I thought it might be fun to do a little post comprising of my favourite top 10 best travel quotes. There are some wonderful travel related quotes that exist out there and this is my personal ‘best of’ list. Many of them are quite old and you may have heard some of them before, but they all feel snug and comfy like a pair of well worn-in shoes or a hot chocolate on a winter’s day.
I find all of them inspiring in one way or another. Some of them provide sage travel advice and some of them make me think and dream, I think they’re all good quotes for any traveller at heart to embrace.
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~ Lin Yutang
It’s easy to be travelling and get this sudden yet sneaky feeling that you’re somehow not taking enough advantage of where you are and the array of possible cultural offerings. Any pillow can become that old, familiar pillow – and sometimes that pillow is comforting in its own way, but when you’re travelling suck it for all it’s worth.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain
Can’t really add to that perfect sentence from Mr. Twain.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine
This is pretty heavy stuff from St. Augustine, but the man has a point. Some people don’t like books (outrageous!), so we should update the quote a little – “The world is a movie, and those who do not travel only watch the opening credits.” Zing!
“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
Twain has done it again with this beauty. This is the one to read if you’re having a dilemma about leaving a full time job or the comfort zone and familiarity of your home town or city to head off backpacking. Those trade winds aren’t going to sail themselves
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” ~ Robert Frost
This one rings a few faint school bells of recollection, but I think current Tom appreciates it a lot more than school boy Tom. It’s just a smarmy way of saying “try to avoid tourist traps on the road” – still, try and define a tourist trap and things can get a little more complicated.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” ~ Tim Cahill
Love this quote. One of the main benefits I always raise when promoting backpacking and travel in general is all the new and like-minded friends you’ll meet along the way. This quote sums things up perfectly
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” ~ James A. Michener
This ISN’T supposed to encourage you to stay home, but rather to embrace the unique food, customs and culture that you’ll find residing in every country of the world.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” ~ William G.T. Shedd
I really like this quote. It could be because I really like ships, but for me it exactly defines what is meant when people talk about a ‘sense of adventure’. I don’t think humans were built to sit cooped up in air conditioned offices all day. I think we’ve all got a little explorer in us.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~ Susan Sontag
Everywhere is on my to-do list
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” ~ Glenn Clark
Be a better person when you travel… and then be a better person when (if) you ever arrive to a place called home.