Looking for the best Instagram travel quotes that aren’t cheesy and overused? Hopefully, this list will be of assistance! We’ve looked for the most powerful words of wise people from around the world that we can return to again and again.

Here you will find travel quotes and travel inspiration from philosophers, poets, and more – all travelers who seek to open our eyes and show us what’s right in front of us. Some are short, some are longer… they’re all beautiful! Enjoy! 🙂


1. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” 
— Jack Kerouac

2. “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

3. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” 
— Rumi

4. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” 
— David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas)

5. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
— Lao Tzu

6. “To travel is to live.” 
— Hans Christian Andersen (The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography)

7. “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” 
― Anthony Bourdain

8. “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” 
— Maya Angelou (All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes)

9. “Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.” 
— Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies)

10. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” 
— Erol Ozan

11. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.” 
— Hans Christian Andersen (The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography)

12. “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” 
— Roman Payne (The Wanderess)

13. “Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” 
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956)

14. “People travel to wonder 
at the height of the mountains, 
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves 
without wondering. ” 
— Augustine of Hippo

15. “Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.” 
— Italo Calvino (Invisible Cities)

16. “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

17. “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” 
— G.K. Chesterton

18. “I read; I travel; I become” 
— Derek Walcott

19. “No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.” 
— Haruki Murakami (After the Quake)

20. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” 
— Anaïs Nin (The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974)

21. “to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” 
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

22. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” 
— Lao Tzu

23. “Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” 
— Ma Jian (Red Dust: A Path Through China)

24. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” 
— Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

25. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
— Anita Desai

26. “…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” 
— David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas)

27. “I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” 
— Roman Payne (Rooftop Soliloquy)

28. “How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music.
How to feel time: write.
How to release time: breathe.” 
— Matt Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive)

29. “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 (The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It)

30. “Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.” 
― Rumi

31. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 
— Marcel Proust

32. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
— Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32; Tiffany Aching, #2))

33. “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” 
― Anthony Bourdain

34. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” 
— Robert Louis Stevenson (Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes)

35. “A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time” 
— Homer (The Odyssey)

36. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” 
— James A. Michener

37. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” 
— Pat Conroy

38. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” 
— Aldous Huxley

39. “Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.” 
— Gayle Forman (Just One Day (Just One Day, #1))

40. “I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” 
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

41. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 
— Gustave Flaubert

42. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” 
— Mary Anne Radmacher

43. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” 
— Henry Miller

44. “I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.” 
— Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret)

45. “All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.” 
— Sigrid Undset (Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1-3))

46. “The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.” 
— Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Fall of Atlantis (The Fall of Atlantis, #1-2))

47. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” 
— Ursula K. Le Guin

48. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” 
― Anthony Bourdain

49. “because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” 
— Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

50. “Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” 
— Charles Dickens

51. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi

52. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” 
— Robert Frost

53. “I went to collect the few personal belongings which…I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.” 
— Colette

54. “We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” 
— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

55. “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 (The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt)

56. “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 (Tom Sawyer Abroad)

57. “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” 
— Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

58. “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

59. “There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.” 
— Charlotte Eriksson (Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps)

60. “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 (Night Train to Lisbon)

61. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
— John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley: In Search of America)

62. “Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” 
— Rainer Maria Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet)

63. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. 
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” 
— Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)

64. “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” — George Moore (The Brook Kerith)

65. “The journey itself is my home.” — Matsuo Bashō

66. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage”
— Paulo Coelho (Aleph)

67. “Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”
— Jodi Picoult (Handle with Care)

68. “You are still young, free.. Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.” — Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake)

69. “We travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” — Pico Iyer

70. “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”
— Tennessee Williams (Camino Real)

71. “Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive”
— Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values)

72. “Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.”
— Joe Abercrombie (Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)

73. “As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”
— Gautama Buddha

74. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
— Martin Buber

75. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
— Christopher McCandless

76. “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.”
— Leigh Hunt

77. “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.”
— Ray Bradbury

78. “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

79. “Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.”
— Patrick Rothfuss

80. “Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.” 
— Holstee Manifesto

81. “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.”
Jawaharlal Nehru

82. “There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

83. “In the World through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.”
— Frantz Fanon

84. “As Bokonon says: ‘peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god.” — Kurt Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle)

85. “We find after years of struggle that we not take a trip; a trip takes us.” 
— John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley: In Search of America)

86. “There’s a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we’ve left it.”
— Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin)

87. “For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”
— Carlos Castaneda (The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge)

88. “I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

89. “If life is a journey then let my soul travel and share your pain.” 
— Santosh Kalwar

90. “There was nothing to talk about anymore. The only thing to do was go.” — Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

91. “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!” 
— Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)

92. “I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.”
— Sylvia Plath

93. “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. ”
— Agnes Repplier

94. “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” 
— Yogi Bhajan

95. “Real travel requires a maximum of unscheduled wandering, for there is no other way of discovering surprises and marvels, which, as I see it, is the only good reason for not staying at home.”
— Alan W. Watts (The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)

96. “That’s the place to get to—nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewheres, into our own nowhere.”
— D.H. Lawrence

97. “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” 
— Lisa St. Aubin de Terán

98. “A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s life. There is an urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.”
— Alain de Botton (The Art of Travel)

99. “traveling – it gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.” 
— Ibn Battuta

100. “Every journey conceals another journey within its lines: the path not taken and the forgotten angle.” 
— Jeanette Winterson 

101. “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

102. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

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