Sometimes you just need that extra bit of motivation to push you out the door or a good reminder of what makes travel life-changing. Through the years, we’ve been collecting the best wanderlust quotes that’ll truly inspire.
By combining these travel quotes with photos to create the most fitting pictures, use the table of contents below to jump straight down to organized categories such as trip with friends quotes, short travel quotes, meaningful wanderlust quotes about life and discovery, and more!
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- Best Wanderlust Quotes for Travel
- Travel quotes by authors
- Wanderlust quotes by philosophers
- Trip with friends quotes
- Inspirational travel quotes
- Meaningful quotes about travel and life
- Travel quotes about adventure and discovery
- Happiness in travel
- Short travel quotes
- Quotes on going off the beaten path
- Travel quotes in songs
- Wanderlust quotes by famous people
- Travel quotes from movies
Best Wanderlust Quotes for Travel
“Best” is always subjective and yes there are many other great takes on quotes that can inspire one to travel or speak to why the idea of travel is so powerful and life-changing.
Below, I’m going to be listing the best travel quotes with the associated person that wrote or said them. I’ve created pinnable images for many of the quotes for you to use and share.
For organization, wanderlust inspired quotes are broken down into high level categories. Some may belong to multiple but I tried my best to segment them into appropriate buckets.
I’ve also dropped a few nuggets of wisdom and color commentary for a few that I really love.
My hope is that these leave you inspired!
Some of the best wanderlust quotes are by accomplished writers. They’re incredibly deep, thoughtful, and literary.
#1 “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
This is one of the most well-known wanderlust quotes that speaks to how the journey is more important than the destination. Many of us travel without that end point in mind and that’s totally okay!
#2 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain
Travel is the greatest teacher of them all. It’s something that has truly opened my mind and is something that more of us need.
#3 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
The more you travel the more you realize that what you know and take for granted is but just a tiny bubble on this great earth. While I don’t know if I’ll ever see it all but to travel is to expand your horizons.
#4 “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
Everything you encounter – people, food, culture, fortunes, and mishaps stay with you forever and you become better for it.
#5 “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
I’ve been feeling a little empty ever since COVID-19 and our lockdown existence. It’s truly made me realize how important it is my life.
#6 “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Helen Sontag
Bucket-lists are such a topic of contention these days but I say there’s nothing wrong about dreaming and building your list of places you want to go, what you want to do, and things you want to experience. Just expect it to be a long list.
#7 “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
#8 “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
#9 “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
#10 “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
I’m pretty OCD when it comes to planning and I’m sure it comes through on the itineraries we publish but some of the best travel moments always come from the unexpected. In many ways, as much as I want to be in control, I feel that I am but a passenger.
#11 “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Wanderlust quotes by philosophers
To some extent all great quotes come from a place of philosophical thought but to keep things organized, these are some of the most famous quotes by legendary philosophers that have stood the test of time.
#12 “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Wisdom, experiences, happiness, and wonder – it’s out there for you to explore.
#13 “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
#14 “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
If you’ve read about how Going Awesome Places came to be, you’ll know that I kind of stumbled upon it by accident. It’s through travel that I’ve become a better storyteller. Ibn Battuta was absolutely right.
#15 “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi Jalalud-Din
Travel has given me so much on many levels. I’m gracious beyond words.
#16 “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton
Trip with friends quotes
#17 “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
This has to ring so true right. The best test of a friendship is to travel and you quickly find out whether you can stand them or not.
#18 “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
#19 “Life was meant for great adventures and close friends.” – Anonymous
#20 “True friends never apart maybe in distance never in heart.” – Helen Keller
#21 “We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world & the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
#22 “The more I traveled, the more I realized fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
#23 “As with any journey, whom you travel with is more important than the destination.” – Anonymous
#24 “Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.” – Anonymous
There’s enough suckage in life. Spend time with those that don’t suck.
#25 “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” – Edith Wharton
#26 “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway
#27 “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie The Pooh
Sometimes you just know who’s going to make an awesome travel partner.
#28 “You can pack for every occasion, but a good friend will always be the best thing you could bring!” – Anonymous
#29 “In life, it’s not where you go – it’s who you travel with.” – Charles M. Schulz
As much as I love solo travel, it just isn’t the same when you can’t share your travel experiences with someone else.
#30 “No road is long with good company.” – Turkish proverb
#31 “Friends that travel together, stay together.” – Anonymous
#32 “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
#33 “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.” – African Proverb
#34 “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.” – Anonymous
Inspirational travel quotes
We seek good wanderlust quotes because we’re looking to be inspired. In a simple sentence, you’ll feel that itch to book that ticket. These quotes speak to a way of life, and why you need to just go.
#35 “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle
Sustainable travel is so important and its core principle can be said in this simple travel quote.
#36 “Our happiest moment as tourists always seems to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block
#37 “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” – Anonymous
#38 “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
#39 “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury
#40 “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” – Anonymous
Travel is about taking that leap of faith. It could be a big investment in money. It could be a big risk quitting your job or taking a sabbatical. It could be scary doing it on your own. Whatever it is, think about how incredible the experiences will be to push you over that edge.
