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Travel quotes


The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page – St Augustine

“Not I – not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

Traveling -It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta

“Travel, trouble, music, art,
A kiss, a frock, a rhyme –
I never said they feed my heart,
But still they pass my time.”  ~ Dorothy Parker, Faute de Mieux

“They change their sky but not their soul who run away across the sea” – Horace

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship” – Louisa May Alcott

“I never travel without my journal. One should always have something sensational to read” – Oscar Wilde

“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end. You must make your own map” – Joy Harjo

“Happiness is a path, not a destination” – unknown

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.” Erich Fromm

“Wheresoever you go – go with all your heart” – Confucius

“Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered” – Guy de Maupassant

“Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain

“From whatever place I write you will expect that part of my “Travels” will consist of excursions in my own mind” – S.T. Coleridge

“nature has one path only, and you cannot travel along it more than once” – Cicero

“a good traveller  has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving” – Lao Tzu

“a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” – Lao Tzu

“Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked” – Christina Baldwin, Story Circle Network

“Travel light, my child, as the Wanderer travels, and his love shall be with you” – Naomi Mitchison ‘Travel Light’ (1952)

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.”–Carl Schurz, Address,

“Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.” Jan Myrdal

As you journey through life, choose your destinations well, but do not hurry there.  You will arrive soon enough.  Wander the back roads and forgotten paths, keeping your destination in your heart like the fixed point of a compass.  Seek out new voices, strange sights, and ideas foreign to your own.  Such things are riches for the soul.  And, if upon arrival, you find that your destination is not exactly as you had dreamed, do not be disappointed.  Think of all you would have missed but for the journey there, and know that the true worth of your travels lies not in where you come to be at the journey’s end, but who you came to be along the way. ~ Unknown

It is not down in any map; true places never are – Hermman Melville

We all have some of the outback in us – a deep interior where thoughts blow free and the soul goes walking about on an endless Dreamtime journey. Call it, if you will, the inner outback. It lies just the other side of never-never land beyond good-bye.  Harvey Arden, National Geographic senior writer

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from” – Lin Yutang

“Life is a voyage of discovery” – unknown

“There is no frigate like a book To take us far away, ” – Emily Dickinson (a book)

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag

“I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it” – Shakespeare

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find itGeorge Moore

Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
May your rivers flow without end,
meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,
past temples and castles and poets’ towers
into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl,
through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock.
blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone,
and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm
where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs,
where storms come and go
as lightning clangs upon the high crags,
where something strange and more beautiful
and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you –
beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.
– Edward Abbey from the preface to Desert Solitaire

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient path, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road,the way is made by walking. —Antonio Machado

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller

We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – – John Steinbeck

There is a peculiar pleasure in riding out into the unknown. A pleasure which no second journey on the same trail ever affords – Edith Durham

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 traveled bodies but untravelled minds. Caleb Colton

Two great talkers will not travel far together – Spanish Proverb

Travel broadens the mind – Anonymous Proverb

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are. – George Eliot (from Middlemarch)

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware – Martin Buber

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams , Jr.

“If you engage in travel, you will arrive.” Ibn Arabi

The journey itself is home – Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694), Japanese poet

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. ~Gustave Flaubert

Life is just a journey. ~Princess Diana

Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. ~ Hilaire Belloc

We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known. – Carson McCullera

There are those of us who like to venture to the unexplored. To see the beauty in the strange and unknown. Those of us who go out there with a sense of wonder. Bridging the worlds, cultivating our curiosity and finding delight in our differences. If you’re one of us, and you want to explore more of this great planet, we’re ready to take you there. It’s time. Widen your world. – Turkish Airlines advert

Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind – Seneca

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. – J.R.R. Tolkien (the lord of the rings)

“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.”- Kevin Smith

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Comments on: "Travel quotes" (8)

  1. Thank you to Jim Linn, who wrote:
    Some Wonderful travel quotes you have collected here…thank you for sharing! While I enjoyed them all, the ONE fav was the one attributed to “Unknown!”

    I love great quotes! Thanks again!

  2. “a good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving” – Lao Tzu
    This is my favourite and the way I prefer to travel ….

  3. A wonderful list of travel quotes here. I love quotation and have hundreds of pages of them organized in a huge computer file —and many more unorganized ones.

    Since I lived in Brazil, I have always encouraged everyone to travel, but even better, to live abroad. While I lived in Brazil, I learned to appreciated the opportunities my own country afforded me, while at the same time, seeing my country from a different point of view forced me to see flaws that I would never have seen at home.

    I also realized that no one country or culture is better than any other. They’re just different.

    You can find an article here about my experiences in Brazil:

    This is one of my favorite travel quotes:
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” (Mark Twain)

    Many people think Twain lived in Hannibal, Missouri all his life, but he only lived there for about 10 years. From his late teens to the end of his life, he lived in many places in the U.S. —from NY City to San Francisco —and later traveled and lived many years abroad (Germany, Italy, France and the UK included.) During his lifetime, he was known as much for his travel books as for his novels.

    In “Innocents Abroad” written in 1867-68, he didn’t have much flattering to say about Turkey, but, then he was writing to entertain the folks at home, so who knows what he really thought:

    • Thank you for the links. Your time in Brazil must have been an extraordinary but valuable learning curve. I wasn’t aware Mark Twain had visited Turkey, obviously not an easy customer to satisfy!

  4. I love reading quotes and poetry. Some of the quotes mentioned are really inspiring. I love the one by George Moore “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it”

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  6. Thank you for inviting me to participate in the first Eternamenta award for the talented reader

  7. travel have a lot of great quotes but you choose the best

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