65 Inspirational Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Who doesn’t love travel quotes?! They’re a little slice of inspiration perfect for any situation. Whether you’re planning for a trip, recovering from a trip, battling post-trip blues or are just looking for a little something to give you a boost, there’s a quote out there that can speak to whatever you need. There are travel quotes about journeys, travel quotes about self discovery,  adventure quotes, and – my favorite – travel quotes that inspire you to live life to the fullest. Ready for a little wanderlust inspiring pick me up? Of course you are!

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65 Inspirational Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

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1. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers.”

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

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

5. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

6. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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7. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

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

9. “Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

10. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

11. “Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”

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12. “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

13. “All you need to know is that it’s possible.” – Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker

14. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

15. “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty

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

17. “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

18. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction”

19. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

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

21. “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

22. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

23. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

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

25. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

26. “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”

27. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

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

29. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

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

31. “If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.” – Paul Coelho

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32. “Live your life by a compass not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

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

34. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde

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

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36. “Oh the places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

37. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

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

39. “Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure.”

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40. “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

41. “Collect Moment, Not Things.”

42. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous 

43. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself” -David Mitchell

44. “Work, Travel, Save, Repeat”

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

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

47. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

48. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

49. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

50. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

51. “Travel is only glamorous in retrospect” – Paul Theroux

52. “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

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

54. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world” – Mark Jenkins

55. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.
You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

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56. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

57. “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to” – Alain de Botton

58. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

59. “A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”  – Pico Iyer

60. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind” – Marty Rubin

61. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

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

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

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

65. “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

And if 65 travel quotes are not enough to keep you going, check out this list of 100 Inspiring Travel quotes from my friends over at Adventure in You! And if you’d like a pretty pin for any of the awesome travel quotes above, just let me know in the comments below!

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28 thoughts on “65 Inspirational Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

  1. Arzo Travels says:

    I love quotes and collect them. This is a great collection of travel quotes – not that I would need any inspiration to travel but I still love them 🙂 Some of them are my favorites, too. So, now I need to do some travel planning since “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

  2. CJ Haughey says:

    Hard to beat a good philosophical quote or two, or fifty!
    My favs would be #15 and #18 – so true and yet so many people end up lost in the wrong job, sacrificing dreams for money!

  3. Jean says:

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

    This is my favourite travel quote! It applies to so many people that I’ve met along the road.

  4. Only By Land says:

    My favorite quote from this article is ‘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.’ This is so true, the things I have not yet completed disappoint me even though I’ve done some great things already. There are a lot of other good travel quotes here too!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks James – I feel the same too! I’m disappointed by things I haven’t done yet whilst being proud of what I’ve have accomplished. I think it’s natural as travelers and adventurers to feel that like – or at least I hope it is!

  5. Tania Mukherjee says:

    I just got an idea out of your post! I have decided to put up some of these quotes on the walls of my home. I will get photo frames then paint these quotes with black glassmarker colour!

  6. Lauren says:

    I really enjoyed these comments, I’ve always been in the mind that my travel quote is

    “It’s not the destination it’s the journey you take”

    This is because of the struggles I had. A few years ago, I was homeless, then 1 year later I was in New York. There is a story and a journey that got me to New York.

  7. Cat says:

    Today I need a little inspiration as all the recent travels really wear me out. “Work, Travel, Save, Repeat.” is what resonates with me the most at the moment. It basically describes the cycle we go through every year, every 6 months, or every 3 months. But “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” reminds me what travel means to me.

  8. Mark says:

    Oh the places you’ll go is such a great one. The entire book is great for the soul! Thanks for this list. Always nice to have that inspiration.

  9. Megan Jerrard says:

    Love me a good travel quote 😀 My favorite is “Jobs fill your pockets but adventures fill your soul” – so true! I don’t need pockets without a soul 😉

  10. Drew says:

    It is always great to read inspiration travel quotes. I found the first quote from Anthony Bourdain to be particular moving. That is how I feel about my travel, 100%. It is about experiencing life, good and bad, and doing something good for it in return. Great job compiling this list!

  11. Lieurene Tran says:

    So many of these are great quotes! Love the motivation here! Now it’s making me want to pack up my bags and leave right now at the moment! I don’t have any favorites since so many of them are good but I am actually starting a bullet journal so I will incorporate some of these in my journal! Thank you!

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