Good travel quotes never fail to deliver a good dose of travel inspiration. They are capable of really igniting that wanderlust in you and make you start planning your next kickass adventure. For exactly that purpose we have brought over no less than 1000 of the best and most inspirational travel and adventure quotes together (plus one bonus video if you make it to the bottom of this hugeee list).

The list includes quotes from literary heroes and nifty novelist the likes of Jack Kerouac,Bill Bryson, Hunter S. Thompson, Hans Christian Andersen, Proust, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Paulo Coelho and Tolkien, to African & Asian proverbs, worldly gurus like the Dalai Lama, Game of Thrones travel-wise credos and global “superstar-sages” like Anthony Bourdain and David Bowie!

So go on, find your favourite travel and adventure quotes and let yourself be inspired!

Top 1000 most inspiring Travel and Adventure Quotes

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“Travelling: it leaves you speechless…then turns you into a storyteller.”
-Ibn Battuta-


“we wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment”
– Hillaire Belloc


“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
– Randy Komisar


I travel a lot, I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”
-Caskie Sinnet-


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 –


“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

“It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”
– Oberyn Martell, Game of Thrones

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You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place!
-Miriam Adeney-

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
– Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul


You are not lost. You are here!


“Don’t know where I am going but I am on my way……”

Your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly

“If you do not travel, you will marry your sister.”
African Proverb-


“Die with memories, not dreams.”

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
-Bill Bryson-


Wherever you go…go with all your heart

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls”
Anais Nin-


“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
– Terry Pratchett –

“Jump—a net will appear.”

“You don’t live to pay bills and die.”


“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first.” time.
-J.S. Eliot-

“The trip around the world means big moments of living.”
– Jack London, American novelist and journalist (1876-1916)


“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.”
– Jack Handey –

“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.”
– Dalai Lama


“We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.”

“Of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.”
– Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer, writer and translator (1821-1890)


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– Roald Dahl –

“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.”
– Roman Payne, American novelist and poet (1977-)


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
-Mark Twain-

“As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.”
– A. C. Benson-


“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure, wrongly considered.”
– G.K. Chesterton –

“Traveling is a return to the essentials.”
– Tibetan proverb


“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and 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, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
-Cesare Pavese-

“One who does not travel does not know the value of men.”
– Moroccan proverb


“Adventure may hurt you. But monotony will kill you. Go for it.”

“He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.”
– Dutch proverb


“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”
– Hunter S. Thompson

“To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It’s futile to gaze at the world through a car window.”
– Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist (1879-1955)


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

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
– Albert Camus


Travel: the best way to be lost and found at the same time.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician, diplomat and First Lady (1884-1962)

“We are torn between nostalgia for familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. We are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
– Carson McCullers


Travel when you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.

“I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been, and longed to be where I couldn’t be.”
– John Cheever

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”
– Rudyard Kipling, English novelist, journalist and poet (1865-1936)



“Travel changes you. You will see possibilities everywhere, be filled with more questions than answers, and more to explore than you could ever imagine.”

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.”
– Hans Christian Andersen

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
– Jane Austen, English novelist (1775-1817)


“This town will always be too small for all the dreams held inside my head. I am sorry but I cannot stay.”

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

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
– Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer and author (1897-1937)


There is no WI-FI in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.

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

“I didn’t say no because between safety and adventure I choose adventure.”
– Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American comedian, actor and writer (1962-)



“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”
-Albert Einstein-

“Embrace the detours.”
– Kevin Charboneau

“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.”
– Freya Stark


The journey is my home
-Muriel Rukeyser-

“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”
– Ray Bradbury, American author (1920-2012)

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


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the Pilot.”

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

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


“Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.”

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”
– Paul Theroux-

“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
– Asian Proverb


“Take me away.”
-an eager traveler-

“A journey is a drink from the fountain of life.”
– Christian Friedrich Hebbel

“He who has traveled alone can tell what he likes.”
– Rwandan proverb


“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friend.”
-Maya Angelou-

“Life is too short to live with a ‘someday’ mentality.”
– Leah Walker –

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
– Anonymous backpacker –


“People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, and all life for happiness….I travel.”

