Top 50+ Travel Quotes

I always find myself searching for quality quotes about travel and traveling experiences. In turn, I always find myself coming across the same old thing; most frequently, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” –St. Augustine. Sure, it’s a great quote, but I want something new.. different.

So I started collecting quotes that caught my eye, over the internet, books, advertisements and travel related magazines and articles. I would select only the best, and ignore the rest. I wanted my list to reflect my tastes, and exceed average qualities.

Most of the quotes will be referenced, as to who was quoted to say them. Some are unknown, some I have written myself, and some, I simply cannot remember where I heard them. Please feel free to leave a quote of your own in the comments! If I feel that it fits in with the rest of my list, I will add it, and place your name in brackets beside it. Enjoy this list of the top 50+ travel quotes!

“Own only what you can carry with you; Let your memory be your travel bag.” –Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“There’s only four ways to get unraveled; One is to sleep and the other is travel” –Jim Morrison, of The Doors in Soft Parade
I plan on getting this line as a tattoo someday soon.

“If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” –Will Kommen

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia” –Charles M. Schulz

Personally, I like to edit this to:
“Don’t worry about today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia” –Seattle Dredge :]

“It’s not where you’ve been that matters… it’s where you’re going.”

“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

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” –Fitzhugh Mullan

“There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.” –Orson Welles

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

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.” –George Winters

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” –Dagobert D. Runes

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” –Rudyard Kipling

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

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

“On to the next…”

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.” –Bumper Sticker

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” –Thomas Fuller

“The world lies in the hands of those who have the courage to dream and who take risk of living out their dreams – each according to his or her own talent” –Paulo Coelho

“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” –Ray Bradbury

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

“I love my country… but I think we should start seeing other people.” –Bumper Sticker wisdom

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

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

“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.” –George Carlin

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

“Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don’t have film.” –Steven Wright

“There is nothing safer than flying – it’s crashing that is dangerous.” –Theo Cowan

“One certainty when you travel is the moment you arrive in a foreign country, the American dollar will fall like a stone.” –Erma Bombeck

“Travelling 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 Teran

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” –Tom Stoppard

“I told myself spreading news was part of a traveler’s nature, but if I was being completely honest, I was just like everybody else: shit-scared of the great unknown. Desperate to take a little piece of home with me.” –Richard, The Beach

“I must be traveling on now, ’cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.” –Lynard Skynyrd, in Free Bird

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

“Wherever you are, that is where you will be.”

“Give form to the passing World. Freeways are a drama.” –Jim Morrison, The Guided Tour

“Travel is a the better cure for extreme nationalism.”

“Travel’ is the name of a modern disease which became rampant in themid-fifties and is still spreading. The disease – its scientific name is travelitis furiosus – is carried by a germ called prosperity.” –George Mikes

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” –Mohammed

“To travel is to possess the world” –Burton Holmes

“There is something special about a quiet untouched forest that just pulls you into the moment. Something that no parks will ever be able to achieve. Isn’t that what we’re all searching for in life? To just be happy and content in the moment, to just be there in the “now”?” –Jon Krakauer

“A moving
or movement
away from
a station

A waving
away from
a waving
a motion

a moment
a waving” –Jim Morrison, A Moving

“Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea. And East and West the wander-thirst that will not let me be.” –Gerald Gauld

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” –Erma Bombeck

“Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, “Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami.” She said, “We can’t do that!” I told her, “You did it last week!” –Henny Youngman

“Take only memories. Leave nothing but footprints” –Chief Seattle
Wise words from the man that I was named after.

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.” –Charles Kuralt

“Those who visit foreign nations, but who 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 travelled bodies, but untravelled minds.” –Charles Caleb Colton

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

“When we are high up, everything looks very small. Our glories and our sadnesses cease to be important. We have left whatever we won or lost down below. From the top of a mountain you can see how large the world is and how wide the horizon.” –Paulo Coelho

“A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.” –Isabelle Eberhardt

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” –Agnes Repplier

“Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life,
and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere..” –Isabelle Eberhardt

“May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view……where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you..” –Edward Abbey

“When you travel you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak….You begin to be more accessible to others, because they may be able to help you in difficult situations..” –Paulo Coelho

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11 Responses to “Top 50+ Travel Quotes”

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    April 17, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    That is some inspirational stuff. Never knew that opinions could be this varied. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

  2. St Augustine Ghost Tour
    June 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Great article with plenty of great information. Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Shery
    June 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I’m totally digging this collection. Thanks for doing all the hard work 🙂 I’m a big fan of quotes, too and I am often searching for great ones. I will definitely reference this post again in the future.

    • Seattle
      June 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      hehe glad to do the work 😀

  4. St Augustine Ghost Tours
    July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Some of these are so adorable! Absolutely love it!

  5. Gemma
    November 20, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Fatastic! My favourites – “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to 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 ” I amd a discerning traveller, YOU are visitors, THEY are tourists” 😛 and ” I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’, as far as I was concerned I was in and orgy with the sky & the ocean & with nature” – Bjork.
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  6. Rob
    September 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I just stumbled across this blogg & love it. Not sure if this is going to work, but if it does, it might be one u like … Found it in Toulouse, France last week.

    Take care,

  7. Dionys
    December 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    nice collection of quotes, I really enjoyed reading them (just like pretty much every blog entry of yours).
    One of my personal favorites is “Where there is a will, there’s a way.” It almost became like a mantra that I was repeating over and over again while hiking through the vast wilderness of Patagonia, sometimes really lost looking for the actual path and desperately in need of a spot where I could pitch my tent…
    Another good one is the French:
    “L’absence est à  l’amour ce qu’est le feu au vent. Il éteint le petit, il allume le grand.” – Roger de Rabutin
    (in English: “absence is for love what for fire is wind. It kills the small, it enlarges the big”)

    Greetings (right now from Uruguay)


    Ps: Besides a love of travel we also share the same tattoo on the forearm

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  9. Wanderlust dreamer 8
    April 29, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    I love your blog ????????

    My favorite quote are: ”If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” — Roland Gau

    -With your pack on your Back, the world is your home.

    -“Travel is my drug of choice”

    -and a french one “Les grands voyages ont ceci de merveilleux que leur enchantement commence avant le départ même. On ouvre les atlas, on rêve sur les cartes. On répète les noms magnifiques des villes inconnues…” Joseph kessel


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