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50+ Best Travel Quotes To Inspire Wanderlust (Ultimate List)

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Inspirational Travel Quotes

Travel quotes always help me express the many emotions I feel when traveling to new places. Feed your wanderlust with my favorite inspirational travel quotes from famous travelers!

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I love inspirational travel quotes.

Memorable quotes about traveling have the ability to capture little moments of clarity that highlight truths about travel, adventure, and life.

Great quotes like these remind me that the emotions I’ve felt while traveling the world for the past 10-years have been experienced by many other people, too.

We’re all beautifully connected with each other by a love for travel!

Below you’ll find some of my favorite travel quotes, and feel free to share the included image quotes on your own Instagram or Pinterest accounts too.

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Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten

I’ve been traveling the world for 10+ years as a professional photographer & writer. I hope you enjoy my favorite travel quotes! If you find them useful, please consider sharing. Thanks!

Top 50 Travel Quotes Of All Time

Adventure is worthwhile Travel Quotes

1. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

It doesn’t get more simplistic than Aesop’s take on traveling, the ancient Greek storyteller. This classic travel quote continues to inspire me.

Travel leaves you speechless quote

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

Traveling to seek other places quote

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

Anais Nin’s quote about traveling on a constant search for things that will make us feel whole sums up the desire to keep learning through experiences.

Memorable travel quote from Tim Cahill

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

I’ve made many friends around the world, and the people you meet are always more memorable than checking things off a bucket list.

Richard Burton's inspirational travel quote

5. “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

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Anthony Bourdain Travel Quotes

6. “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

The late, great Anthony Bourdain really hit the nail on the head. I will truly miss his wisdom. I’ve seen both sad and awe-inspiring things on my travels that I thought I’d never be able to explain to others properly.

Chuck Thompson's wise travel quotes

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

Radmacher's Quotation on Travel

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

Travel makes one modest

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

Flaubert’s insightful take on travel. I definitely used to think that my life, and my country, played a bigger role in the world until I packed up and hit the road.

Travel Quote 10: Thoughts on traveling light

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

This is one of my travel mottoes after an unfortunate experience trying to haul a massive travel backpack from the airport to a hotel via public transportation.

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Famous Quotes About Travel

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

Freya Stark Quote

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

We all have preconceived notions, but traveling has shown me that many are usually false. One of his top travel quotes!

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Classic Travel Quotes from Andre Gide

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

I used to be afraid to reach beyond my comfort zone. This is a great travel quote about throwing off the so-called safety net of your comfortable surroundings.

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

Travel Quotes and Inspiration

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

We may feel safe in our little bubble, but it’s also boring. That’s the primary reason I started traveling several years ago, and I’ve fallen in love with the thrill of discovery. It doesn’t get any more real than this short travel quote.

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

When I travel, I’m able to give my mind something new and exciting to focus on. Studies say that we need to keep learning in order for our minds to thrive.

Fake Mark Twain Quote

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 (?)

While this is one of the most popular travel quotes of all time, it’s actually FAKE. Mark Twain never said this. The real author is H. Jackson Browne Jr. in his book PS I Love You, about letters written to his mom.

There are a few fake travel quotes out there, so be careful what you share!

20. “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

Anonymous Quotes On Traveling

Travel quotes and sayings about your journey

21. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

This simple travel quote says it all. My mind craves new experiences, and I quite simply cannot get them from my hometown anymore. By going somewhere new at least once a year, I continue to grow in numerous ways.

Investing in Travel

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

23. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

Working to save for travel

24. “Work, save, travel, repeat.” – Anonymous

This is basically the story of my life! I work to save money for travel, in a never-ending cycle. Travel is an addiction for some of us. This photo was taken on a very expensive trip to Antarctica!

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

26. “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

Peter Hoeg Travel Quote

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

I’ve been at my best, and at my absolute worst while traveling. Emotions are bigger during these trips because there’s so much new information to process. Peter’s travel quote reveals a truth that many travelers can relate to.

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Best Quotes about Traveling from Eugene Fodor

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

Creator of the famous Fodor Guides Eugene Fodor’s quote helps highlight that people of almost any budget can travel. For example, a few years ago I hitchhiked across the United States for 5 weeks, and it was one of my best travel experiences.

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

John Steinbeck Travel Wisdom

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

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

32. “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

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

34. “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” — Paulo Coelho

Yes, travel does require some money. However, you’ll also need to gather enough courage to temporarily cast off everything about your daily life that makes it so comfortable — and boring.

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

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

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Wanderlust Travel Quotes

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

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

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

Wanderlust Travel Quotes

Travel Experience Quote

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

Everything I’ve learned during my travels has forever expanded and changed my mind. This travel quote shows Holmes clearly grew in a similar way.

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

42. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip.” – Babs Hoffman

43. “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

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

Susan Sontag Quote

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

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Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints

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

This is one of the classic wanderlust quotes that’s perfect for your Instagram captions. It breaks my heart to see historic areas filled with trash by careless travelers. We have a responsibility to preserve things as much as possible.

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

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

Travel Quotes For Inspiration

Oh the places you'll go

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

Dr. Seuss serves as a reminder that we can go anywhere if we stop putting restrictions on ourselves. The world is waiting; we just have to have the courage to answer the call. Doing this, again and again, has given my life meaning.

Matthew Karsten Travel Quote

50. “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten

Yup. I totally just included one of my own travel quotes. Ha! But I really mean it too. When I first quit my unfulfilling day job to go backpacking around the world, I didn’t know what I was doing, or where it would all take me.

Traveling has taught me a lot about life, and myself.

51. “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

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

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

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

55. “Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.” – Simon Raven

56. “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

57. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

58. “Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

59. “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

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

Heller’s widely quoted travel adage has influenced the way I travel. I used to pack way more than I needed, and this hindered my travels. Cutting your luggage down and packing more money always makes things easier.

61. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

62. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

63. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

Indian novelist Anita Desai nails this one with her inspiring quote about traveling. We’re all shaped by each of our experiences. I love it that every new adventure helps shape me for the better. 

64. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

Final Thoughts On Traveling

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Have Fun Traveling!

Traveling is one of the best ways to open your mind and heart to the world. As a result, I’ve experienced the full range of emotions during my travels.

Although this has sometimes meant having my lifestyle and point of view challenged, I wouldn’t give up a single second of it because it helped shape me into the person I am today. Travel can change your perspective.

Many of these quotes have inspired me to keep exploring our world.

If you’re looking for inspiration to fuel your wanderlust, you’re certain to find the perfect quotation above!

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. ★

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