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 We have so many thoughts and emotions, but many of us struggle to put them into words. When I find my unexpressed feelings or my heart’s desire in the words of others, a sweet sense of happiness spreads over me. Though I need no excuse to pack my bag and travel but some time when I am down or situation forces me to live daily monotonous life, travel quotes ignite my wanderlust and help me to break the chain of boredom. I am sure all of us go through same situation in life. In this post I am here sharing my collection of 40 inspiring travel quotes from famous personalities, most of them combined with my travel photos shot over time. I am pretty sure it will help to brighten up your day!!

Paulo Coelho

 Paulo Coelho, a person who once lived as a hippie, travelled through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe, is one of my favorite novelists. He is famous for his amazing novel The Alchemist. His quotes always inspire me to travel , discover new places and collect beautiful memories. Here are few of them-

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage
Collect Moment Not Things Paulo Coelho
Somewhere in Madeira
If you think adventures are dangerous try routine It’s Lethal Paul Coelho
I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring desert
Mdina, Malta


 Buddha, the founder of world religion of Buddhism, himself was a great wanderer. He left his luxurious lifestyle of the palace to live the life of a wandering ascetic. His words are always inspiring. Some of his most popular travel quotes:

Its better to travel well than arrive Buddha
To see what few have seen; you must go where few have gone Buddha

Lao Tzu

Quotes from this ancient Chinese philosopher (founder of Taoism) enlighten your mind, expand your heart and encourage you to travel. Religious Taoism belief is that this old Master  spent his whole life travelling and  teaching  the Tao. Here is few inspiring quotes from Lao Tzo: 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step Lao Tzu
Random Lake in Finland
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Matinkylä, Espoo, Finland

J. R. R. Tolkien

The author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien said –

Not all those who wander are lost J R R Tolkien

Robert Frost

 Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry, Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets. His poems are really inspiring to all who love nature and love to travel. Here is my favorite quotes from him: 

Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference
Palanga, Latvia
miles to go before I sleep

Helen Keller

Helen Keller is a name of inspiration. In spite of losing her sight and hearing ability in childhood, she circumvented her disabilities to become a world-renowned writer. She traveled  over 40 countries. Wherever she traveled, she brought encouragement to millions of blind people. Description of life in her won words :

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all

Oscar Wilde

Check how Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, one of the most popular Irish poets and playwrights of late 19th century,  described travel-

Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret Oscar Wilde

Henry Miller

American writer and artist, Henry Valentine Miller  himself is a great traveler. He lived in  different countries and travelled a lot. He also wrote several travel memoirs which are very popular till now. Here is one from my choice :

Ones destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things

T. S. Eliot

My favorite quote from Thomas Stearns Eliot , one of the major poets of 20th century, is –

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go T S Eliot
Wild Lapland

Gustave Flaubert

Highly influential French novelist Gustave Flaubert  has been considered as the leading exponent of literary realism in his country. See how he feels about travel- 

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Teesta River, West Bengal, India

Gerald Gould

I read poems of Gerald Gould in my junior school days and these lines always remain one of my favorites lines for all time:

Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea Gerald Gould


Most popular travel quote of  Rumi,  a 13th-century Persian poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar,  philosopher, Maturidi theologian, and Sufi mystic is :

Travel brings power and love back into your life Rumi
Adina, Malda, West Bengal

Samuel Johnson

 Dr. Johnson was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. 

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination Samuel Johnson regulate imagination with reality

Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson  spent all his energies in travel and writing.  Stevenson’s writing was constantly marked by travel.  Many of the journeys he made during his life were followed by equally important revisions in narrative style. Best quotes from him are : 

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move Robert Louis Stevenson


Ancient Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy.

wisdom begins in wander Socrates


Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages.

Wherever you go go with all your heart Confucius

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama is a title given by the Tibetan people to the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism. Currently the 14th Dalai Lama lives in Dharamshala, India as a refugee.

One of my favorites quotes from the Buddhist spiritual leader, is : 

Once A Year Go Someplace You’ve Never Been Before Dalai Lama

Albert Einstein

One of the most popular quotes from the greatest physicists of all time is :

I Love To Travel But Hate To Arrive Albert Einstein

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was a Persian polymath, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet. Umar Khayyam was a polymath, scientist, philosopher, and poet of the 11th century CE.

Life is a trip and travelling is living twice Omar Khayyam
Finnish Countryside

Ibn Battuta

Berber-Moroccan scholar, Ibn Battuta himself was an explorer who widely travelled the ancient World, including Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and the Iberian Peninsula. Over a period of thirty years he  travelled more than any other explorer in pre-modern history; totaling around 117,000 km. Here is one of Ibn Battuta’s famous travel quotes: 

Traveling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller Ibn Battuta


Pythagoras of Samos was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of Pythagoreanism.

Leave the road take the trails Pythagoras

Roy M. Goodman

Roy Matz Goodman, an American politician & Businessman beautifully described what the real happiness in travelling : 

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination Roy M Goodman


Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.


John Steinbeck

Nobel Prize winner ( 1962 ) American author John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. said :

People Don’t Take Trips Trips Take People John Steinbeck

Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau was a French undersea explorer, researcher, photographer and documentary host who invented diving and scuba devices. His words always inspires sea lover. 

The sea once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever Jacques Cousteau

Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli, an Italian-Jewish descent British statesman and novelist who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice. One of the most famous Benjamin Disraeli’s quotes on travel is: 


Carew Papritz

Carew Papritz, aka The Cowboy Philosopher, is the author of the multi-award winning book “The Legacy Letters”. He truly lives his book’s central message to “live life to the fullest.” Carew’s curiosity has lead him to be a ski patrolman, tour bus driver, river raft guide, and a bartender.

I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see Carew Papritz

Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He has helped growing the multi-site Elevation Church into a global ministry through online streaming, television, and the music of Elevation Worship. One of the popular quotes of Steven Furtick on travel is:

Enjoy your journey because destination is mirage Steven Furtick

Lin Yutang

How beautifully Lin Yutang , a Chinese inventor, linguist, novelist, philosopher, explains travel –

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes Lin Yutang

Martin Buber

Austrian Jewish and Israeli philosopher, Martin Buber’s has a different view on travel.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware Martin Buber

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher was  fascinated with natural history and narratives of travel and expedition. One of Henry David Thoreau’s popular quotes is :

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves Henry David

Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho, the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan said –

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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’  He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature, including the titles ‘How Proust Can Change Your Life’ and ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’. His famous say on travel: 

The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to Alain de Botton

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Moon Ray

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