The Best Travelling Quotes to Stir your Wanderlust

These travelling quotes will help to inspire you for your next adventure. From numerous different men and women from around the world, spanning many centuries and locations, these sayings offer insight into the minds of other people who, like you, expressed a fierce passion for exploration and the joys of travel.

Travelling Quotes

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

– Jack Kerouac

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“…climb that goddamn mountain.”

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

– Aldous Huxley

“Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag”

– Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.”

– Sir Richard Burton

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

– Jennifer Lee

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

– Gustav Flaubert

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On the road

 “To Travel is to Live”

– Hans Christian Andersen

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”

– Anna Quindlen

“The journey not the arrival matters.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Seneca

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”

– Antoine de St. Exupery

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

– Randy Komisar

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

– Lin Yutang

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Henry Miller

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

– James Michener

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

– Thomas Fuller

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

– Agustine of Hippo

“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

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Rediscover the world

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret”

– Oscar Wilde

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien

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

– Lawrence Block

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

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

Anaïs Nin

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Where will your next journey take you?

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

– Lao Tzu

 “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

“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

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

Andre Gide

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.”

– Roy M. Goodman

“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

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

“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

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart!”

– Confucius

“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”

– Henry Rollins

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

– Herman Melville

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

– Dalai Lama

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

– Susan Heller

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

– Paolo Coelho

“Conventional wisdom tells us… we take our baggage with us. I’m not so sure. Travel, at its best, transforms us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home. Sometimes we do leave our baggage behind, or, even better, it’s misrouted to Cleveland and is never heard from again.”

– Eric Weiner

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”

– Robert Frost

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Stephen Covey

 “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for everything that it is.”

– Mandy Hale

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

– Paul Theroux

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

– Mary Anne Radmacher

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Which travelling quotes inspire you?

“At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.”

– Arthur Frommer

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself”

– David Mitchell

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

– Freya Stark

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.”

– John A. Shedd

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

– Anita Desai

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”

– Izaak Walton

Often travelling quotes describe people as much as places, and the role that the journey takes on each different individual. Take the following words by Edmund Hillary for example.

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

– Edmund Hillary

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret”

– Oscar Wilde

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