Travel Quotes

Travel Quotations

Sometimes we (or at least I do) need a bit of a reminder why we’re travelling all over the globe and what exactly it is that we’re hoping to find. Sometimes I’ll turn to other backpackers blogs, travel movies, deep thinking and at other times travel quotes are just the thing to get me back on track.

Here’s a few of my favourites, some are inspiring, some sadly true about life on the move, others are just plain silly and may put a smile on your face.

Do you know some great sayings or quotations about travelling? Share them in the comments.

“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.” ~ Mark Twain

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” ~ Al Gore

“We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ~ Carson McCullers

“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

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

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.” ~ Regina Nadelson

“I did not fully understand the dread term “terminal illness” until I saw Heathrow for myself.” ~ Dennis Potter, 1978

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” ~ Paul Theroux

“No matter how you travel, it’s still you going.” ~ Jeff Goldblum

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Saint Augustine

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

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

“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

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” ~ Danny Kaye

“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” ~ Frank Herbert

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

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” ~ Dagobert D. Runes

“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

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

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

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

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

Not Directly Travel Related, but Great Quotes:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” ~ Unknown

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


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