Traveling itself brings & requires a lot of motivation and inspiration. In order to spread good TRAVEL SPIRIT, we started collecting, creating, and sharing our own inspiring travel quotes and short travel quotes by famous travelers.
1. “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question”- travel quote by Huran Yahya
This is our favorite travel quote which is one of the most popular around the internet and among travelers/backpackers.
Huran Yahya and Adnan Hoca are two of the names used by Adnan Oktar, a Turkish cult leader and televangelist. Born February 2, 1956, he is the Honorary President of the “Science Research Foundation” and the “National Values Preservation Foundation.”
2. ”Travel far enough to meet yourself ” – David Mitchell
David Mitchell is known primarily for his third novel, “Cloud Atlas,” published in 2004, this British author was named by Time in 2007 as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. That fantastical fiction book, which was made into a film in 2012, is six stories that are interconnected and go from the nineteenth century South Pacific to Hawaii in the future that is post-apocalyptic.
3. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen doesn’t need to be introduced! But worth mentioning is that he lived in 1805-1875 and was one of the first “travel bloggers”. His short travel quotes and caption inspire today’s blogger all over social media.
Along with many famous books inspired by his travels, he wrote various travel guides about Italy, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.
4. “An Investment in Travel is An Investment into Yourself”- Matthew Karsten
Matthew Karsten quit his unfulfilling day job and decided to go backpacking and travel around the world. He did not plan where it would take him. Known as the Expert Vagabond, he is a blogger of adventure travel as well as a digital nomad and a photographer. He has been a world explorer for more than 10 years.
5. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
Neale Donald Walsch is a famous American author, speaker, screenwriter and also an actor. He is a very inspiring person that created hundreds of popular quotes. One of his best for work that he is known for is the movie “Conversations with God”.
7. “The World is a Book And Those Who Do Not Travel Read Only One Page” – Most used travel caption on social media.
French writer, speaker, author of many inspiring quotes, traveler, and politician Hilaire Belloc originally undertook writing as a side career. Belloc once walked hundreds of miles from his home in France down through snowy Alps and on to Rome!
He wrote extensively on this and many other escapades, and is best remembered for the way he conveyed his unforgettable journeys by writing about the hearts of the people he met along the way. These observations led him to champion social justice causes and stand against the poverty he witnessed on his extensive travels.
10. “It’s not about the destination, It’s about the journey”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson – Born May 25, 1803, he lived and shared his wisdom until age 78 as a philosopher, poet, writer of dozens of published essays, and more than 1,500 lectures. His main interests were mysticism and being a champion of individualism, freedom, and the relationship between the soul and the world.
11. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” — Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was an author deeply involved with the Beat generation, a group of creatives known for their itinerant and exploratory lifestyles. Kerouac’s most famous work, On The Road, details his series of road trips across deserts, through small towns, and the journeys he took in his mind. He travelled from the American Southwest to New York City, from Mexico to the Northeast and San Francisco. The introspective traveller became known for the poignant ways he described his travels in his poems and novels that would be revered for years to come.
12. “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” ― Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag is one of the most influential literary figures of her generation. Her quotes and captions are used world-wide all over social media, hostels, hotel and travel industry.
Sontag was taught by well-respected lecturers at various renowned American universities. She then explored literature and philosophy while living in Paris, France.
After returning to NYC, the writer and social commentator moved to the politically turbulent Sarajevo. Sontag was passionate about appreciating destinations for what they were, instead of what could be snapped through a camera lens. She is considered an iconic writer and social critic, as she sought to see the world- and people- simply.
13. “Climb the mountain, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” — David McCullough Jr.
Featured in Time, USA Today, and more, David McCollough Jr. is an English teacher who is now known for delivering the viral commencement speech, You Are Not Special. In it, he encourages listeners to do things not for the sake of doing them, but from a love for it.
Whether climbing mountains, opening international health clinics, or simply being in another city, McCollough explains that life is meant to be experienced rather than just lived. He encourages the students that they should treat everyone with respect, no matter where they are from or where they seem to be headed.
14. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.”― Eugene Fodor
Born in Hungary before both world wars, Eugene Fodor had his fair share of traveling. From present-day Slovakia, he moved to Paris to study economics before joining the US Army before settling stateside.
Fodor was assigned covert operations as a wartime spy across Europe. He used his experiences to later write an extensive series of travel guides that dive into the culture and real local spots of each destination.
15. “Part of the urge to explore is a desire to become lost.” ― Tracy Johnston
Tracy Johnston is a creative to watch. The photographer and writer graduated UC Berkeley and has since been featured in Cosmopolitan, the New York Times Magazine, and even Vogue.
She has traveled and worked on islands throughout Southeast Asia and currently resides in West Oakland, CA. Johnston draws on the shared human experience to bring her work to life.
16. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” ― John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck lived his whole life in southern California; his travels were more forays into various ways of living. At one point, he bought a boat and survived entirely off the land.
