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Wanderlust Quotes That Inspire

I’m not sure where my love of quotes came from.

Perhaps coming from a country with such a rich literary heritage, quotes are part of everyday entertainment. Or maybe concepts and thoughts are best expressed in the succinct words of others.


In this post, I look at my favourite wanderlust quotes. These are travel-themed quotes that are designed to enlighten, inspire, and encourage you to book that ticket. They may serve other personal purposes as well.


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Mark Twain

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but having new eyes. 

Marcel Proust

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. 

Henry Miller

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. 

St. Augustine

Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. 

Ibn Battuta

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.


Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind. 


Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.

Jaime Lyn Beatty

We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us. 


With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.

Sandra Lake

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

Anita Desai

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Mary Ritter Beard

Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. 

David McCullough

Life is a journey – not only to see the world – to find yourself, your place in the world, and your happiness. 

Debasish Mridha

I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Zig Ziglar

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.


Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets. 

Oscar Wilde

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

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau

No road is long with good company. 

Turkish proverb

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

Edith Wharton

It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. 

Asian proverb

I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it.

Alexander Sattler

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

Martin Buber

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

Chief Seattle

Not all those who wander are lost.

JRR Tolkien

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Susan Sontag

And finally…

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.

George Bernard Shaw

If the above wanderlust quotes don’t inspire you to explore the world, then I hope they encourage you to open your eyes to exploring you. So happy travelling, whatever the journey.


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