20 Inspiring Travel Quotes

Traveling introduces you to a magic that you can never experience in any other way. It’s not just the experience or the exposure to different cultures, but the feeling of freedom and the thrill of exploration.
Life is short, that’s true, but when we travel, we see and experience things worth several lifetimes. And the best thing is, traveling is customizable to your needs. You can travel into the unknown depths of the Congo forests, or you can relax on a tropical beach.
Some people love the journey even more than the destination. Packing the bags, the wait in the airport, and the hotel stay are as thrilling and enjoyable to them as any other part of the travel experience.

Inspirational Travel Quotes

Here are some travel quotes we’ve compiled to inspire your traveling spirit:
  • “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
The more you travel, the more friends you make along the way. You meet new people, and you become amazed by how many similarities there are between different cultures. The sense of belonging to one origin fosters lifelong friendships.
  • “I’m not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
There’s one moon circling the earth, that’s true. But it somehow looks different when you travel. In some places it looks bigger, in other places, it’s brighter. The bottom line is the more you travel, the more you change, and the more beautiful everything looks in your eyes.
  • “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them” – Jo Walton
People sometimes complain that traveling can be expensive. Well, it doesn’t have to be. If you just take your car once a week to a different place nearby and look at the sunset, that’s a worthwhile experience. Sunset looks and feels different in different places.
  • “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
You can’t be arrogant after meeting so many people from so many cultures. The places you visit might be thousands of years old, and the cultures you learn of are probably even older. When you know how diverse the world is, you know how small of a place you hold in it.
  • “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
Some like to travel in groups, and some like to travel solo. Being alone in a new place can be worrisome, but when you get over these initial feelings, the experience is unparalleled. Being alone, exploring, and depending on yourself for everything all things that help you mature.
  • “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow” – Anita Desai
You never fully leave a place after visiting it. You’ve been there, you breathed the very air that lingers there, and you’ve drunk from the water that runs through it. There’s always a part of that place in you afterward, both in body and soul.
  • “Take only memories, leave only footprints ” – Chief Seattle
To be a gentle traveler is a quality not everyone has, but everyone should learn and practice. Memories are amazing things; they’re what keeps us going after a great trip, and they’re what make us want more.
  • Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
To broaden one’s mind and perspective is a never-ending process. If you stay put in one place, dealing with the same people, and walking on the same roads every day of your life, then you won’t progress. To meet new people is to build yourself until you become the best version possible.
  • “For life is a journey through a wilderness” ― Bruce Chatwin
Wilderness is not just in jungles, mountains, and deserts; wilderness is inside each of us. Life is a journey that everyone takes internally and externally. The more you explore on the outside, the more you understand what’s hidden and perplexing on the inside.
  • “You go away for a long time and return to a different person — you never come all the way back.” ― Paul Theroux
After a long time of wandering, you eventually go back home with your body, but your soul never goes back all the way. The things you see and the places you venture through pull your soul towards them. With enough travel and exploration, your soul becomes universal, feeling at home in any place.
  • “I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.” ― Bill Bryson
Being in a country you know nothing about is definitely not suitable for everyone. Imagine not being able to communicate effectively or even ask for directions, then imagine what you have to do to get over such obstacles. You feel like a child; learning, exploring, and dreaming about what’s possible.
  • “A person susceptible to "wanderlust" is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”― Pico Iyer
When you travel a lot, you realize the faults inside yourself, and you begin to fix them. Every journey is not just to explore new places, but also to explore your internal strengths and weaknesses, and to transform into a better, more wholesome human being.
  • “Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life.”― Elizabeth Gilbert
Humans may disappoint you, but the road seldom does. The promises made by humans can be broken, but the promise of a great adventure rarely disappoints. Human love is fleeting and can vanish without explanations, but the love of traveling is everlasting, renewable, and is there waiting for you whenever you pack and go.
  • “The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences.”― Jon Krakauer
Few things in life are as good a source of new experiences as traveling, meeting new people, being introduced to new cultures, and exploring new places.
  • “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.”― Jack Kerouac
Sometimes things don’t go as well as you had hoped or expected. Not every journey will be blissful and happy, but it’s important not to let it dampen your spirit. Take the positive, learn from the negative, and move on to the next adventure. Time spent exploring is a time well spent, and there is nothing to feel sorry about.
  • One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward.”― John Steinbeck
You don’t have to be the greatest storyteller in the world to tell an amazing story about your journeys. You will be inspired to talk and describe the experiences you faced, talk about the people you met, and the things you learned on the way. A journey can be rewarding in itself, yes, but every time you retell it, you relive it, and it’s as magical as being there again.
  • “I had the urge to examine my life in another culture and move beyond what I knew.” ― Frances Maye
If you don’t examine what you’ve learned, did you really learn anything? The world is vast and full of different challenges. Some challenges will be completely new to you, and you will find that everything you’ve learned in life can’t help you. At this point, you become a student once more, and you eagerly open up your mind to learn more.
  • “In the desert, I had found a freedom unattainable in civilization.”― Wilfred Thesiger
Deserts expand as far as the eyes can see. There are no boundaries, no limits, and no confines. That’s something you can never have in a city. No matter how much open space you have in a city, there will always be some building in your eyesight. Spending some time in the wilderness frees your soul from many burdens.
  • “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” — Paulo Coelho
You’ve met routine; we all have. You know what it’s like. It’s not always bad, but if it’s all you know, then your life will be missing a lot of zest. Continuous uninterrupted routine might not literally kill you, but the lack of change and the lack of renovation will certainly dim your soul.
  • “Who lives sees, but who travels sees more.”― Ibn Battuta
One definitely learns from experiences through time. But if you never travel, what you see and learn will always be limited to what your society provides. The amazing differences, and shocking similarities between different cultures will leave you speechless.


The greatest stories have been inspired by journeys and travels. The greatest fantasy work of all time, “The Lord of the Rings,” is nothing more than the story of a long adventure through different lands, and meeting different people.
You probably won’t meet any elves or orcs in your travels, but if you look deep inside, humans in real life are as diverse and strange as many fantasy characters. It’s only through traveling and exploration that you get to meet, and appreciate such differences and qualities in people.