Travel Quotes

Need a little kick in the butt to buy that ticket and JUST GO? Here are my favorite travel quotes to inspire you to take the leap toward an adventure of a lifetime, or perhaps a lifetime of adventure.

Top 50 Inspirational Travel Quotes 

1) “Believe there is good in the world.” ~Buddha

2) “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” ~Oscar Wilde

3) “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~Stephen King

4) “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” ~ John A. Shedd

5) ‘To travel is to discover everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley

6) “I choose to collect memories instead of things.” ~ Elena Levon

7) “Life is a short runway, use it all!” ~unknown

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8) “People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.” ~John Porter

9) “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~Thoreau

10) “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

11) “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

12) “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” ~ Francis Bacon

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

14) “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

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

16) “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” ~unknown

17) “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”

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

19) “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” ~ Daranna Gidel

20) “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

21) “Travel: the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” ~unknown

22) “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” ~ Ray Bradbury

23) “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” ~unknown

24) “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” ~ Mohammed

25) “Go at least once a year to a place you’ve never been before.” ~Dalai Lama

26) “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 we only seek them with our eyes open.” ~Jawaharal Nehru

27) “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

28) “Not all who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

29) “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

30) “Wherever you are, be all there.” ~ Jim Elliot

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

32) “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” ~ Seth Godin

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

34) “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson 

35) “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” ~Samual Johnson 

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

37) ““A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” ~ Moslih Eddin Saadi

38) “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

39) “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” ~ Paul Theroux

40) “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~Lao Tzu

41) “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” ~ Mark Jenkins

42) “I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin.
So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in.” ~ Rowland Waring-Flood

43) “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

44) “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 where riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and to fall in love once more.” ~ Pico Iyer

45) “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” ~unknown

45) “Travel: the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” ~Brenna Smith

46) “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” ~Eugene Fodor

47) “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.” ~Marty Rubin

48) “If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” ~Roland Gau

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

50) “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~ Susan Sontag

Looking for quotes to inspire the traveling teacher in you? If you’re interested in teaching English abroad, check out these 18 Inspiring Traveling Teacher Quotes for both in and outside of the classroom.

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  1. michelle Adams says:

    Hey! Please please pretty please tell me which English camp company you worked for in Thailand! I’ll send you pictures of me with watermelon on my face as a thank you present! Because I only want ti work from November until mid February cause I have a two month job in Australia!

    Thanks! !


  2. Evgeny says:

    I found your website by searching in Google for advice on how to find a job abroad… and I really like what I found. Some of the quotes above are awesome and inspiring. I will be reading more of your blog, take care 🙂

    • jessicajhill says:

      Oh that’s lovely to hear! Thanks so much for leaving some comment love. I do hope you’ll stop by! Things have been quiet on the blog as I finish up my degree, but I plan to get back into it soon.

  3. scott says:

    Like You Jessica, I spent two months doing research on travel, and ESL. What I learned from your site in two days….did more than all the others combined.
    I love your spirit…and Instagram page.
    Thanks for the immediate responses and I will be a loyal fan and supporter in the future.

    • jessicajhill says:

      Wow, Scott, that’s quite the compliment! I’m so glad you’ve found the site helpful. Please feel free to get in touch with any other questions 🙂


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