Travel quotations

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

Susan Sontag

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”

Aldous Huxley

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.”

Rick Ridgeway

“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.”

Lisa St. Aubin de Terán

“Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own countrymen, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untraveled minds.”

Charels Caleb Colton

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Saint Augustine

“The wise traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.”

Lao Tze

“Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”


“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 taken for granted.”

Bill Bryson

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Martin Buber

“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

Read Marooned in the Solomon Islands

“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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St Augustine

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”

Paul Theroux

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is not path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The journey not the arrival matters.”

T.S. Eliot

“People travel to far away places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”

Dagobert D. Runes

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints. Alas, as we get up in life, and are more preoccupied with our affairs, even a holiday is a thing that must be worked for. To hold a pack upon a pack-saddle against a gale out of the freezing north is no high industry, but it is one that serves to occupy and compose the mind. And when the present is so exacting, who can annoy himself about the future?”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Read Observing Timor Leste without taking photos