60 Quotes About Travel That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

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Finding the right words to describe the experience of traveling can be hard, but there’s something to be said about all of the beauty and joy that comes from it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone down the Google rabbit hole searching for “travel quotes” that adequately convey a recent trip—so I’m hoping this post helps your own search.

Whether you have 100 stamps on your passport or you’re still dreaming about your first trip to Paris, these adventure quotes certainly ring true. Use them to find inspiration to start planning a trip or simply to spark memories of a past excursion.

(Pro Tip: one of my favorite travel hacks is to keep a note in my phone filled with these travel quotes for Instagram captions.)

The Best Quotes About Travel

1. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”
— John Green

2. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”
— Unknown

3. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
— Unknown

4. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”
— Dalai Lama

5. “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”
— Unknown

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6. “Happiness is planning a trip with the ones that you love.”
— Unknown

7. “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.”
— Unknown

8. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
— Jack Kerouac

9. “To Travel is to live.”
— Hans Christian Andersen

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

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11. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
— Gustav Flaubert

12. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
— Anita Desai

13. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
— St. Augustine

14. “Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape you.”
— Unknown

15. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
— Helen Keller

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16. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
— Rumi

17. “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”
— Matthew Karsten

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

19. “There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
— Unknown

20. “The only trip you will regret is the one you do not take.”
— Unknown

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21. “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”
— Sue Fitzmaurice

22. “Travel is the most intense mode of learning.”
— Kevin Kelly

23. “Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn.”
— Unknown

24. “It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”
— Unknown

25. Travel has a way of stretching the mind.”
Ralph Crawshaw

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26. “Travel far enough to meet yourself.”
— David Mitchell

27. “Good things come to those who book flights.”

28. “So much of who we are is where we have been.”
— William Langewiesche

29. “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
— Lewis Carol

30. “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”
Chinese Proverb

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31. “I have found out there is no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
— Mark Twain

32. “I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.” 
Bob Hope

33. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” 
— Andre Guide

34. “Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”
Al Gore

35. “Great things never came from comfort zones.”

travel quotes36. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” 
Paulo Coelho

37. “Two great talkers will not travel far together.” 
Spanish Proverb

38. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” 

39. “Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.”
Brenna Smith

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40. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”
Babs Hoffman

41. “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” 
David McCullough

42. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” 
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

43. “It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.”
Penelope Riley

44. “I get pretty much all the exercise I need walking down airport concourses carrying bags.”
— Guy Clark

45. “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.”
Oscar Wilde

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“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.”
— Sir Richard Burton

47. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
Oprah Winfrey

48. “Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” 
Douglas Ivester

49. “My favorite thing to do is go where I’ve never been.”
Diane Arbus

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50. “T0 awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.”
Freya Stark

51. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” 

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

53. “A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.”

54. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” 
Jim Rohn

 55. “The journey itself is my home.”
Matsuo Basho

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56. “You can pack for every occasion, but a good friend will always be the best thing you could bring.” 
— Unknown

57. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”
— Izaak Walton

58. “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and a tank of gas.”
— Unknown

59. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”
Margaret Lee Runbeck

60. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on an old familiar pillow.”
— Lin Yutong

What are your favorite travel quotes? Leave them in the comments below!

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  • Steve
    June 6, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 🙂

  • Steve
    June 6, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    My favorite “So much of who we are is where we have been.”

  • Blair
    June 11, 2019 at 12:09 am

    The Mark Twain quote is one of my favorites. It’s the reason I booked a trip to Iceland with my now fiancé 6 weeks into dating. Had to find out if he was a good adventure buddy real quick.

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