Travel quotations

The following travel quotations inspire me in one way or another. Some of of these travel quotations have links to my travel blogs on associated subjects; and some are referred to in my travel blogs when relevant.

“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

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

Randy Komisar

“I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.”


“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 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

Read Coming home in Beirut

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

Martin Buber

She asked me what travelling means to me.
Me: “Travel is meeting you”

Seen on a t-shirt on a trek in Sumatra, Indonesia

Read On an active volcano in Sumatra

“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

Read A run before dawn near the international dateline

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read The Great Little Tongatapu South Pacific Ocean Drive

“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

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Anita Desai

“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 real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

Read Observing Timor Leste without taking photos

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”

G.K. Chesterton

Read Coming home in Beirut

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

Gustave Flaubert

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Bill Bryson

Read The Great Little Tongatapu South Pacific Ocean Drive

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

Lin Yutang

Read On an active volcano in Sumatra

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

Henry Miller

Read Observing Timor Leste without taking photos

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

James Michener

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

Lawrence Block

Read Kyoto in the Snow

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts 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

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”

Antoine de St. Exupery

Read Coming home in Beirut

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”

Tim Cahill

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

Benjamin Disraeli

“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

Read From Mount Errigal to the Blue Ocean

“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

Read Kyoto in the Snow

“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

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”

Chief Seattle

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”

John Green

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart!”


“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”

Henry Rollins

Read A Sense of Place

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

Herman Melville

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well. ”

Eugene Fodor

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

Dalai Lama

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

Susan Heller

“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

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

Paolo Coelho

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”

Robert Frost

Read From Mount Errigal to the Blue Ocean

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

Stephen Covey

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

Jack Kerouac

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

Paul Theroux

“At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.”

Arthur Frommer

Read Kyoto in the Snow

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

David Mitchell

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”

Freya Stark

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are build for.”

John A. Shedd

“Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.”

Karen Gibbs

Read Kyoto in the Snow

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”

Oscar Wilde

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”

Izaak Walton

Read The Great Little Tongatapu South Pacific Ocean Drive

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret”

Oscar Wilde

“I dislike feeling at home when I’m abroad.”

George Bernard Shaw

“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

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

Henry David Thoreau

“For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.”

Aldous Huxley

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.”


“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”

David Bowie

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.”

Kurt Vonnegut

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.”


“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

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

John Steinbeck

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”

Miriam Adeney

Read A Sense of Place

“I love to travel, but hate to arrive.”

Albert Einstein

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

Jo Walton

Read A run before dawn near the international dateline

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

Cesare Pavese

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.”

Hilaire Belloc

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”

Caskie Stinnett

“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

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

Herman Melville

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

Henry David Thoreau

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at least to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”

G.K. Chesterton

“Travel teaches toleration.”

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Anatole France

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

Andre Gide

“Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”

Ray Bradbury

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

Pico Iyer

“It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Read A Sense of Place

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

Lin Yutang

“Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business, a little like waking up from a long coma.”

Bill Bryson

Read A Sense of Place


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