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The 86 most inspirational travel proverbs

Are you looking for the most inspirational travel proverbs? You came to the right place.

Quotes and images are extremely powerful. They can inspire you to make a change in your life. 

In this blog post, you will find a collection of the 86 best travel proverbs to inspire and motivate you to pack your bags and go out and discover.

The quotes range from age-old pearls of wisdom to contemporary quotes.

We also included some best wishes for traveling abroad. Let yourself be inspired by these proverbs about traveling to lead life, experience adventures, and do the trips that you always dreamt of.


The most inspirational travel quotes 

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

2. “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

Who are you a traveler or a tourist? I guess we are a bit of both. On the one hand, we are absolutely tourists because when we are traveling somewhere we absolutely want to see the highlights. On the other hand, we’re open to discover new things and to gain experiences that you do not find in a travel guide. So, in a certain sense, we’re both a traveler and a tourist.

3. “I wish travel therapy was covered by my health insurance.”

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I think many people would like this and perhaps it is not a bad idea since traveling is really a sort of therapy for us and maybe for you too.

When we have a lot of stress or we feel bad we should pack our bags and go traveling. We always return as reborn.  Unfortunately, this is not always possible, but that would of course change as soon as it is reimbursed by the insurance. Maybe we should start a petition. Who is in?

4.“Fear is only temporary. Regrets last forever.”

Sometimes it’s is really hard to overcome the fear, but in general, we prefer to feel the fear and do it anyway than to regret something. 

I must keep this quote in mind when Kris wants to go parasailing again😏.

5. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” -Susan Heller

In this area, we are a contrarian couple. For some reason, Kris usually takes more clothes on a trip than I do. I’m the one who only takes half the clothes but usually one week in our trip I will start complaining that I’m missing clothes…😏

6.“Life is a journey. Make the best of it.”

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7. “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”

This adventure travel quote applies mainly to me. I am a person who gets bored very quickly and always has to get new challenges. So please, give me a new adventure and a new destination every day. The experiences are sometimes disappointing but even then it is still much more fun to do something new every day opposed to just doing nothing or doing the same thing over and over again for days, weeks or even years.

8. “Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” – Franz Kafka

9. “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

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10. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”– Babs Hoffman

Sometimes you let yourself be distracted by small setbacks or worry about small things. We also did this when we were traveling in India because of the many scamming practices.

We felt like we were a walking ATM and we were annoyed because we got the impression we couldn’t trust anyone.

Obviously, this wasn’t much fun, but we did see beautiful palaces, monuments, and even a tiger.

It was not always easy, but we did our best to enjoy the trip and let the scamming practices as much as possible go over us.

11. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

Traveling does indeed ensure that the feeling of monotony disappears and when we have a new journey ahead and arrive at a new place, a feeling of excitement and expectation comes to the surface.

For us,  it is the best medicine against boredom and monotony.

12. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” –Wallace Stevens

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13. “Work, Travel, Save, Repeat.”

Until a year ago this was the exact description of the life of myself and my husband.

We both worked full time and saved most of our money to do one long holiday of 3 weeks and a city trip of a few days.

Then we started working again for the rest of the year and repeated this process the following year.

We did this for about 15 years before we decided to change our lives and go completely for our passion. As you can guess that is traveling. This travel blog is the result.

14. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

In some places, such as Vancouver and Lisbon, we immediately felt at home. Other places such as China and India were much more fascinating but it was not always easy to travel around.

Afterward, however, we look back on all our trips with satisfaction. We keep good memories of every trip we did.

15. “Travel, your money will return, your time won’t.”

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We often tend to forget this ourselves, but time is actually one of the most precious possessions we have in this world. After all, the time that passes will never return. The following travel proverb also fits nicely.

16. “Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

This is a proverb that certainly applies to us. For a long time we both worked full time and even though we were not 100% happy, we didn’t change anything about our lives. 

We did as most others do.  Hitting the traffic jam in the morning to head to work and again in the evening to go back home.

After all, we both had a good job. We were stuck in the golden cage and we continued on until Kris got his burnout in 2016. We were then forced to review our choices.

