Travel charges the senses like nothing else.
Whether its the first time you watch sunset over the ocean, the first time you set foot in the desert or the first time you summit a mountain, the feeling of being swept up in a world full of magic is palpable.
Often once you start travelling you can’t stop. So many countries and so many things to see. From the beaches of South America to the icebergs of Antarctica, its difficult to not scratch the itch.
Whether you’re planning your next big trip or coming back from one and reflecting, we’ve assembled the 47 best travel quotes that will inspire you to get out there and see what this big world has to offer for your next adventure.
1. W.B. Yeats on Opening Your Eyes
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~ W.B. Yeats
Yeats saw the world as a place of abundant opportunity. Each place has its own uniqueness and charm that’s waiting to be discovered and appreciated. Instead we wear blinkers and will our mind to only see what we want and not what is around us. If we take a good look around, we will see the beauty of nature in its gorgeous form of lakes, mountains and forests. Keeping our ears and eyes open we can tune ourselves to achieve greater success and prosperity.
2. Robert Frost on Going Your Own Way
Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less travelled … And that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost
This beautiful analogy is about how you can take chances in life to attain victory in what you set out to do. Instead of doing the same things and being mediocre, step into unchartered territory. You never know where you’ll find success. Don’t be afraid to take risks in life. After all you’ve only one life to live. Be positive and take challenges and see the beautiful secrets of life unfold in front of you.
3. Ibn Battuta On Travel and Storytelling
Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. ~ Ibn Battuta
Though nature around us is the same it is enchanting when you see them in different places as they look diverse in each place. You learn and wonder about this amazing journey called life and it makes you thoughtful and introspective. You wonder if all this is just a dream or real. The bewitching beauty of sunset at a beach and sunrise in the mountains can leave you spell bound. That is when the creativity in you comes to the fore and makes you a winner.
4. John Steinbeck on What Makes Up a Trip
People don’t take trips, trips take people. ~ John Steinbeck
Travelling from one place to another is fun and helps to gain knowledge about the place. Widening your horizon can always be exciting in this beautiful world. Though it is people who travel from one place to another, their experiences on the journey make them what they are. These experiences conquer you and shape up your personality. Instead of just taking a look and enjoying a place, imbibe the qualities of that place and carry those experiences with you forever.
5. Lau Tzu on Not Having a Plan
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu
It is the journey that is enchanting and not the destination. Same way birth and death are realities and it is the life in between that matters the most; live it to the fullest so that you can leave this planet without any regrets. Wandering and roaming aimlessly around the world gives an insight into the lives of various people living around the world. They’ve all arrived here just as you have; without any plans. So enjoy this amazing trip called life, travel through the rough terrains and glide over the sea (with patience); feel exhilarated and drink in the enthralling splendour of life.
6. James Baldwin on Finding Yourself
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself. ~ James Baldwin
Travelling always opens up a different world to you. You learn about various cuisines, cultures, habits and meet different people. Among all these you discover a new you too. Some hidden talents and habits that you never knew may emerge and make you wonder if you really had it till now. The experiences of new places added with your own new habits will make you to look at life differently. Sprinkle loads of positive attitude to it and you’re on a roll.
7. Andrew McCarthy On Understanding Yourself
The farther I travel, the closer I am to myself. ~ Andrew McCarthy
Who am I? Is an oft repeated question all of us ask ourselves? The answer lies within you. When you’re away from the place you were born you get to see the world from different angles and aspects. It is then that you learn to discover yourself. The happiness and satisfaction achieved by exploring the world brings you closer to your inner self and you discover what your aim is and why you’re here. Here meditation helps to mentally travel beyond boundaries and awaken the subconscious mind and helps you to connect with yourself. Staying put in one place you can transcend to a whole new experience of liberation from the clutches of out dated beliefs.
8. Gayle Foreman On What Travelling Is
Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. ~ Gayle Foreman
‘Prana’ or breath is life. If there is no breath there is no life. Just as breathing pumps up oxygen, travelling to different places helps you to get invigorated. The monotony is broken and your mind gets rejuvenated. You’re open to new ideas, beliefs and are more open to try and venture into unchartered waters. This will help you to understand your competence as well as the abundance that is available in this universe. Make it a way of life and see the positivity pouring into you.
