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190+ Travel Quotes for the Perfect Instagram Caption

The right travel quotes inspire and take one’s mind even further to destinations only imagined and seen online.

It’s no wonder that traveling has become an essential part of life; imbibing and personally immersing yourself in a rich culture other than your own leaves a lasting sense of fulfillment and purpose that no amount of travel documentaries, books, or magazines can fulfill.

Whether you’re planning a European or Asian escapade in six months’ time or in a year, now’s as good a time as any to plan and finally pursue what’s on your bucket list.

While you’re making a mental checklist of every destination there is in the world—both tried and true hot spots and burgeoning hidden destinations—let these inspirational travel quotes provide the perfect push and inspiration on your next unforgettable adventure.

I’d love to hear which of these travel quotes is your favorite in the comments at the end. Enjoy!

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190+ Travel Quotes for the Perfect Instagram Caption


Woman in autumn clothes watching a giant hot air balloon festival as a background for a travel quote by Anais Nin

1. “If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.” – Dan Rather

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

3. “There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.” — Orson Welles

4. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

5. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” —Anaïs Nin

6. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” — Seneca

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

8. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

9. “The wanderlust has got me… by the belly-aching fire.” — Robert W. Service

10. “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn.” — Anthony Bourdain

11. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.” —G.K. Chesterton

12. “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Portrait shot of an ocean resort with coconut trees and cabanas during sunset as background for a travel quote by William Langwiesche

13. “So much of who we are is where we have been.” – William Langewiesche

14. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” — Paul Theroux

15. “So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

16. “Spontaneity is what travel is all about.” — Zach Anner

17. “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” —Margaret Lee Runbeck

18. “For always roaming with a hungry heart, much have I seen and known.” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

19. “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

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

21. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

22. “It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.” — Penelope Riley

Portrait shot of turquoise ocean waters with a sailboat passing by as background for a travel quote by Frank Borman

23. “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” — Frank Borman

24. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” — Paul Theroux

25. “It’s better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

26. “I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it.” – Alexander Sattler

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

28. “Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss

29. “Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.” – Rick Watson

30. “Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” — Sargent Shriver

31. “When overseas, you learn more about your own country than you do the place you’re visiting.” — Clint Borgen

32. “Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.” – John Steinbeck

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

Collaged photo of iconic country landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, and giant Budhha statue as background for a travel quote by Mark Twain

34. “Make your vocation your vacation.  That is the secret to success.” – Mark Twain

35. “Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” – Brenna Smith

36. “I don’t know where I am going, but I’m on my way.” — Carl Sagan

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

38. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” – Muhammad

39. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

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

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

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

43. “Call your mom, without her you would not be traveling today.” – Natasha Alden

44. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

Colorful shot of giant hot air balloons in flight as background for a travel quote by Ray Bradbury

45. “Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

46. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

47. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

48. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” — Andre Gide

49. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” – Paolo Coelho

50. “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.” – Ghaniya Dewi Arassyi

51. “A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” – Morris Fishbein

52. “This is what holidays, travels, vacations are about. It is not really rest or even leisure we chase. We strain to renew our capacity to wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.” —Shana Alexander

53. “Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?” – Zig Ziglar

54. “Robert Frost was right. To take the ‘road less traveled by’ does make all the difference.” — Samantha Brown

55. “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin

Portrait shot of the blue ocean from a bluff as background for a travel quote by Hilaire Belloc

56. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” — Hilaire Belloc

57. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

58. “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

59. “Life is short and the world is wide. The sooner you start exploring it, the better.” – Simon Raven

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

61. “A couple who travel together, grow together.” — Ahmad Fuadi

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

63. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

66. “I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable.” – Anthony Bourdain

Man standing atop a giant bluff on a mountain with arms outstretched as background for an Asian travel proverb

67. “Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” – Asian Proverb

68. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

69. “Travel is the only way to run away from home without actually leaving.” – Twyla Tharp

70. “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” — Rumi

71. “Traveling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into storyteller.” – IBN Battuta

72. “Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind, and fills your life with stories to tell.” — Paula Bendfeldt

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

74. “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.” – Henny Youngman

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

76. “Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

77. “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Durrell

Portrait shot of an open green field with  a valley and dirt road as background for a travel quote by Elizabeth Gilbert

78. “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

79. “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

80. “I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sandburg

81. “The best education I have ever received was through travel.” – Lisa Ling

82. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

83. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.” – Mark Jenkins

84. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

85. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

86. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

87. “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell

Moody portrait shot of the ocean during cold months taken from a bluff as a background for a travel quote by George A. Moore

88. “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George A. Moore

89. “To travel is to evolve.” – Pierre Bernardo

90. “There is nothing safer than flying, it’s the crashing that’s dangerous.” – Theo Cowa

