2020 has been nothing if not a journey. With most of us back in lockdown and travels off the cards for a while, it’s pretty crazy to say the least. I can’t imagine a past in which you’d have talked about this as being our reality and I’d have thought you were anything but crazy. It’s weird.
So where does that leave us?
In my case, it’s thinking about trips I’ll take one day and reflecting on those I’ve taken in the past. I’m not always a fan of quotes, but I think these journey quotes help provide just the tiniest bit of inspiration in these strange times.
Travel isn’t always easy, staying home isn’t always easy, but with a few sage words in your back pocket, the road gets that little bit smoother.
The Best Journey Quotes: At a Glance
Travel for Travel’s Sake
“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
“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 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
“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
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
Total justification for your next big trip.
Find out Whether you Like People
“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
“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.
“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. 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
“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
“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
“The journey not the arrival matters.” ― T.S. Eliot
Serendipity was my Tour Guide
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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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