35 Inspiring Travel Quotes – with pictures

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Since I remember, I’ve been searching for inspiring travel quotes on the internet, for inspiration to my posts, stories on social media. Also for myself, to be inspired to travel, or to write about it. Especially when I couldn’t travel…

Traveling is the most amazing activity you can do to expand your horizon, explore, and learn. About yourself as well!

Now, I’d like to get and keep you inspired, so I created pinnable images for each quote, for you to save them on Pinterest for future moments, to use the quotes, or to easily come back to this page and look up for more!

#1 Not all those who wander are lost! – J.R.R.Tolkien

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This is my favorite quote of all, and it was also my motto for more than a year of my travel blogging journey. Many people tend to think (usually those who don’t travel deep enough). that we, the “gypsy souls” are lost. That we can’t find our peace in our community, and that’s why we run away.

That ain’t true!

We travel to see more, to explore more, to experience more. To step out of our comfort zone, and live. We want to get a better understanding. To be connected to people and our planet, in a more profound, pure way.

We feel home anywhere we go, and we greet locals like our old friends in our hometown. You can call it wanderlust, love for adventure, or whatever you’d like. I call it life!

#2 The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – Saint Augustin

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In my opinion, this is absolutely true and unbreakable! One of those really inspiring travel quotes!

I haven’t been to 50+ countries like some famous travel bloggers out there, but I did live in 4 different countries in my life (I’m 26) and I’m about to move to the 5th, and hopefully last one.

During my journey, I’ve seen how I’ve got fewer and fewer topics to speak about those who never travel. It’s almost screaming off their face that I’ve never seen anything and I’m talking of the top of my head.

We’re talking about those who don’t want to travel!

#3 Take only memories, leave only footprints. – Chief Seattle

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Someone once asked me, what impact I leave on the destination I visit? I felt anxious, nervous, maybe even angry. I mean, don’t come just if you do something good. What’s that attitude?!?

But then, years later I understood. It’s not about having to plant trees and feed hungry kids every time you visit a new place. It’s about leaving a positive impact, with not throwing your trash on the floor. Helping a local who just dropped his bag or the lady who fall on the sidewalk in Seville…

Giving coins to those street musicians, donating the smallest amount to an animal sanctuary. By respecting local traditions, the environment, and most importantly, respecting the locals and their lives.

In most places, we’re just visitors! We should always respect that!

#4 Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

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This quote, I remember finding it a couple of years ago. I personally always tried to live my life as well as possible. By trying to be fearless, and go for my dreams, it always felt like an adventure. And this quote reminds me of that, every time, I would want to give up because it’s “too hard” living an adventureless life isn’t worth giving up!

Nobody ever said going out in the world alone will be easy. But I rather choose this a million times over, and over again, than a simple, quiet version, than the so-called “nothing”. Do you need inspiration for solo traveling?

#5 Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones by did do. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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My dear mother, how many times I told her this!

We have a very similar saying in Hungarian, and if one thing I learned during my childhood, is that life is short! And I don’t want to live it with regrets. I’ve unfortunately seen many bad things, that led me to this decision, and I always keep it!

If life gives you a chance, let that be a trip or any kind of opportunity. Those opportunities, which we weren’t looking for are always the best! And those are the ones that are scary, but also the most amazing!

Don’t be afraid to live your life as you want to. In the end, all that matters is your inner happiness! All the beauty you can create is originating from in there! And you want to look back to that 20 years from now, right?


#6 Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. – Ernest Hemingway

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Well, you’d think this is obvious no?

No, it’s not! If you’re a frequent traveler, and you have traveled with others, you know what I’m talking about! Whoever you traveled with -partner, friend, family – even though you love those people, not everyone is compatible to travel with. The differing interests, routines, and many other basic elements are that can turn a trip into a battle. So easily!

I really love the people I’m surrounded with. But if we’re looking just to my inner circles, out of maybe 10 people, there are just 2 I’d travel with. And not even my best friend is one of those two!

We are way too different, and I don’t want to waste my trip on fights with anyone, to be honest… So what I started to do, as many others around the world. I travel alone mostly. And it’s just so amazing!

#7 If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal. – Paulo Coelho

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Obviously, this differs from person to person. For those, who love to have routines and keep them, by all means!

