23 Inspiring Travel Quotes

There are many types of travel inspiration, from amazing timelapse videos to great photographs to inspiring travel quotes. This easily digestible post features a selection of some of the greatest travel quotes ever said, muttered, proclaimed, written down or sung.

Here we go!

23 Inspiring Travel Quotes

Inspiring Travel quotes: C.S. Lewis

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” – G. K. Chesterton

“Only the curious have, if they live, a tale worth telling at all.” – Alistair Reid

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

“Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am… Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That’s not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating.” – Michael Crichton

“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

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

“We do not need to understand other people and their customs fully to interact with them and learn in the process; it is making the effort to interact without knowing all the rules, improvising certain situations, which allows us to grow.” – Mary Catherine Bateson

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams

“An adventure is never an adventure when it’s happening. Challenging experiences need time to ferment, and an adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility.” – Tim Cahill

“Empty pockets will allow a greater sense of wealth.”- Eddie Vedder

“The wonders of a journey consist far more of such intangible experiences and unexpected situations than of factual things and events of material reality.” – Lama Anagarika Govinda

“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood.” – Sir Richard Burton

Inspiring Travel quotes: Robert Service

“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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Inspiring Travel quotes: Explore Dream Discover Mark Twain
Explore Dream Discover : Photo on Flickr by Charlotte90T / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

“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.” – Alan Ashley-Pitt

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

Inspiring Travel quotes: Traveler sees what he sees GK Chesterton
Photo on Flickr by Kitty Terwolbeck / CC BY 2.0

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

“It is fatal to know too much at the outset. Boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot.” – Paul Theroux

“Bear in mind that the special advantage of vagabonding is the experience of not really knowing what happens next, which you can obtain at bargain rates in all cases….The challenges you face offer no alternative but to cope with them. And in doing that, your life is being fully lived.” – Ed Buryn

“The pleasure in traveling consists of the obstacles, the fatigue, and even the danger. What charm can anyone find in an excursion when he is always sure of reaching his destination, of having horses ready waiting for him, a soft bed, an excellent supper, and all the eases and comfort he can enjoy in his own home! One of the great misfortunes of modern life is the want of any sudden surprise, and the absence of all adventure. Everything is so well arranged.” – Theophile Gautier

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they really are.” – Samuel Johnson

I hope you enjoyed this selection of travel quotes!

About Bram

Website: http://www.travel-experience-live.com

Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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