50 Best Travel Quotes To Inspire Wanderlust

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Everyone needs a bit of inspiration every now and then, so I’ve put together a collection of some of the best travel quotes that should get your mind wandering to distant lands. 

But instead of just having them written down, I have also put them onto my own photographs from my journey, as what better than to have wise travel words combined with images of this beautiful world to get inspired to see new places.

These make for great travel captions for Instagram and other social media as well.

I really hope this leaves you with a smile and a sense of wanderlust 🙂


Best Travel Quotes

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“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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“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

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“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the the ones you do.” – Mark Twain

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

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Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R.Tolkien

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

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

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

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Gustave Flaubert

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

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“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

(This is one of the best road trip quotes.)

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

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

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“Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” – Tennesse Williams

(One of the best adventure travel quotes.)

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

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

(Editor: one of my favourite travel quotes from Lao Tzu!)

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“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

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

(Editor: Not just one of the best travel quotes, but also a life philosophy I live by.)

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

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

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“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 only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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

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“The best way to know a city is to eat it.” – Scott Westerfeld

(Editor, again: I’m a big foodie and as far as travel quotes go this is top-notch!)

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

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“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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“Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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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“I read; I travel; I become.” – Derek Walcott

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“No one realises 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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“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

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

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“Ships are my arrows, the sea my bow, the world my target.” – Robert Thier

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“So I find words I never thought to speak. In streets, I never thought I should revisit. When I left my body on a distant shore.” – T.S. Eliot

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“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

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“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.” – Buddha

(Editor, yet again: As a student of Zen Buddhism I love this out of all the travel quotes.)

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“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac


Best Travel Quotes

So hopefully you feel inspired to get out there and travel, or at least have a good quote for your travel social media post.

I’ll add my own contribution here, although it may not fit in exactly like one of the travel quotes, it is related in that traveling light is the best way to travel, as one of the previous travel quotes said.

Here’s my quote on travel and life in general: ” The less you have, the less you have to worry about.” – Jonny Duncan (Backpackingman)

One of my favourite countries to travel to is Japan and I recommend taking a look at my article about backpacking in Japan for a good overview of a journey there.

And here’s some good ancient travel quotes.


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4 thoughts on “50 Best Travel Quotes To Inspire Wanderlust”

  1. Am a big believer in all of these quotes! So true and really inspiring. I actually bought posters and framed them to hang in my room.

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