But those, who seek the change and adventure, the routine is the most painful thing that can happen! Whatever we’re doing, however we are living, we need the change! We need to impulses, otherwise, we’ll notice that life passed by, and we didn’t do anything memorable.

Those who relate to this quote understood already, that there’s nothing more disappointing than having your 70-80-90-100 years old self look back to this very specific moment when you are about to choose the adventure. But then seeing yourself not doing it. I can’t stop repeating, we have just one life, we need to make every moment count!

#8 Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul. – Jamie Lyn Beatty

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At this quote, I’m going to share a story, I never did before on this blog. Since I finished university, and I’ve got myself in my corporate jobs, I was spending ALL my money on traveling. People around me never understood how can I afford to travel that much?

What they didn’t know, that I was literally all the time broke! Simply because I did literally spend all my non-essential earning on traveling.

But while I have to choose, travel will always be the first option. And I’m also much happier now when I get to think back to the adventures, and all the places I’ve seen.

#9 It’s better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha

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We all tend to lose our patience, and want things to happen fast, right? We don’t want to wait, because the waiting feels like we’re wasting time.

Some of us, (sometimes I do to) at this point start to concentrate on the goal. Just the goal. Never the journey! But what is the goal without the journey?

If you think back to something you achieved, or a trip you went on, you won’t just remember the moment of arrival. You’ll remember the road that led up there!

If you found the example from your life, ask yourself one question: How many things you missed on the road, that you now regret that didn’t pay attention to?

It’s really, extremely hard to learn to always concentrate your mind to that one moment you’re living in right now. But if you do it, not just your travels, but your whole life will become a chain of amazing moments, that you actually enjoyed in the second, and not in your memories!

#10 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch

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What are those things you’re most afraid of? Specific animals, heights, flying, deep water, or something else? We are all afraid of something. But basically we fear the unknown. The unknown is scary, and terrifying!

Sometimes, some of us, just need a helping hand. And believe me when I say this! If we keeping our eyes open, there’ll be always somebody at the right moment, to give a helping hand. But sometimes, you have to do it on your own!

Stepping out of our comfort zone is terrifying indeed! But if you ever try it, that fulfillment, that amazing feeling that you overcome something you weren’t comfortable with… That’s unbelievable!


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#11 It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. – Asian proverb

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How many times did you hear about Rome in your lifetime? Start with early age! You’ve got with the counting to a hundred right? Me too!

Rome was the first thing that popped into my head when I’ve seen this quote. I remember hearing of it, learning of it, seeing it in tv, movies, books, and pictures. But if I wouldn’t visit it first in 2015, this blog wouldn’t exist my friends. You never know what awaits you at a destination.

If you’ve got the chance, and you want to see a place, just go! Books, blogs, pictures, and words won’t ever change your life. A trip might, however!

#12 Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets! – Oscar Wilde

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As I’ve previously mentioned at the words of Buddha, there’s nothing worse than regrets! Go, see, explore, experience, develop, help!

Travel and live with no regrets, but always with an understanding!

#13 We travel NOT to escape life, but life not to escape us. – Robyn Yong

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During the past years, I was asked so many times, why I’m traveling so much? I’m actually not even traveling as much as I’d love to!

But the questions kept coming from those, who didn’t experience it and didn’t understand it.

I tried so many times, so many ways to explain, but people won’t understand what you feel if they never felt like that.

When I came across this quote, I felt like these few words said it all. And those who understand it, are traveling for the right reasons!

#14 Don’t listen to what they say, go see. – Chinese proverb

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It’s funny, because I heard this quote from a friend, who herself is was putting together a hobby travel blog.

She picked this to be the quote for her website. And it’s so true. It’s also exactly what I was explaining previously about Rome! After so many years of listening, it was time, to see it!

#15 To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Anderson

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Hans Christian Anderson couldn’t be more right! Be honest with yourself, and answer me! When do you feel the most alive?

When you’re cleaning your house, going to work, hanging out with friends at the same bar you’ve been doing it from ages? Or when you’re traveling?

Pretty sure I can guess your answer!

Even if it’s just a bike tour outside your town. Even that gives you the happiness, the freedom, and the sense of joy of being alive, and living.

