Travel Inspiration: The Best Travel and Adventure Quotes to Inspire You

Inspiring travel quotes have been one of the most important tools for me as a traveler. Travel and adventure inspiration are sometimes needed before booking a trip, traveling solo to an unknown destination or braving a big adventure.

I have compiled a list of the best travel quotes and most inspiring adventure quotes to help you through your next big travel adventure.

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If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.
— Anthony Bourdain
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I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
— Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey
Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.
— Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
Once in a while it hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to
— Alan Keightley
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Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.
— Frank Herbert
I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books.
I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies.
— Anthony Bourdain
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You don’t have to be rich to travel well.
— Eugene Fodor
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.
— Charles Dudley Warner
Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.
— Andrew Zimmern
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Not all those who wander are lost.
— J.R.R. Tolkien
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To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
— Aldous Huxley
Adventure is worthwhile.
— Aesop
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
— Saint Augustine
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
— Hunter S. Thompson
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustave Flaubert
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
— Neale Donald Walsch
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
— Ray Bradbury
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Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
— Ibn Battuta
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
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
— Lao Tzu
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.
— Mark Twain
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Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.
— Robert Frost
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
— Oscar Wilde
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I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
— Susan Sontag
The Journey is the reward
— Unknown
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What are your favorite inspirational travel quotes?