As a travel-loving millennial, it doesn’t take much to convince me to see the world. But, I saw one of the travel quotes by Maya Angelou the other day on Instagram and it’s stayed at the forefront of my mind ever since.
After studying abroad twice in college, I did everything I could to make a location independent income so I could spend my life chasing my passions: travel, new experiences, strangers-turned-friends, and memories so potent they cannot truly be felt in a photo.
Since Ms. Angelou’s words affected me so much, I wanted to share 25 beautiful, inspirational travel quotes with you. I know we can’t exactly pick up our lives and jet around the world right now, but at least we can remember what made it so wonderful that we could in the first place.
Besides, we need something to hold us over until there’s a safe and effective vaccine! Read away, friends. I hope these make your heart beat faster and get you in a positive state of mind. I know they made me feel the same way. 💓
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
― Robert Frost
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― St. Augustine
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
― Lao Tzu
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin
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
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.”
― Anthony Bourdain
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
― Rumi Jalalud-Din
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
― Isabelle Eberhardt
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
― David Mitchell
“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
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
― Pascal Mercier
“To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
― Lao Tzu
“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
― Judith Thurman
“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“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 makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
― Gustave Flaubert
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
― Henry Miller
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
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Once I read Maya Angelou’s quote, which is #10 on this list, I knew I had to search for other travel quotes that would also inspire me despite how badly the travel industry is doing right now. We have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but I also am glad for tourist sites that got the breather they very well needed.
I think these travel quotes also made me feel even more connected to my adventures because of how much I’ve healed from past traumas thanks to them. With every destination, I get closer to the person I was always meant to be. I wish the same for you. ✨
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