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75 Best Solo Travel Quotes (+ Others)

Travelling alone can be a life-changing experience and one of the best things you do. These solo travel quotes for travelling alone from famed explorers/writers/ and more will inspire you to get out and go travelling alone.

They are also very useful if you want some great solo travel quotes for Instagram or other social media channels, etc.

There are 25 specific “solo travel quotes”, some of which are very famous travel quotes and the other 50 are general travel quotes but they can be used as solo travel quotes as well.

Just a quick note before we start. I had travelled alone for 20 or so years from 1997 onwards, but I have now been with my partner and wife for 5 years and love travelling together as a couple.

Still, some solo travel quotes are good to know!

Enjoy these inspiring solo travelling quotes and other travel quotes.

25 Best Solo Travel Quotes

I’ll start with one of my favourite travel writers with one of his solo travel quotes.

  1. “The inner journey of travel is intensified by solitude.” – Paul Theroux


2. “There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” — Mandy Hale

3. “Traveling alone makes it easier to be yourself.” – Charles Bukowski

4. “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.”- Alan Ashley-Pitt

5. “The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” — Henry David Thoreau

6. “I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.” – Daphne Du Maurier

The next one is a very true one out of all these solo travel quotes:

7. “Some journeys in life can only be travelled alone.” – Ken Poirot

8. “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone because they reflect more.” – Thomas Jefferson

9. “When the traveller goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.” — Liberty Hyde Bailey

10. “Solo travel is an opportunity to discover parts of yourself that you never knew existed.” – Stephanie Lee

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

12. “The solo traveller is not looking for an escape from life, but rather a way to experience it more fully.” -Shane Dallas

13. “There’s no right or wrong way to travel solo…everyone should try it at least once in their life.” — Susan Moore

14. “The treasured vistas of our solo journeys are not always about the landscape.” — Gina Greenlee

15. “When the traveller goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.” — Liberty Hyde Bailey

16. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” — Albert Einstein  

17. “If companionship is a mandate for all of our experiences, then we will miss out on many of life’s blessings.” — Gina Greenlee

18. “You must go on adventures alone to find out where you belong.” – Sue Fitzmaurice

Another one of the best solo travel quotes:

19. “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” — John Mayer

20. “Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvellous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” — Jacqueline Boone

21. “You never really travel alone. The world is full of friends waiting to know you.” — Unknown

22. “In solo travel, you are forced to face your fears, discover your strengths, and learn to trust yourself.” – Unknown

23. “Travelling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life-changing experience of your life. Try it at least once.” – Unknown

24. “Solo travel will push you out of your comfort zone and give you a confidence boost like nothing else can.” – Unknown

25. “Traveling alone is an opportunity to discover yourself and find your own way.” – Unknown

30 Famous Travel Quotes

Many of these can also apply to solo travel quotes.

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

2. “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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

3. “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu

4. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gorde

5. “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis

6. One of the most famous travel quotes out there:

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

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

8. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

9. “A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

10. “Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” — Holly Morris

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

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

13. “One thing that I love about travelling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone.” — Sarah Glidden

14. “Not I, nor anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself.” — Walt Whitman

15. “One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.” – Edith Wharton

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

17. “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” — Paulo Coelho

That applies to solo travel quotes as well.

BTW If you haven’t read Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist I highly recommend you do:

18. Another of my favourite travel writers is Bill Bryson and this is one the best Bill Bryson travel quotes:

“There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.”

Bill Bryson

19. “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

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

21. “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.” — Wendell Berry

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

23. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. 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

24. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

25. “Take the risk, or lose the chance” – Unknown 

26. “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

27. Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. – Hannah Arendt

28. “Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” — Holly Morris

29. “I am of course lost in this journey I’m on, but I do remain confident, though I am lost it will be a great adventure, this adventure will surpass my wildest imagination. So call me a fool, but I’m happy to be lost.” — Micheline Jean Louis

30. “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” — Paulo Coelho

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

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

33. “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

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

35. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re travelling, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

42. “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

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

44. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ll add one of my own quotes here at the end. It’s not just about travel, but life in general.

“The less you have, the less you have to worry about.”

Jonny Duncan (me!)

That is to say, travel light and live free. Travel with as little things as possible and you will feel a freedom so strong. I normally travelled in the past with just a 30 litres carry-on backpack and lived a minimal life.

These days I do have a bigger bag but that’s because I’m married and help carry some of my wife’s things.

Solo Travelling Advice

Solo travelling is one of the most rewarding life experiences for you to have. I travelled alone (that is to say left home alone) for 20 or so years.

But you’re never really alone. You will always meet new people, whether they are fellow travellers or locals you meet, and have new experiences in new places together, with lots of memories.

The biggest advice for solo travelling, and what some of these solo travel quotes have said, is simply:

“Don’t be afraid, step out your door, and just go!”


I love solo travel quotes, they just give inspiration for those planning to travel solo and see the world.

Enjoy your solo travelling adventure±

Solo Traveller Quotes

Those are the best solo travel quotes and travel quotes overall. I have used many of these over the past 25 years of travelling, and love them all.

For travel guides and advice for helping you out with your journey take a look at my destinations page.

As I mentioned in the beginning Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson are two of my favourite travel writers, with great solo travel quotes, and have books spanning all over the world, so if you want some great travel reading take a look at some of their books.

The Great Railway Bazaar is old now but a brilliant read and In a Sunburned Country is hilarious. I recommend as they help support local bookstores.

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