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30 inspiring travel quotes

Travel is so much more than just setting foot on foreign land, checking in on Foursquare, and seeing a place of interest or two.

Journey quotes

Here’s what some of the greatest thinkers around the world had to say about the joys and trials of setting out on a journey:

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.”
— Mohammed

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
— J. R. R. Tolkien

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

“Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.”
— Hebrews 13:2

“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.”

— Buddha

“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”
— Ray Bradbury

“Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience, and the best travelers […] seem to be those able to hold two or three inconsistent ideas in their minds at the same time, or able to regard themselves as at once serious persons and clowns.”
— Mohammed

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“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”
— John Muir

“When you’re traveling, ask the traveler for advice / not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.”
— Rumi

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

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
— Herman Melville

“It is solved by walking.”
— Algerian proverb

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
— Antoine de Saint Exupéry

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
— Mark Twain

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”
— Samuel Johnson

“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.”
— Paul Fussell

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

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

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”
— Robert Frost

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
— Lao Tzu

“In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.”
— Xun Zi

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

“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

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
— Seneca

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”
— G. K. Chesterton

“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

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