53 of the Most Inspirational Travel quotes

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just need a little bit of a pick-me-up, a little nudge into thinking more positively and a little bit of inspiration to kick start you into action.

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

Whatever your mood, all of these travel quotes will really make you want to pack your bag and get traveling! So, if you’re in need of a boost or an excuse to flit the country, these may well just do the trick:-

1 – “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

2 – “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

3 – “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin

4 – “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu – so just do it! And take that first step……..

5 – “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

7 – “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. You can’t read anything, you only have the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” Bill Bryson:

8 – “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves” – Pico Iyer

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

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

11 – “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

12 – “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu:

13 – “All that is gold does not glitter not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

14 – “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

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

16 – “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

17 – “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” – Hilaire Belloc

18 – “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” – The Dhammapada

19 – “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

20 – “The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G. K. Chesterton

21 – “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

22 – “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

23 – “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” The Prophet Mohammed

24 – “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

25 – “The travel writer seeks the world we have lost – the lost valleys of the imagination.” – Alexander Cockburn

26 – “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

27 – “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

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

29 – “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” – William Shakespeare

30 – “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Barbara Hoffman

31 – “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” 

32 – “We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly,
 but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey,
 or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way“ Gloria Gaither

33 – “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; 
in the elder, a part of experience.” Francis Bacon

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

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

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

37 – ″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

38 – “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

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

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

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

42 – “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

43 – “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

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

45 – “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

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

47 – “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” — George Bernard Shaw

48 – One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller

49 – “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide

50 – “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints” ~Chief Seattle

51 – “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St Augustine

52 – “Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves” ~Henry David Thoreau

53 – “Let your memory be your travel bag.” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

What inspires you to travel?





A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over eight years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.

1 Comment

  • Love this post, I am a huge sucker for quotes especially when they are travel related! #22 especially struck a cord with me as one of the first things I noticed when I went abroad was how similar I was to many of the people in other countries despite our differences. Maya Angelou is a great inspiration for travelers and those seeking world peace! Keep doing what you’re doing, you have a great blog!

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