After much thought and a considerable amount of ups and downs, we finally made some drastic changes in our lives.

One of them was the creation of this travel website where we want to inspire you with our journeys around the world.

17. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” –Jawaharial Nehru

Every new destination brings us excitement and new adventures.

But you have to be open to them. Are you someone who looks at the world with an open mind?

18. “All you need is a passport.”

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19. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” – Robert Frost

20. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

I fully agree with this travel quote. Especially on a journey where I discover new places,  where I can learn new things and where I meet new people. 

Those are the journeys where I really feel like I’m living.

21. “Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer.”

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22. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Last year, we seriously left our comfort zone and this has brought us a lot of adventure and new things. It is only by leaving your comfort zone and by doing things you are actually a little afraid of that new things come up and you experience new adventures.

For example, I was quite afraid to quit my job and especially to give up a number of so-called securities such as a permanent job, a fixed income, and a company car.

After hesitating for a long time, I finally made the decision.

Now I am very happy that I no longer have to endure the traffic jams every day.  I can now organize my own hours and work on what I love to do.

And even though not every day is puppy dogs and rainbows, we earn less and we work harder than before, yet we are much happier.

And this was only possible because we dared to leave our comfort zone and took a step into the unknown.

23. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” –Augustine of Hippo

24. “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

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And should something be disappointing, you can still go back. Everything flows, nothing is final. So be brave and take risks. You can not discover new things when you do not dare to let something go.

25. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

26. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” –Lawrence Block

27. “It is better to travel one mile than to read a thousand books.” –Confucius

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Some people say that they do not need to travel because they can see everything on television, search it on the internet or read it in a book.

For us, television, the internet, and books cannot replace the experience that you have while you are traveling.

A documentary on TV, a video on the internet, travel guides or travel magazines … none of them can give you the feeling that you will experience in a certain place.

We absolutely love doing a lot of research before we head to a new destination, it gets us into the travel mood, but nothing can live up to the real thing.

28. “I’m not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” –Mary Anne Radmacher

29. “Life is short and the world is wide.”

30. “Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” –Al Gore

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31. “Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” -Douglas Ivester

It’s great to have a lot of memories but you shouldn’t get nostalgic. It is those dreams and those big plans for the future that gives you that drive to go on. 

As soon as I get back home I start dreaming and planning towards the next adventure.

32. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” –Marcel Proust

There is so much to see in this world and our bucket list keeps growing.

That is why we don’t often head to the same destination twice. But even if we do so, we always discover new things.

Or we see things in a different way. And so, time after time, it remains fascinating and educational to travel.

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

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We have been fortunate to have already seen a lot of the world. We saw the cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo, we set foot on Antarctica, we admired the Taj Mahal, we were lucky to see orangutans in Borneo,  we could check all of the big five off of our list in South Africa, etc.

Nevertheless, our bucket list keeps growing.

Since a long time I dream of doing a sledding trip in Lapland, we would love to go gorilla spotting in Africa, do a road trip through Australia and New Zealand, admire the Northern Lights, stay in a luxury tent camp in the desert, stay overnight in an ice hotel etc.

Our list keeps growing. 

We will not be ready with our bucket list in the coming years so you will be able to keep track of our travel adventures for a long time.

34. “Travel your way”

This is our personal motto and also the tagline of our blog.

We absolutely don’t like organized trips and you will never see us on a group trip (or it should be that this would be the only option to visit a specific place).

We find it fantastic to travel around independently and to organize our own itinerary. We spend quite some time on this but figuring out everything in advance is already part of the fun.

Afterward, we share our travel tips and itineraries on this blog.  We hope they will inspire you and help you to “travel your way”.

35. “The world is our playground.”

36. “Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure.”

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We can not say it better: go out and discover the world. There is so much to see and to experience that you will not have enough time.

37. “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” -Paul Brandt

One of my favorite activities on a Sunday morning is to browse through travel guides while enjoying a nice cup of coffee.

