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Travel Inspiring Quotes

This post is part of a mini-series about travel inspiring literature and media. Some people prefer to absorb their travel inspiration from books, others from movies. In this series I’m going to highlight my favorites from each of the following categories: quotes and poems, books, songs, movies, and television shows.

Travel Inspiring quotes

Quotes and poetry were some of the first sources for my travel inspirations. I wrote my fair share of poetry when I was a moody teenager but they were mostly about unrequited love and unfortunately none of them were preserved for my adult self to reminisce.  Here is a list of my favorite travel inspiring quotes and poems, in no particular order:

1. “Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I seek can I go, Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be.” -Karen Ravn

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

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

4. “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

5. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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6.“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost

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


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

9. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

10. “A journey is best measured in friends, not miles.” -Tim Cahill
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11.  “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” -Lovelle Drachman

12. “You’re off to great places,
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So get on your way!” -Dr. Seuss (technically this is a book.  Had to throw just one in there)

13.  “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag
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14.  “We travel not to escape life but so that life does not escape us.” -Unknown

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

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

17.  “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” -Lao Tzu
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18.  “I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” -Mark Twain

19.  “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” -Harun Yahya

20.  “It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” -Unknown

21.  “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
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22.  “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

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

24.  “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” -Dutch proverb

25. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

What are some of your favorite travel inspiring quotes and poems?

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