Quotes are great for a variety of reasons. They may inspire people to get up and do something, motivate someone to continue whatever they’re doing during a hard time, light a spark in one’s mind, giving that person a new insight or idea.
Rarely do we remember entire conversations. It is often that we recall only certain parts of the discussion, or even only a few sentences. Those are the words that are the most powerful—usually, they are spoken in a particular way that makes them memorable, or with such passion that they leave a deep impression on our mind. Sometimes, just a few words can offer an entirely new perspective or even change someone’s mind.
These are the very reasons why certain passages or sentences from books, papers or poems are so powerful. When it comes to travel-related literature, too, certain quotes are famous for their inspiring nature or deep insight. Below, you will find a selection of awesome travel quotes by some of the world’s greatest writers, adventurers, pioneers and artists.
Let them inspire and motivate you. Enjoy and go travel!
“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.”
T. S. Eliot
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am... Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That's not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”
G. K. Chesterton
“It is fatal to know too much at the outset. Boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot.”
“The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”
“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."
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
G. K. Chesterton
“The pleasure in traveling consists of the obstacles, the fatigue, and even the danger. What charm can anyone find in an excursion when he is always sure of reaching his destination, of having horses ready waiting for him, a soft bed, an excellent supper, and all the eases and comfort he can enjoy in his own home! One of the great misfortunes of modern life is the want of any sudden surprise, and the absence of all adventure. Everything is so well arranged.”
“Only the curious have, if they live, a tale worth telling at all.”
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they really are.”
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”
“An adventure is never an adventure when it's happening. Challenging experiences need time to ferment, and an adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility.”
“Empty pockets will allow a greater sense of wealth.”
“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood.”
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
“Make your choice, adventurous stranger.
Strike the bell and bide the danger.
Or wonder 'til it drives you mad,
What would have followed, if you had."