Best Inspirational Quotes About Travel You’ll Want to Remember

I love inspirational quotes, and I love inspirational quotes about travel even more.

There are so many good travel quotes and sayings; here are some of the best.

You’ll find adventure quotes, funny travel quotes, summer sayings, solo travel quotes, road trip quotes, and more in this collection.

When I read through them, not only do I begin jonesing for my next flight and feel overwhelmed by wanderlust, but I find myself in good company.

Perhaps author Hans Christian Anderson said it best: “To travel is to live.”

He’s right—and so is any one of the great thinkers below who penned these inspirational thoughts about travel.

Travel Quotes by Philosophers and Religious

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

  • “Travel brings power and love back into your life.”—Rumi

  • “He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”—Chinese Proverb

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

  • “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”—Confucius

  • “Adventure is worthwhile.”—Aristotle

  • “It is better to travel than to arrive.”—Buddha

  • “I was not born for one corner. The whole world is my native land.”—Seneca

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

    —Saint Augustine

  • “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.”—Euripides

  • “Wherever you go, there you are.”—Confucius

  • “No road is long with good company.”—Turkish Proverb

Inspirational travel quote with photo of Laguna Beach
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” (Photo: Laguna, California)
  • “Adventure is worthwhile.”—Aesop

  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”—Lao Tzu

  • “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled”—The Prophet Mohammed

Travel Quotes by Writers and Authors

  • “The journey not the arrival matters.”—T.S. Eliot

  • “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.”—Mark Twain?

  • “Bramasole” (I yearn for the sun)Under the Tuscan Sun

  • “Explore. Dream. Discover.”—Mark Twain

  • “Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.”Henry David Thoreau

  • “To shut your eyes is to travel.”—Emily Dickinson

  • “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

  • “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”—John Steinbeck

  • “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “No one is ever satisfied with where he is.”—The Little Prince

  • “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.”— E. E. Cummings

Inspirational travel quote overlay: "and so the adventure begins..." in Positano Italy
“And so the adventure begins” (Photo: Positano, Italy )

More Literary Travel Quotes

  • “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.”—Paulo Coelho

  • “To Travel is to Live”—Hans Christian Andersen

  • “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”-Dr. Seuss

  • “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.”—Henry David Thoreau

  • “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”—Winnie the Pooh

  • “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”—Aldous Huxley

  • “Two roads diverged in a wood and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”—Robert Frost

  • “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”Paulo Coelho

Sunset in Vernazza Italy with inspirational quote about travel: One day, I watched the sun setting forty-four times.” —The Little Prince
“One day, I watched the sun setting forty-four times.” —The Little Prince (Photo: Sunset in Vernazza, Italy)
  • “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “One day, I watched the sun setting forty-four times.”—The Little Prince

  • “Oh, the places you’ll go!”—Dr. Seuss

Inspirational Quotes About Travel by Celebrities

  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”—Helen Keller

  • “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.”—Anthony Bourdain

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

  • “The sea once it casts its spell holds one in a net of wonder forever.”—Jacques Cousteau

Dock in a Woodstock NH pond with travel quote overlay
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” (Photo: Woodstock, New Hampshire)
  • “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.”Anthony Bourdain

  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”—Aubrey Marcus

Inspiring Beach Quotes & Summer Sayings

  • “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.”—Isak Dinesen

  • “Summertime is always the best of what might be.”—Charles Bowden

  • “Life is better barefoot.”

  • “Sunshine is the best medicine.”

Marina in Jamestown Rhode Island with inspirational travel quote: Hello, Summer!
“Hello, Summer!” (Photo: Jamestown, Rhode Island)
  • “You can never have too much beach.”

  • “Adventure awaits.”

  • “Happiness comes in waves.”

  • “And so the adventure begins.”

  • “Let the sea set you free.”

  • “All I need is the salt in my hair and the sand between my toes.”

  • “Good times and tan lines.”

  • “Hello, summer!”

Ocean and pink sand scene with funny travel quote: "I'm sorry for the things I said when it was winter."
“I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter…” (Photo: Cat Island Bahamas)
  • “Nothing but blue skies.”

  • “There’s no place like home except for the beach.”

  • “Happiness is a day at the beach.”

  • “If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed.”

  • “Beach girl.”

  • “The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.”

  • “The beach is my happy place.”

More Quotes about Summer Beach Vacations

  • “Once upon a beach…”

  • “Salty but sweet.”

  • “Ready for take-off.”

  • “Wanderlust (n) a strong desire or urge to travel and explore the world.”

  • “Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.”

  • “Happy as a clam.”

  • “You, me, and the sea.”

  • “Thalassophile: (n) a lover of the sea, someone who loves the ocean.”

  • “Beach hair, don’t care!”

  • “Feeling tropical.”

A winding path in the mountains of Bethlehem Discover with the quote, "Explore, Dream, Discover." by Mark Twain
“Explore, Dream, Discover.” (Photo: Bethlehem, New Hampshire)
  • “May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your shoes.”

  • “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

  • “Sunshine on my mind.”

  • “Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.”

  • “I need to live where the summer never ends.”

  • “Take only memories, leave only footprints.”—Chief Seattle

  • “Hang ten!”

  • “More beach, less worry.”

  • “I do believe it’s time for another adventure.”