#16 To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley

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Big truth, my friends!

Each one of us has a different experience in a different country. It’s obviously somehow similar, because you’re in that same location, but the experience is different.

As we’re looking at everything from different perspectives, you can’t always rely on other opinions. So as I did many times, you’ll experience it many times, how other people can be so wrong about different places!

#17 I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met. – John Green

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One of the best travel quotes on this list!

I chose this picture to use with the quote because I felt this exact way about Granada, and Andalusia as usual. Before the summer of 2019, I’ve never been to Spain southern than Barcelona. I don’t know what’s this thing with the South, but I just love that side of the world… The South of Italy, of Spain, of Africa, of America…

I was in love with the streets of Seville, with the guitar play in Albaicin (Granada), with the burning sun on the coast of Malaga, and with the amazing Spanish people I’ve never met before. And when I did visit…

We all have those places, those cultures we’re passionate about. Yes, it’s normal to be madly in love with them, even though we’ve never been. And imagine if you actually go!

#18 Travel… The best way to be lost and found at the same time. – Brenna Smith

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How many times did it happen to you to get lost in a strange city? How many times dod you get lost on narrow, cobblestoned streets in Italy? On a hike through a forest? Or even two steps from your accommodation?

That’s the challenge in traveling. But in those times, you always know exactly where you are. Inside!

Believe it or not, it’s very true, and real that traveling helps us find ourselves. Find what we love, who we are, what we want to do. All this happens through the experiences we gain in unknown places, while we’re listening to ourselves!

#19 Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do, like breathing. – Gayle Foreman

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You can’t be good at traveling. No matter what type of traveler you are, or how many times you traveled. That’s not something that you can master. But when you understand it, feel it, traveling will become natural, just like breathing.

This is a continuous road, where the individual walks through phases, learns new things, and defeats new enemies. It’s just like life itself, but it happens faster, deeper, and more magical than in our comfort zone.

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#20 Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself.

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We heard the saying that you’re as many persons as many languages you speak, right? Take it from someone speaking 5 languages, that this is absolutely true! It’s also true, that when you’re traveling, you can be whoever you want to be!

I’m not saying to start lying about yourself and pretend to be someone you’re not. What I’m saying is to not be afraid to show the versions of yourself. Be the brave and strong self of yours who you’ve been hiding in front of people you know.

#21 Travel has a way of stretching the mind. – Ralph Crawshaw

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Truly one of the best travel quotes!

When you’re reading, that’s a way of stretching your mind, right?

When you’re traveling, and you’re seeing those things that otherwise, indeed, you can read about, that’s a really amazing way of learning. You’re not just using your eyes, to process the information, you’re using all your senses. Now tell me that’s not a deeper, more valuable way of learning!?

#22 Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

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The fundamental basic idea in traveling is the understanding, the openness, the curiosity. To be social, to accept, to explore, and to be peaceful.

As it was already told a couple of times, there’s nothing that can make you happier, to feel more positive than traveling. Always be open, smile, and share the love. Compassion and openness are beautiful human values, use them!

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

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If traveling changed somebody’s viewpoint of the world, that was definitely me. It completely changed my view and approach about politics, religions, history, and cultural expectations. But most importantly, it completely changed the way of seeing things that are different, unusual, new.

Traveling, if you’re walking with open eyes, will change you. But most importantly, it will teach you something that churches and politicians love to mess up for centuries.

We are all human.

What’s the point of violence, hatred, and wars? There is no point because anywhere you go around the world, you will find people living their lives the best way they can, and that’s literally all they want. To live a peaceful, happy life. We all want that, no?

One of the most perfectly said, most inspiring travel quotes!

#24 People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. – Dagobert D. Runes

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I’ve been wondering for a while if I should add this to the list or not? But I decided to do! I mean, if anyone has a problem with the quote or my opinion, feel free to exist on this page!

This quote isn’t about people who can’t afford to travel. It’s about those, who don’t want to see. Who decided that they are fine and happy, and they don’t want to give a chance to see anything more than what they already do. And who am I to try to change that?

