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Life On The Move: Excellent Travel Quotes

Updated on February 2, 2017

Once you're packed, great destinations await you.


For well over a decade travel and exploration has been very important to me. At first I was mainly interested in seeing as much of the United States as I could. This desire took me to the coast of Maine, on winding roads in West Virginia, into the oppressive heat of Alabama, and to the unspoiled majestic beauty of the San Juan Mountains in western Colorado. Along the way I experienced minor car emergencies, a stylish woman from New York City who seemed vaguely aghast to be as far west as Michigan, and soft-spoken locals from Arkansas who couldn’t be hurried if their own hair was lit on fire.

These days my travel list continues to grow, and my office is littered with notes about mountains to climb in Norway, a brewery to explore in Austria, and unique hotels across the world which intrigue me.

I’m grateful to be fascinated, however, as I know that not everyone shares my wanderlust. At times I have envied those who are content to stay close to home, and I wonder if I will ever shake free of this desire to travel. Perhaps I will, and perhaps I won’t. I can’t know right now, and that is okay. For the time being, however, I will continue to collect quotes about traveling along with lists of places to visit at some undetermined future date.

My travel quotes have been gathered mainly from magazines, the internet, and books. It’s possible that I’ve sought thoughts from fellow travelers in order to better understand why I hunger to explore and discover new places. Regardless, I am now pleased to share my findings with you.

What destinations are on your travel wish list?  A train could help you reach them.
What destinations are on your travel wish list? A train could help you reach them. | Source
Do these countries interest you?
Do these countries interest you? | Source

Fanny Burney: “Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.”

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road…” Walt Whitman

“Nobody speaks. We don’t need to. It’s a very Eastern trait, one I’ve seen from the deserts of Syria to the foothills of the Himalayas. Sit and absorb the feel of your company. Share a meal or some tea. Think of what you want to ask, then ask. If you don’t share a language, you can always just sit and eat. Some of the best conversations don’t require words.” Sean McLachlan, “Chai, Chillum, and Chapti”

Pico Iyer: “Yet what I am is a traveler, whose life is about trying to occupy shoes—and lives and hearts—very different from my own…”

“I’m here to tell you it’s okay to travel by foot. In fact, I recommend it. There is so much worth seeing, so much behind you can’t identify at top speed.” Cheryl Strayed

Horace: “You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it on all.”

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

Traveling styles

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“He travels the fastest who travels alone.” Rudyard Kipling

Gretchen Rubin: “Being a tourist is a state of mind.”

“A traveler. I love his title. A traveler is to be reverence as such. His profession is the best symbol of our life. Going from—toward; it is the history of every one of us.” Henry David Thoreau

Tony Horwitz: “Even aimless journeys have a purpose…”

Is Brazil on your travel list?
Is Brazil on your travel list? | Source

“I understand enough about my life to believe that while maps have promised me access to a world of wonders, to the burnt and hardscrabble desert ranges of the Mojave Desert, the clean and empty alpine cirques of the Sierra—to situations and experiences that were, in the fullness of the word’s meaning, good—there sometimes was an edge to this promise, a hint of other, more complicated agendas. For maps also may represent a way out of one’s current situation, a currency that involves the exchange of one life, with its failures and undertones of anguish and anxiety, for the seductive possibilities of another, more transient and distracting existence.” Chris Norment, “My Life In Maps”

Perhaps you want to see the wild animals in Africa...
Perhaps you want to see the wild animals in Africa... | Source

Eddie Cantor: “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

“If one must travel, one should do it with the eyes of a child, the mind of an ecologist, the heart of a pagan, and the words of a poet.” Kirkpatrick Sale

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park | Source

“For every mile the feet go, the heart goes nine.” e. e. cummings

“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, “Why We Travel, A Love Affair With The World”

Perhaps you want to stay at this location: Spencer House Bed and Breakfast in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Perhaps you want to stay at this location: Spencer House Bed and Breakfast in Erie, Pennsylvania. | Source

Saint Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”

“At twenty I had many things I was against, and one of them was a guidebook of any sort. I preferred to arrive in a place and discover it.” Barbara Sjoholm

Motivations for travel

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Proxy Falls in Oregon
Proxy Falls in Oregon | Source

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Milton Berle: “Laughter is an instant vacation.”

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China | Source

“Tonight we are travelers in the truest sense of the word, a slim notion of a final destination and no schedule to speak of. We are simply moving for motion’s sake.” Donald Miller

“By the time we wheeled the old truck into the unplowed snow in our home drive, my angle of focus had widened: I had assumed once more my rightful insignificance in the total scheme of things. Travel had healed me, if not in the manner I had planned.” Kathleen Meyer, “Sometimes A Great Myth”

Lisa St. Aubin de Teran: “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.”

Any interest in visiting a cafe in Paris, France?
Any interest in visiting a cafe in Paris, France? | Source

“Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and its fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of the judgment.” Paul Fussell

H.G. Wells: “Our true nationality is mankind.”

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

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

Determining desired destinations

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Boston has much to offer a visitor

Is your passport ready to go?
Is your passport ready to go? | Source

“I loved travel, I loved exploring, and I loved wildness. But now, in Hancock, with a pig in the barn, I would find the other piece of my heart’s lifelong yearning: home.” Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig

Maurice J. Forrester Jr.: “Some people are destined to be wanderers.”

Colin Thurbron: “Siberia had been easier to define before I traveled there.”

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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro | Source

“Travel takes hold of some people, like a virus. Carly’s ‘bug’ has been long-nurtured, but mine is just starting to show its strength, which is understandable since I’ve only recently unearthed the traveler within me. I consider all the places Hans has been where I want to go: Greece, Tibet, Russia, Thailand; the list goes on and on. My father has told me that he will ‘really start to worry’ if I am still wandering around in another year. My mom is concerned, too. But right now it feels like a year is not nearly enough time to see everything.” Rachel Friedman, The Good Girl’s Guide To Getting Lost

“Whatever a guidebook says, whether or not you leave somewhere with a sense of the place is entirely a matter of smell and instinct. There are places I’ve been which are lost to me. When I was there, I followed the guide faithfully from site to site, putting check marks in the margins at night when I plotted my route for the next day.” Frances Mayes, Under The Tuscan Sun

“And he knew that Shepherds, like seamen and like traveling salesmen, always found a town where there was someone who could make them forget the joys of carefree wandering.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

John Lily: “A merry companion is as good as a wagon.”

Tokyo, Japan


“People travel to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.” Saint Augustine

Claire and Mia Fontaine: “Travel empties out everything you’ve put in the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell yourself who you are.”


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    • Julie K Henderson profile image

      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      I am pleased. I love to travel, and for this reason I appreciate the words of other travelers.

    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 2 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I also liked the travel quotes.