Last updated on March 19, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, travelling and making photos for 20 years. Read more Get Inspired

In my notebook I have an inspirational corner where I place some of my favourite photos, some traveling quotes and some writing I have done along my trips.

It all helps to think back to what I have done in the last few years and what I would like to do in the next few months. There is not much long term planning I must say 🙂

The quotes about travel are some of my main inspirational sources.  I have accumulated a few of these traveling sayings and I did not realize I have now over 150 of them!

What I like the most is that they do not have an age. The quotes about travel are still modern even if written by Aristotle thousands of years ago or Paul Theroux just few years back. Just think how much the travelling industry has changed in the last 20 years!

To all of them I would like to add my own, based on my traveling life and my way of living.

Traveling is not a tapas dinner, stop and live the place, don’t just taste it

You sometime hear or read about people travelling through 50-60 countries in one or two years. I sometime wonder what they have actually experienced from the country, beside the airport.

You can also see all of these quotes on photos. Please feel free to use them, however you need to link them back to this page using the text “Source: Over 150 quotes about travel and traveling“. Thanks for understanding

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And here they are the other 153 traveling quotes

1 – “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

2 – “Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places” – Dr. Seuss

3 – “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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

5 – “Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” – Doug Coupland

6 – “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

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

8 – “No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi

9 – “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

10 – “If you travel, it must be to seek difference” –  Kathleen Lee

11 – “Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor” – Seneca


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

13 – “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye

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

15 – “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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

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

18 – “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

19 – “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

20 – “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Pamela Goldoni

21 – “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

22 – “Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

23 – “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

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

25 – “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

26 – “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten

27 – “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

28 – “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

29 – “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

30 – “Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

31 – “There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one.” – Thomas Wolfe

32 – “He who would travel happily must travel light.” — Antoine de St. Exupery

33 – “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

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

35 – “I am living out my adolescent dream of travel and adventure.” — Tim Cahill

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

37 – Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.” -Harvey Lloyd

38 – “I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” – James Baldwin

39 – “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

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

41 – “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

42 – “They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.” — Horace

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

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

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

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

47 – “Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach

48 – We’re constantly buying airplane tickets; we travel on the Concorde. -Eva Herzigova


49 – “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

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

51 – “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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

53 – “I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen

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

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

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

57 – “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

58 – “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

59 – The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist. -William Blake

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

61 – “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

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

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

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

65 – “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

66 – “If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport”. – George Winters

67 – “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

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

69 – “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

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

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71 – “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations.” – Elizabeth Drew

72 – “While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.” – Anne Tyler

73 – “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel

74 – “Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Pearson

75 – “To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.” – Philip Andrew Adams

76 – “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon

77 – “You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there”. – Yogi Berra

78 – “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

79 – “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

80 – “Not I – Not anyone else else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

81 – “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

82 – “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

83 – “Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” – Sargent Shriver

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

85 – “Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.” – Anne Sophie Swetchine

86 – “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

87 – “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ” – Anatole France

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

89 – “Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

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

91 – “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.” – Amelia E. Barr

92 – “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

93 – “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

94 – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

95 – “A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.” – Emile Ganest

96 – “Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.” – W. H. Auden

97 – “Do you think it’s so snobbish, to want to see something besides one’s fellow citizens abroad?” — Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

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

99 – “There is no happiness for the person who does not travel. For Indra is the friend of the traveler, therefore wander!” – Brähmann

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

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

102 – “I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller

103 – “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

104 – “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

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105 – “We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” – Henry David Thoreau

106 – “Without travel “I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life.” – Lauren Hutton

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

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

109 – “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

110 – “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

111 – “The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” – Britney Spears

112 – “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

113 – “Certainly, 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

114 – “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese

115 – “Hitler didn’t travel. Stalin didn’t travel. Saddam Hussein never traveled. They didn’t want to have their orthodoxy challenged.” — Howard Gardner

116 – “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” -Swami Vivekananda

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

118 – “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

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119 – “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

120 – “After a lifetime of world travel I’ve been fascinated that those in the third world don’t have the same perception of reality that we do.” – Jim Harrison

121 – “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

122 – “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

123 – “You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

124 – “An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer

125 – “I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.” – Lord Dunsany

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126 – “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

127 – “To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley

128 – “I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.” – David Attenborough

129 – “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry

130 – “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

131 – “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

132 – “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.” – Jawaharal Nehru

133 – “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin

134 – “People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” – Martin Yan

135 – “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

136 – “I travel the world, and I’m happy to say that America is still the great melting pot – maybe a chunky stew rather than a melting pot at this point, but you know what I mean.” – Philip Glass

137 – “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

138 – “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

139 – Those who visit foreign nations, but who associate only with their own countrymen, change their climate, but not their customs; they … return home with travelled bodies, but untravelled minds. -Charles Caleb Colton

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140 – Travel provided many interesting experiences, but perhaps the most useful lesson I learned was that I really had no proficiency for learning the thousands of characters of the written Chinese language. -Eric Allin Cornell

141 – “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

142 – “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

143 – “He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.” – Sinclair Lewis

144 – ”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

145 – “People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine

146 – “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

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147 – Rocket scientists agree that we have about reached the limit of our ability to travel in space using chemical rockets. To achieve anything near the speed of light we will need a new energy source and a new propellant. Nuclear fission is not an option. -Wilson Greatbatch

148 – “Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” – Ralph Crawshaw

149 – “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.” – Mark Twain

150 – “In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.” – Ivanka Trump

151 – “One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” – Richard Burton

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152 – “Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again; to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life’s recollections.” – Augustus Hare

153 – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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4 thoughts on “154 quotes about travel and traveling, the inspirational corner”

  1. I love these quotes, especially as there are a few there I’ve never read before The one from -Eric Allin Cornell “Travel provided many interesting experiences, but perhaps the most useful lesson I learned was that I really had no proficiency for learning the thousands of characters of the written Chinese language.” Looking forward to hearing from you more

    • Indeed Brooke, it is something we either learn as a child or when we travel. The world is all different and we have to accept it as such. There is no better country, just lots of different ones 🙂 and after all this is the best of a trip, experience the difference.

      Happy travel 😀


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