9. Roman Payne on Wandering
To wander is to be alive. ~ Roman Payne
A liberated mind is the one that can achieve success. Just as your mind wanders to be creative, a person who trots the globe is a happy person full of life and vitality. If travelling can rejuvenate you physically, meditation can refresh you mentally. Learn to be alive both mentally and physically. That’ll help you to achieve success, fame and reward. It’ll also make you appreciate this precious gift that nature has bestowed upon you – Life.
10. Frank Borman on the Human Spirit
Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. ~ Frank Borman
Human mind is a complex matter. It needs constant persuasion to attain the supreme. The powers bestowed upon it have to be used to the optimum to achieve success. Often people don’t try to do their best. They settle for mediocrity. Instead you should go the extra mile, stretch yourself and you’ll see that there is a world full of opportunity awaiting you. Be curious and explore with patience. You’ll hear the grand music from universe.
11. Robert Stevenson On Having No Destination
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Wandering into the wild has its own share of excitement and thrill. Instead of getting stagnant in the artificially made modern cities, moving into the jungles or mountains can help you to appreciate your journey of life. Admiring the vast expanse of pristine sands and cloudless sky with the fall of water gushing in a hurry makes you to drink in the beauty of nature and express your gratitude for being on this wonderful planet. So start your love affair with yourself and the world around you.
12. Steve McQueen On Getting Out There
I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. – Steve McQueen
Cities are manmade and artificial. You feel claustrophobic after a while. Lying beneath the stars and having greenery for company tunes you to be one with Nature. The chirping of the birds and swishing of the tree branches is like song to the ears. You realize life’s purpose and attain peace among these surroundings. Once you achieve this realization then you’re at peace with yourself. So enjoy the journey; destination will take care of itself.
13. Charles Bukowski on Liberating the Soul
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. ~ Charles Bukowski
Your feelings are good indicators of your thoughts. So it’s important to think positive and be optimistic, so that your actions will also be positive. Meditation teaches you to get rid of negativity and welcome positivity into your life. When you meditate you’re in tune with the vibrations present in the universe and you hear the great music of life. You feel enlightened, joyful and contented. So when you meet people you can identify and connect with those who are similar to you.
14. Hunter S. Thompson on Freedom
Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Freedom in thoughts, words and deed is very important to lead a successful life on earth. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right that shouldn’t be curtailed. Once you lose the freedom of speech you’re as good as a dead person. Express yourself to the world and see the universe reciprocate. Your positive thoughts and actions will be rewarded with a lot of positivity and abundance in your life. So use your freedom to express and learn to enjoy your life.
15. Tolkien on Wandering
Not all those who wander are lost. ~ J.R.R Tolkien
Wandering of the mind and body shows restlessness. There is an urge to understand the purpose of life and so you wander in the lookout for answers. A wandering mind needs to focus with clarity on one thought and one belief. Being focussed can help to control the wandering mind. Once you’re focussed then set goals and achieve them one by one. You’ll soon be successful in what you set out to do.
16. On Feeling Like You Were Born To Travel
This heart of mine was made to travel the world. – Unknown
Human beings are made not to stay put in one place. Change is the only constant in life. Wanderlust is like a bug that bites and you set out to explore the world. Unless you set out to explore the world and enjoy the beauty of life you’ll not feel satisfied with your life. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the world around you. You’ll be grateful to God for creating this beautiful and magnificent world.
17. Jack Kerouac on Stargazing
There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars. ~ Jack Kerouac
Aimlessly roaming around the world appreciating the grandeur of this universe makes you wanderlust. Till you don’t understand your calling your mind wanders/ is restless and you keep moving from one place to another. You don’t feel the sense of belonging to a place. Under such situations simply go to a place where you can be one with nature and be tuned to the vibrations present around you. You’ll soon understand the purpose of your life.
18. Rumi on Travel and Love
Travel brings power and love back into your life. ~ Rumi
This beautiful journey of life is a gift from the Almighty. Instead of wasting it away find a purpose and enjoy doing it. As an alternative move from one place to another and you’ll soon realize how vast this world is and how diverse people are. That is when you turn positive and start loving everything and everyone around you. Keep your heart and mind open and see the gush of love, peace, joy and happiness enter your world. You’ll feel truly blessed.
