10 quotes to inspire you to travel the world

Seeing the world is obviously important to us here at Travel Magazine. We watch travel shows like Parts Unknown on CNN, read tales of travelers like Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, and immerse ourselves in a world of travel inspiration daily to help us stay inspired. In doing so, we often encounter quotes and tidbits of advice that strike a chord. Here’s a look at 10 quotes that inspire us to travel far and wide.

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quotes about traveling

“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home — and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.”

-Rolf Potts, Vagabonding

bill bryson travel quotes

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

-Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

anthony bourdain travel quotes

“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, The Nasty Bits

best travel quotes for inspiration

“Ideally, travel broadens our perspectives personally, culturally, and politically. Suddenly, the palette with which we paint the story of our lives has more colors.”

-Rick Steves, Travel as a Political Act

inspirational travel quotes

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”

-Michael Palin

david attenborough quotes about travel

“I know of no pleasure deeper than that which comes from contemplating the natural world and trying to understand it.”

-David Attenborough

inspirational quotes for travelers

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Sarah Frances Brown

quotes for travel lovers

“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

inspiration for travelers

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

–Cesare Pavese

travel quotes for inspiration

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

–Robert Louis Stevenson