There is nothing more amazing than travel: taking joy in the journey itself and delight in whatever destination you happen to reach. So many of us spend our entire lives in one small geographic area and miss out on the amazing sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the world has to offer. Hopefully these travel quotes can inspire you to step out of your door and take the first steps on an adventure.
10 Inspirational Travel Quotes And Sayings
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
The world is an amazing place, filled with wonders that we may only experience from the pages of a book or the screen of our computer. Traveling and experiencing these things first hand will help to expand your horizons and your outlook into places that you never would have otherwise imagined. Don’t restrict yourself to travel blogs or magazines.
“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
The goal of travel is to go, to learn, and to return home a more expanded and enlightened individual. Take the time to explore things both close to your home and far away, and you will be able to look at the world with new eyes. You may even find a place that feels more like home than home, a safe and amazing place where your soul belongs.
“Once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return. “– Leonardo da Vinci
We’ve always been filled with the desire to strive for those things that are out of our reach, like the sky or the stars. Once you have managed to reach those once unattainable things, you will never be satisfied with the mundane again. Instead, you will always desire to reach those heights again. Travel is the same on a smaller scale.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
The best part of travel isn’t the destination that you reach; it’s the journey that you take to reach that destination. The time that you spend traveling to your vacation destination or a new country is worth more than the time you spend in that country. You never know what you’re going to find on that journey.
“Own only what you can carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
People are so attached to their possessions that they’re afraid to leave them behind. Don’t tie yourself down with things that you can’t bear to be rid of. Instead, carry with you the memories of the places that you’ve been, the people that you have met, and the things that you have done in your life. Moving from place to place will be infinitely easier if you don’t have boxes and boxes of things to carry with you.
“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was known for her beautiful face, her phenomenal movies, and her penchant for world travel. Paris, as she says, is always a good idea. If you have the means, there’s nothing like being able to drop everything, hop on a plane, and visit Paris, or London, or any of the major cities of the world.
“Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.” – Susan Sontag
The best mantra for travelling is “Take only photographs, leave only footprints.” Taking photographs of your travels has become so much easier with the advent of digital photography. You can take thousands of pictures and store them in a single card the size of your fingernail, instead of having to store boxes and boxes of printed photographs.
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” –Buddha
Don’t worry so much about where you’re going. Delight instead in the journey, and in all the amazing things that you see along the way. You may find that it’s more fun than anything that you do or see once you reach your destination.
“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
Seeing people from all walks of life can help to expand the way you see the people in your life. It’s a great way to expand your horizons, and change the way you see and treat the people around you that you wouldn’t otherwise look twice at. We’re a massively diverse planet and if we spent a little bit of time trying to understand each other, we might make the world a happier place.
“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
To travel is to free yourself from the restrictions of society, to eliminate the need to be tied down by material things. You can walk out your door without no fear or apprehension because you know that the entire world is before you. Most people prefer to stay in a small geographical area because it is safe and familiar. Instead of being afraid of what might be, start a journey and embrace what could be.
As Bilbo Baggins once said…”It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Hopefully these quotes will inspire you to let the road sweep you away.