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
– Lewis Carroll

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. ”
– Rachel Wolchin


“Own only what you can carry with you;  know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”
-Alexandr Solzhenitsyn-

“Cover the earth before it covers you.”
Dagobert D. Runes


“Don’t tell me how educated you are. Tell me how much you have traveled.”
– Mohammed –

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent is born of a story we tell ourselves, and I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe, I was strong, I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
– Cheryl Strayed


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

“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.”
– Sir Terry Pratchett


“Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.”
– Anthony Bourdain –

“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


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

“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

“Always there has been an adventure just around the corner–and the world is still full of corners.”
– Roy Chapman Andrews, American explorer, adventurer and naturalist (1884-1960)

oliver-wendell-holmes-jr-a-mind-that-is-stretched-by-new-experiences-can-never-go-back-to-its-old-dimensions“A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.-

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
– Freya Stark-

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”
– Danny Kaye

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– J.R.R. Tolkien-

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
– Mark Jenkins


“Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.”
– Matsuo Basho –

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road


“Moving is living.”
– a hitchhiker – 

“Ownership of most things is overrated. Ownership of worldly experiences is not.”
– Dave Levart

“Every place is a goldmine. You have only to give yourself time. Sit in a teahouse watching the passersby, stand in a corner of the market. Go for a haircut. You pick up a thread – a word, a meeting, a friend of a friend of someone you have just met – and soon the most insipid, most insignificant place becomes a mirror of the world, a window on life, a theater of humanity.”
– Tiziano Terzani –

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
– John C. Maxwell


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

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


“Everyone’s over here like “Hey I’m getting married or having babies” and I’m like “Hey who wants to get drunk, make bad decisions and travel the world with me?”
– an adventurous bachelor –

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


“Live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Don’t wait. Because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
– Ellen Johnson


“Life is not an adventure till it starts scaring your shitless.”

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”
– John Hope Franklin-

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”
– Margaret Lee Runbeck


“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
-Albert Einstein- 

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

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
– Helen Keller


“Lets go anywhere”

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”
– Paul Theroux

“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


“It’s impossible,” said Pride.
“It’s risky,” said Experience.
“It’s pointless,” said Reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the Heart.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– Saint Augustine

“Get out of your head – Get into the world.”


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


“The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark.”
– John Muir

“There’s a race of men that don’t fit in, A race that can’t stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood, And they climb the mountain’s crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood, And they don’t know how to rest.”
– Robert Service


“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
– Buddha – 

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
– Steve McCurry

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, And remember more than I have seen.”
-Benjamin Disraeli-


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
– African proverb –

“To see the world. Things dangerous to come to. To see behind walls, draw closer. To find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
– Walter Mitty in James Thurber’s ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’


“Travel brings power and love back into your life”
– Rumi


“If you don’t like where you are change it.”

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

“if a journey doesn’t have something to teach you about yourself, then what kind of journey is it?”
– Kira Salak writing in the Cruellest Journey


“If life was easy, where would all the adventures be?!”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
– Yogi Berra

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


“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”
– Seth Godin –

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
– Susan Sontag

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent is born of a story we tell ourselves, and I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe, I was strong, I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
– Cheryl Strayed


“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun drenched elsewhere.”
– Isabelle Ebehardt (after coming home) –


“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

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these 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


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


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu


“I tramp a perpetual journey.”
– Walt Whitman-

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity.

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.”
– Mari Beyon Ray


“I only trvel so that I don’t run out of dinner party conversations.”
– The travel tart –

“Travel because you have no idea who you are until you experience yourself through different people and realize how we’re all the same.”
– Unknown

“We’re lost but making good time.”
– Yogi Berra


“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
-Susan Sontag-

“I don’t know where I will go from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”
– David Bowie

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


“I feel lost and adrift…and that’s perfectly find with me.”

Don’t listen to what they say….Go See!!

Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind
– Marty Rubin –


“I have been homesick for countries I’ve never been, and longed to be where I couldn’t be.”


“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”

Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place.

Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
Ibn Battuta –


“He that travels far knows much.”
– Romanian proverb – 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.


“Go where there is no path and leave a trail.”

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.
-Tim Cahill-

If you’re 22, physically fit, Hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.
-Anthony Bourdain-


“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 – 

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his familiar pillow.
-Lin Yutang-

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
-Gustave Flaubert-


“Go travelling without anything. And see what you come back with.”
– Loesje –

It feels good to be lost in the right direction.

People don’t take trips. Trips take people.
-John Steinbeck-


“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton –

The more I traveled, the more I realized fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our heart.  We free ourselves of labels. We lose control willingly. We trade a role for reality. We love the unfamiliar. We trust strangers. We own only what we can carry. We search for better questions, not answers. We truly graduate.  We, sometimes, choose to never come back.
– Anonymous –


“Getting lost is not a waste of time.”

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If you made it this far you are most likely brimming with travel inspirations and eager to hit the road. And we highly recommend you act on that wanderlust urge: Just go and make that first step needed to start a journey of a thousand miles!

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