70+ Short Travel Quotes To Help Fuel Your Wanderlust

Travel quotes – love them or hate them? We’re not masively into quotes, but there is something about these short travel quotes that have truly inspired us over the years to travel, even more so now that we have children.

We say that traveling the world as a family is the greatest gift you can give your children (along with some awesome travel gifts for kids)! It’s so incredibly important for chilren’s mental health and well-being as well as being the best education.

70+ Short Travel Quotes

These short travel quotes may be small but they are mighty. Many of them are among the most famous quotes of all time, not just the most famous travel quotes of all time. We love that these shorts quotes about travel are easy to remember – and they will stick with you.

These quotes will inspire you to travel, but they will also bring back memories of your favourite travels. And at times when we can’t travel (apart from travel virtually), they can give us hope.

Some were uttered by the most inspiring people in the world who have very wise words for us and we hope you will find them as inspiring as us.

The most famous short travel quotes

These are the travel quotes that you will most likely have heard before, but may not be sure who first uttered the words.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
– Susan Sontag

“The journey not the arrival matters.”
– T.S. Eliot

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

Not all those who wander are lost

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
– Chief Seattle

“I love to travel, but hate to arrive.”
– Albert Einstein

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you’ve travelled.”
– Mohammed

“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.”
– Dalai Lama

How could we not include a travel quote from one of the most inspirational people in the world, the Dalai Lama?

Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before

Collect Moments, Not Things.”
– Aarti Khurana

This is a mantra that we live by. It took a while to realise that we don’t need the biggest house or the fastest car and it took a life-changing event to find out.

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”
– Rachel Wolchin

“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

To travel is to live

“ “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu

“The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page.”
– Saint Augustine

“Not all classrooms have four walls.”
– Unknown

This is one of our favourite short travel quotes relating to children. We could not agree more with the sentiment. Our kids have learned so much on our travels. That’s not to say they don’t love books, but there is something about seeing something with your own eyes for it to stick in your mind forever.

Not all classrooms have four walls

Shakespeare quotes about travel

We can thank William Shakespeare for so many of today’s sayings, but he also had a thing or two to say about travel. Here are our favourite Shakespeare travel quotes.

“The world’s mine oyster, which I with sword will open.”
– The Merry Wives of Windsor

It is said that the popular English idiom ‘The world is your oyster‘ comes from this Shakespeare quote, but interestingly, the original quote had a slightly different meaning.

“There is a world elsewhere.”
– Coriolanus

“Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.”
– Romeo and Juliet

“Travelers never did lie, though fools at home condemn them.”
– The Tempest

Travelers never did lie, though fools at home condemn them

Short travel quotes about living life

These next short quotes about travel signify the same sentiment for me. Life is about living. Don’t wait until you have earned enough money to live it.

“I don’t live to work. I work to live.”
– Noel Gallagher

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.”
– Unknown

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”
— Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.”
– Anita Septimus

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
– Jo Walton

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them

“Life is short and the world is wide.”
– Simon Raven

“Live your life by a compass not a clock.”
– Stephen Covey

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.”
– Oscar Wilde

“I never knew of a morning in Africa, when I woke up and was not happy.”
– Ernest Hemingway

We totally get this. We adore Africa having spent three months travelling overland through nine countries. We were also inspired by Hemingway and named our first son after him!

I never knew of a morning in Africa, when I woke up and was not happy

Short travel quotes about adventure

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
– Neale Donald Walsch

“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
– John A. Shedd

A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
– Helen Keller

“To Live will be an awfully big adventure.”
– Peter Pan

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
— Mark Twain

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
— Mark Twain

“Adventure is worthwhile.”
— Amelia Earhart

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.”
– Paulo Coelho

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
– Jack Kerouac

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by.”
– Robert Frost

“A hangover suggests a great night, jet lag suggests a great adventure.”
— J.D. Andrews

“The biggest risk in life, is not taking one.”
– Barfi

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
– John C. Maxwell

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Short travel quotes about money

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”
– Patrick Meagher

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well. ”
– Eugene Fodor

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
– Anonymous

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”
— Paulo Coelho

“Jobs fill your pocket, Adventures fill your soul.”
― Jaime Lyn Beatty

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”
– Matthew Karsten

“Travel while you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it happen. Experiences are far more valuable than money will ever be.”
– Eugene Fodor

Short travel quotes about discovering the world

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

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Gustave Flaubert

Travel makes ones modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world

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

“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

“I travel around the world in a way that tries to open my mind and give me empathy and inspire me to come home and make this world a better place.”
– Rick Steves

“Paris is always a good idea”
— Audrey Hepburn

Paris is always a good idea

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”
– Chinese Proverb.

“I love places that remind me of how small me and my problems actually are.”
— Unknown

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”
– Rudyard Kipling

Whenever I read this one, I think of India. The smells will hit your senses before anything else, and then you see the incredible beauty.

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”
— Lawrence Block

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”
— Wallace Stevens

“The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark.”
— John Muir

“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.”
— Freya Stark

Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”
– Shirley MacLaine

“Oh the places you’ll go.”
— Dr Seuss

Oh the places you'll go

Short travel quotes about the act of travel itself

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.”
– Peter Hoeg

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
– John Steinbeck

“One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.”
— Albert Camus

“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

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.”
– Euripides

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home

“Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns.”
— Susan Magsamen

“Alway take the scenic route. You never know what adventures you may find.”
— Unknown

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”
— Babs Hoffman

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

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
– Ernest Hemingway

So how do you feel reading those? Inspired to travel? Inspired to take an adventure? We’d love to know!

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