25 great travel quotes for inspiring global adventures

I’ve sometimes found it difficult to convey what travel means to me, especially when talking to people whose only image of travel involves a resort vacation spent entirely by the pool. For some people it’s deeply personal, and for others it’s just for the sense of adventure. Whatever travel might mean to you, chances are it means a whole lot.

And on that note, here are some of the best travel quotes around, to spark the wanderlust of even the most jaded of travel extraordinaire. Enjoy!


Travel quotes: not to escape life, but for life not to escape us
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. (Spissky Hrad, Slovakia)


Travel quotes Anne Sophie Swetchine
Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones. -Anne Sophie Swetchine. (Aukstaitija National Park, Lithuania)


Travel quotes, Ella Maillart
You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown. You travel for the unknown, that reveals you within yourself. -Ella Maillart. (St. Petersburg, Russia)


Travel quotes, little step, great journey
A little step may be the beginning of a great journey. (Lublin, Poland)


Travel quotes André Gide
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has courage to lose sight of the shore. -André Gide. (Christmas decorations in Thessaloniki, Greece)


Travel quotes St. Augustine
The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page. -St. Augustine. (Rovinj, Croatia)


Travel quotes, Pico Iyer
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves. We travel, next, to find ourselves. -Pico Iyer. (Exploring the hills in Kosovo)


Travel quotes, Daranna Gidel
You lose sight of things, and when you travel, everything balances out. -Daranna Gidel. (Napping at Spissky Hrad, Slovakia)


Travel quotes comfort zone
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. (Dragon hunting in Ljubljana, Slovenia)


Travel quotes, Gustave Flaubert
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. -Gustave Flaubert. (Beaches of Corfu, Greece)


Travel quotes, Jawahal Nehru
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 we only seek them with our eyes open. -Jawahal Nehru. (Wandering the old town streets in Romania)


Travel quotes, J. R. R. Tolkien
Not all who wander are lost. -J. R. R. Tolkien. (Lake Ohrid, Macedonia)


Travel quotes, Marcel Proust
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust. (Wandering the old town streets of Montenegro)


Travel quotes, Aristotle
Adventure is worthwhile. -Aristotle. (In Albania)


Travel quotes, travel makes you richer
Travel is the only thing that makes you richer. (Greece)


Travel quotes, Dalai Lama
Go at least once a year to a place you’ve never been before. -Dalai Lama. (Crete, Greece)


Travel quotes, Danny Kaye
To travel is to take a journey into yourself. -Danny Kaye. (Sculpture in Bulgaria)


Travel quotes, Susan Sontag
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. -Susan Sontag. (Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia)


Travel quotes, Mark Twain
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain. (Turns out this was misattributed; Twain never said it. Take a look here for real Mark Twain travel quotes!)


Travel quotes, Paul Theroux
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travelers don’t know where they’re going. -Paul Theroux. (Riding the rails in Slovenia)


Travel quotes, Maya Angelou
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. (New friends in Cusco, Peru)


Travel quotes, Tim Cahill
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. -Tim Cahill. (New friends in Albania)


Travel quotes, Helen Keller
Life is a great adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller. (Sunset in Croatia)


Travel quotes, Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I––I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost. (Delphi, Greece)


Travel quotes, ESL
Dreams may be sexy, but planning is the condom that makes it all possible. -Eytan Levy. (Mostar, Bosnia)

Yup, that last one is me.

Well, that’s all for now! Got any favorite travel quotes? Feel free to chime in.

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12 Comments on “25 great travel quotes for inspiring global adventures”

  1. Great selection of travel quotes. I often see them all on Pinterest and Facebook and I got bored with some of them LOL like the one “I haven’t been everywhere. But it’s on my list” :0. Yours is pretty original (the last one) EPIC!

  2. Inspirational for sure – the Dalai Lama offers my favorite, “Go at least once a year to a place you’ve never been before.” If you can afford to go abroad, great. If not – just head down the street in a different direction, take a turn you usually pass, discover your “backyard.” Either way you’ll broaden your horizon.

  3. Great list of quotes and photos! My favorite is “A journey is best measured in friends, not miles.” In my travels have been so lucky to meet so many genuinely and interesting people and made many good friends along the way!

  4. Great article! I love the pictures you included with the quotes. I’d like to add one of my favourites: “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know. Only YOU can decide where to go.”
    Dr. Seuss.

  5. One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Miller, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” From your collection, I got to know another favorite, “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” by Danny Kaye.

  6. Number 11 is legit and the photos are incredible. I just wrote a post on my 21 favorite, but after coming across your list, I might need to borrow a few and expand that list. Awesome post- thanks for the inspiration!

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