23 Best Journey Quotes To Inspire Your Travels

Whether you’ve just come back from a recent trip, or you want a little nudge to get you on the road, we’ve scouted out the best journey quotes to inspire your travels. 

Looking for some positive words to brighten your day? These journey quotes tell the truth about life on the road and what it’s like to travel.

Travel isn’t always easy, but with a few sage words in your back pocket, the road gets that little bit easier.

PS. In need of more travel inspiration? Check out this bumper collection of 100+ inspirational travel quotes or 55 hilariously funny travel memes!

The Best Journey Quotes: At a Glance

Travel for Travel’s Sake

Travel for Travel's Sake - Robert Louis Stevenson Quote

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

Travel is not really about the destination. It’s about the experience – and that includes the journey itself.

Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore

Andre Gide Travel Quote - Man Cannot Discover

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone – that’s really where the adventure begins.

Enjoy the Journey

stop worrying about Potholes journey quote

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

Journeys are not always smooth, or predictable. But you’ll only be able to enjoy them when you embrace them in their entirety.

Real Voyage of Discovery

Marcel Proust Quote for Travel

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

There’s no point in journeying to new places if you’re going to take the same jaded attitude.

Trips Take People

Trips Take People - John Steinbeck Quote

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

Total justification for your next big trip.

Find out Whether you Like People

Travel With People - Mark Twain Journey Quote

“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

Anyone who has ever travelled with another person will know that that is the straight up truth.

Quotes About Journeys For The Road

Everything I Will Be

“Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” ― Ma Jian, Red Dust: A Path Through China

It’s not just the location and landscape that changes on your journey. You inevitably end up changing too.

The Road is Life

Jack Kerouac - The Road is Life Travel Quote

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” ― Jack Kerouac

You might not always make it to your destination the first time, or in the way you want to but that’s the way of life on the road.

The Voyage Never Ends

Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” ― Pat Conroy

The trip might end, but the memories, friendships and photos won’t.

Beautiful Paths

Erol Ozan Travel Quote - Journey Quotes

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”― Erol Ozan

There’s almost always a point where you get horribly lost or things go awfully wrong on your journey. Sometimes it’s followed by something so brilliant, it balances it out. Sometimes it isn’t and you just have to take it on the chin.

More Inspirational Journey Quotes

There’s Nothing Else

Make Voyages - Quote from Tennessee Williams

“Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” ― Tennessee Williams

Make, attempt – whichever way, you’ll have a story to tell and an adventure to remember.

Travel is the Great Leveler

If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” ― Patrick Rothfuss

Perpetual Journey

“I tramp a perpetual journey.” ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

The journey of life goes on. Make it exciting with a trip or two.

Mishaps and Memories you Create

Penelope Riley - Memories Quote

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” ― Penelope Riley

Sometimes that’s true. Sometimes, the mishaps and the mayhaps are a right pain in the arse and the destination saves the day.

Journey not the Arrival

Journey, Not the Arrival Quote - T.S Eliot

“The journey not the arrival matters.” ― T.S. Eliot

Serendipity was my Tour Guide

Serendipty Tour Guide Quote - Pico Iyer

“Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice” ― Pico Iyer

No matter how much you plan your journey. Something will always interfere to railroad your plans and blow them into infinity. Roll with it.

What a Ride

“I may be going nowhere, but what a ride.” ― Shaun Hick

You might be a travel bum, but you’re a bum with a story to tell at the end of it.

The Road Embraced me

M.B Dallachio Journey Quote

“The road embraced me, let me breathe, and more importantly, did not judge me.” ― M.B. Dallocchio.

Escape your everyday surroundings and hit the road. It will love you for it.

The Whole World Before you

“Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!” ― Kenneth Grahame

We can always do with being a little more “Toad of Toad Hall” and a little less beige. Just maybe without the constant accidents.

More of the Best Journey Quotes

Life is a Highway

“They say life is a highway and we all travel our own roads, some good, some bad, yet each is a blessing of its own.” ― Jess “Chief” Brynjulson

The Place to get to

D.H Lawrence Travel Quote

“That’s the place to get to—nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewheres, into our own nowhere.” ― D.H. Lawrence

Journey quotes tell you that you don’t travel the world to end up in exactly the same place, time and situation you left.

Right Path, Rough Road

Right Path Rough Road Journey Quote - Laila Akita

“The right path is characterised by rough road.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Akita obviously spent a lot of time on buses in South America. Bump, bump, grind.

A Little Piece of Everywhere

Richie Norton - Little Bit of Everywhere Quote

“A little piece of everywhere I go becomes a big part of everything I do.” ― Richie Norton

Now isn’t that the truth?

And there we have it. 23 amazing journey quotes to inspire your next trip.

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