use all of them. Regards

  2. Gopi patel says:

    Amazing article, Thanks for sharing these quotes on travel and adventure! I will use all of them

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