123 Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

We all have a desire to travel. But sometimes we need a little motivation to get our wheels turning.

These 100+ travel quotes will inspire your future travels and help you describe that sense of wanderlust that’s so hard to articulate.
 

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

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

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3. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Unknown

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4. "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller

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5. “Your past experiences will flavour your future ones, that is human nature.” – Deborah Cater

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6. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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7. “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.” – Rosalía de Castro

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

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

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10. “The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” – Ovid

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11. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

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12. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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13. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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16. “Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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17. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." - Martin Buber

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18. "Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures." - Lovelle Drachman

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19. "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." - Susan Sontag

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20. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsch

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21. "Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

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22. "Oh, the places you'll go!" - Dr. Seuss

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23. "Once a year, go someplace you've never been before." - Dalai Lama

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24. "Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else." - Lawrence Block

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25. "Take only memories, leave only footprints." - Chief Seattle

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26. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine

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28. "Travel far enough, you meet yourself." - David Mitchell

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29. "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

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30. "We live in a 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." - Jawaharlal Nehru

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

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

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

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34. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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35. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

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36. “The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – T.S. Eliot

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

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

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39. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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40. “Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

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41. “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

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

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

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

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

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46. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antione de St. Exupery

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

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

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

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50. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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

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52. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

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53. “A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” – Henry Rollins

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

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55. “Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

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

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57. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” – Paolo Coelho

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

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59. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

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

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61. “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

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

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63. “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

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

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65. “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it’s not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

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

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67. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

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68. “I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.” – Nyssa P. Chopra

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69. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

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70. “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty

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71. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde

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72. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

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

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74. “The pleasure we drive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” – Alain de Botton

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75. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

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76. “A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” – Pico Iyer

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77. “Travel doesn’t become an adventure until you leave yourself behind.” – Marty Rubin

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78. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

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79. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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80. “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

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82. “Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.” – Gayle Foreman

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83. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

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

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85. “Why, I’d like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.” – Aristophanes

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86. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

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87. “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diana Arbus

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88. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

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89. “The journey itself is my home.” – Matsuo Basho

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90. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway

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91. “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 reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson

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92. “Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.” – Unknown

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93. “Little by little, one travels far.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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94. “So much of who we are is where we have been.” – William Langewiesche

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95. “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

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96. “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

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

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

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

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100. “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

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101. “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.” – Wendall Berry

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

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

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104. “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

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105. “A true traveler’s journey is never complete.” – Jda

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106. “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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107. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan

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108. “You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt

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109. “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Durrell

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

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111. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest of chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

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112. “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road.” – Walt Whitman

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113. “I soon realized that no journey carries on far unless, as it extends to the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

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114. “We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

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

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116. “Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination.” – Ross Morley

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117. “Travel is like knowledge, the more you see, the more you know you haven’t seen.” – Mark Hertsgaad

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

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119. “Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind, and fills your life with stories to tell.” – Paula Bendfelt

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120. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

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121. “Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” – Freya Stark

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122. “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

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123. “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

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