51 Inspiring Travel Quotes of All Times to Inspire Your Wanderlust

I love to read inspiring travel quotes written by witty writers because they are able to convey in few words an entire world of wisdom and eternal truths.

Don’t you ever happen to have that ah-ah moment when you say? “Oh my god! this is exactly me!!”

Well, I did it more than once in reading the following quotes that I have included here.

On the other hand, sometimes I feel like some of them are too much of a cliche, such as the now overrated ” The world is like a book and those who don’t travel read just a page.

I don’t completely agree with that considering the amount of really good travel books that allows you to travel from your own chair.

Anyway, during my reading times, I have collected the travel quotes that resonated the most with me and created this post.

I have also included the book source, when available.

Enjoy and journey on! 

Inspiring Travel Quotes of All Times to Inspire Your Wanderlust

“The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown, to bear witness to the consequences, tragic or comic, of people possessed by the narcissism of minor differences.”

Paul Theroux

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

John Muir

But in travel, strangeness makes sense.

Philip Larkin

The Importance of Elsewhere – Philip Larkin

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, and leading to the most amazing view… where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder thanks your deepest dreams waits for you.”

Edward Abbey

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

Jack Kerouac

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

A painful part of travel, the most emotional for me in many respects, is the sight of people leading ordinary lives, especially people at work or with their families; or ones in uniform, or laden with equipment, or shopping for food, or paying bills.

Paul Theroux

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“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.”

Tim Fargo

Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost entirely an inner experience.

Paul Theroux

Fresh Air Fiend– Paul Theroux

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

Lao Tzu

The exotic dream, not always outlandish, is a dream of what we lack and so crave. And in the world of the exotic, which is always an old world peopled by the young or ageless, time stands still.

Paul Theroux

Sunrise with Seamonsters: Travels and discoveries 1964- 1984 – Paul Theroux

It is sometimes the way in travel, when travel becomes its opposite: you roll and roll and then dawdle to a halt in the middle of nowhere. Rather than making a conscious decision, you simply stop rolling.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

 Robert Louis Stevenson

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes – Robert Louis Stevenson

It might be said that a great unstated reason for travel is to find places that exemplify where one has been happiest. Looking for idealized versions of home—indeed, looking for the perfect memory.

Paul Theroux

Fresh Air Fiend– Paul Theroux

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

When strangers asked me where I was going I often replied, “Nowhere.” Vagueness can become a habit, and travel a form of idleness.

Paul Theroux

The Old Patagonian Express – Paul Theroux

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

Travel holds the magical possibility of reinvention: that you might find a place you love, to begin a new life and never go home.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”

G.K. Chesterton

Everything happens for the first time but in a way that is eternal.”

Paul Theroux

Dark star safari – Paul Theroux

Traveling is one of the saddest pleasures of life.

Madame de Staël

Corinne ou l’Italie – Madame de Staël

Travel is a vanishing act, a solitary trip down a pinched line of geography to oblivion.

Paul Theroux

The Old Patagonian Express – Paul Theroux

“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

Tom Sawyer Aboard – Mark Twain

All travelers are like aging women, now homely beauties; the strange land flirts, then jilts and makes a fool of the stranger.

Paul Theroux
vineyard and sunrise

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.”

 J.R.R. Tolkien

The fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R: Tolkien

There was no hell like a stranger’s Sunday.

Paul Theroux

To the Ends of the Earth – Paul Theroux

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
sunrise in the riviera maya

Emerson’s Essays  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Instead of bringing back 1600 plants, we might return from our journeys with a collection of small unfêted but life-enhancing thoughts.”

Alain de Botton

The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton

Yet another traveler’s conceit is that no one will see what he has seen; his trip displaces the landscape, and his version of events is all that matters. He is certainly kidding himself in this, but if he didn’t kid himself a little he would never go anywhere.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”

Pascal Mercier

Night train to Lisbon –Pascal Macier

Travel means living among strangers, their characteristic stinks and sour perfumes, eating their food, listening to their dramas, enduring their opinions, often with no language in common, being always on the move toward an uncertain destination, creating an itinerary that is continually shifting, sleeping alone, improvising the trip.

Paul Theroux
Todos Santos Sunset on the beach

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Bill Bryson

Neither here nor there: Travels in Europe – Bill Bryson

Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.
You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

Cesare Pavese

Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

Now my mind is up. You can just find your truth staring for forty-eight hours at some old tapestry.

Henri Michaux, Ecuador 1970

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on those accounts, Broad wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain

Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples and there, beside my is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the fatican, and the places. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You think of travelers as bold, but our guilty secret is that travel is one of the laziest ways on earth of passing the time. Travel is not merely the business of being bone-idle, but also an elaborate bumming evasion, allowing us to call attention to ourselves with our conscious absence while we intrude upon other people’s privacy – being actively offensive as fugitive freeloaders.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

“A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.”

Ryszard Kapuściński

Travel with Herodotus – Ryszard Kapuscinski  

Me on the way to the kilimanjaro  -
Climbing the Kilimanjaro

The traveler is the greediest kind of romantic voyeur, and in some well hidden part of the traveler’s personality is an unpickable knot of Vanity, presumption and mythomania bordering on the pathological. This is why a traveler’s worst nightmare is not the secret police or the witch doctor or malaria, but rather the prospect of meeting another traveler.

Paul Thoreux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

The person who wrote these notes died upon stepping once again onto Argentine soil. The person who edits and polishes them, me, is no longer. At least I am not the person I was before. The vagabonding through our “America” has changed me more than I thought.

Ernesto Che Guevara:  A revolutionary Life –  Jon Lee Anderson 

Litterature is made out of the misfortune of others. A large number of travelbooks fail simply because of the monotonous good luck of their authors.

V.S. Pritchett

Complete Essays – V.S. Pritchett

“The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a f@@king tourist.”

Guillermo del Toro

If one is loved and feels free and has gotten to know the world somewhat, travel is simpler and happier.

Paul Theroux

Ghost train to the eastern star – Paul Theroux

All good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the midst of terror and wonder.

Pico Iyer
Tulum beach

The art of stillness – Pico Iyer

I came to realize that I traveled best when I traveled no faster than a dog could trot

Gardner McKay, Journey without a map (2009)

Journey without a map – Gardner McKay

“You don’t even know where I’m going.”
“I don’t care. I’d like to go anywhere.”

John Steinbeck

Travels with Charley: In Search of America – John Steinbeck

“In my errant life I roamed
To learn the secrets of women and men,
Of gods and dreams.
I’ve known all the countries of our world,
I’ve lived a thousand lives:
Many lives I lived in love,
Other lives I squandered.
For in my life I never traveled,
All I did was wander.”

Roman Payne

The Wonderess – Roman Payne

“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself. It’s like your shadow. It follows you everywhere. -Komura”

Haruki Murakami

After the Quake – Haruki Murakami

tikal - crossing borders Mexico Guatemala

“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after,you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and whats happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.”

Anthony Bourdain

The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones ― Anthony Bourdain

“We did all the tourist crap, but I just wanted to sit in a cafe and watch people”

Sara Shepard

Ruthless― Sara Shepard

“Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do, like breathing. ”

Gayle Foreman

“Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do, like breathing. ”

Gayle Foreman

“Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself”


“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware”


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

Charles M. Shultz

“A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it”

John Stainbeck

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