15 Travel Quotes To Live By

Brittany Reed

Travel broadens the mind as well as horizons. When you leave a familiar place and see new sights or meet new people, it can change you in important ways. Some of the great minds of history have all endorsed traveling as a way to improve yourself, and we’ve put together 15 quotes that succinctly explain just why traveling can be such a good experience for you!

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”—Bill Bryson

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny space you occupy in the world.”—Gustave Flaubert

“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 of one’s lifetime.”—Mark Twain

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”—Ray Bradbury

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”—Anthony Bourdain

“A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same thing as never leaving.”—Terry Pratchett

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”—Henry Miller

“The vast distances that separate the stars are providential. Beings and worlds are quarantined from one another. The quarantine is lifted only for those with sufficient self-knowledge and judgment to have safely traveled from star to star.”—Carl Sagan

“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.”—Eudora Welty

“I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and forever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?”—Charlotte Bronte

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”—Ursula K. Le Guin

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”—G.K. Chesterton

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”—Lao Tzu

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”—Judith Thurman

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