Travel can be such an amazing and life-changing experience. It can expose you to new ideas and cultures that can completely change your outlook in the most wonderful ways.

The memories we make when we are travelling are often some of our fondest, whether it’s a trip for a weekend or a few months; the experiences we bring back with us are precious and far outweigh the delayed flights or missed connections.

So, as May slowly draws to a close, here are 15 inspirational travel quotes that have us all experiencing a case of wanderlust.

Aurelia Journal


“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 colors. 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 travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes


“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road


“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

― Anita Desai


“Now more than ever do I realize 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


“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”

― Rumi Jalal ad-Din

Sea Fantasies, Fantastic Voyages Series
Sea Fantasies, Fantastic Voyages Series

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

― anaïs nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966–1974


“I read; I travel; I become.”

― Derek Walcott


“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”

― G.K. Chesterton


“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

― Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad


“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”

― Judith Thurman


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson’s Essays


“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

― Gustave Flaubert


“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


“To travel is to live.”

― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

Celestial Planisphere and Western Hemisphere, Early Cartography Series

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