Top 28 Inspirational Travel QuotesSometimes when life is getting you down, you’re stuck in a rut, or just can’t quite get yourself to take that next step, you need inspirational words of wisdom to keep you going. 

Having been an outdoor adventure travel blogger for 5 years, I’ve certainly had my fill of bad days mixed in with all the good ones.

But where do I go to become motivated enough to get back up on my feet and keep going?

Luckily, I’ve always found inspirational figures like Buddha, Mark Twain, and Paul Fessel to have the right saying to keep me going.  So, without further ado, here is a list of the top 28 most inspirational travel quotes of all time to help motivate you in taking that leap of faith, locking the door behind you one last time, and go about traveling around the world and discover all the hidden secrets it contains!

My Favorite Inspirational Travel Quotes…

  1. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” 

    – Buddha

  2. “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.” 

    – Euripides

  3. “Kilometers are shorter than miles.  Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.” 

    – George Carlin

  4. “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bythaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” 

    – John Hope Franklin

  5. “Here, we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything – even die.” 

    – Haji Ali, Korphe Villa Chief, Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan

  6. “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

  7. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” 

    – Fitzhugh Mullan

  8. “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, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” 

    – Cesare Pavese

  9.  “Once in a while it rally hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” 

    – Alan Keightley

  10. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” 

    – Kurt Vonnegut

  11. “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.” 

    – Lillian Smith

  12.  “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

  13. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” 

    – Aldous Huxley

  14. “The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart.” 

    – Proverb

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

    – Frank Herbert

  16. “Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience, and the best travelers…seem to be those able to hold two or three inconsistent ideas in their minds at the same time, or able to regard themselves as at once serious persons and clowns.” 

    – Paul Fussel

  17. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” 

    – Lin Yutang

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

    – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  19. “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 you sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

    – Mark Twain

  20. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” 

    – Antoine de Saint Exupery

  21. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” 

    – Charles Dudley Warner

  22. “I met a lot of people in Europe.  I even encountered myself.” 

    – James Baldwin

  23.  “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” 

    – Moorish proverb

  24. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” 

    – James Michener

  25. “All journeys have secrets destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” 

    – Martin Buber

  26. “I had seen a little and knew a lot.  Now I’ve seen a little more and know a lot less.” 

    – Micah MacAllen

  27. “Own only what you can carry with you; Let your memory be your travel bag.” 

    – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  28. “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.” 

    – Maya Angelou

Do you simply enjoy looking at motivational quotes via photography?  Take a look at my other very similar article the Top 50 Photographic Travel Quotes to Inspire you to Travel the World; you just can’t do better than combining the beauty around the world with some epic words of wisdom!

What are your favorite inspirational travel quotes?