The Wonders of Wanderlust: 33 Great Quotes About Travel

Updated 11 March 2019 | by Nakita Mason

A picture might be able to paint a thousand words, but a quote can sum up a feeling in one elegant swoop. This is never truer than when trying to capture the intangible emotions brought about when you step foot in a new and unfamiliar land. The sheer excitement, the small knot of nerves in your stomach, the views that snatch your breath away and the musical quality of a new language. This moment of discovery is one where you wish you had more than one pair of eyes and so much more than merely a few days to play with, it’s a romance quite unlike any other you’ll ever have.

 It’s little wonder then, that those who travel a great deal never seem to tire of regaling those left behind about their adventures, endlessly trying to relay the magic that’s waiting just beyond your door.

Stories only go so far though and as the old proverb goes “It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times…”

To help you take that first step out the door, here’s a collection of some of the most beautiful quotes about travel ever written.

But do take care, once bitten by the travel bug, there’s no shaking it!


Bulgaria Bridge water

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2: "The journey, not the destination matters"

-T.S Elliot

3: "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

4: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries”

-Aldous Huxley


 Thailand water and boat

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6:“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”

-Susan Heller

7: "The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page"

-St Augustine

8:"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


Italian river and boat

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10: If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s lethal"

-Paul Coelho

11: “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken”

-Frank Herbert

12: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things"

-Henry Miller


Usa woodland and path

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14: “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”

-Jawaharlal Nehru

15: “Traveling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”

-Ibn Battuta

16: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware”

-Martin Buber


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18: “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow"

-Anita Desai

19: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world”

-Freya Stark

20: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”

-Andre Gide


Cyprus rocks

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22: “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else”

-Lawrence Block

23: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

24: “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving”

-Terry Pratchett


Lake mountains in Italy Autumn

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26: “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

-Sir Richard Burton

27: "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"

-Bill Bryon 

28: “Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

-Pico Iyer


French town by the sea

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30: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

-Susan Sontag

31: “Not all those who wander are lost”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

32: “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world”

-Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey


Cave in Kefalonia

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And there we have it, words of wisdom, from writers, travellers, and one or two fictional characters. The world, as they say, is our oyster and to only see a small chunk of it seems such a shame when there’s a lifetime of adventure waiting out there. Whether alone or with a trusty companion, travelling is an itch and you’ll find that no matter how far or wide you roam, it’s one you’ll never tire of itching.

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