Best travel quotes to inspire your next voyage around the world

When you scroll through Our Crossings travel blog you’ll see for yourself that some of the blog posts are pretty much straightforward mini-guides and that some of them stand out a little bit more and are way too long.

The genuine reason behind the extended ones;  instead of writing been there done that type of articles our desire is for you to get the real feel of the place. Best way to do it is by describing the surroundings, colours and smells.

By using the words, we can paint the pictures and characterise the colour of the ocean on a rainy day. We can illustrate the sweet smell of flowers lingering in the summer air, and we can bring you closer to the beauty of a life of travel.

“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 colours. 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


I am aware that on more than one occasion, this might include an irrefutable dose of nostalgia mixed with way too many descriptive adjectives and sprinkled with stardust.

For that, I can offer you a straightforward explanation – first, journaling our adventures just brings us so much joyfulness we can’t help but let it all out and second, my neverending love of words.

While I would never go as far as to define myself as logophile the very idea of how so many quirky and unusual words with so many incredible definitions and pronunciations can create beautiful sentences full of wisdom and full of sentiments just inspire me to cultivate my love of words. Why?

Because, as I learned very early in my childhood –  words matter. Words can take you on a journey. Words are so powerful, they can change your world and unleash your powers.

Because they can move you to the point where you can find and create passion, joy and purpose in your own life.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness


Best travel quotes to inspire your next voyage around the world

Sometimes, when I feel stuck for words or motivation, I look no further than finding inspiration in people whose personal journeys invigorate me. Some of them still walk among us on this planet, some of them are long gone.

That’s why I love to read. And I suggest you do the same. Read everything! Read books, autobiographies and blogs, join forums and browse through quotes. Read classics, new authors, and flip through the pages of magazines.

Below is a small collection of quotes and sentiments (most of them travel-related, of course)  from very inspiring personalities and amazing books I have gathered over the years and love to re-read once in a while. Give it a go and be inspired!

Here’s to life and here’s to putting yourself where you want to be!


~ Anthony Bourdain’s  ~

“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. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often though, they hurt .”

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.” 

“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been, and what happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.” 

“When I’m in a city that’s new to me, I try to go to the central market very early in my trip. I’ll go at 6 a.m. when people are shopping for businesses. You get to see what people buy and really eat.” 

“It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realise the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realise how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realising how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” 

“Now more than ever do I realise 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


~ Pico Iyer ~

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in and fall in love once more.” 

“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, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” 

“For if every true love affair can feel like a journey to a foreign country, where you can’t quite speak the language, and you don’t know where you’re going, and you’re pulled ever deeper into the inviting darkness, every trip to a foreign country can be a love affair, where you’re left puzzling over who you are and whom you’ve fallen in love with.” 

“Visiting a new town is like having a conversation. Places ask questions of you just as searchingly as you question them. And, as in any conversation, it helps to listen with an open mind so you can be led somewhere unexpected. The more you leave assumptions at home, I’ve found, the better you can hear whatever it is that a destination is trying to say to you.” 

“Travelling is a way to reverse time, to a small extent, and make a day last a year – or at least forty-five hours – and travelling is an easy way of surrounding ourselves, as in childhood, with what we cannot understand.” 

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”  Rumi Jalalud-Din


~ Jack Kerouac ~

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

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” 

“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…” 

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

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” 

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


 ~ Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild ~

“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” 

“The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything.” 

“Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. 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.” 

“If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life, you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, gets out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover. ” 

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. 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. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life, you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”  

“Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionise your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.” 

“Once you have travelled, 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


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Now, over to you!

Where do you find inspiration? Let us know in the comments below!

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15 thoughts on “Best travel quotes to inspire your next voyage around the world

    1. Thanks so much, I love collecting quotes to get a different perspective and to transform my mood. I’m new to Pico Iyer and look forward to reading The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend 🙂


  1. The Art of Stillness sounds like a book I would love to read, especially coming from an author with such extensive travel background, this year, instead of travelling abroad, we are planning on staying home just so we can explore more of Ireland.


  2. Seeing a rare bird in Mexico sounds like something I would love to experience, did you get to see flamingos? At the moment, it’s a puffin season in Ireland, although they are not rare birds, I just can’t wait to see and photograph them again, have a good day


  3. I love lots of adjectives and unusual pictures that describe thinks you see and smell. What better way than to follow your travels. I also appreciate your beautiful pictures too. Thank you.


    1. We love using all five senses to absorb the world around us every time we travel, it makes the journey so much more rewarding and helps to create lasting memories, thanks for stopping by and safe travels, girl x

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  4. We love this post SOOO much we book marked it so we can read it again and again. The first one, Anthony Bourdain, boy that is so true. I wish David and I had a better way with words, we love the travel and those words are how we feel, but boy oh boy I cannot get them in that way to flow. It is just like Art, I admire it so much, but cannot make art that is beautiful for anything. The Anthony Bourdain quote on silence, I am putting that in my one blog on the glaciers, because that is what it was – it was silent on the huge deck of the cruise ship, silent in awe, because it was hard to believe we even were seeing and how special it felt. Awesome post guys!


    1. Thanks so much! Ahh, I wish I could write like that too! Maybe after years and years of practice, I can learn to tangle those words together more fluently!

      I always wanted to put all my favourite quotes from books into one place as my handwritten notes are starting to fade away. And sharing them with other travellers just seemed a natural thing to do because I think inspiration maters and there are days when we need that extra dose of encouragement! Thanks for stopping by, guys, and safe travels. Aiva

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