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46 favourite and most inspiring quotes from the best minds about travel by The Best You

Travel can have a transformative effect on your life, your understanding of the world and how you think about yourself. At The Best You, we decided to celebrate the effect of travel to bring greater joy to your life, with these great quotes from of the world’s greatest minds!


1. We shall not cease from exploration, 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

2. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

3. For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. – Leonardo da Vinci

4. Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

5. Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. – Matsuo Basho

6. Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. – Benjamin Disraeli

7. Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. – Susan Sontag

8. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – John Steinbeck

9. A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. – George A. Moore

10. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

11. People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live. – Martin Yan

12. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples 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

13. It is better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha

14. To travel is to take a journey into yourself. – Danny Kaye

15. If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. – Cesare Pavese

16. There comes a moment on a journey when something sweet, something irresistible and charming as wine raised to thirsty lips, wells up in the traveller’s being. – Patrick MacGill

17. No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – Lin Yutang

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

19. Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning. – Giotto di Bondone

20. I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. – Hilaire Belloc

21. Paris is always a good idea. – Audrey Hepburn

22. How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. – R. Buckminster Fuller

23. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley

24. 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

25. Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Mary Ritter Beard

26. To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. – John Muir

27. We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. – Robert Louis Stevenson

28. Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go. – Truman Capote

29. If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. – Alphonse de Lamartine

30. I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller. – Michael Palin

31. The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

32. Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

33. Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. – Francis Bacon

34. Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. – W. C. Fields

35. When traveling with someone, take large does of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee. – Helen Hayes

36. You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. – William Hazlitt

37. Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. – Lawrence Durrell

38. One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm. – Ella Maillart

39. I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson

40. One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. – Thomas Jefferson

41. If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all. – Dan Rather

42. Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar. – George Eliot

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

44. You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot. – Shakuntala Devi

45. He travels the fastest who travels alone. – Rudyard Kipling

46. The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’ – Daniel J. Boorstin


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