50 Travel Quotes to Spark Your Wanderlust (+ Free Wallpapers for your phone!)

50 Best Travel Quotes to Spark your Wanderlust

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Whether you’re stuck at your desk daydreaming about that next getaway, or if you’re already on the road, there are travel quotes for every situation to soothe that wanderbug we all get hit with once in a while (or, always for some of us!). Traveling is whatever you make it to be, and can be so much more than just booking a plane ticket and packing your bags. It can be a journey of self-discovery and self-realisation, something that sometimes can touch us in the deepest depths of our soul. Whatever travel means to you, here are some of my favorite travel quotes that have inspired me to stay curious, and always wander.

If you enjoy these travel quotes, feel free to use them as your phone lock screen for that extra dose of inspiration every time you unlock your phone, or share them on Pinterest or Instagram!

I hope you get inspired to pack up and head out in the great big unknown, to discover what this beautiful planet has in store, and perhaps, even find yourself in the process.

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50 Best Travel Quotes to Spark your Wanderlust

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

2. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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


3. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

4. “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

5. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

6. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

7. “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

8. “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty


9. “Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure.”

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

11. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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

13. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

14. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous


15. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself” -David Mitchell

16. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

17. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag


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

19. “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd

20. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde

21. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

22. “Live your life by a compass not a clock.” – Stephen Covey


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

24. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” – Robert Frost

25. “We wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment” – Hilaire Belloc

26. “If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.” – Paul Coelho

27. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain


28. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

29. “Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

30. “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


31. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust.

32. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

33. “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to” – Alain de Botto

34. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert


35. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind” – Marty Rubin

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

37. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury


38. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

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

40. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

41. “A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”  – Pico Iyer

42. “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, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

43. “Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”


44. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” -Roy M. Goodman

45. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

46. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac


47. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

48. “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

49. “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

50. “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee


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Do you have your own favorite travel quotes I’ve missed? Or is there one that really strikes a chord with you? Let me know in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  1. I love these quotes, especially as there are a few there I’ve never read before The one from -Roy M. Goodman “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” Looking forward to hearing from you more

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