I dream away when I read about all those fantastic destinations and adventures.  Places we haven’t been yet and activities we haven’t experienced yet…

That’s how these things ended up on our bucket list:  making a boat tour on the Kerala backwaters, doing a road trip through Iceland, swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines and much more.

38.”We can’t really appreciate home until we leave it.”

39. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” –Benjamin Disraeli

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From all our travels we especially remember all the fun experiences.

Like the time when we had to open a crab in a restaurant in Vietnam with tongs full of paint and the time we stumbled into a 5-star hotel in Peru with our backpack after spending 5 hours on a local bus.

We smelled hours in the wind and we were stared at by people wearing a tuxedo, complete with bow tie. We will remember the look at their faces for a long time …

We also have funny memories about the 5 tarantulas that apparently lived in a tree near the entrance of our hotel in the Amazon in Peru.

We passed the tree every day until, during a night walk, our guide with his flashlight showed the fuzzy creatures. From then on we kept a little more distance from the tree …

40. “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

41. “When overseas you learn more about your own country than you do about the place you’re visiting.” –Clint Borgen

Because we travel so often, we appreciate Belgium more. For example, we are happy that in Belgium we do not have to show our ticket 30 times when we visit a monument like in India. We are also happy that we can walk outside in the dark without feeling unsafe like in South Africa.

At the same time, we miss the ultra luxurious heated toilets of Japan, the beautiful vast landscape in South America, the bounty islands in Malaysia etc.

Luckily, all these wonderful experiences are just a plane trip away and our new work offers us more freedom than we ever had before.

42.“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” –Henry Rollins

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43. “Travel is the healthiest addiction.”

Traveling is for us definitely an addiction. When we are not planning the next trip, we really get withdrawal symptoms. So it is definitely an addiction. Glad to read that it is a healthy addiction.

44. “The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.”

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Although we don’t do a lot of sunbathing when we are traveling, I completely agree with this quote. We have so many great memories of our travels that will stay with us forever.

For example, we felt like superstars in China because everyone wanted to take pictures with us, we have great memories of a canoe trip with our parents in Canada and of a beautiful helicopter tour we did on a glacier in Alaska. Our tan has faded,  but even several years later these memories still bring smiles to our faces.

45. “The goal is to die with memories not dreams.”

46. “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.”–Chuck Thompson

After we had read so many stories about the scams, the filth and the heat we were really afraid to go to India. It was so bad that a few days before we would actually leave, we were really saying how stupid we were to have chosen India as our next destination.  It seemed like we had made the decision in a moment of madness.

After all, it wasn’t so bad. It was certainly hot and sometimes we were seriously annoyed by the pushy Indians but we did not find it any dirtier than in other Asian countries that we have visited before.

Although it is not our favorite destination in the world, it was much better than we had expected and we are happy that we have seen the Taj Mahal, the forts, the Kerala backwaters and, last but not least, as big animal lovers, a tiger.

India has given us unforgettable experiences that will always stay with us and it turned out the experience was much better than what we expected.

47. “I need a six month holiday, twice a year.”

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Fortunately, since we started this travel magazine, we can travel as much as we want without having to ask permission from a boss.

48. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

 49. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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 your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

This is one of my favorite quotes and it has often helped me when I had to take a difficult decision such as quitting my permanent job to start this travel blog.

50. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” –Jack Kerouac

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In the meantime, I quit my job for a while and although I liked it a lot, had super nice colleagues and we now have to work much harder for less money, I have not missed it for a minute.

51. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well. ”– Eugene Fodor

52. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” –Stephen Covey

53. “There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die.”

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Within our circle of friends and acquaintances, we also see so many people who do nothing more than sleep, work and eat. And for a long time, I felt that we were on the same treadmill. Even now that we are self-employed, this quote must occasionally remind us that there is much more to life than working and paying the bills.

54. “Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.”

We have not dealt with it so drastically, although I would certainly love to live and work for a couple of years abroad.  We will see what the future brings.

55. “Life is a trip. Plan your next vacation.” – Matthew E. Fryer

This is a quote that certainly applies to us. 

