84 Short Travel Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust

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With 64% of women and 75% of men still living in the city they grew up in, you might be forgiven for thinking that the world is a small place, but there’s a whole planet out there that’s just waiting to be explored. Far more than just a 2-week vacation, traveling opens the mind and introduces us to experiences we will never be able to sample at home.

Showing us sights, sounds, flavors, and even smells that we’ve never tried before, different destinations can completely change our lives for the better, and teach us far more than we could ever learn in a classroom or from a textbook. You only have to read through this collection of travel quotes to see just how essential traveling is to our souls.

Whether you are looking back on vacations past or looking forward to visiting new and exciting faraway shores, these travel quotes will inspire you to get out there and take in as much of the world as you can. With busy working lives, you may only manage one annual vacation, but if you do as the Dalai Lama advises, seeing just one new place each year will broaden your horizons and enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.

If you’re looking for more inspiration to travel, take a look at these inspirational quotes and these adventure quotes.

Travel Quotes

Travel has a way of stretching the mind

“Travel has a way of stretching the mind” – Ralph Crawshaw

There is no right way to go on an edible journey. You can never tell what is going to be great, so you have to try everything.

“There is no right way to go on an edible journey. You can never tell what is going to be great, so you have to try everything.” – Adam Richman

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

“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

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It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” – Penelope Riley

Travel empties out everything you’ve put into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are.

“Travel empties out everything you’ve put into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are.” – Claire Fontaine

Travel brings power and love back into your life. – Rumi Jalalud

“Travel brings power and love back into your life. – Rumi Jalalud” – Din

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.

“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

Would you still want to travel to that country If you could not take a camera with you. – a question of appropriation.

“Would you still want to travel to that country If you could not take a camera with you. – a question of appropriation.” – Nayyirah Waheed, Salt

There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die.

“There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die.” – Anonymous

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” – Mohammed

I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” – Walt Whitman (See more Walt Whitman quotes)

Explore, Experience, Then Push Beyond.

“Explore, Experience, Then Push Beyond.” – Aaron Lauritsen

Adventure is worthwhile.

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves.

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.

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

I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.

“I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.” – Justina Chen Headley

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

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

I love to travel, but hate to arrive.

“I love to travel, but hate to arrive.” – Albert Einstein

The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.

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

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

It is better to travel well than to arrive.

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha (See more Buddha quotes)

Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.

“Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.” – Abercrombie

If you are twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn to 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 cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.

“If you are twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn to 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 cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain (See more Anthony Bourdain quotes)

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

Travel is so important in its capacity to expand the mind. It’s exciting to start as young as possible – you get to see how other cultures live, challenge your senses, and try different cuisines.

“Travel is so important in its capacity to expand the mind. It’s exciting to start as young as possible – you get to see how other cultures live, challenge your senses, and try different cuisines.” – Natalie Dormer

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness., and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness., and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain

The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss (See more Dr. Seuss quotes)

Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.

“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.

“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind.

“They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.

“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.” – Anderson Cooper

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.

“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

He who has not traveled widely thinks that his mother is the best cook.

“He who has not traveled widely thinks that his mother is the best cook.” – African Proverb

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.

“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” – Charles M. Schulz

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

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

Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.

“Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.” – Anthony Bourdain

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.

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

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah Winfrey

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” – Judith Thurman

I’ve met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.

“I’ve met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.” – Hedy Lamarr

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.” – Freya Stark

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Durrell

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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

Travel more to see more to live more.

“Travel more to see more to live more.” – Debasish Mridha

The journey not the arrival matters.

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

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” – Unknown

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.

“Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew

Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” – Peter Hoeg

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Laozi

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

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

I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.

“I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.” – Grace Jones

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

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

It’s a big world out there. It would be a shame not to experience it

“It’s a big world out there. It would be a shame not to experience it” – J. D. Andrews

One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.

“One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.” – Edith Wharton

Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.

“Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

I love being on the road. I love that lifestyle, traveling city to city, rocking out and moving on to the next place.

“I love being on the road. I love that lifestyle, traveling city to city, rocking out and moving on to the next place.” – Caleb Johnson

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.

“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

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

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

I travel in so many different ways; I travel high, I rough it…it all depends on who I travel with.

“I travel in so many different ways; I travel high, I rough it…it all depends on who I travel with.” – Diane von Furstenberg

Traveling is more fun — hell, life is more fun — if you can treat it as a series of impulses.

“Traveling is more fun — hell, life is more fun — if you can treat it as a series of impulses.” – Bill Bryson

What you do on travel holiday is what your memories are based on. People want to do cool stuff, and this is what will shape your entire experience.

“What you do on travel holiday is what your memories are based on. People want to do cool stuff, and this is what will shape your entire experience.” – Ruzwana Bashir

It’s important to travel and move and have a continual set of experiences so you’ve got more to feedback into your work. For me, it’s a natural thing.

“It’s important to travel and move and have a continual set of experiences so you’ve got more to feedback into your work. For me, it’s a natural thing.” – Cate Blanchett

Travelling the road, last known is where I want to be.

“Travelling the road, last known is where I want to be.” – Paper Lions

Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey” – Pat Conroy

Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

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

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen” – Benjamin Disraeli

Travel is a joy, full of surprises. Perhaps some of the most enjoyable times are those where one comes close to disaster: the risks add spice, and make for great stories when you are safely back home again. — Jane Wilson

“Travel is a joy, full of surprises. Perhaps some of the most enjoyable times are those where one comes close to disaster: the risks add spice, and make for great stories when you are safely back home again. — Jane Wilson” – Howarth

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

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

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.

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

The Chinese say that there is no scenery in your home town. They’re right. Being in another place heightens the senses, allows you to see more, enjoy more, take delight in small things; it makes life richer. You feel more alive, less cocooned.— Jane Wilson

“The Chinese say that there is no scenery in your home town. They’re right. Being in another place heightens the senses, allows you to see more, enjoy more, take delight in small things; it makes life richer. You feel more alive, less cocooned.— Jane Wilson” – Howarth

A wise man travels to discover himself.

“A wise man travels to discover himself.” – James Russell Lowell

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.

“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” – Andrew Zimmern

Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.

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

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