91. “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

92. “The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” – Xun Kuang

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

Portrait photo of an airplane wing set against an iridescent sky as background for a funny quote by Dick Clark

94. “Jet lag is for amateurs.” — Dick Clark

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

96. “Jobs fill your pockets; adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

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

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

99. “Traveling is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with distance or time or being away from home. It is a way of looking at things.” – Lin Yutang

Portrait shot of a natural falls with rock formations as background for a life quote by Oscar Wilde

100. “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.” – Oscar Wilde

101. “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

102. “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

103. “Travel far enough to meet yourself.” – David Mitchell

104. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

105. “Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” – Brian Chesky

106. “Travel is the best teacher. The only way to an open mind is by taking a plane out into the open world.” – C. JoyBell C.

107. “Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.” – Jan Myrdal

108. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

109. “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question.”- Huran Yahya

110. “Good company on a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton

Portrait shot of a hanging bridge with green paint flooring as background for a travel quote by Henry Rollins

111. “A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” — Henry Rollins

112. “In life, it’s not where you go. It’s who you travel with.” — Charles M. Schulz

113. “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

114. “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

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

116. “We all have that one friend who is either on a road-trip or planning a road-trip or thinking about a road-trip or talking to people who are on road-trip or posting quotes about road-trip.” —Crestless Wave

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

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

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

120. “The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” – Albert Einstein

121. “One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” – Thomas Jefferson

Portrait shot of a Volkswagen hippie van  parked by a meadow overlooking the ocean as background for a travel quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

123. “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

124. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”- Tony Robbins

125. “I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.” —Anna Louise Strong

126. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

127. “The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.” – Henry David Thoreau

128. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

Woman sitting on a wooden bench looking over an icy mountain as background for a quote by Sandra Lake

129. “With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake

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

131. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

132. “And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer

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

Polaroid photo of a lake, icy mountain, and beach as background for a travel quote by Caskie Stinnett

134. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

135. “Travel is the bridge that connects our dreams to reality.” – Jon Miksis

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

137. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

138. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

139. “The journey is my home.” – Muriel Rukeyser

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

141. “Wherever you go becomes part of you somehow.” – Confucius

142. “Climb the mountain, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” — David McCullough Jr.

143. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel next, to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer

144. “Wanderlust is the itch to explore, the hunger to experience, and the thirst to learn.” – Jon Miksis

Two women sitting side by side looking over a vast green landscape as background for a quote by Lisa St. Aubin De Teran

145. “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 Teran

146. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

147. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

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

149. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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

151. “You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back.” – Paul Theroux

152. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

153. “I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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

155. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

Picturesque line of houses and hotels by the water in Switzerland as background for a travel quote by Herman Melville

156. “It is not down on any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

157. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

159. “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

160. “You lose sight of things…and when you travel, everything balances out.” — Daranna Gidel

161. “Traveling is not something you’re good at. It’s something you do, like breathing.” – Gayle Foreman

Close up shot of a group of friends on a yacht laughing as background for a quote by Shanti

162. “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” — Shanti

163. “An investment in travel is an investment into yourself.”- Matthew Karsten

164. “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? ― it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” — Jack Kerouac

165. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Ray Goodman

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

167. “Part of the urge to explore is a desire to become lost.” ― Tracy Johnston

168. “Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” – Ralph Crawshaw

Close up shot of a city rail track as background for a quote by Sir Richard Burton

169. “Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

170. “We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

171. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton

172. “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” – J.K. Rowling

173. “Getting to know new people and gaining new friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So, conquer your fears and get out there.” — Tony Clark

174. “No road is long with good company.” —Turkish proverb

175. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

176. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” —Trenton Lee Stewart

177. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

178. “I get a friend to travel with me… I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.” —Leonardo DiCaprio

179. “Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Portrait shot of an open temple in Asia with a large statue of a deity as background for a quote by Eckhart Tolle

180. “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” — Eckhart Tolle

181. “The best adventures are the ones that make your heart race and your soul sing.” – Jon Miksis

182. “Travel is the antidote to ignorance.” – A.A. Gill

183. “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

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

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

186. “I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

187. “It’s a big world out there. It would be a shame not to experience it.” – J. D. Andrews

188. “This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.” – Paulo Coelho

189. “Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”  ― Jodi Picoult

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

191. “I probably did too much thinking in India. I blame it on the roads, for they were superb…” ― Robert Edison Fulton Jr.

192. “London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” ― G. K. Chesterson

Portrait shot of a group of friends on a red car as background for a movie quote from Thelma & Louise

193. “At least as a single woman, I had time to pursue my own interests, read voraciously, and travel when opportunity presented.” ― Tasha Alexander

194. “Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.” ― Vera Nazarian

195. “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and a tank of gas.” —Thelma & Louise

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