Even when we were both still working full time we always planned our vacations well up in advance. 

It gave us peace of mind to know that a next trip was already planned. 

Life was less hard knowing that we had an upcoming vacation that we could look forward to.

Now that we have quit our jobs we have more freedom but we still spend a lot of time working on the site from behind our office desks. 

And more or less the same rule still applies to us. 

When I write this, we have just returned from a month in India and when we got home, we immediately booked tickets for our next destination. Dubai, here we come!

56. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

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You only live once and time passes quickly. 

Still few people dare to dream or dare to go for their dreams.

Dare to take small steps towards your personal dream life and do not let yourself be influenced too much by what your environment or the society expects you to do.

57. “I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller

Travel should be mandatory on each school curriculum.

It is by traveling and by coming into contact with other cultures and customs that you learn to see things in a different way.

So I agree completely with David Rockefeller that it formed us as much as our formal school education.

58. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

I am fortunate that I can travel together with Kris and even though I hear from solo travelers how great it is to travel alone and how many cool and interesting people they meet.

Yet I would not want it any other way. After all, nothing is more fun than to experience unforgettable things such as spotting a tiger or seeing a beautiful sunset together with your partner.

It is always more fun to be able to share experiences with someone else.  It makes the memory for me more beautiful.

59. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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60. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” –Antoine de St. Exupery

61. “With the right mindset and spirit, only the sky is the limit.”

62. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”– Dalai Lama

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This should not always be a far away destination. Even close to home, you probably have fantastic spots that are worth a visit. Last year we spent a fun family weekend on the Wadden Islands in the Netherlands which are only about a 3-hour drive from our home.

63. “Take every chance you get in life because some things only happen once.” – Karen Gibbs

Dare to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. You never know where it will lead you.

64. “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

65. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction”

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66. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world” – Mark Jenkins

67. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”

Not everything is as good or as beautiful as we had expected or hoped it to be.

Still, we are always glad to have seen it ourselves so that we could form an opinion of our own.

It is always more fun to have seen something yourself than to hear the stories from someone else.

The next travel proverb below fits in nicely.

68.“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”

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69.  “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

70. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people 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

71. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

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73. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

I regularly have this feeling while we are traveling.

With a beautiful sunset or during wildlife spotting.

Read also: What to do in the Azores.

I often have the feeling that we are only tiny radar wheels in this immense and fantastic world!

74. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

And take plenty of pictures.

75. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

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76. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde

77. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself” –David Mitchell

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

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I personally like this quote a lot. When we are traveling I always taste the local food and often ask for the specialties of the country. Sometimes I’m lucky and I choose something really tasty, other times it is really disappointing.

Once I got ice cream with real peas in China. 

It was recommended to me and apparently Chinese really like it. I tried it, but it was not really my taste. 

I will never order it again but I’m happy I tried it.

79. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous 

80. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

81. “Travel is only glamorous in retrospect” – Paul Theroux

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During your trip, you often experience less blissful moments. After a long flight, you often suffer from a jet lag during the first days.

You drag yourself to the tourist sights during the day and at night you can count at least 20 times the number of squares in the wallpaper. Sometimes the other cultures are so shocking and so stifling that you long for home.

We have seen people suffer from altitude sickness and side effects of malaria pills. It is not all puppies and sunshine. But you do not see that in the pictures, of course.

These deprivations are fortunately quickly forgotten and the positive memories of a trip stay longer.

But traveling is indeed really glamorous when you think about it afterward while admiring the photos from your couch in the living room.

82. “When in doubt, travel.”

When I have to make a difficult decision or I doubt about something, traveling certainly helps me to take a step back, relax and see things from a different perspective.

83. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

 84. “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind” – Marty Rubin

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85. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

And that’s probably why our bucket list keeps growing and growing …

86. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


We hope that these holiday quotes and proverbs about travel have inspired you to travel and to discover this amazing world in which we live.

Traveling has changed our lives and we are convinced that it can also change yours. So book that ticket and go out because within 20 years you will be sorrier for the things you did not do, than for the things you did.

What’s your next destination?