#41 “Wanderlust isn’t about running away from it all. It’s about experiencing the outside to discover the inside.” – Unknown
This is so true. Some might have the perspective that intrepid travellers are running away from something at home. The reality is that for many, travel is a way for us to learn more about ourselves and running towards truth.
Meaningful quotes about travel and life
Beyond inspiration, travel and wanderlust quotes tell us how we should think about life and what is important.
#42 “We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.” – Anonymous
Time moves faster than ever. There are only so many “I’ll do that later” you can use before you run out. Don’t let those opportunities slip on by.
#43 “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake
#44 “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
This is one of my all-time favourites that can easily go into the short travel quotes section. It’s a motto in life that’s truly transformative.
#45 “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell
#46 “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley
#47 “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen
#48 “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
You have one life to live. Make it count is what I say.
#49 “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anotole France
Travel quotes about adventure and discovery
Adventure is such a core part of my travel DNA and these travel quotes should inspire you to launch your very own.
#50 “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan
#51 “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
#52 “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
When the adrenaline is pumping, and you don’t know what’s coming next is when I feel the most alive. That includes being terrified of heights and jumping out of a plane in the Abel Tasman.
#53 “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous
#54 “Great things never came from comfort zones.” – Anonymous
#55 “Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.” – Anonymous
#56 “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
#57 “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
#58 “Just go. Go see all the beauty in the world.” – Anonymous
There is truly so much beauty in the world. Everywhere I go, I’m constantly amazed.
Happiness in travel
Above all else, travel is what puts a smile on many people’s faces. This collection of wanderlust quotes should give you what people call “the travel feels” these days.
#59 “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
#60 “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
#61 “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou
There are so many ways to interpret this one but I think of it as always staying positive whether it’s someone feeling down or when shit happens when you travel.
#62 “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
Short travel quotes
Sometimes you just need something short and sweet to convey your love of travel. Here are my favorite short travel quotes.
#63 “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
You probably don’t know yet but you’ll be going to a ton of awesome places in your lifetime.
#64 “Don’t quit your day dream.” – Anonymous
#65 “Where to next?” – Anonymous
This is more like the question that I get asked the most beyond “where’s your favorite place you’ve been to?”. This is a great quote to live by because you should always be planning your next trip!
#66 “Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” – Ralph Crawshaw
#67 “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Anonymous
Quotes on going off the beaten path
Sticking to the road less travelled can be the most rewarding. Here are a couple of quotes that push me to always incorporate something a little different on my trips.
#68 “Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
It’s so easy to follow the crowd and be sucked into what everyone’s doing on Instagram or places that are the most popular. I’ve always found that the best trips are the ones that most people don’t know about.
#69 “Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.” – Rick Watson
#70 “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost
Travel quotes in songs
I have a couple of these songs on my road trip mixtape. Songs are such a great way to convey ideas and these are a few lyrics that make me want to travel even more.
#71 “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world”. – Louis Armstrong, “It’s a Wonderful World”
This isn’t normally something you associate with travel but when you think about those skies of blue, clouds of white, trees of green, colors of the rainbow, and all the faces of people going by, I can’t help but think about all the things that make travel so amazing.
#72 “Life is short; I wanna live it well. One life, one story to tell.” – Switchfoot, “Live It Well”
If you know me well, you’ll know that Switchfoot is my all-time favourite band. Their lyrics are what I love the most about them because they always have incredibly deep meaning. Life is precious, you’ve got one shot to make it count.
#73 “But hold me fast, hold me fast, cause I’m a hopeless wanderer.” – Mumford & Sons, “Hopeless Wanderer”
#74 “Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free. I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me.” – Elvis Presley, “Harem Holiday”
#75 “Tell everybody I’m on my way. New friends and new places to see. With blue skies ahead, yes I’m on my way.” – Phil Collins, “On My Way”
Wanderlust quotes by famous people
They might not be authors or philosophers but they equally have important things to say about the impact of travel and why it matters.
#76 “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain
The late Anthony Bourdain was someone that truly understood travel. He was such a great storyteller and this quote reminds me of my earlier days when I was backpacking around Europe and just not having a care in the world.
#77 “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
#78 “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
#79 “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
#80 “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Travel does change you and always for the better. Anthony Bourdain goes a step further by also encourages us to leave the places we visit better off.
#81 “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
#82 “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
#83 “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn
Travel quotes from movies
There are a couple of wanderlust quotes from movies that stand out. Some are well-known and others you might not’ve heard of or watched.
#84 “I’m shaking the dust of this crummy town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world!” – George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life”
#85 “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.” – The Hobbit
Pictures tell a thousand words and videos many more but there’s nothing like being in these places that people talk about and taking it in with all of your senses.
#86 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
#87 “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” – Me Before You
#88 “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” – Beauty and the Beast
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Yes, we’ve made it easy for these to be pinnable on Pinterest and other social media channels.
Yes, these are all of our own travel photos taken through the years.
So what are your favorite wanderlust quotes? Are there ones that I’ve missed that you would’ve loved to have seen make the list? Drop a comment down below!