50 Inspiring Travel Quotes

Why travel? To meet new friends  (Aboard a ship in Halong Bay, Vietnam)
Below are 50 of my favorite quotes on traveling compiled from all over the net.  I especially like the first one, but I feel all of these quotes reflect either the reasons why we travel or what we should aspire to be when we travel.

Enjoy and do leave a comment if you agree or disagree with them.Also, do you have your own quote that you would like to share? Add them in the comments section.  

Tara, byahe tayo!™

1. “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

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

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

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

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

6. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

7. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

8. "″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

9.  “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

12. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

13. “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

14. “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

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

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

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

18. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

19. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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

24. “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

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

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

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

28. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

29. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

30. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

31. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

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

33. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

34. “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

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

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

37. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

38.“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

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

40. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

41. “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

42. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

43.  “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

44.  “One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind.” – Charles Dickens

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

46. “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

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

48.  “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” – The Dhammapada

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

50. “Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.” – Nikos Kazantzakis


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