19. A Norwegian Proverb on Finding the Path
Only one who wanders finds new paths. ~ Norwegian proverb
When you do the same thing you get the same results. Instead try something different. Maybe you won’t succeed at first, but try and learn from your experience. Move out of your closeted life and expand your horizon. The biggest leap you take the higher you’ll achieve. Be positive, optimistic and motivated. Set clear goals. There may be setbacks. But unmindful learn from your mistakes and move ahead. Throw caution to the winds. You’re sure to succeed in attaining abundance into your life.
20. Angeline Jolie On Expanding Your Mind
If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is. ~ Angelina Jolie
When a cat closes its eyes it thinks that the world is sleeping too. That is how we human beings are. We think that the world is like how we are. We need to sharpen our minds and move out of our comfort zone. Go out into the world to realize the beauty of nature. The grand landscape painted by the Almighty gives you the power to achieve whatever you’ve set out to do. Get rid of your lethargy and move out into the world.
21. Mary Anne Radmacher on Going to the Other Side of the World
I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
It is experiences that we undergo make us what we are. When you travel and meet diverse people and cultures you realize that there is lot more to life than what you think is life. Though the moon is the same when you see it from a different place you experience different feelings and emotions. It is physical and emotional road blocks that hold you back. Break the shackles and move out. You’ll feel liberated and one with universe.
22. Anais Nin on Travel and Courage
Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage. ~ Anaïs Nin
Mind is a powerful tool. If you will it to do something it will. You’re the master of your mind. Control your thoughts and be the doer. Otherwise you’ll become a slave to your thoughts. Living in your cosy cocoon is not going to make you happy. Just as a caterpillar breaks out of an egg to see the world, break out of monotony to achieve happiness and joy. Liberate yourself and be the lord of your own destiny.
23. The Buddha on The Journey
It is better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha
Just as the journey is more important than the destination you need to appreciate the life you’ve been gifted with than think about your future. As human beings we live in our past and future rather than enjoy the present. Forget about your losses and have positive hopes for the future and keep moving on. You’ll see that the journey is pleasant and enchanting and you’ll forget all your troubles.
24. The Dalai Lama on Keeping On Travelling
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. ~ Dalai Lama
Staying in one place leads to stagnation. Just as the rivers flow continuously man also needs to move from one place to another to learn more about life. Taking a holiday and going to a new place every year will help you to widen your horizons and learn new stuff. This will make you a knowledgeable person as well as keep your mind fresh and alert. You’re open to new ideas and life becomes more interesting and meaningful.
25. Caroline Myss On Travel Choices
Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you. ~ Caroline Myss
Life is full of surprises. One day you feel everything is over and the next day there is a new dawn. When you know about what you’re doing you’re brimming with confidence and don’t pay attention to minute details. Finally you end up becoming a mediocre. If you start paying attention to what scares you the most, you’ll concentrate more on it and so cautiously and carefully approach the issue enabling you to achieve successfully.
26. Paulo Coelho On Routine
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal. ~ Paulo Coelho
Routine makes a person lazy and an under achiever. Such a person becomes negative and ends up unhappy. Once you’re positive and you feel that you should change your life style, set goals that are achievable and try to attain them. Climb step by step and you’ll see a whole new world opening up to you. That world will be full of pleasant surprises, abundant wealth and loads of happiness and joy. So get up and get going….you’ve nothing to lose.
27. Gaby Basora on Travelling and the Unknown
Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown. ~ Gaby Basora
The only way to see the world is to step into it. Instead of staying put in one place, get moving and you’ll see a whole new life enveloping you in its abundant bosom. The meandering rivers, woods and meadows are a treat for your senses, offering a grand view of the unknown world that soothes your frayed nerves. Don’t fear the unknown embrace it and enjoy the magnificence of life.
28. Peter Hoeg on Travel and Its Impact on Emotions
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions. ~ Peter Hoeg
Happiness, joy, delight and cheer are all emotions that are associated with travel. From the wild jungles to the snow capped mountains to the sunny beaches and hilly terrain your emotions and feelings change according to the place. You learn about yourself. Discovering a new you make you satisfied and content. It surprises you that even you’re capable of emotions that you were unaware of. With mind and body brimming with positivity you’re on your way to fulfilment.
