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30 Inspirational Travel Quotes All Backpackers Need to Hear

Dan Western



30 Inspirational Travel Quotes All Backpackers Need to Hear

Travelling is one of the greatest gifts in the world;

I’m currently travelling through Asia, having just spent a month in Thailand, and now in Singapore. I have no idea where I’m going next and I love it.

There’s so much to be gained from travelling, that everyone really does need to take some time out to do it.

Why stay in the country you were born in for your all life when there’s so much in the world for you to see?

Older generations didn’t have this privilege during the time when planes didn’t exist or were only affordable if you were rich. So now that flights to pretty much anywhere in the world are good value, how can you pass up on the opportunity?

You’re only here once. You only get one life.

Since I’m in the travelling mood, and I’m sure many of you reading are also in the same situation, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most inspirational travel quotes that all backpackers need to hear.


30 Inspirational Travel Quotes for Backpackers

1. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

2. “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

3. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

4. “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

5. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama

6. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

7. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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

9. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace


10th of 30 Travel Quotes

10. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

11. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

12. “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten

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

14. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

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

16. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

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

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

19. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu


20th of 30 Travel Quotes

20. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman


21. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

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22. “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

23. “There’s something so satisfying about not knowing which country you’re going to next, only a couple of days before you head there.” – Dan Western

24. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

25. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

26. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

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

28. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

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

30. “I’m addicted to sitting in foreign places watching the locals live out their daily routine as if it was just another day. Meanwhile, I think I’m in heaven.” – Dan Western



Thanks for checking out these 30 inspirational travel quotes that all backpackers need to hear. Hopefully you enjoyed the list and it’s inspired you to travel the world!

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What’s your favorite travel quote? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."



  1. Joel Annesley

    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hey Dan,

    Thanks for sharing! My favourite is:

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

    Because taking the first step is always the hardest. Many of us live our entire lives in fear… We don’t venture outside of our own communities. We don’t stand up for our beliefs and we don’t reach for the stars.

    When we learn to take the first step, we learn that life isn’t as scary as we first thought it was. We take one step outside of our comfort zone and then we realise what we’ve been missing out on.

    So here’s to getting out there and seeing all corners of the world. Life is meant to be enjoyed, it’s meant to be fun.

  2. Ashton

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I think this quote ”“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” is my favorite. Just take some time at your hand and go out for new. A travel experience is a full of travelling story. We just see and learn then share to with all my friends.

    • Dan Western

      May 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

      I agree with you there Ashton!

      Thanks for the comment!


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