Musically Inspired Quotes on Travel

  • “Summer lovin’ had me a blast.”—Grease

  • “Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”—Van Morrison

  • “I wanna soak up the sun.”—Sheryl Crow

  • “Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go?”—The Beach Boys

Marshland in Nova Scotia with the travel quote: Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.
“Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.” Nova Scotia, Canada
  • “Don’t worry. Be happy.”—Bob Marley

  • “We’ll get there fast and we’ll take it slow.”—The Beach Boys

  • “Girls just wanna have sun.”

  • “Roam if you want to, roam around the world.”—The B-52s

  •  “A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place…”—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”—David Bowie

Funny Travel Quotes

  • “Sun of a beach!”

  • “Resting Beach Face.”

  • “Help! I need some beach therapy.”

  • “Life’s a beach.

  • “I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter.”

  • “Keep Palm and Carry On.”

  • “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.”—The Dhammapada

Caribbean scene with palm tree, inspirational quote reading "Follow your bliss."
“Follow your bliss.” (Photo: Cat Island, Bahamas)
  • “I’m an aqua-holic.”

  • “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

More Top Travel Quotes by Famous People

  • “Follow your bliss.”—Joseph Campbell

  • “Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.”—Michelle Held

  • The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.—Norman Rockwell

  • “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”—Asian Proverb

  • “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”—Susan Sonta

Tropical scene with inspirational quote about travel: I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” (Photo: Fernandez Bay Village)
  • “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”—John A. Shedd

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

  • “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”

  • “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”—Lovelle Drachman

  • “Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.”

  • “Not all who wander are lost.”

  • “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.”—John Denver

  • “In the waves of change, we find our direction.”—Anonymous

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

Shipwrecked sailboat at sunset with travel inspo
“Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” (Photo: Cat Island Shipwreck)
  • “Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

  • “Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”—Ibn Battuta

Even More Inspiring Travel Quotes

  • “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”—Anonymous

  • “Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”

  • “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”—Marcel Proust.

  • “Little by little, one travels far.”

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

  • “Remember that happiness is a way of travel–not a destination.”—Roy M. Goodman

  • “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”—David Mitchell

  • “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”—Sir Richard Burton

Do you have a favorite? Have I overlooked any? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

38 thoughts on “Best Inspirational Quotes About Travel You’ll Want to Remember

  • October 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us the amazing travel quotes list. It was informative. Hope so you will publish more such as this.

    • October 11, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed these quotes, Sarah! Thanks for the kind words.

  • September 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    You are a very clever person!

  • June 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Loved your article! Thanks for sharing these beautiful lines. l really appreciate your work, so please keep sharing more stuff like this.

  • June 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post. Really, thank you! Keep writing.

  • May 23, 2020 at 10:47 am

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  • February 27, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    This is such a well curated list. There is something here for every time of vacation. I love the one about ships in the harbor are safe, but thats not what ships are for, right!

    • February 28, 2020 at 7:01 am

      Thanks! I find many of them inspiring. You are totally right about ships and safe harbors–especially when it comes to perpetual travelers…Sail on!

  • February 26, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Great list of quotes, saving them for those grey dreary days when you need some good motivation and you can’t go wrong with one of these quotes.

  • July 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    All of these quotes are so true and I often quote them too. Travel really makes you a better person and a better storyteller. I really love the Chinese proverb, “He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” It is so damn true.

  • July 26, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for this, Jackie. I love travel quotes and this just made my day. Among all of these, I loved this one the most – “May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your shoes.”

    • July 29, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed these, Shreya. That quote is one of my favorites, too!

  • July 26, 2019 at 3:11 am

    So many inspiring words and all at one place. What a nicely curated list of travel quotes. Each one touches you in one way or the other. However, my favourite one is, “I was not born for one corner. The whole world is my native land.”—Seneca

  • July 24, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I have heard some of those quotes. To myself, I would say, traveling is reading. Sometimes traveling is more effective than reading many books.

    • July 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

      I think what you say is so true, Mijia! Thanks for sharing that bit of wisdom — spoken from your experiences, no doubt!

  • July 24, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I love quotes about travel! I share a weekly quote on my FB as an inspiration to travel. This list gives me some good options to use in future weeks. Your list includes a good mix of more well-known quotes and ones I have not heard before.

    • July 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      I try to do the same thing, Elizabeth. Glad you found this to be a helpful resource!

  • July 24, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Love this post, I’m always looking for some great Inso quotes to add to the list! The Mark Twain’s one is my favorite, I even have part of it tattooed 🙂 Also, the “Little by little, one travels far” one is such a truth!

    • July 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      I agree, Mark Twain certainly had some great things to say about travel!

  • July 24, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Oh there are so many good quotes in this post that it is really hard to choose one! I think that “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” is my absolute favorite. Traveling makes us realize that we are an important but a very small part in this world.

  • July 24, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Even though some of these quotes have become overused and cliche, others are really inspirational. Not only do they inspire to write more but they can also serve as inspiration for writing future articles. Definitely bookmarking this for future use, thank you for sharing

    • July 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Wonderful. I’m glad you’ve found a useful resource and some inspiration as well, Daniel!

  • July 23, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I love all these quotes! I’ve seen lots of them but there are definitely some new ones in there. My favorite travel quote of all time is from Mark Twain, “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.”

    • July 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      Oh, isn’t that brilliant? I’ve not come across that one. Thanks for sharing it. (I wholeheartedly agree wtih Mark Twain.)

  • June 12, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I love these quotes, especially as there are a few there I’ve never read before The one from — Ibn Battuta “Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Looking forward to hearing from you more


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