Always conscious of the wonders of nature, he became a guide of the local lakes, and wrote on the lives of those who had struggled through natural disasters such as the Dust Bowl. His awe of nature found its way into all his works and solidified his spot as one of the most influential writers in American literature.
17. “Life is Either Daring Adventure or Nothing at All” – Helen Keller
Both blind and deaf, Helen Keller overcame any impediment on her road to becoming an influential author and educator. Permanently changing the state of education and pushing the boundaries of what had been thought possible, Keller sought to permanently change the world.
Having traveled to over 39 countries over the course of her life, Keller worked with foreign governments in order to reform their education systems for deaf and blind students. Traveling as an advocate, Keller permanently changed the lives of many through her work.
18. “Wherever you go becomes part of you somehow” – Confucius
Confucius was an influential teacher, philosopher, political figure and author of many travel quotes. Uniquely revered for his focus on ethics, Confucius shaped much of East Asian culture during his time. Although he is considered to be hugely influential today, Confucius was not met without some resistance during his time.
Often discouraged by the lack of public morals, Confucius traveled in order to find himself, shape his discipline, hone his ideas, and find a place in society that truly valued his philosophy.
19. “So much of who we are is where we have been” – William Langewiesche
Influential journalist William Langewiesche has covered major worldwide events over his impressive career. Having written for Vanity Fair as well as The Atlantic Monthly, Langewiesche has covered multiple earth-shattering stories.
From the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to the aftermath of the World Trade Center’s destruction, Langewiesche has covered some of the most devastating events of our time. Langewiesche has dedicated himself to both travel and writing. A pilot himself, Langewiesche found himself traveling to the remote desert, the subject of a book, and an Atlantic cover story.
20. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert
Travelling through various French towns with occasional trips to England, author Gustave Flaubert did life his way. He was a perfectionistic writer who focused on detail and reality.
He enjoyed travel and history, often drawing on eye-witness accounts of ancient battles for the backdrop of his writings. Flaubert ventured across Egypt, learning and being influenced by the philosophies of many fellow writers for the rest of his life.
21. “If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.” – Paulo Coelho
Best known for his introspective works of fiction exploring personal responsibility and philosophy, Paulo Coelho is considered to be one of the most influential writers alive today. Check out Paulo’s advice on how you can become a better traveler.
While knowing his desire to become a writer early on, Coelho suffered from being misunderstood by his family. Thrown in and out of mental institutions and begged to become something practical like a lawyer, Coelho did not find his own voice until he set out on his own personal pilgrimage.
After walking over 500 miles down the Road of Santiago de Compostela, Coehlo penned his philosophical awakening in The Pilgrimage and began his impressive career.
22. “Traveling Leaves You Speechless. Then it Turns You into Storyteller.” – IBN Battuta
The famous German-born physicist who shaped modern science exponentially was no stranger to travel over the course of his life.
In order to demonstrate his innovative findings, Einstein had no choice but to travel and explore the ways of life of many people.
A known humanitarian, Einstein’s innovative scientific views as well as his views on the value of human life go hand in hand. In order to best improve society and determine the ways in which people would most benefit, Einstein came into contact with numerous people in multiple countries over the course of his life.
24. “Once a Year Go Someplace Where You Never Been Before” – Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is a spiritual and holy figure in Tibet and author of many quotes. Living life as a simple Buddhist monk, he is nonetheless considered to be the spiritual leader of Tibet, an overtly spiritual nation.
Beginning his training and education at the age of six, the Dalai Lama’s entire life has been dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in order to apply it to his spirituality. An advocate of peace and non-violence, the Dalai Lama is revered globally and is welcome in many countries.
Having traveled to 6 continents and more than 67 countries, the Dalai Lama understands the importance of forming spiritual connections during one’s travels.
25. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ― Mark Twain
The beloved Tom Sawyer author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Missouri. From there, he travelled to the Nevada, Utah and California territories where he explored the mining towns and unsettled land of the West.
Later moving to New York, Mark Twain and his family traveled through Europe, staying in Berlin, Germany and Florence, Italy, before residing in Paris, France. His action-packed literature is filled with his experiences, and his comic pieces were influenced by his brilliant observations from his life abroad.
26. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller
Henry Miller was an influential American author and creative who worked from coast to coast. He spent time painting and exploring philosophy near Hollywood California, writing in New York City, working in Greece, and studying in Paris.
His extensive travels found their way into every aspect of his life, inspiring his paintings, stream-of-consciousness works, and his writings on philosophy and current events.
27. “Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling” – Miguel de Unamuno – N.1 travel quote!
Editor’s note: this is our most favorite quote by Miguel de Unamuno who was a Spanish writer, novelist, philosopher at the University. He lived 1864 – 1936 but his quote will stay and resonate with this world for a very long time.
28. “The World is a Book And Those Who Do Not Travel Read Only One Page” – St. Augustine
Paolo Coelho is author of one the most popular books called the Alchemist. This novel is loved by travelers and it’s very inspiring. You should definitely read it, it will open your horizons! Paolo comes from Brazil and was born in 1974.
