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53 Travel Quotes To Inspire You To See the World

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Here’s an inspirational travel quote for each week of the year (plus one for good measure) to keep you dreaming of exotic lands:

1. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

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

3. “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

4. “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

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

6. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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

9. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

10. “Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

11. “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

12. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

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

14. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin

15. “Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

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

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

18. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

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

20. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed

21. “The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” – William Least Heat Moon

22. “This heart of mine was made to travel the world.” – Unknown

23. “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

24. “The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page.” – St. Augustine

25. “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

26. “He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb

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

28. “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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

30. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

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

32. “I don’t know where i am going but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sagan

33. “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

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

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

36. “The journey is the destination.” ― Dan Eldon

37. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

38. “He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.” – Sinclair Lewis

39. “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.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

40. “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

41. “NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

42. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

43. “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

44. “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” – George Bernard Shaw

45. “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

46. “People don’t take trips… trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

47. “A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse…and thinks of home.” – Carl Burns.

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

49. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ― Pico Iyer

50. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron

51. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

52. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

53. “Travel safe, travel far, travel wide, and travel often.” – Nomadic Matt (me!)

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