50 inspiring travel quotes

Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkien, William Shakespeare and others contribute to the world of travel with these inspiring quotes to remember.

The quotes were mostly  compiled by Conde Nast Traveller.

‘Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.’ Ernest Hemingway

‘A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.’ John A. Shedd

‘A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ Lao Tzu

‘People don’t take trips… trips take people.’ John Steinbeck

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

‘Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.’ Dalai Lama

‘Paris is always a good idea.’ Audrey Hepburn

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

‘Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.’ Henry David Thoreau

‘Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.’ Benjamin Disraeli

‘Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.’ Mohammed

‘A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.’ George Moore

‘All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost.’ JRR Tolkien

‘Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.’ author unknown

‘I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.’ Oscar Wilde

‘If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.’ James Michener

‘It is better to travel well than to arrive.’ Buddha

‘Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.’ Thomas Fuller

‘I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.’ George Bernard Shaw

‘All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.’ Martin Buber

‘Journeys end in lovers meeting.’ William Shakespeare

‘If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.’ Cesare Paves

‘He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.’ Dutch Proverb

‘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

‘Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.’ William Shakespeare

‘There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.’ Robert Louis Stevenson

‘He who does not travel does not know the value of men.’ Moorish proverb

‘Curiosity is the one thing invincible in nature.’ Freya Stark

‘Great things are done when men and mountains meet.’ William Blake

‘The most effective way to do it, is to do it.’ Amelia Earhart

‘No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.’ Lin Yutang

‘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

‘One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.’ Henry Miller

‘A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.’ Saadi Shirazi

‘A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.’ Tim Cahill

‘As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.’ Virginia Woolf

‘The Earth is what we all have in common.’ Wendell Berry

‘To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.’ Aldous Huxley

‘Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.’ Paul Theroux

‘The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.’ Rudyard Kipling

‘No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.’ Lewis Carroll

‘It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.’ Ursula K. Le Guin

‘Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.’ William James

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

‘We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.’ Erma Bombeck

‘Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.’ Greg Anderson

‘Adventures do occur, but not punctually.’ E.M. Forster

‘Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need.’ Author unknown

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