• Zac Andrus

Short Quotes On Travel To Inspire Your Journeys

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

These short quotes on travel are perfect for sparking your wanderlust! They are short enough that they leave a bit to the imagination, but also powerful enough that they deliver a strong message. These short quotes on travel are some of our favorite quotes to get inspired by because they are so simple, yet make you think so deep.



We’ve been on many trips together in the past years traveling around the world. Every time we start planning a trip, we look for inspiration to get us in the mood of a new adventure. This can come in the form of videos, blogs, stories, and a lot of the times through travel quotes!

For each travel quote, we offer our perspective of what the quote means to us for our personal travel journey. However, we encourage you to take your time reading these quotes and understand how these quotes apply to your own future travels. Use them to make a positive change in your life and get out on your next road trip with some real inspiration!


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Short Quotes On Travel

We’ve put together our favorite short quotes on travel that will inspire your journeys for tomorrow and years to come. Let's go through the list together!


“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen

There have been times in all of our lives when we’ve felt stuck, unable to get out of a rut and daily grind. In these moments, we are not truly alive but rather going through the motions. The most beautiful thing in the world is when you’re able to break free of that monotonous routine and go on an adventure. For us, that first adventure together was a turning point of positivity in our lives. It could be for you too!




“Collect moments, not things” – Aarti Khurana

This is one of our favorite travel quotes of all times! What a perfect concept. In a continuous consumer world, it is easy to get caught up in buying new items to make you happy. However, those things will just lead to fleeting happiness for a moment. Instead of chasing that momentary bliss, we suggest chasing a new adventure. Those travels on the road will come with endless memories that you will cherish forever and be able to reflect on when you return home. Those connections and happiness will last forever rather than just a few days. It is actually scientifically proven that travel makes you happier!


“Life is short. The world is wide” – Mama Mia


There is so much to explore around our beautiful earth. You could travel to every country and still not see half of what’s out there. Never take our planet for granted. Live every day to its fullest!

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“Take only memories, leave only footprints” – Chief Seattle

This is one of the inspiring travel quotes for the true adventurers! When you’re out on your next hike in the wilderness, think about this one. Wherever you go, make memories that last a lifetime but also remember to preserve the natural environment that makes those moments so special. When you only take pictures and remember the best parts of your travels, you are ensuring that other travelers in the future will be able to enjoy those same special moments.



“Don’t quit your day dream” – Neely Duncan

We love this quote because it relates to our personal travel journey. We decided to quit our 9-5 jobs in pursuit of travel. It was a huge risk financially, but it has been a blast so far traveling around the world and following our dreams. We wouldn’t trade it for the world. Our day dreams have now morphed into our reality and we don’t plan on ending that dream anytime soon!


“Sunsets are always free” – World Wild Hearts

If you know us, then you know sunsets are one of our favorite things in the world! No matter where you are traveling, you can always count on a new sunset scene to end your day on the road. It’s always a special moment to be able to relax with a view over the city you just explored or the valley you just hiked up. We’ve seen too many colorful and spectacular sunsets in our journeys together to count. And the best part? They have always been free!



“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius

No matter what you do in life, it’s important to go all in and put your full effort into it. There’s no point in traveling with your mind somewhere else. You won’t experience all the beauty around you. Think of all the moments you will miss if you are just thinking about your next destination while you’re on the road. Live in the moment, give your all, and good things will come. Your life will become clearer and you will have many more memories to cherish! Confucious has some of the most famous travel quotes ever.



“If it scares you, it may be a good thing to try” – Seth Godin

Getting out of your comfort zone is so important when traveling. You must push yourself to overcome your fears. As long as it is safe to do so, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try something new. If you are scared to do it, it generally means that is a gap in your current knowledge or comfort level. Just try it. Whatever it is. You might find you like it and the new experience may even change your life! And if you don’t, then at least you gave it a shot and know yourself better.


“Wander without reason”

You shouldn’t have to have a reason to travel. To travel is to live and living means being in the moment. Don’t let your past or future guide you. Rather, listen to your heart and let your soul guide you!

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“Some people are so poor, all they have is money” – Patrick Meagher

In our opinion, this is one of the greatest and most unique travel quotes of all-time because it speaks to the true mentality of a traveler. Money can only take you so far in life. Of course, it’s important to have enough money to cover your basic needs and stay healthy. But beyond your basic needs, you don’t need all the “extras” that come with increased buying power. Instead of focusing on earning an endless amount of money, we suggest you focus on earning an endless amount of memories. And travel is the best way to earn those authentic memories. Try it for yourself!



“If traveling was free, you would never see me again” – Anonymous

The fact is, you do need a little bit of money to travel. Although you can travel on a very small budget you still need a little bit to buy that plane, boat, or train ticket to get where you need to go. You also need to eat and stay when you get there. If this was all free, then everyone in the world would travel full-time! However, if you want to travel more, then you just need to prioritize that when it comes to your daily spending in life. Save up for that next adventure and you’ll thank yourself for it later!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” – Lao Tzu

This is one of those travel quotes for your wanderlust. Sometimes life can feel like it’s all coming down on you at once. There are 99 problems that you need to solve and there’s no time to do it. But in these modern times, that is a reality of living. It’s important not to let those problems bring you down. Travel can teach us a lot about how to overcome those problems. By just taking your first step and booking your flight, you make a commitment that will lead you down the path. Then, you step on that plane. Then, you step on that bus. Each step brings you closer to your end destination and the only thing you need to worry about is taking each step as it comes. Don’t let anything else weigh you down!