29. Pico Iyer on Losing and Finding Yourself
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel next, to find ourselves. ~ Pico Iyer
A quaint village with a picturesque view adds charm and makes your holiday worthy. Away from the glitz and glamour of city life, where you’re beseeched with stress and tension you tend to relax and enjoy the beauty and grandeur of nature. You feel at peace with yourself and discover that there are a few hidden talents within you too. They come to the fore when mind is calm and composed in the lap of nature. Travel is the only way you can both lose and discover the real you.
30. Proust on Looking Through New Eyes
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust
Perception is one of the most important aspects of life. How you look at things matter the most. Travelling to a new place may help you to unwind and relax but it will not be useful if you’ve not discovered a new you. Looking at things from an optimistic view point will help you enjoy the grandeur of nature as well as you learn to look at things from a different perspective. Then you’ll start to wonder why you didn’t think of it at all?
31. On Travel Making You Richer
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. ~ Unknown
The experiences you gain through travel are converted into knowledge which enriches you. No amount of money can help you to become a rich man if you haven’t travelled the world. The happiness, satisfaction and joy you get from travelling makes you richer in wisdom and understanding. You can be useful to the world with this abundant richness you’ve gained. This knowledge cannot be purchased by anyone. It stays with you forever.
32. Andre Gide on The Courage to Travel
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~ Andre Gide
Unless you bravely undertake the journey you’ll never know what’s in store for you. If you’re going to be careful wanting to be near the city you’ll never be able to explore the world. Had Columbus not ventured out America would not have been discovered. So move out of your cosy world and stretch your imagination. You may face some disappointments but I assure you, the journey will be truly wonderful. You’ll learn to become the master of your thoughts and achieve what you set out to do.
33. Charles Dudley Warner on The Start of the Journey
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. ~ Charles Dudley Warner
When you prepare for a journey the excitement is understandable and you feel that you’re embarking on a thrilling trip. The adrenaline rush eggs you to make all the arrangements necessary for travel and you’re positive and optimistic that your trip is going to be awesome, adventurous and wonderful. Whatever you feel is the right way to embark on a journey. It’s your attitude that’ll carry you through the exhilarating experience and you’ll not be sorry about this.
34. Daranna Gidel on Travel and Balance
You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out. ~ Daranna Gidel
Man gets blinded by his small successes he sees in his equally small world. That is when his ego shoots the roof and he becomes a liability to himself and society in general. It is this ego that’ll get crushed or balanced when he travels to unknown places. The fear of the unknown makes him cautious aiding in maintaining a balanced mind. He slows down and treads with prudence. That is when realisation occurs and he becomes enlightened.
35. Rudyard Kipling on Sensing
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. ~ Rudyard Kipling
Though earth is the same all around the world each place has its own unique fragrance. The rains and winds of change add a unique flavour to each place making it exceptional and distinctive. It is this fragrance that helps your mind to relax and remain calm. In that silence you learn to listen to your sub conscious mind that gives birth to creativity. Go all out to enjoy the beauty of a foreign land from where you can carry wealth of knowledge and information. It is this knowledge that’ll help you to attain abundant wealth.
36. Scott Cameron on Travel and Humility
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. ~ Scott Cameron
All of us live in a bubble and we think that this is the world. Only when you step out of your bubble you realize how grand and big the world is. The majestic mountains and the frothing seas along the sun kissed sands humble you and open your eyes to new surroundings. That is when you realize that you’re just a speck in this cosmos that is huge and magnificent. When your ego is crushed your mind opens up top new ideas.
37. Buckaroo Banzi on Presence
No matter where you go, there you are. ~ Buckaroo Banzi
Whichever part of the world you may go to if mentally you’re stuck in one place then there is no way you can achieve anything. Being physically and mentally open to new ideas and places will help you to widen your horizons and learn about nature’s wonder. Keep your mind open and positive to new suggestions. You’ll gain abundance of health, wealth and happiness. More than the place it is you and your mental state that can take far in life.
38. Shirley MacLaine on Making Friends
The more I travelled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. ~ Shirley MacLaine
We’re all victims of our circumstances. Our experiences make us short sighted and after a while we lose sight of our goals and aspirations. We fear making friends with unknown people. Whereas when you travel it is unknown people who you befriend and that friendship enriches your life. Ultimately it’s your mental road blocks that stop you from achieving success. Remove those road blocks and you’ll see a beautiful and grand world waiting for you.
