by Ally Gibson | Last Updated: Jul 25, 2020

There’s something magical about experiencing a place or a culture for the first time. 

Travel is a mental, spiritual, and physical journey that mankind has been seeking out since Confucious’ time. 

Nothing makes me feel as alive as taking a trip does. It’s one of my greatest loves next to the theater. I love how it makes us slow down and forces us to be present.

Travel quotes are perfect inspiration when you’re between trips. I hope you love these as much as I do.

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“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

Henry David Thoreau

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”

Anthony Bourdain

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Dalai Lama

“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

“I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.”

Carew Papritz

“Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.”

Thomas Fuller

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ernest Hemingway
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“Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.”

Simon Raven

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

Uthara Chandran

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Neale Donald Walsch

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.”

Paulo Coelho

“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

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

John Steinbeck
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“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

“To travel is to live.”

Hans Christian Andersen

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

Melody Truong

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Anita Desai

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.”

Freya Stark

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

Henry Miller

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

 Lawrence Block

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

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

Martin Buber
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“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. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Little by little, one travels far.”

JRR Tolkien

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

Saint Augustine

 “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Albert Einstein

“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“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
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“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Dalai Lama

“It always makes me proud to love the world somehow — hate’s so easy compared.”

Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

Stephen Covey

“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

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel next, to find ourselves.”

Pico Iyer

“To say yes to life is at one and the same thing to say yes to oneself.”

Dag Hammarskjold

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.”

Douglas Invester
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“The gladdest moments, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

Sir Richard Burton

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

Muhammad Ali

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again.

Bill Bryson

“Do not dare not to dare.”

C.S. Lewis

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”

Diane Arbus

“I’m shaking the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world.”

George Bailey – It’s a Wonderful Life
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“When preparing to travel, lay out all of your clothes and all of your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”

Susan Heller

“Why, I’d like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.”

Aristophanes

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Buddha

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

Aldous Huxley

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain.”

Jack Kerouac

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

Tim Cahill
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 “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Andre Gide

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

Asian Proverb

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.”

Eugene Fodor

 “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.”

Clint Borgen

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

Paulo Coelho

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”

Shirley MacLaine

 “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

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”

Chief Seattle

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts 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
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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”

Robert Frost

“The journey not the arrival matters.”

T.S. Eliot

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”

Ray Bradbury

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

Mark Twain

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“A Journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

John Steinbeck

 “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life”

Agnes Repplier

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

Brenna Smith

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

Hilaire Belloc

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

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“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”

Anatole France

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

Oprah Winfrey

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”

Robert Frost

“The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.”

Henry David Thoreau

“You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back”

Paul Theroux

“Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

T.S. Eliot

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

Jim Rohn

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”

Anais Nin

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.”

Chuck Thompson

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“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.”

Sandra Lake

“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

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”

Peter Pan

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

John Steinbeck

“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

 “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

Anthony Bourdain

Conclusion

Travel has a profound ability to change a person for the better.

I can say from personal experience that I always return from my trips with a greater sense of self.

It’s an addiction that broadens your mind, and feeds your soul.

I hope these quotes inspired you to pick a destination and just go. 

After all, we only get one life. Why waste it being sedentary?

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