“Adventure.”

Plain and simple. This is the word that we live by as travelers. There is so much energy, mystery, and excitement that comes with every adventure while traveling. This word brings back so many great memories and inspires new experiences!


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“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry” – Jack Kerouac

Never regret what you have done during your travels. There may be ups and downs during your adventures, but it’s all part of the process. The important thing is to live in the moment, make the best decisions possible in those moments, and take everything as it comes. Don’t worry if there’s a hiccup or two along the way because it’s all about the journey, not the destination itself.



“Not all classrooms have four walls” – Anonymous

There is so much you can learn while traveling! And honestly, while we’ve both learned a lot from school and working, we’ve learned a great deal more from traveling. We’ve learned about ourselves, about how other cultures function, and about how to problem-solve. These life lessons can only be learned when you’re out traveling in new environments and being exposed to new things daily. The world can be your classroom too!


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“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

It’s important to take things slow when traveling to new places. Observe everything that’s happening around you and truly experience it. If you rush through towns or stick to a tight schedule when traveling, you can really miss the important things. The things that give you a greater understanding of where you are. Those are the things you will remember most, not the rushed drive to get to the beach in time to tan! So get out in nature and enjoy after reading travel quotes.



“Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death” – Pascal, Pensees

Humans were meant to explore! That's what makes this one of the best quotes about travel. Since people started to walk the earth, we’ve been inventing new things and always improving our way of life. We’ve walked entire continents together. We’ve sailed oceans. All with the goal of finding a new frontier and the next best thing. We will never lose this human trait and it’s important to listen to your soul sometimes and go on a new adventure.


“It’s not down in any map; true places never are” – Herman Melville

Everyone who likes to travel has a travel map or bucket list at home filled with destinations they want to go to. We do as well! But those destinations are merely the ending spots for your real journey. The true experiences happen in leadup to those points. You never know what you’re going to get on your way there, but we can guarantee it will be memorable!


“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves” – Euripides

There is a lot to be learned from traveling. You could not speak the same language, but get a great understanding of other people just by seeing where they live and what they do in their daily lives. You’ll be surprised how many similarities you can find. The education you will get from these interactions and experiences will far outweigh the things you learned in school or at work because they have a deeper connection and meaning inside your brain.



“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmache

Travel changes us all in different ways! Some people travel and come back to their 9-5 jobs, looking forward to their next adventure. Some travel and then keep traveling. The important thing is that we all learn something from traveling that changes how we see the world. Even if it’s a small thing like understanding why people in India eat food with their hands. We come back home with a new knowledge of that culture and new appreciation.

"Stay wild."


Never give up your inner child spirit. It's what keeps you young and thriving for new adventures. Exploring and living in the moment will lead to wild experiences that you will remember forever!


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“A hangover suggests a great night, jet lag suggests a great adventure” - J.D. Andrews

While it’s important to enjoy good times and have fun while traveling, don’t let partying be the only reason to travel. You can party at home. But how many times will you have the chance to see Machu Picchu up close? Wouldn’t it be a shame if you spent all your time partying in Peru and then missed the nature because you were too hungover to make it? You won’t remember that party for long, but we can guarantee you will remember a day at Machu Picchu for the rest of your life!



“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” – Chinese Proverb

There are so many misconceptions about other countries out there. The media paints a picture of how other people are in various ways. And every country paints a different picture. To truly understand someone else, it’s important to visit their country. Talk to people. See what it’s like there. 99% of the time, the stereotypes you hear aren’t fully true and you will find that humans are similar in so many ways. There are way more similarities than differences between all of us.



“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit” – Frank Borman

In our hearts, we feel that we were meant to journey and discover new things. We’re always thinking about new places and what we might discover there. It’s an addiction at times. But addiction in the best way. Because we know it’s a natural feeling that is taking over, not something made up or false. We love to travel. We’re just being human!


“The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere.” – Geoff Dyer

Being away from home for a long period of time when traveling can be difficult. You don’t have your usual friends, family, or loved ones with you all the time. You don’t have your usual food or shops. But that’s part of the beauty. When you accept the fact that different is “normal”, then you will start to see how the rest of the world works. You will enjoy it for the beauty that is around you in that moment and it will start to feel like home in now time.

“Travel tends to magnify all other human emotions.” – Peter Hoeg

This is one of our favorite short quotes on travel because it speaks to the feeling we get from being abroad. Having new experiences always brings a new feeling of excitement to our souls. Whether talking to people from a new culture or exploring the landscape of a foreign place, it’s always a great feeling to explore something new.

“See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” – Ray Bradbury

You never know what’s going to happen to you tomorrow. If you’ve got dreams to travel to a new country, do it. Sometimes, you only have one opportunity or moment to visit a place. Once you visit, you’ll be happy you did because those are experiences you will remember for a lifetime.

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

You learn so much from traveling. This short travel quote sums it up perfectly. Many people think the point of traveling is to see a pretty destination or try new food or see architecture from ancient cultures. While those things are important, it all leads to a better understanding of yourself as well. A better understanding of how you fit in the world.

Find other short travel quotes:

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  3. The World Pursuit - Short quotes to inspire world travel


Have you come across other good short travel quotes that inspired you? We would love to hear them! Comment below.



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Hi! We are Ine & Zac. An international travel couple from Belgium and the US. We created World Wild Hearts to inspire life-changing travel experiences like we've had. Use these tips, stories, and guides to inspire your next adventure of a lifetime!

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