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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 little moments of clarity that highlight truths about travel, adventure, and life.
Great travel quotes remind me that the emotions I’ve felt traveling the world for the past 7 years have been experienced by many others.
We’re all connected by a love for travel!
Here are my favorite travel quotes, paired with images from my 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 (2018)
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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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
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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
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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
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20: “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous
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
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25: “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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#50: “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten
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