30. “Summer Should Get a Speeding Ticket” – Funny Travel Quote by tearfreetravel.com
31. “Yesterday I did nothing, and today I’m finishing what I did yesterday.” – Funny Travel Quotes by tearfreetravel.com
Summer is coming up, soo we decided to these two amazing travel quotes by tearfreetravel.com. If you decide to use them, please credit them, not us!
32. “I believe in one religion, I believe in Traveling!”- Inspirational Travel Quote by Traveling Lifestyle
Opera House, Sydney 2014 (after the rain 🙂 – Sydney is one of the best cities in the world. It offers everything you can possibly need and the quality of lifestyle is very high. The only disadvantage is cost of living!
42. “Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints” – Chief Seattle
Chief Seattle – The city of Seattle was named after this chief of the Duwamish tribe, who was born in 1780 and became a chief due to his inheritance from his maternal uncle because the inheritor came from the mother’s side. One wonders how he had time to travel when his second wife gave him three sons and four daughters.
This caption is a bit different.. I’ve done lots of trips in Asia and in places like Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand you really need to drive a scooter/motorbike. You might find it very hard for the first time but you will get use to it very fast and you will love traveling in Asia.
From my personal experience sometimes is better to drive faster and pass other drivers “have it under control” than be passed by other “sometimes crazy” drivers, which pass you can hurt you. But I would say.. this is more for experienced people to try! Be careful out there 🙂
45. “Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, because that’s your path!”
Another travel quote inspired by my trip in Sri Lanka. I really enjoyed my (1 month long) trip around the south and east coast. Great place to find peace in your mind and life! The picture was taken on the way to Colombo from Arugam Bay (east).
It’s definitely must thing to do in Sri Lanka, the train passes the most amazing landscapes full of hills, mountains, small villages, and tea plantations. You can open the door, sit on the side of the train and spend a few hours enjoying those amazing views! GET INSPIRED and TRAVEL to SRI LANKA!
Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala, Oct. 2015 (… because everyone is running out of time…) I recommend visiting this place! Stunning looking scenery of the lake surrounded by mountains, hills, and volcanoes. There are a bunch of different villages and cities around which are full of local life and culture.
We are an Australian baby boomer travel lifestyle blog helping baby boomers to enjoy their later years. It is time to sit back to plan your travel and see the world by slowing down your travel living like a local and enjoying life. by totraveltoo.com
50. “I’d Rather Live A Live Filled With Challenges, Instead Of A Life Filled With Routine” by Traveltobealive.com
What’s the point of living a life with no challenges? Challenges are our push-forward and it’s from some of those challenges that can born great things.
This picture has been taken while hiking on a glacier in New Zealand. Challenging hike, but one of the best memories I have! – by Jessica Lancia from Travel To Be Alive
51. “My favorite travel moment is PAUSING my every thought..” – by Dotted Globe
I’ve always been driven to travel. I’ve been a traveller at the expense of owning things such as a house or car, or of having children …. or even a kitten! And I kill a lot of basil plants. Two of the big passions in my life are writing and exploring. Fortunately being a travel writer has made that possible.
Carol Perehudoff is a luxury travel blogger at WanderingCarol.com. Based in Toronto, she has voted a Top 10 luxury travel blogger in the USA 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards and has written for many publications such as The Toronto Star, The Chicago Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle.
55. “All of us are travellers passing, through. Some of us just embrace it more easily than others.” by Portugalist.com
James writes the travel blog Portugalist, a travel blog about Portugal and all things Portuguese. He has spent time living all over Portugal: in Lisbon, the Algarve, and in the North of the country. He is almost always daydreaming about where he’ll visit next.
56. “If you don’t have a destination, you can never get lost” – traveltomtom.net
Quote by traveltomtom.net. “As I am traveling around the world now for 5 consecutive years I don’t really care to get lost. Travelers that have limited time may see getting lost as a waste of time, but getting lost for me means exploring.
Wherever I go, I try to go off the beaten path and that is how I discovered this side road in Ubud. There was this old man on a small dirt road carrying a bunch of branches. I offered him to jump on the back. I drove him home, somewhere a scooter would normally not get and funny sidenote: in the end we slid off the track into the rice fields. We both laughed out loud and we walked the last bit back to his place. He made me a tea to thank me.”
57. “Don’t Just Tell Your Children About The World. Show Them.” – by Justgoplacesblog.com
The amazing shot was taken on Great Salt Lake Desert in Utah, US. During our visit of the lake, we managed to get stuck there with a car and we had to be pulled out.
And “Freedom is never given; it is won.” is one the most famous travel quotes among young travelers. Author of this quote, A. Philip Randolph popular person of American history.
He was a politician, activist who was fighting for the rights of African-American workers. He lived between 1914–1963 and was the author of few famous books, such as For Jobs and Freedom: Selected Speeches or Writings of A. Philip Randolph.
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