50 Best Travel Quotes Of All Time

Best Travel Quotes

Travel Quotes for Inspiration


These are the best inspirational travel quotes ever (in my opinion). Get motivated to explore the world with these memorable quotes from famous travelers.

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I love inspirational travel quotes. They capture moments of clarity that highlight truths about travel, adventure, and life.

Great travel quotes remind me that emotions I’ve felt while traveling the world for the past 3 years have been experienced by many others. We’re all connected by a love for travel!

So here are a few of my favorite travel quotes, some paired with images from my own adventures.

I hope they inspire you to pack up everything and head out into the unknown, to explore the farthest reaches of our planet and your soul, to see the world for what it really is.

Browse them when you need motivation to make travel a priority in your life.

Inspirational Travel Quotes (2014)

Best Travel Quotes

Adventure is worthwhile…

1: “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

2: “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

3: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

4: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

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A journey is best measured…

5: “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

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

7: “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

8: “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

9: “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Best Travel Quotes

We travel not to escape life…

10: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

14: “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

Best Travel Quotes

Man cannot discover new oceans…

15: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

16: “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

17: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

18: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

19: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Best Travel Quotes

Once a year go someplace…

20: “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

21: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

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

23: “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

24: “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

Best Travel Quotes

You don’t have to be rich…

25: “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fordor

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

27: “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

28: “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

29: “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

Best Travel Quotes

Life is either a daring adventure…

30: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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

32: “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

33: “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

34: “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

Best Travel Quotes

Not all those who wander…

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

36: “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

37: “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

38: “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

39: “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

Best Travel Quotes

Life begins at the end…

40: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

41: “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

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

43: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

44: “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

Best Travel Quotes

Take only memories…

45: “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

46: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

47: “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

48: “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

49: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

Best Travel Quotes

An investment in travel…

#50: “An investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten

Do you have any favorite travel quotes that I missed? Share with us in the comments below!


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Comments & Questions


  1. Allan Ramsarran
    March 30, 2015

    Awesome quotes, mine is
    Life is a book, everyday a page, each step a word… So stop reading and create your own novel, cuz no one else is going to write it for you.
    Allan Ramsarran

  2. Lara
    March 26, 2015

    No. 20 is actually not a Dalai Lama quote.

  3. poppy
    March 17, 2015

    Wow thanks Matthew, hey there’s no shame in a little travel inspiration. I have a shortlist here http://tipitravel.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/inspiring-travel-quotes-interesting.html. Love the Dr. Seuss quote (received Oh the Places we Go as gift)

    • poppy
      March 17, 2015

      For deep thinking this is my fav.
      ‘Adventure is a path… 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 realise that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black and white’ – Mark Jenkins.
      Recent Post: Inspiring Travel Quotes & Interesting Wallpapers

  4. Yeye Bautista
    March 12, 2015

    thanks Matthew… nice quotes and pics.. will be using this in my fb wall before i leave the Phils. and after my trip…. been travelling too since 1994…

  5. mugure
    February 12, 2015

    You should travel to Kenya….
    Every step is a new experience

  6. grasya
    February 11, 2015

    very inspirational! i love how you put those quotes in pictures as well.. ^_^ hope to see you on the road one time
    Recent Post: 10 Life and Travel Quotes

  7. Gemma TwoScotsAbroad
    January 12, 2015

    Not necessarily a travel quote but one I hammer into my students:
    Are you waiting for it to happen or making it happen?…
    I think it sums up our travelling go-get attitudes nicely.
    Recent Post: Two Scots Abroad ’14 – Weddings, Website and The West Highland Way

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 13, 2015

      That’s the key Gemma, making it happen. Nothing is impossible!

  8. Grace @ Green Global Travel
    December 29, 2014

    Great list of quotes! I love coming back to these for a bit of inspiration.

  9. Jayme Symonds
    December 4, 2014

    “A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for”
    -William G.T. Shedd

    • Gemma TwoScotsAbroad
      January 12, 2015

      My friend secretly had business cards made up for me with this travel quote – outstanding!

  10. Andrew
    October 25, 2014

    Great quotes! :)

    Some of my favourites:

    “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.” – Anthony Bourdain

    “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

    “Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”

    Great blog by the way, many helpful reads!


  11. RC
    October 25, 2014

    Hi Matthew,

    Amazing and inspiring quotes here! i got my favorite quotes to share here,
    “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

  12. Maya
    October 5, 2014

    10. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Absolutely true. Want to try as many new adventures as possible while young, able and breathing.

  13. Patrick
    October 5, 2014

    It all comes back to Dr. Seuss and oh the places you’ll go. Love this list! Just wrote one on my blog with my 21 favs and now I might have to expand that- the beauty of travel, inspiration is never in short supply! Thanks Matt! PS- Awesome photos!

  14. Vinjabond
    September 26, 2014

    “In The Eyes of a Traveler You Shall See, The World as it Actually is and Could be.” -Vinjabond

  15. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    September 14, 2014

    Great list, Matt. I especially like quote #10 and Helen Keller at #30. She nailed that one :)

  16. Jeff Bronson
    August 23, 2014

    #19, a favorite Mark Twain quote. I fully agree and try to remind myself of this on a daily basis as I gear up for solo travel and quitting a fantastic job soon. We can wake up one morning and find ourselves dead, if we don’t follow our dreams….

  17. Charlie
    August 23, 2014

    Nice list! I was expecting the usual quotes that tend to come up again and again but there’s some fresh and more obscure ones in here. I simply can’t choose a favourite!

  18. Stephen Schreck
    August 23, 2014

    Great qoutes! Never heard the last one before….amazing!

  19. Sue Karsten
    August 22, 2014

    I believe this Irish blessing qualifies as a travel quote. Definitely one of my favorites and your family’s wish for you, Matt. :)

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  20. Payje
    August 22, 2014

    Matt! Awesome quotes! My faves have always been two Edward Abbey quotes: “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds” and “we need the possibility of escape just as surely as we need hope”. I am LOVING your photos by the way, you have come a long long way (literally I guess haha) in just a few years!

    • Matthew Karsten
      August 23, 2014

      Oooo, those are great too Payje. Glad you’re enjoying the photos.

  21. Canon Footprints
    August 22, 2014

    I have some… I don’t know where I’m going but it’s on my list. / Don’t look back, you’re not going that way. / Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints. / Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.

  22. Scubey Too
    August 22, 2014

    “Road Heart” MatadorU Writing faculty member and nationally published book author Mary Sojourner explains it:
    “The much to be desired condition of suddenly finding everything astonishing, fascinating, and unique the second you are on a roadtrip…so that even the local gas station becomes full of characters and stories.”

  23. Emily Lockard-Furry
    August 21, 2014

    This is so awesome! I just read your blog post about sneaking into Tulum before sunrise. I’m here in Tulum this week and wanted to see it the same way so I could take some photos. Not sure I’m as brave as you :)

    • Matthew Karsten
      August 22, 2014

      They patrol it, so you have to be careful. Hiking up there in the dark isn’t the easiest either. If you decide not to, you can always just arrive as soon as they open. If you’re first in line, you’ll have good photo opportunities before too many people show up.

  24. Sue Karsten
    August 21, 2014

    I LOVE when you wax poetic, Matt! Great post and wonderful photos!

    • Matthew Karsten
      August 22, 2014

      Thanks, it was fun looking through photos to match with quotes.


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