Travellers who have written and writers who have travelled;
they're all famous for a quoted line or two about travel.
These are some of our favourite travel quotes.
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better
countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may
learn to enjoy it.
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
Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your
I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey
until I have almost arrived.
Anna Louise Strong.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest
sensations in the world.
For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other
vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim's time, money, energy and the sacrifice of
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best
we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson.
It was all very well for an Englishman like Mr. Fogg to make the
tour of the world with a carpet-bag; a lady could not be expected to travel comfortably
under such conditions.
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home
and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
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 friends.
Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
Moslih Eddin Saadi (Persian Poet).
What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do -
especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right
there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the
William Least Heat Moon.
Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful.
It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it
comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to
travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed
to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been
makes us what we are.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder,
a part of experience.
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the
journey that matters in the end.
Ursula K. LeGuin.
If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we
are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking
Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday,
placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic
qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is
made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other
People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind
of people they ignore at home.
Dagobert D. Runes.
I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
George Bernard Shaw.
My first rule of travel is never to go to a place that sounds like
a medical condition and Critz is clearly an incurable disease involving flaking skin.
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would
stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.
Lisa St. Aubin de Teran.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it
is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
G. K. Chesterton.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in
foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is
Robert Louis Stevenson.
Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
The grand tour is just the inspired man's way of heading home.
Worldwide travel is not compulsory. Great minds have been fostered
entirely by staying close to home. Moses never got further than the Promised Land. Da
Vinci and Beethoven never left Europe. Shakespeare hardly went anywhere at all-certainly
not to Elsinore or the coast of Bohemia.
Since I travel so much, it's always great to be home. There's
nothing like getting to raid my own refrigerator at two in the morning.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your
money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we
stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.
Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign
countries I want to except for heaven and hell, and I have only a vague curiosity as
concerns one of those.
Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes
on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.
Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out
over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to
think you control it.
I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead
of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow
prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young
men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.
Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering;
the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new
landscapes, but in having new eyes.
All the pathos and irony of leaving one's youth behind is thus
implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be
recovered, and the wise traveller learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
It is not down in any map; true places never are.
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had
longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions
and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to
Katharine Butler Hathaway.
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who
has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our
ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well
enough to travel.
Sir Vivian Fuchs.
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning
Charles Dudley Warner.
Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the
It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of
miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and
remember more than I have seen.
I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made
all the difference.
They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is
I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world,
like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives,
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
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.
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people,
of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to
happen to him. He goes sight-seeing.
Daniel J. Boorstin.
Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey;
and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts,
rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency
In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely,
and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed
to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a
William S. Burroughs.
It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and
certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and
avoid the people, you might better stay home.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.
The Gentle Reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he
can become, until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the
Gentle Reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass.
Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and
The journey not the arrival matters.
T. S. Eliot.
The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description;
one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it
extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
I sometimes think Thomas Cook should be numbered among the secular
saints. He took travel from the privileged and gave it to the common people.
Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was
through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.
All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to
travel... and that's what I've been doing all my life.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must
carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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.
People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains,
new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal
stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.
A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he
travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without
being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists
recognize you as a tourist.
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
Let your memory be your travel bag.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to
write standing up.
Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know
that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something
sensational to read in the train.
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.
He who would travel happily must travel light.
Antoine de St. Exupery.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all
your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure, has
become very largely a commodity, and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that it
is a social requirement, too.
Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own
country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the
same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with travelled bodies, but
Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none,
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 traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come
The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with
another must wait till that other is ready.
Henry David Thoreau.
Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that
everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my
travels were very useful to me.
To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he
says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.
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.
The travel writer seeks the world we have lost - the lost valleys
of the imagination.
Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have
Americans have always been eager for travel, that being how they
got to the New World in the first place.
Travelling 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, the sea, the
sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed
between man and the universe.
Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know
where they're going.
I should like to spend the whole of my in life traveling abroad,
if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the
huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the
ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without
It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through
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