15 Travel Quotes to Help Keep Things in Perspective

Seeing the way others live is the only way to truly understand and appreciate (or seek to change) your own life. Traveling to other countries allows you to witness first-hand where people in different cultures live, how they get to work, what they eat for dinner, how they socialize, and all the little idiosyncrasies of daily life that are so fascinating to foreigners. However, most travelers would agree that a certain point those picturesque beaches, brightly painted homes, and endless smokey mountains start to lose the jaw-dropping effect they had when you first got off the plane. You go on autopilot. It’s like that last bite of pancakes. You remember the excitement of the first fork-full but by the end you’re just eating because there’s still food on your plate.

Well I don’t know how to fix the pancake problem, but whenever I’m feeling jaded by the sights and sounds I try to find a good travel quote to remind myself of how lucky I am. So if you find yourself less than interested in that 50 foot waterfall in the jungle, it might be time to read a quote or two to put things back in perspective.

Some inspiring, some funny, these are 15 of my favorite travel quotes.

Dahab, Egypt

15 Travel Quotes to Help Keep Things in Perspective


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

2. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

3. “The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” – Russell Baker

4. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

5. “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

6. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”. – Unknown

7. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

8. “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

9. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

10. “Gaiety is among the most outstanding features of the Soviet Union.” – Joseph Stalin

11. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

12. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

14. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

15. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley


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15 Travel Quotes to Help Keep Things in Perspective