I’m pretty sure you’ve got in your area a couple of people like this, such as I do. I’ll just mention my grandfather, who’d rather choose to not see me in his life than to travel to visit me in another country…

I think this is just sad… People who don’t want to explore, just makes me sad. How much they miss!

#25 Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau

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Have you been lost?

I’ve been. Many times! Not just on the road, but inside too. When you don’t know what you should do, where you should go, how you should feel about things. Or as a matter of fact, who you are? Again, that ugly unknown.

But when you’re lost, you start to understand yourself! It’s a natural instinct, that we began to listen to that inner voice and to actually discover ourselves. And this is what takes us further, stronger, and more aware.

At least, that’s what I have experienced. But please do let me know what happened with you in similar moments! The comments section is at the bottom of the page! One of those inspiring travel quotes that I first saved.

#26 Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled. – Mohamed

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Another great saying, that again, I can’t disagree on! We’ve discussed previously in the article, that people can read a book, by using one sense. But they can also travel, where they’ll need to use all their senses. And I’m going to say again. The second one is much more valuable.

#27 Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. – Paul Theroux

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The line between being a tourist and being a traveler is very thin.

Tourists as in usual, are looking for a relaxing holiday. A holiday. A tourist goes for the experience, which isn’t always the reality. They want a comfortable way to see everything quickly, hear 1-2 words about the landmarks, and go for drinks or the beach after.

Travelers are different. They explore, dig, go deeper, learn, and meet locals.

We want to know everything about the places we visit. We want to see the good and the bad sides. We want to learn about traditions, hear local stories, have a long chat with an old Italian man who was sitting on the bench next to you. That’s what traveling is. Becoming an organic part of the place you visit, by understanding it, and even helping it.

#28 Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta

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Being a travel writer or not. Each of us can tell and love travel stories! After a trip, we are always so excited to tell others everything about what we’ve experienced. Am I right?

Yes, we want to share our memories with someone. Be that in pictures, in words, or in writing. Because that’s how excited we become, when we process all that we’ve seen, while we were speechless.

#29 With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding. – Sandra Lake

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And understanding is the first step to see the world, your life, and yourself the clearest way possible. Then start building from there! One of the most inspiring travel quotes I’ve seen out there!

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#30 Investment in travel is an investment in yourself. – Matthew Karsten

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Looks like I have invested in myself quite a lot past years. You need to know, that I’m mostly traveling on a very low budget, many times staying with friends who live in those destinations.

My investments came back on the grounds of learning to live as simple as possible and buy just essential things. That includes not buying first-class tickets and I’m rarely staying at expensive hotels.

I personally prefer to stay with friends. Mainly because I think a place is much more authentic if you join a local, but you’ll also understand the everyday-life much better too.

#31 Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better. – Simon Raven

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A really inspiring travel quote! Don’t make him say this again! Go and see!

#32 The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself. – Wallace Stevens

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And this is absolutely true! However, as our world is suffering from the hands of us, humans. I deeply encourage you to try and pay more attention to protecting our environment, nature, the seas and the wildlife, anywhere you go.

From the smallest things like, you won’t throw your waste on the ground to all the way up, there are plenty of steps and things you can do!

At this point, I feel like if we’re already speaking about inspiring travel quotes, we should be ourselves inspiration too!

If animals are closer to your heart, consider adopting one at WWF! I have adopted a Rhino from a sanctuary in Kenya, and it takes me a little as $5.00/month but a lot of help to that park.

There are millions of ways we can all do something for our planet. Reducing our waste, avoiding plastic, and many more! And if you’re interested in more in the topic, make sure you subscribe as a whole range is about to go live soon!

#33 Live your life by a compass, not a clock. – Stephen Covey

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Said many people around the world, then packed their life and hit the roads! – One of my favorite inspiring travel quotes.

#34 Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. – Anita Desai

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When you’re traveling, everything you experience adds up to your personality! Since I’ve been numerous times in Rome, every time my friends say “You are Italian in your heart.” I love Italy! But then I extended this, as my soul – remember Granada and the guitar – seems to be really Spanish. What it started once to be just Hungarian, has now something from everywhere. And this, this happens to every traveler out there!

#35 We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. – Ray Bradbury

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And we travel for much more, but for for all these too!

I really hope you’ve found the best travel quotes you’ve been looking for to get inspired!


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