10 magical quotes about travel

If you’re passionate about both words and travel, the chances are you and I would get along well.

This post looks at what some of the world’s most famous writers have to say about travel, adventure and discovering new cultures. They show how much we can unearth through experience – how our own eyes and ears and memories can often teach us things we can’t learn any other way.

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1. “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



2. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain



3. “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” – Roman Payne


4. “I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life.” – Bill Bryson


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5. “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” Pascal Mercier



6. “We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.” – Kahlil Gibran



7. “When one is traveling, everything looks brighter and lovelier. That does not mean it IS brighter and lovelier; it just means that sweet, kindly home suffers in comparison to tarted-up foreign places with all their jewels on.” –  Catherynne M. Valente


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8. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” katie-harrington-irish-travel-blogger


9. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” 



10.  “We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.” – Jeremy Glass


I find these quotes really inspirational, I hope you do too. They make me want to quit my job right now and just hit the road! Which is your favourite? Leave a comment.

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 About Katie

Katie Harrington is a 28-year-old travel and lifestyle blogger from Galway, Ireland. 

“I’m passionate about seeing the world and meeting people from different countries. I love noticing the similarities and differences between people around the world. In a divided world, I genuinely believe that experiencing other cultures first hand is one of the best ways to combat prejudice.

“In between travel, I write about Irish events, restaurants, and news, as well as opinion pieces on topical issues.”

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Comment (22)

  • Megan Indoe| March 15, 2016

    Thanks for the great collection of travel quotes! These are all great but my favorite is #5, that one resonates with me the most because I feel a piece of me is always left behind in each place I travel. Thanks for sharing and have a great trip 🙂

  • ROBERT LEE| March 15, 2016

    Very nice collection of quotes. I hope you stay safe and have a good time travelling.

    “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” Pascal Mercier

    I guess that is perfectly natural. Wherever we are, it becomes a part of our life, our history. Be it good or bad, the memories stay with us.

    • Katie| March 15, 2016

      Very true. When I do guided meditation and I’m asked to picture a beautiful, peaceful place, it’s always Watamu Beach in Kenya. I definitely left a little bit of my heart there.

  • Varun| March 15, 2016

    As a travel writer i approve this 🙂 nice post on quotes, every one of them is true.

  • Alex| March 15, 2016

    I love #9! It applies to so many things we experience in life: travel, reading, movies, meeting new people, etc. You can’t ever discover it for someone else nor can you really hope that someone else will feel the same way when they DO discover it. Thanks for sharing these!

    • Katie| March 15, 2016

      That’s a really nice way of putting it – you can hear about places, or read about them or see them in movies, but nothing compares to seeing it with your own two eyes, talking to locals, feeling the atmosphere…

  • Shareen HD| March 15, 2016

    I haven’t had much of a chance to travel for one reason or another but I know I am missing out. I hope one day, it will be possible to travel at least twice a year, with the kids who can experience everything I haven’t been lucky enough to! Thanks for sharing x

  • Ana De- Jesus| March 15, 2016

    This is spot on and that is exactly why I want to travel more because it is truly magical and makes you feel like a kid again being able to explore and have fun.

  • IamVagabond| March 15, 2016

    Great quotes.. I love this one from Robert Louis Stevenson – “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move”

    I even use it on my site http://www.iamvagabond.com

  • Joanna| March 15, 2016

    I really like Pico Lyer’s quote. It was the same for me. I went away to get lost and ended up discovering myself. And every time I travel, I discover a little bit more.

  • doran poma| March 16, 2016

    The Valente quote is my favorite! I constantly remind myself that if I moved someplace that it would then be home and wouldn’t be as shinny as a vacation spot.

  • Gigi| March 16, 2016

    #9 is my favorite! Because I think the world needs more objective people, but that is impossible, so I always like to see the things by myself. And I believe that people around the world have silmilarity!

    Gigi |¤ https://bmobshelldrawer.wordpress.com/

  • Mini Noms| March 17, 2016

    Awesome quotes ..I love travelling and totally agreee with those quotes..

  • LAURA X LOVES| March 17, 2016

    Such a good collection of quotes! They make me want to drop everything and head away on an adventure of wanderlust haha. I love the last quote by Jeremy Glass – Too true. Sometimes you just gotta let go and disconnect to feel the true meaning of adventure! x

  • Ami Rose| March 17, 2016

    Absolutely love love love these quotes. I can’t understand anyone that doesn’t see the ‘big deal’ about travelling. The world is there to be seen, go go go.

  • Karla | karlaroundtheworld| March 18, 2016

    Love all these inspiring quotes, it justifies my love and passion for travel. I also wrote those quotes that taught me a lot while traveling. Life lessons indeed. http://www.karlaroundtheworld.com/15-life-lessons-traveling-taught-me/

  • Anna-Maria Vasiliou| March 18, 2016

    I love this post my passion for wanderlust will never stop. Life is not meant be lived in one place.

  • anna| April 20, 2016

    Great collection! The one by Pico Lyer is my fave!

  • JERNY| April 20, 2016

    These quotes will live forever! Great collection here. I added some of them to mine (on a notebook). TY!

  • Voyager| April 22, 2016

    Very inspiring and motivating quotes, writing and travel always go hand in hand. In more senses than one, a writer is a wanderer.

  • Vyjay| April 28, 2016

    Some great travel quotes! Thanks for sharing. I personally love # 8. Travel opens the world to us and we learn so much.

  • Natalie Critchley| January 7, 2017

    I loved all of the quotes! I’m starting a travel blog and FB group. I’ll share and give you some props:)
    BTW…Loved my trip to Ireland. I’m a beer girl and waited my entire life to have Guinness on tap in Ireland. It was delightful! Need to go back as I miss that flavor.

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