Travel Quotes

Here are 45 of my favourite travel quotes, the ones I particularly enjoy are in bold but it’s worth reading them all. Now I just need to find some cycling ones and perhaps think of some insightful and wise observations of my own.


  1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain 
  2. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine 
  3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson 
  4. “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 traveller learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell 
  5. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac 
  6. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb 
  7. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes 
  8. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck 
  9. No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang 
  10. “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 
  11. “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 
  12. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller 
  13. Travelling 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 
  14. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller 
  15. “A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi 
  16. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence 
  17. To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark 
  18. 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 
  19. “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 
  20. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber 
  21. “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.” – Jawaharial Nehru 
  22. Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux 
  23. “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 
  24. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  25. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.” – Robert Frost 
  26. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu 
  27. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner 

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


  28. If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener 
  29. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot 
  30. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill 
  31. “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 
  32. “Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy 
  33. Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien 
  34. Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli 
  35. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou


  1. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe” – Anatole France 
  2. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca 
  3. “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 
  4. 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 
  5. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley 
  6. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling 
  7. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux 
  8. “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 
  9. “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 
  10. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

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