10 Travel Quotes That Will Definitely Give You Wanderlust
Travelling is one of the most incredible ways to learn. You’ll learn about other people around the world and about yourself. Whether you go to southern Spain or all the way to Mexico, whether you travel alone or enjoy the company of friends, every trip will teach you something new.
Nobody understands this more than the authors of the following quotes about travel. If their words don’t make you want to travel around the world, nothing will.
1. ‘To travel is to live.’ — Hans Christian Anderson
Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Anderson loved to travel. This quote comes from a short poem in his autobiography, The Fairy Tale of my Life, and it is simple but powerful.
2. ‘Do not wait to strike ‘til the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.’ — W.B. Yeats’
The great Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote many words of wisdom. These words are not explicitly about travel, but they definitely ring true — don’t wait for opportunities to come up; go out into the world and find them.
3. ‘There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.’ — Robert Louis Stevenson
The Treasure Island author travelled widely during his lifetime. This quote, from his travel memoir The Silverado Squatters, is an important reminder of the change of perspective we get from travelling.
4. ‘Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.’ — Gustave Flaubert
When you escape the bubble of your daily life, problems you thought were big suddenly seem a lot smaller. French writer Gustave Flaubert’s quote points out one of the many reasons why it’s important to get away.
5. ‘I’ve not been everywhere, but it’s on my list.’ — Susan Sontag
This humorous quote from the late American intellectual, writer, filmmaker and political activist Susan Sontag says it all: try to see as much of the world as you can!
6. ‘The most effective way to do it, is to do it.’ — Amelia Earhart
The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean was bound to have an inspiring word or two to say. She might not mention travel specifically, but her point is clear: let go of your reservations and embrace the adventure.
7. ‘We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.’ — John Steinbeck
Steinbeck is one of America’s greatest writers, and this quote from his travel memoirs is a reminder of the way travelling is a constant surprise. Many of the things we experience on a trip will often be unplanned.
8. ‘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
Travelling is the perfect way to meet new people. The more people you meet, the more you’ll realise that despite differences in culture, first language, traditions and history, we’re all pretty similar in the end.
9. ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’ — J.R.R. Tolkien
Perhaps the most famous of all travel quotes, this line from The Lord of the Rings is true. The journey and the things you learn along the way are just as important as getting to where you want to go.
10. ‘Not I — nor anyone else, can travel that road for you, you must travel it for yourself.’ — Walt Whitman
If you’ve found a good book or article, armchair travelling can be fun, but there’s nothing like actually travelling. It’s time to start exploring the world.
Why not book a Falcon holiday and see more of the world? Then you’ll be able to form your own inspirational words about travel.