50 Best Quotes about Travel

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Top travel blogger and world travel dreamer, Natasha von Geldern has put together a collection of the 50 best quotes about travel and traveling the world to inspire you to leave the comfort of your home and travel the world just as she has done…

Ever since I wrote my post on quotes that inspire world travel dreams I have been collecting more quotes about travel. So I thought I would share my 50 best quotes that I’ve collected on travel and traveling the world over the years. Some are philosophical, some wry and self-deprecating. Some examine the reasons for travel and others the impact travel has on us.

They are world travel quotes for achieving your travel dreams from some of the world’s most famous travelers and authors.

Feel free to share our words of wisdom about world travel collection with anyone looking for inspiration to make their travel dreams a reality.

The 50 Best Quotes about Travel

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

2. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

3. “Not all those who wander are lost.” JRR Tolkien

4. “One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” Richard Burton

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

6. “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

7. “Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” Kurt Vonnegut

8. “I [had] added another small piece to the pages of the atlas that were real to me.” Evelyn Waugh

9. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” Cesare Pavese 

11. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson

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

13. “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 fulfilment.” Hilaire Belloc 

14. “You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” William Hazlitt

15.  “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 

16. “Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” Fanny Burney

17. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” Gilbert K. Chesterton 

18. “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

19. “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” Ernest Hemingway

20. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” Oscar Wilde 

21. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Anais Nin

22. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” Samuel Johnson 

23. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli 

24. “Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” Aleksander Solzhenitsyn 

25. “Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.” Hypatia 

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26. “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

27. “A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saadi

28. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” Freya Stark 

29. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

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

31. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in yoru shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” Dr Seuss

32. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” Mark Twain

33. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

34. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharal Nehru

35. “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” Tennessee Williams

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

37. “Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” Eudora Welty

38. “Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.” Anne Sophie Swetchine

39. “I read; I travel; I become.” Derek Walcott

40. “Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.” Nicolas Bouvier

41. “No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveller, the great teacher; bitter as medicine, crueller than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” Patrick Rothfuss

42. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” Pico Iyer

43. “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

44. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” Judith Thurman

45. “It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.” Lawrence Durrell

46. “It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.” Gustave Flaubert

47. “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

48. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” Terry Pratchett

49. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” Paul Theroux

50. “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” Ryū Murakami

I hope you also find the inspiration to embark on your world travel dreams.

“For me the essence of travel is seeing how other people live around the world; to gain understanding and dispel fear of otherness.” Natasha von Geldern

Natasha



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Natasha von Geldern is a travel writer, editor and blogger who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real by travelling the world. Her big dream, apart from travel blogging world domination, is to launch her own e-magazine. She is a contributor to Travel Wire Asia, Wild Junket Magazine, Yahoo! Total Travel and Travelbite. You can find her on World Wandering Kiwi. Natasha’s post day is Saturday.
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  • Absolutely love quote #32 since I’ve seen this happen many times.

    My own quote: “You never know what’s out there unless you explore it yourself.”

    Heather

  • Love these. And as a motivational speaker, of course I like # 29 !

  • I love #44 – “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”

    My own quote: “Travel makes us truly human.”

    Cath