Travel Quotes to Inspire

Below find a pastiche of eclectic quotations collected and lovingly woven together by Kathryn and Daniel. You are welcome to use the quotes on this page but if you distribute them electronically or in hard copy as a whole without rearranging them, kindly give editorial credit to Two Go Round-The-World. A link to this web site is always appreciated as well. Thanks—and enjoy the journey!

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. — Mark Twain

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. — St. Augustine

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

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. — John Steinbeck

Perhaps it’s my natural pessimism, but it seems that an awfully large part of travel these days is to see things while you still can. — Bill Bryson

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. — Freya Stark

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

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe — Anatole France

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. — Martin Buber

Remember that happiness is a way of travel—not a destination. — Roy M. Goodman

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. — Susan Heller

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. — Orson Welles

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. — Joh Burroughs

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. — G.K. Chesterton

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu

A friend of mine would never leave a place until he’d had a good time there. Another friend would not leave a destination until he had learnt something encouraging about the people and their culture. Both are currently stuck in Brisbane. — Peter Moore

We’re on earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different. — Kurt Vonnegut

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

One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy. — Sir Richard Burton

The border means more than a customs house, a passport officer, a man with a gun. Over there everything is going to be different; life is never going to be quite the same again after your passport has been stamped. — Graham Greene

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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

To a man with imagination, a map is a window to adventure. — Sir Francis Chichester

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

Adventure is a path. Real adventure—self-determined, self-motivated, often risky—forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind—and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white. — Mark Jenkins

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. — Sir Francis Bacon

To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. — Charles Horton Cooley

I think travel just really wakes me up. It puts me in a state of hyper-awareness that’s hard to get to in daily life. I’m so intrigued by other cultures—when I’m traveling away from home I get more insight into my own life and culture as well, just by contrast, and by that alertness of mind that sort of comes to me like a drug when I’m out of the country. I find that the freedom of anonymity tends to propel me into interesting situations. — Tanya Shaffer

That is the charm of a map. It represents the other side of the horizon where everything is possible. It has the magic of anticipation without the toil and sweat of realization. The greatest romance ever written pales before the possibilities of adventure that lie in the faint blue trails from sea to sea. The perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore. Achievement is the price which the wanderer pays for the right to venture. — Rosita Forbes

The need to travel is a mysterious force. A desire to go runs through me equally with an intense desire to stay at home. An equal and opposite thermodynamic principle. When I travel, I think of home and what it means. At home I’m dreaming of catching trains at night in the gray light of Old Europe, or pushing open shutters to see Florence awaken. The balance just slightly tips in the direction of the airport. — Frances Mayes

Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life. — Michael Palin

None but those who have traveled, can appreciate the delight experienced from recalling in this way the interesting points of an interesting journey, and fighting, as it were, their battles over again. — James Holman

…travel may be viewed as a rebellious, even a subversive act, part of the process of self-actualization I travel to define and assert my existential identity. I travel. Therefore I am. — Michael Mewshaw

Travel is the best way we have of rescuing the humanity of places, and saving them from abstraction and ideology. — Pico Iyer

For me they go hand in hand. When I travel it makes me want to write, when I read it makes me want to travel. — William Dalrymple

Only by going too far can one possibly find out how far one can go. — Jon Dyer

Remember, If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter how you get there. — The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. — Plato