Great Travel Quotes – What’s Your Favorite?

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Some days, like today, when I need some inspiration, I like to take out my travel quote collection.

Hopefully, they give you a smile, or even inspire you on your next adventure.

  1. Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli
  2. When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in. D. H. Lawrence
  3. 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, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. Cesare Pavese
  4. No matter how you travel, it’s still you going. Jeff Goldblum
  5.  To travel is to take a journey into yourself. Danny Kaye
  6. There is a part of me that still wants to go out and grab a backpack and unplug – not take a cellphone or even a camera and just get out there and experience the world and travel. I have yet to do that, but someday I hope. Emilio Estevez
  7. Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death. Alexander Chase
  8. 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
  9. Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. Michael Palin
  10. 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
  11. Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything. Charles Kuralt
  12. When you come to a fork in the road….take it. Yogi Berra
  13. There’s nothing American tourists like more than the things they can get at home. Stephen Colbert
  14. Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), from the movie Up in the Air
  15. Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo. Al Gore
  16. Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  17. Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. Alan Keightley
  18. There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Amelia Earhart
  20. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. Paul Theroux
  21. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller
  22. A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. Anonymous
  23. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain
  24. 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
  25. Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. Aldous Huxley
  26. A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. Tim Cahill
  27. We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin
  28. 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
  29. I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. Caskie Stinnett
  30. You wake up at Seatac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, mountain, central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? Edward Norton in Fight Club
  31. Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun. Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation
  32. A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. John Steinbeck
What’s your favorite travel quote?

Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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7 Responses

  1. Elaine

    Forgot to say – number 16 is my fav
    Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  2. OutsideMyMind

    Off the top of my head I can’t think of one right now, but I’m exhausted, so no surprise. I find great inspiration in quotes for whatever reason, I guess I’m not alone. It’s probably because they convey a lot of meaning in very few words…once again, simple is better, big surprise. Two of my favorites from above 8, and 18…thanks for those!

  3. Dorothy Sanders

    Really cool collection of quotes – I love these 🙂 Although I especially like #27… and #8 is a classic. I also really like this one by Henry Miller – “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

    • Micki Kosman

      Hi Dorothy. I hadn’t heard the Henry Miller one. Thanks for that! I’ll have to add that to my inspirational quotes file for those days the travelling lifestyle is a bit tiring 🙂


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