39. On Leaving Only Footprints
Take only memories leave only footprints. ~ Chief Seattle
We travel to see new places, gain knowledge and take back pleasant memories. Each place has its own uniqueness. We simply absorb the beauty of the place and come back happy, satisfied and enchanted. What we bring back are memories and mementoes that remind you of the place and the good times associated with it. Their culture, activities and food gives an insight into their lifestyle and you gain knowledge and wisdom. In the same way you leave your footprints in the form of sharing your culture and food with them. Travel, friendship and sharing enrich the world and you.
40. Thomas Wolfe On Owning Your Voyage
There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one. ~ Thomas Wolfe
Life on this planet is the only journey that is interesting and all of us need to live it to the maximum. Enjoy and lead a happy life that is filled with joy, laughter and love. The world will be a better place to live in peace and brotherhood. Birth and death are journeys that are certain and cannot be altered. So make the most of your life here and live in the present. Forget hatred, fights and unpleasant episodes. They don’t matter. Be peaceful and help others also to live in the same way.
41. Walt Whitman On Travelling Yourself
NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself. ~ Walt Whitman
Each one of us has brought our own baggage of Karma with us while entering this world. You need to carry your own baggage as nobody else can do it for you; Not your parents or anyone else. So be a good human being and learn to love, help and be useful to people around you. Your positive attitude will rub on the people around you and they too will start to spread love and peace. This way the world can be a better place to live in.
42. Freya Stark on Travelling Alone
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. ~ Freya Stark
You live alone in this world among people. So lead your life the way you want to and don’t get dictated by what others tell you. Just as you start life afresh; finding yourself in a new place keeps your mind free of prejudices and negativity. You feel energised with full of optimism and look forward to an enriching experience. This attitude is what makes you go ahead in life and you reach the pinnacle of success.
43. Fitzhugh Mullan On The Journey
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey. ~ Fitzhugh Mullan
Just as you steer away from potholes on the road while you drive, you go through tough times in life too. Instead of moping about them simply brush aside the negativity and start afresh. Be thankful to the almighty for giving you this amazing gift called Life. It helps you to enjoy this incredible universe that is filled with abundance and prosperity. Step aside from the negative episodes you face in life and enjoy this beautiful journey on planet earth.
44. Paulo Coelho on Courage
Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. –Paulo Coelho
People plan a holiday so that they can enjoy a vacation without any hiccups. But travel is not about money. It’s more to do with the effort you put in to relax and enjoy. Your quest to learn new things and visit new places pushes you to explore new areas. Travelling is more about acquiring knowledge about different cultures, activities and their food habits. This helps the mind to expand and gain knowledge. A widely travelled person is more modest with wisdom and good understanding of the human race.
45. Proverb on Value
He who does not travel does not know the value of men. ~ Moorish proverb
Finally its people who matter the most. However much educated you’re if you cannot communicate with people well, then you’ll never be able to succeed. Visiting new places and meeting different people makes you a social person and you learn man management. Since man is a social animal its managing people and being with them that leads to success and victory. When you travel you live, breathe and love freely. You become alive and ready to take on the world. Staying cooped up in one place leads to stagnation and decay.
46. Mohammed on Life Education
Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled. ~ Mohammed
Having university degrees doesn’t make a man educated. It is the knowledge you’ve gained by meeting people of different race and religion that makes you educated. A truly educated man is one who is modest, knowledgeable and intelligent and can handle people with ease. All these skills are accomplished by you only by visiting different places. So start planning a vacation to a new place and start acquiring knowledge. You never know when it’ll come of use to you.
47. Pat Conroy On Never Stopping
Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey. ~ Pat Conroy
Staying put in one place chains your mind and your outlook gets narrowed. That is when negative emotions like failure, anger and resentment set in. So to free your mind from negativity move out from your daily routine and take a vacation. New place, people and climate can make all the difference to your mental state. You become positive, optimistic and hopeful. Your horizon gets widened and you learn to adapt to new experiences. Once you’ve tasted this you can never get back to monotony. So enjoy this beautiful journey called life and never stop smiling…After all you’re here for a short time…