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60 Best Travel Quotes to Inspire any Beginner Traveler

There’s something about quotes, but even more so, travel quotes that – within a few moments – have me totally inspired beyond any other. I’m not sure what exactly it is, maybe it’s the sparking of ones imagination, the forward thinking, the pondering on what a place may be like; the sights, sounds, smells and tastes which a new space may hold? But, whatever it is that causes me to want to explore the world, there is nothing quite like travel quotes – and especially the following travel quotes – which get that wanderlust churning.

So without further ado, here are my 50 favourite Fernweh igniting travel quotes:

1. Not all those who wander are lost.

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


2. Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.

― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

3. We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.

― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

4. Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.

― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

5. My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance.

― Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty

6. I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.

― Charles Bukowski

6. I wonder if the ocean smells different on the other side of the world.

― J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Never

7. Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.

― Nicolas Bouvier,  The Way of the World

8. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

― Lao Tzu

9. Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.

― Eudora Welty , One Writers Beginnings

10. 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, The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It
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11. I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

― Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

12. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

― Christopher McCandless

13. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

― Marcel Proust

14. Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

15. 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

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

― Gustave Flaubert

17. Only the road and the dawn, the sun, the wind, and the rain,
And the watch fire under stars, and sleep, and the road again.

― John Masefield

18. To travel is to live.

― Hans Christian Andersen,The Fairy Tale of My Life

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

Mary Anne Radmacher

20. because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
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21. Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.”

― Ma Jian, Red Dust: A Path Through China

22. 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, The Fairy Tale of My Life

23. to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

24. Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.

― Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

25. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

26. There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.

― Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles :In Search for the Great Perhaps

27. Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.

― Nicolas Bouvier, The Way of the World

28. There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.

― Kate Douglas Wiggin, New Chronicles of Rebecca

29. 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

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30. The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home — and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.

― Rolf Potts, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
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31. We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.

― Pico Iyer

32. Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.

― Ryu Murakami, Coin Locker Babies

33. The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.

― St Augustine

34. No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.

― Patrick Rothfuss

35. 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, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

36. 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.

Jawaharlal Nehru

37. So I find words I never thought to speak

In streets I never thought I should revisit

When I left my body on a distant shore.

― T.S. Eliot

38. The Wanderlust has got me… by the belly-aching fire.

― Robert W. Service, Rhymes of a Rolling Stone

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

― Jack Kerouac,Desolation Angels

40. 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, The Art of Travel
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41. We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.

― Jeremy Glass

42. If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.

― Anthony Bourdain

43. 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

44. This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive, as feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.

― Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

45. The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown..

― Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

46. Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.

― Thornton Wilder, Our Town

47. I tramp a perpetual journey.

― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

48. The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.

― Anthony Bourdain, A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

49. A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.

― Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus

50. Tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled.

― Alex Garland, The Beach
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51. You don’t even know where I’m going.


I don’t care. I’d like to go anywhere.

― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley in Search of America

52. In my errant life I roamed
To learn the secrets of women and men,
Of gods and dreams.
I’ve known all the countries of our world,
I’ve lived a thousand lives:
Many lives I lived in love, 
Other lives I squandered.
For in my life I never traveled
All I did was wander.

― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

53. Ships are my arrows, the sea my bow, the world my target.

― Robert Thier, Storm and Silence

54. It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after,you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and whats happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.

― Anthony Bourdain, The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

55. 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

56. Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.

― Saadi

57. It’s hard to go. It’s scary and lonely…and half the time you’ll be wondering why the hell you’re in Cincinnati or Austin or North Dakota or Mongolia or wherever your melodious little finger-plucking heinie takes you. There will be boondoggles and discombobulated days, freaked-out nights and metaphorical flat tires.

But it will be soul-smashingly beautiful… It will open up your life.

― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

58. The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a f@@king tourist.

― Guillermo del Toro

59. They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things– I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.

― Lisa Ann Sandell,A Map of the Known World

I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover. 

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

― Jon Krakauer, Into the WildI

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