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Travel Quotes

I love clever, insightful and humorous quotes, especially when they relate to something I’m passionate about. I am especially inspired by travel quotes. They are memorable words of wisdom and truth that will motivate, amuse and stir your desire to see more of the world.

In no particular order, please enjoy my 50 favourite travel quotes…

  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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

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

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

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

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

  6. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
    Mark Twain

  7. “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

  8. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  10. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”
    Samuel Johnson

  11. “A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”
    John A. Shedd

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

  13. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”
    Dagobert D. Runes

  14. “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

  15. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
    Cesare Pavese

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

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

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

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

  21. “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

  22. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
    Martin Buber

  23. “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.”
    Jawaharial Nehru

  24. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
    Paul Theroux

  25. “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

  26. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  30. “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

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

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

  33. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”

  34. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
    William Least Heat Moon

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

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  37. “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

  38. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”
    Rudyard Kipling

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

  40. “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.”
    G. K. Chesterton

  41. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”

    Clifton Fadiman

  42. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.”
    Carlo Goldoni

  43. “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

  44. “You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
    Yogi Berra

  45. “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.”
    Amelia E. Barr

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  47. “A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place….”
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  48. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”
    Danny Kaye

  49. “Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.”
    Ralph Crawshaw

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

  51. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
    Scott Cameron

  52. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.”

  53. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.”
    Fitzhugh Mullan

  54. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”
    Lin Yutang

  55. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.”
    Pat Conroy

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