25 Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes About Travel

25 Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes About Travel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: travel is one of life’s greatest joys. Even knowing that, getting stuck in our comfort zones is easy, and sometimes we need a little nudge out the door. These 25 inspirational quotes from great authors, philosophers and travellers will remind you that there’s so much to see and do in this world.

For more travel inspiration, take a look at these articles: 7 Things to Do While Traveling That’ll Open Your Mind and 4 Ways to Save Money So You Can Travel the World.

1. “Not all those who wander are lost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

2. “There’s something in the act of setting out that renews me, that fills me with a feeling of possibility. On the road, I’m forced to rely on instinct and intuition, on the kindness of strangers, in ways that illuminate who I am, ways that shed light on my motivations, my fears.”

― Andrew McCarthy

 

3. “To travel hopefully is better than to have arrived.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

 

4. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.”

― Freya Stark

 

5. “Adventures befall the unadventurous as readily, if not as frequently, as the bold. Adventures are a logical and reliable result – and have been since at least the time of Odysseus – of the fatal act of leaving one’s home, or trying to return to it again. All adventures happen in that damned and magical space, wherever it may be found or chanced upon, which least resembles one’s home. As soon as you have crossed your doorstep or the county line, into that place where the structures, laws, and conventions of your upbringing no longer apply, where the support and approval (but also the disapproval and repression) of your family and neighbors are not to be had: then you have entered into adventure, a place of sorrow, marvels, and regret.”

― Michael Chabon

 

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

― Anita Desai

 

7. “The great glory of travel, to me, is not just what I see that’s new to me in countries visited, but that in almost every one of them I change from an outsider looking in to an insider looking out.”

― Clara E. Laughlin

 

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

― Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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

― Gustave Flaubert

 

10. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

― Ray Bradbury

 

11. “Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.”

― Elizabeth von Arnim

 

12. “Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.”

― Viggo Mortensen

 

13. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

― Confucius

 

14. “His action of joining them, which would have been rude in a restaurant that was not moving at three hundred kilometers an hour, was perfectly acceptable on a train, which mimicked the entirely random joinings of life but revealed their true nature by making them last only hours or days, rather than years and decades. People on a train form an alliance, as if the world that surrounded the parallel rails were hostile and and they refugees from it. The dining car, humming and rocking gently in the night, annihilated past and future and made all associations outside of itself seem vaguely unreal. So they welcomed him at their table, for he was one of them, a traveler, not one of those wraiths through whose night-lit cities they passed.”

― Alexander Jablokov

 

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

― Marcel Proust

 

16. “Only the road and the dawn, the sun, the wind, and the rain,

And the watch fire under stars, and sleep, and the road again.”

― John Masefield

 

17. “I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.”

― Diane von Furstenberg

 

18. “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

 

19. “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

― Leonardo Da Vinci

 

20. “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

― John Steinbeck

 

21. “I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.”

― Michael Palin

 

22. “In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York!”

― Jules Verne

 

23. “When I come out on the road of a morning, when I have had a night’s sleep and perhaps a breakfast, and the sun lights a hill on the distance, a hill I know I shall walk across an hour or two thence, and it is green and silken to my eye, and the clouds have begun their slow, fat rolling journey across the sky, no land in the world can inspire such love in a common man.”

― Frank Delaney

 

24. “With a nearly desperate sense of isolation and a growing suspicion that I lived in an alien land, I took to the road in search of places where change did not mean ruin and where time and men and deeds connected.”

― William Least Heat-Moon

 

25. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

― T.S. Eliot

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