22 of the Best Travel Quotes of All Time

Need some inspiration? These travel quotes will have you packing your bags before you finish our list.

Whether it be an unexplored nearby city or a whole new country, these inspirational travel quotes will have you packing a bag, ready to embark on an adventure to experience new cultures. Read these inspirational travel quotes that are guaranteed to spark your wanderlust.

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

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” –Henry Miller, “Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch”

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain, “Mark Twain: The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

Floating market in Thailand

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

“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, “A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides”

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” –David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas

Kids wanting to travel

 “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.” –H. Jackson Brown, Jr., “P.S. I Love You (Althought commonly attributed to Mark Twain on a thousand different Internet memes, the Mark Twain attribution has been roundly discredited, and Brown is actually the first person to record this quotation, and he accredited the lesson to his mother.)

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

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.” –Robert Louis Stevenson, “Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

Traveler walking by mountains

“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, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

“Not all those who wander are lost.” –J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Fellowship of the Ring

“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

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” –Anita Desai

“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 where riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and to fall in love once more.” –Pico Iyer, from a column on Salon.com titled "Why We Travel"

Female backpacker

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

“I want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town. I want to explore the world. I want to watch TV in a different time zone. I want to visit strange, exotic malls.” –Homer Simpson, “The Simpsonsin season 6, episode 11

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” –G.K. Chesterton

A traveler's suitcase

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

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” –Kurt Vonnegut

“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 fulfillment.” –Hilaire Belloc

Woman traveling in the rain

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” –Robert Frost, from his famed poem "The Road Not Taken"

“We are born strangers in a strange land, and remain so. Travel simply reminds us of this essential truth. The transmission of a powerful story, one human to another, is an alchemical activity in which we are enlarged and changed.” –Richard Halliburton


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