20 Travel Quotes and Photos to Motivate and Inspire

For your Instagram feed or to feed your soul

Who doesn’t love a good travel quote? They’re practically my favorite thing about Instagram right now (well, other than cute cat videos). I make quotes and images pretty regularly to post to social media, but I thought I’d put together a few inspirational and motivational quotes about travel to encourage us as we move forward in the new year. Most of them overlap with life in general. After all, what is life but not a journey? I hope you have as much fun reading them as I did curating and creating the graphics!

#1 “The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir

I had to include a quote from the Father of the National Parks, John Muir. It was tough picking just one.

#2 Wander often, wonder always

A wandering homebody can relate to this, right? Wander and wonder on, y’all.

#3 “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Speaking of wandering, here’s one of my all time favorite quotes from Tolkien, but not the last one on this list.

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

Speaking of favorite authors, Mark Twain’s timeless quote about travel breaking down barriers still rings true today.

#5 “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” -Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I’m on a roll with the literary favorites and always loved the independent and fearless spirit of Alice.

#6 “Many a trip continues long after movement in space and time have ceased.” -John Steinbeck

Ah, yes: The old man in the rocking chair in Salinas that was traveling back to Honolulu in his mind. This classic Steinbeck quote from Travels with Charley: In Search of America still resonates as much today as when it was written in 1962.

#7 “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” -Henry David Thoreau

Literally or figuratively? You be the judge.

#8 “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” -Confucius

Another philosophical quote, this time from the ancient wisdom of Confucius.

#9 “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

Whether you’re tackling a new goal, taking an actual journey or a spiritual one, Lao Tzu’s classic quote is still resonates centuries later.

#10 “Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.” -Dalai Lama

Always good advice for crossing off items on that bucket list, but can also mean stepping out of your comfort zone or just trying something new that’s practically in your own backyard.

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

Don’t be that person that only reads a page: fill the whole book!

#12 “One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” -Thomas Jefferson

Founding father Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts on solo travel and introspection is still relevant today. No wonder so many college students go backpacking around Europe.

#13 “Memories made together last a lifetime.”

While there’s something to be said for solo travels, you can’t deny that memories made together during travel and life do indeed last a lifetime.

#14 “Say yes to new adventures.”

Always good advice in life and in travel.

#15 “Design a life you are inspired to live.” -Annette White

Oprah once said that living well is the best revenge, and maybe she’s right. However, I think if you live a life that inspires you and feeds your soul, then that’s what really matters.

#16 “Embrace the detours.” -Kevin Charbonneau

It can’t be clear skies and smooth sailing all the time. May we always find the joy in the unexpected.

#17 “There are seven days in a week. Someday isn’t one of them.”

It’s true that time waits for no one. Kick it into gear and make things happen!

#18 “If not now, when?”

Another reminder to seize the day. Carpe diem!

#19 “Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Another Tolkien classic quote. May you stumble upon your own secret garden or hobbit house.

#20 “Wanderlust (noun): a strong desire or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.”

Just in case you wanted to know the actual definition of wanderlust.

I hope you’ve had as much fun reading these quotes as I did curating them and creating the graphics! Do you have any favorite travel quotes?

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