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30 inspiring travel quotes

Written by 17 May 2013 5 Comments

My current travel journey has already taken 8 months, and I am still completely head over heels loving it. There has been days when I burned my hair, missed my expensive flights, felt quite lost with myself (and in a map too), spent Christmas in a hospital and hundreds of other not-so-successful adventures.

But you know what? I  had a real hard time remembering those unsuccessful incidents when I started writing this post.

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This morning when I woke up I only remembered the breathtaking sunset in South Africa, the delicious fruit&bread brunch in Copenhagen, the hilarious giggly nights in Portugal and the most romantic kiss that I have ever gotten in the pouring rain on the top of the gorgeous Montjuïc Mountain in Barcelona.

I literally just have too much fun to be able to concentrate on yesterday’s disasters instead of today’s new paths to discover. Stepping out of my comfort zone (and the safety net of my homeland Finland) has taught me more about myself than any lecture that I have ever taken or any book that I read.

Sometimes I seek inspiration to keep traveling and staying positive from quotes. Here are my top 30 inspirational travel quotes. Hopefully they will give you the same energy boost to keep traveling that they give to me. Some of the quotes are from unknown authors.

Remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And there’s nothing stopping you to take that first step today.


30.  “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.”

– Fitzhugh Mullan

 29. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” 

– Roy. A. Goodman

 28. “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.”

– The Dhammapada

 27. “Traveling 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

 26. “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

 25. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” 

– Kurt Vonnegut


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 24.“A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse… and thinks of home.” 

– Carl Burns

 23.“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”

– G. K. Chesterton

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

– Susan Heller

 21. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

- author unknown

 20. “He who would travel happily must travel light.”

 - author unknown

 19. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

― Martin Buber

18. ”Not all those who wander are lost.” 

― J. R. R. Tolkien

 17. “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” 

– Gael Attal

 16. ”If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” 

― Roland Gau

 15. “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

 14.“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” 

― Danny Kaye

 13. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” 

― Edith Wharton

 12. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.”

- author unknown

 11.“Let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen closely.”

- author unknown


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

― Andre Gide

 9.“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” 

― Steve Jobs

 8.“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”  

― Henry David Thoreau

 7.“Heroes take journeys confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves.”

- Carol Pearson

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

- Mark Twain

5. “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

4. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

- author unknown

– St. Augustine

3. “Travel is about the journey, not the destination. The destination is only the means for the journey to begin.”

- author unknown

 2.“Don’t dream your life, travel your dreams. “

- author unknown

1. “Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I travel I can go, Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be.”

- author unknown



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  • Jamie said:

    These are great. I love travel quotes, they’re so inspiring!

  • The slow pace said:

    Great inspirational post! I’m going to save it :)

  • Eliane said:

    great selection of quotes. thank you.

  • kati said:

    great ones! love this post!

  • Oli said:

    Some great quotes to inspire travel – thanks for sharing! I love exploring new places and reading this I immediately want to set off on the next adventure.

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