Here are 52 of the best inspirational travel quotes ever – so far as I’m concerned .
You can use these memorable quotes from famous travelers to kickstart your own journeys and adventures.
I find these travel quotes inspirational because they address the question of “why travel?” They’re a reminder of why travel is important.
They also remind me that all I’ve seen and done on the road these last 2 years, all the awe and wonder and raw emotion I’ve felt – that this is something every person can relate to.
So with no further ado, my favorite travel quotes, coupled with some beautiful images from the road.
May they inspire you to make travel a priority in your life and to explore the new, the exciting, and the unknown.
#1. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
#2. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
#3. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
#4. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd
#5. “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
#6. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
#7. “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
#8. “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
#9. “He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.” – Sinclair Lewis
#10. “I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller
#11. “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc
#12. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
#13. “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
#14. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith
#15. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett
#16. “I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen
#17. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener
#18. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese
#19. “In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.” – Ivanka Trump
#20. “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!” — Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
#21. “Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” – Sargent Shriver
#22. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
#23. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
#24. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli
#25. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
#26. “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” — Thomas Paine
#27. “No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi
#28. “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
#29. “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
#30. “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
#31. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
#32. “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
#33. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
#34. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block
#35. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
#36. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
#37. “People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” – Martin Yan
#38. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples 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
#39. “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt
#40. “The commonsense rules of the “real world” are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions.” — Timothy Ferriss
#41. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
#42. “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
#43. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
#44. “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” — Carl Sandburg
#45. “To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.” – Philip Andrew Adams
#46. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
#47. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
#48. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
#49. “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
#50. “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen
#51. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fordor
#52. “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
That’s the list! I hope you found it inspiring. If you’re ready to take the next step planning your travels, I’d recommend checking out my travel resources page and my epic travel guide: How To Travel The World On Any Budget, which will show you how to travel longer, cheaper, farther, and better!
What’s your favorite quote? Share it in the comments below.