There’s nothing like a powerful travel quote to get the adventure inspiration flowing and dreams of far away places flying through your mind in a wanderlust-induced daydream.
Travel quotes are also incredible for providing a kick in the bum to start planning a trip you’ve always wanted to go on, or to simply electrify your day with a jolt of pure vagabond vibes.
I’ve already covered some of my favorite inspirational travel quotes that helped me overcome the societal-induced dread about turning 30, even though my 30s have actually held the best adventures of my life. But I wanted to shake off the 2020 bad mojo as things in 2021 look brighter and more possible for travel this year, and help you do the same.
First off, I want to dive into a bit of how I came to the choices for my best travel quotes list, what was my personal thinking behind the choices, and why you might connect with them.
What makes a good quote?
Now THAT is some good inspiration. Except, from what I can find this quote DID NOT come from Lewis Carroll. Say what?! Though the internet seems to think it does without any proof. Which leads me to what makes a good quote — a real one.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve mistakenly used a lot of quotes that didn’t come from the source I thought, and that’s totally fine. And many quotes get changed or evolve and take on meanings of their own, like the one above.
This quote feels like an awesome travel quote that I personally would apply to travel and taking chances. Some might feel it speaks more to life in general, or family and love. Wherever a quote does come from and whatever its original meaning, at least it’s tugging on some kind of emotional string.
And that’s what I feel makes a good quote — one that connects to people on a personal level and inspires some type of change or awareness or appreciation to something. At least with life and travel.
The list of quotes below are the best travel quotes that I personally love and that connect with me. I’ve tried my best to double check the sources but alas, the internet is filled with tons of mistaken identities and misquoted things. Either way, I hope that they will inspire something in you as well, or at least uplift your day a bit. And I’d absolutely LOVE it if you shared some of your favorites as well.
Let’s get inspired.
55 Best Travel Quotes for 2021 and Beyond
Yes, that last quote is mine, but I figured since I included one of mine in the last one inspo quote post, I should share one in this list. That quote is from my personal journal that I take with me everywhere. It was a thought that I had while anchored in a breathtaking marine reserve at Mljet National Park in Croatia. I was working on a sail boat that summer for my 4th season, doing a job that involved my passion in a scenario I could have never imagined growing up.
That moment encompassed all of the inspirational aspects in these travel quotes about chasing dreams, taking chances, breaking out of your comfort zone, doing what you love, and more. It was a moment that I found myself in, simply appreciating everything about my life and reflecting on what had led up to that moment. Reflecting on my old life pre-travel working jobs I hated and living a life I was unhappy with.
Travel quotes and travel blogs are what helped me to take that first step to begin traveling the world and has led me to a life that was once unbeleivable. The unbelievable dream became reality, and is still reality to this day.
What is the best quote?
This will of course vary for you or me and what kind of quote it is. And really, how to we decide what the “best” travel quote is? So I will just tell you what the best quote is that I’ve come across in my searches for me. The best travel quote I’ve ever come across and one that relates to my years of travel is:
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
This quote is the best for me because, as far as I can find, it’s “anonymous” which allows me to feel like it can be my personal little treasure. I can hold it close and think about it when I need to boost my mood a bit. It also relates so much to how I view life after I began traveling in 2011 and how travel opened up so many possibilities, allowed me to experience unbelievable things, and taught me such incredible life lessons.
Deciding to travel, as I’ve said many times, was the best decision of my life. And though I did travel at first to run away from some very dark things that haunted me in my past, it evolved into something that helped me appreciate life as a whole. To look forward instead of behind. To feel like things were possible. To know that time is fleeting and every single moment counts. That to me is why I love this quote.