Words of Wisdom from the World’s Most Inspirational Travel Buffs


Looking for a little inspiration to get you in the mood for a getaway? Whether you’re dreaming of a whirlwind weekend escape or an extended round the world adventure, these quotes from some of the most accomplished travelers on the planet are guaranteed to get you in the mood!

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

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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


“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

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

“Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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

Sam Reading in Badlands

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

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

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

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley

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

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese


“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

“Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” – Doug Coupland

“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

Sagitta Sunset

“The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.” – Amelia E. Barr

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

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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