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Travel Quotes


Travel is one of the most popular topics among family, friends and acquaintances. It's an excellent way to open up a conversation and a great way to find out about people by where they have and have not traveled and where they want to go. Or do they even like to travel? Enjoy this collection of great travel quotes, feel free to add your own favorite quotes as well, and here's one of my own.

"I want to help everyone discover a world of ways to see the world."
~Marianne Schwab, TV Travel Show Producer






My Favorite Travel Quotes

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
~Christopher Columbus

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.
~Louis L'Amour

To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
~Charles Horton Cooley

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

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
~Caskie Stinnett

Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.
~Mason Cooley


I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
~Lillian Smith

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
~George Bernard Shaw

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
~James Baldwin

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
~Benjamin Disraeli

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
~Alan Keightley

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
~James Michener

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
~Samuel Johnson

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
~Clifton Fadiman



The Lighter Side of Travel

Boy, those French. They have a different word for everything.
~Steve Martin

I have a map of the United States - it's actual size.
~Steven Wright

One certainty when you travel is the moment you arrive in a foreign country, the American dollar will fall like a stone.
~Erma Bombeck

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
~Mark Twain

Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.”
~George Carlin

If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel.
~Will Kommen

Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.
~Paul Theroux

The major advantage of domestic travel is that, with a few exceptions such as Miami, most domestic locations are conveniently situated right here in the United States.
~Dave Barry

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
~Russell Baker

I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the world... perhaps you've seen it.
~Steven Wright

When setting out on a photographic holiday, always provide yourself with two cameras, one to leave in the train going and the other to leave in the cab coming back.
~W.C.Sellar & R.J.Yeatman

A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.
~Emile Ganest

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.
~Charles Kuralt

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.
~Dagobert D. Runes

I stayed in a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.
~Steven Wright

Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
~Ernest Hemingway

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
~Russell Baker

The Gentle Reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the Gentle Reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass.
~Mark Twain

And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.
~Dave Barry

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?"
~Steven Wright

Knock Knock! Who’s there? Tibet! Tibet who? Early Tibet and early to rise!
~Aha Jokes

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
~Unknown

When travelling w/ someone, take large doses of patience & tolerance w/ your morning coffee.
~Helen Hayes

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
~Henny Youngman




Travel Tips and Tricks

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

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
~Susan Heller

The time to enjoy a European trip is about three weeks after unpacking.
~George Ade, Forty Modern Fables

A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
~Lemony Snicket



The Lure of Adventure: Why We Travel

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
~Hilaire Belloc

I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.
~Lord Dunsany

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."
~Daniel J. Boorstin

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
~James Michener

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
~Aldous Huxley

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
~Henry Boye

For me, traveling and living are the same. How you travel is a symbol of your life.
~Diane von Furstenberg



The Journey of Travel

The Road to Hana is not a destination, it's a journey.
~Maui, Hawaii Guidebook

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.
~Fitzhugh Mullan

The journey not the arrival matters.
~T. S. Eliot

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.
~Paul Theroux



The Accidental Tourist

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
~Lao Tzu

It is not down in any map; true places never are.
~Herman Melville

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
~G.K. Chesterton

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
~Anatole France

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
~Seneca

There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
~Dave Barry



Family Vacations

In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with children.
~Robert Benchley

And that's the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.
~Dave Barry



Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

Why don't they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff.
~Steven Wright

If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport.
~George Winters

I did not fully understand the dread term "terminal illness" until I saw Heathrow for myself.
~Dennis Potter, 1978

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.
~Orson Welles

I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.
~Jean Kerr, "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall," The Snake Has All the Lines, 1958

There is nothing safer than flying - it's crashing that is dangerous.
~Theo Cowan

Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of light, and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?
~Steven Wright

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
~Regina Nadelson

The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before.
~G.K. Chesterton

Just get on any major highway, and eventually it will dead-end in a Disney parking area large enough to have its own climate, populated by large nomadic families who have been trying to find their cars since the Carter administration.
~Dave Barry

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.
~Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

I had to stop driving my car for a while... the tires got dizzy.
~Steven Wright



End of the Journey

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.
~Elizabeth Drew

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
~G.K. Chesterton

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
~Lin Yutang

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."
~John Hope Franklin

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
~Miriam Beard

I love New York, Chicago, London, St. Bart's and Italy but one of my fave cities in the whole world is San Francisco. Why? Those are all places that I love to go to cause it feels good to me personally when I'm there.
~Steve Perry, Journey



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About Marianne Schwab
TV Travel Show Producer

For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more