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52 Travel Quotes That Will Make You Travel More

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image – Unsplash / Geoffrey Arduini

Earlier this year, I did a post on 53 travel quotes to help inspire you to see the world – one for every week of the year (plus a bonus). It was so well received that I thought I would do another one. I love travel quotes because they inspire you – they get you motivated to buy that guidebook, book that flight, and keep travel on your mind (and when something is always on your mind, you are more likely to do it!). Without further ado, here are 52 more quotes for you:

1. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

2. “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

3. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

4. “As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” – Margaret Mead

5. “Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine–tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again; to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life’s recollections.” – Augustus Hare

6. “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

7. “Certainly, 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

8. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.” – Lawrence K. Fish

10. “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

11. “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

12. “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

13. “I was not born for one corner. The whole world is my native land.” – Seneca

14. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

15. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

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

17. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry

18. “Once you have traveled, 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

19. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

20. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

21. “People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine

22. “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” – Andrew Zimmern

23. “Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

24. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

25. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

26. “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.” – Amelia E. Barr

27. “The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till the other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.” – Henry David Thoreau

28. “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight–seeing.’” – Daniel J. Boorstin

29. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

30. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

31. “To travel is to evolve.” – Pierre Bernardo

32. “Too often…I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

33. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been; travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

34. “Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” – Ralph Crawshaw

35. “Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination.” – Ross Morley

36. “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho

37. “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon

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

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

40. “Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor.” – Seneca

41. “Wandering re–establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

42. “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.” – Jawaharal Nehru

43. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Unknown

44. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer

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

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

47. “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

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

49. “Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.” – Japanese Proverb

50. “You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

51. “You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

52. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Dr. Seuss TC mark

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