What kind of roguish world travelers would we be if we didn’t have a pocketful of adventure quotes to keep us inspired? Well, we want you to be inspired, too.
We’ve chosen the 42 best world exploration quotes to share with you.
You’ll find some great classic travel quotes, and newer journey ideas, as well as Team Hazard’s Top 10 favorite life adventure quotes. All the attitude you need to rebel against the status quo.
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Oh, and why 42 quotes? You galactic hitchhikers will know. Even though we’ve been busy traveling, I’m still a science fiction writer, and we’re still fans. In fact, I even have a section of travel quotes from some of the great fantasy and sci-fi writers.
And 42…from the great Douglas Adams who wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A brilliant travel book if there ever was one. Maybe we’ll toss in a quote from the Encyclopedia Galactica.
Enough yammer. Check out these great quotes about travel and adventure and exploring the world.
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Best Classic Travel Quotes
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
There are times while traveling that you end up just watching events unfold, and times when you’re so involved you don’t have time to do anything but be present and participate. The trick is relaying your experience so the listener comes close to feeling what you felt in that moment.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
Yes. Commit yourself. And if you can’t, keep looking until you can find somewhere you can.
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha
This is very true – unless you’re dealing with airports. No matter how well you travel on the in-between, there is nothing better than getting through all the chaos and rigmarole and getting out of the airport at your destination.
I think airport security would’ve tested even Buddha’s patience.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” – Mohammed
Travel should be a category on every resume and CV. It does so much more to teach you about the world than anything you learn in the classroom.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Of course, this is why they say you can never go home again. Once you’ve see the world, you don’t fit in that little space you used to occupy. Your life will have grown too big.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert
It’s easy to have in inflated sense of importance – until you realize that everyone is important somewhere.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
This is how we’re traveling right now. Sometimes we move fast, sometimes slow, and our direction may change on a whim. It’s a great sense of freedom.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
Our lives are not meant to be frittered away working so others profit. At some point we have to say, “Enough!” It’s time to LIVE.
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Yep. As you travel, you’ll find that you fit in some places better than others and some of the places you fit may surprise you.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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
Okay, so I abridged this one a little in the image. The first line is the most important. When you look back on your regrets, how many of them are for things you didn’t do? Don’t live a life of regrets. Whether it’s travel, or some other grand pursuit, go for it. Take that chance. Don’t let anything stop you.
“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – T.S. Eliot
You’ll notice this sentiment in a few of these travel quotes. The journey is where you learn the most about the world, and yourself.
“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
We know, travel isn’t for everyone. But for those it calls, there’s nothing better. The initial burst of discovery is exhilarating and always having something new to experience keeps life interesting.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
It’s hard to blindly hate someone once you’ve met them and you come to understand them a little better.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
It can be so easy to go through life with blinders on, wrapped up in your job and surviving day-to-day, but there are adventures to be found all around you. Don’t forget to look in your own backyard.
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck
Ha! So true. Best to go with the flow.
Team Hazard’s Top 10 Life Adventure Quotes
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
Fear stops us from doing too many things. It’s time to say, “Screw fear! I’m doing it anyway.”
“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” – Anonymous
You can look at pictures of a Van Gogh painting all day, but it will never compare to standing in front of one, able to see every masterful brushstroke. Likewise, looking at a picture of the Great Wall of China will never let you know what it’s really like to stand atop centuries of history.
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
When you realize that your life doesn’t have to be the way it’s always been, it frees you up to start changing it. Don’t just let life happen to you. Make your life what you want it to be.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
Travel gives you experiences that no one can take away. They don’t go down in value and will continue to teach you for years to come.
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block
Oh, yes. The best parts of travel happen in-between. Rarely is the big tourist site, or event, the highlight of the day. Our best stories usually happen on the way there.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
When Tim and I discuss places we’ve been, we always reference the friends we made there. Sometimes the interactions are brief, and some people become lifelong friends. It’s no surprise that our favorite places are also the places where we can name the most friends.
“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
This is so very true. Traveling well doesn’t mean having luxury at every turn. Traveling well means learning about the place and people you visit as well as learning about yourself on the journey. It’s not about money, it’s about attitude.
“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” – Caroline Myss
My one regret might be not getting to this level of travel sooner. I didn’t have the faith that I would be able to figure out how to make money on the road. Of course, this was well before the internet was much of anything, but there were other options – if only I’d been brave enough to grab them then. Don’t wait. Start traveling and living heartily as soon as you can. Life is too short for anything less. (Of course, the great thing about traveling now is that I have Tim by my side.)
“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde
No excuses, no regret, no guilt. Once you learn these things, it’s much easier to be bold and sure in your actions. As long as you are a good person, you don’t owe anyone any apologies for how you choose to live your life. If that’s on the road, so be it.
“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac
All of Team Hazard’s “Rules” start with, Shut up and… so this quote speaks to us. Much like Oscar Wilde, Kerouac has hit upon the idea of living a life of no apologies. Living life fully comes from doing, not just thinking or talking about it.
Travel Quotes from Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
No matter what anyone tells you, you can’t truly know about a country until you go there yourself.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
As a writer, Le Guin knows that all the interesting stuff happens in the middle. It’s the journey that makes the story, not the arrival.
“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman, so astute about character, has hit upon a universal human truth.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Traveling for the sake of travel and not just to get somewhere is a pursuit worthy of humans and hobbits.
“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – Douglas Adams
Ah, 42. Here’s our galactic hitchhiker. When I read this book in 5th grade, I never realized that it was all about the journey.
New Adventure and Explore the World Travel Quotes
“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
Gladdest? Brit, I guess. Anyway, that moment is glad, and sometimes nerve-wracking, or maybe exhilarating, awe-inducing… There are so many adjectives you could put here. How would you describe it?
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” -Jack Kerouac
There’s always more to go, more to see. You are never finished traveling. You may stop, but in your heart, there’s always one more journey.
“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho
Okay, sometimes it’s a matter of money. But if you really want it, you can get there. In fact, we’re going to take this moment to pitch our free e-book about saving money for travel. These aren’t frivolous tips but very effective, actionable tactics that can help you save for that trip you dream of taking. Get your free e-book here.
“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
What a wonderful sentiment. At least there’s one bug that’s good to be bitten by.
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho
Death by adventure, or death by boredom? Take your pick.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” -Martin Buber
You never know what you’re going to learn when you travel. That will be revealed in time.
“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty
Better to spend your money on experiences, than things. I know this is attributed to being a Millennial philosophy, but we figured this out ages ago. We’re glad that whole, future generations are embracing the idea. Life is so much more than a job.
“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
What is new and wondrous to you is mundane to others. It’s all a matter of perspective.
“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake
That’s why travel is such a good educator and should be done as much as possible.
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
For better, or for worse, everything you do, every place you go, makes an indelible impact on your soul.
“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan
Leave yourself open to finding the places you weren’t looking for. You never know what you’ll discover.
“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
Ha! So true. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Go with an open mind and experience it for yourself.
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