They’re everywhere. All over your Twitter page, slathered on Instagram and unwelcomely shoved down your Pinterest pipe. Those airy-fairy pictures of pink balloons and rainbows superimposed with the words “YOLO” or “life is adventure”. They’re almost as annoying as the fitspo images that immediately precede them on your Facebook page. But, when it comes down to it, there’s a reason everyone from Mark Twain to the Dalai Lama has something to say about travel. Words hastily scrawled down, a lingering grainy snapshot of an adventure past, travel quotes ignite an often unspoken desire. Deep down inside, we all aspire to throw off the shackles of the daily grind and replace it instead with a camera, a backpack and a hungry belly.
There’s a universal truth to the idea that there’s more to life, more to love, more to see and more to experience. And great travel quotes inspire that in people, so here are the quotes that I believe deserve to be hoisted above the rest.
- “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
- “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
- “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
- “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
- “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”- Bill Bryson
- “Remember what Bilbo used to say: 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.” – JRR Tolkien
- “Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller
“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb
- We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ― Pico Iyer
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs