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Have you ever come across travel quotes you most relate to?  Travel quotes are as powerful as travel photos.  They inspire the wanderlust in us.  They move us to travel as much as we can.  They change our perspectives.  They push us to take action.  They motivate us to pack our bags and say “F**k it, I’m going to see that place!”

There are thousands of amazing travel quotes you’ll find on the internet.  Every single day, I share some stirring travel quotes on my Twitter account (Follow me!).

However, we rarely see quotes that tell what a place or its people are like.  So here is a collection of 50 travel quotes that give us an idea about our dream destinations:

 

Author’s Note: If you like these travel quotes, feel free to share them around. Happy pinning!

 

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Aerial view of a charming European town (Pedro Lastra)

E U R O P E

GREAT BRITAIN

“By the time I had finished my coffee and returned to the streets, the rain had temporarily abated, but the streets were full of vast puddles where the drains were unable to cope with the volume of water. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you would think that if one nation ought by now to have mastered the science of drainage, Britain would be it.”

― Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island

 

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“In London, it had seemed impossible to travel without the proper evening clothes. One could see an invitation arriving for an Embassy ball or something. But on the other side of Europe with the first faint tinges of faraway places becoming apparent and exciting, to say nothing of vanishing roads and extra weight, Embassy balls held less significance.”

― Robert Edison Fulton Jr., One Man Caravan

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A street in London (Paulo Habreuf)

“London was one of the worst places to have a bad day and one of the best places to have a good day”

― Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking at You

 

 

“London on your own actually seems more exotic than Egypt on a tour.”

― Laura Fraser, An Italian Affair

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The Pont Alexandre bridge in Paris, France (Leonard Cotte)

FRANCE

“We believed Paris was the start of us. It’s the kind of city that makes you think of beginnings or even juicy middles. Paris is a book to savor, in whole or in part, at any time and in any season. At age ninety or at thirty-four, you can open any chapter and read from there.”

― Michelle Gable, I’ll See You in Paris

 

“Paris was all so… Parisian. I was captivated by the wonderful wrongness of it all – the unfamiliar fonts, the brand names in the supermarket, the dimensions of the bricks and paving stones. Children, really quite small children, speaking fluent French!”

― David Nicholls, Us

 

“The French don’t snack. They will tear off the endo of a fresh baguette (which, if it’s warm, it’s practically impossible to resist) and eat it as they leave the boulangerie. And that’s usually all you will see being consumed on the street. Compare that with the public eating and drinking that goes on in America: pizza, hot dogs, nachos, tacos, heroes, potato chips, sandwiches, jerricans of coffee, half-gallon buckets of Coke (Diet, of course) and heaven knows what else being demolished on the hoof, often on the way to the aerobic class.”

― Peter Mayle

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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”

– Ernest Hemingway

 

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A canal in Venice, Italy (Tom Podmore)

ITALY

“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.”

― Debra Levinson

 

“Here we are at last. The Italian proverb says “See Naples and die” but I say, see Naples and live; for there seems a great deal worth living for.”

― Arthur John Strutt

 

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“Rome is a broken mirror, the falling straps of a dress, a puzzle of astonishing complexity. It is an iceberg floating below our terrace, all its ballasts hidden beneath the surface.”

― Anthony Doerr

 

BELGIUM

“Belgium! name unromantic and unpoetic, yet the name that whenever uttered has in my ear a sound, in my heart an echo, such as no other assemblage of syllables, however sweet or classic, can produce. Belgium! I repeat the word, now as I sit alone near midnight. It stirs my world of the past like a summons to resurrection; the graves unclose, the dead are raised; thoughts, feelings, memories that slept, are seen by me ascending from the clods–haloed most of them–but while I gaze on their vapoury forms and strive to ascertain definitely their outline, the sound which wakened them dies, and they sink, each and all, like a light wreath of mist, absorbed in the mould, recalled to urns, resealed in monuments.”

― Charlotte Brontë, The Professor

 

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Spanish flamenco dancer

SPAIN

“I walked down Paseo del Prado, losing myself to the sights, sounds, and dense magic of the city. There’s something weirdly calming about being alone in a big city. It made me feel like the universe was hugely generous, and that my species was so damn smart to have constructed such a beautiful city.”

― Kate Klise, In the Bag

 

“While the people of Madrid seem to have resigned to selling almost anything – the one thing they have never given up on so far – is time. It is the one commodity that is never sold and always shared.”

― Lauren Klarfeld

 

“To travel across Spain and finally to reach Barcelona is like drinking a respectable red wine and finishing up with a bottle of champagne.”

― James A. Michener

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A lake near the Swiss Alps, Switzerland

SWITZERLAND

“There was the loud noise of water, as ever, something eternal and maddening in its sound, like the sound of Time itself, rustling and rushing and wavering, but never for a second ceasing. The rushing of Time that continues throughout eternity, this is the sound of the icy streams of Switzerland, something that mocks and destroys out warm being.”

― D.H. Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence, and Italy: Twilight in Italy/Sea and Sardinia/Etruscan Places

 

CYPRUS

“If Aphrodite chills at home in Cyprus for most of the year, then Fez must be the goddess’s playground.”

― Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

 

RUSSIA

“… none had been outside Russia. I kept trying to remember something that I had read about a species of fish that was born, lived, spawned, died in the dark waters of a cave; and were blind.”

― Martha Gellhorn, Travels With Myself and Another

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The Sydney Opera House, Australia (Christopher Burns)

A U S T R A L I A  &  O C E A N I A

“The South Pacific is not a paradise, in the sense that Eden wasn’t either. There are always apples and snakes. But it is a wonderful place to live. The green vales of Tahiti, the hills of Guadalcanal, the towering peaks about Wau, and the noonday brilliance of Rabaul have enchanted many white travelers who have stayed on for many years and built happy lives. Often on a cool night when the beer was plentiful and the stories alluring, we have envied the men and women of the South Pacific”

― James A. Michener, Return to Paradise

 

“If Kumar had his way they would leave for Fiji every year just before Thanksgiving and not return until the New Year rang in and the decorations came down. They would swim with the fishes and lie on the beach eating papaya. On the years they were tired of Fiji they would go to Bali or Sydney or any sunny, sandy place whose name contained an equal number of consonants and vowels.”

― Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

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S O U T H   A M E R I C A

“What an absurdity to go and bury oneself in South America, where they are always having revolutions.”

― Agatha Christie, The Clocks

 

PERU

“Of course, tourists traveling in their comfortable rail coaches could only glean the vaguest idea of the conditions in which the Indians live, from the fast glimpses they catch as they speed past our train, which has stopped to let them pass. The fact that it was the U.S. archaeologist Bingham who discovered the ruins and expounded his findings in easily accessible articles for the general public, means that Machu Picchu is by now very famous in that country to the north and the majority of North Americans visiting Peru come here. (In general, they fly direct to Lima, tour Cuzco, visit the ruins and return straight home, not believing that anything else is worth seeing.”

— Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries

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The Machu Picchu in Peru (Logga Wiggler)

“A prophet once said ‘Don’t tell me what a man says, don’t tell me what a man knows. Tell me where he’s traveled?’ I wonder about that, do we get smarter, more enlightenment as we travel? Does travel bring wisdom? I think there is probably no better place to find out than Peru.”

— Anthony Bourdain 

 

N O R T H   A M E R I C A

COSTA RICA

All trails seem to lead to waterfalls, misty crater lakes or jungle-fringed, deserted beaches. Explored by horseback, foot or kayak, Costa Rica is a tropical choose-your-own-adventure land.

― Lonely Planet

Costa Rica seduced the young solo traveler me in the mid-1990s with visions of tropical beaches, smoking volcanoes, abundant wildlife and friendly locals.

― Wendy Yanagihara

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A street in Cuba (Alexander Kunze)

CUBA

One of my favorite places I’ve visited is Havana, Cuba. On my way home from Costa Rica, I did a week in Havana. The colors, the music, the beautiful men and the cars! I love vintage and antique cars and own a couple myself.

― Megalyn Echikunwoke

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Cuba is like going to a whole other planet. It’s so different but it’s so similar to the United States, to Miami. It’s like a doppelganger. It’s the mirror image. And I have no doubt, that once Cuba becomes democratic, that it will be the favorite tourist destination for Americans.

― Henry Louis Gates

 

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The downtown New York City skyline (Zach Miles)

UNITED STATES

“In America, everything goes and nothing matters, while in Europe nothing goes and everything matters.”

― Philip Roth

 

“I still feel at home in Baltimore in a way I will never feel anywhere else – part of the definition of a home being a place you don’t belong anymore.”

― Tim Kreider

 

“It seemed like a matter of minutes when we began rolling in the foothills before Oakland and suddenly reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time.”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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“The drive to Black Rock City from San Francisco leads through the Nevada flatlands, past the jittering neon sadness of Reno.”

― Daniel Pinchbeck

 

“Naw, the closest I’ve ever been to there would be… well, believe it or not, New Jersey, the place where my parents named me after. It was crowded, polluted and full of crime… I loved it.”

― Rebecca McNutt, Danvers: The Reckoning

 

“Moose are the squirrels of Alaska.”

― Tim Moon

 

CANADA

“I said I liked sunsets and he said “you should see the sunrise,” and told me about open fields in Canada, where he’d been. I listened and he talked and my broken heart ached a little lower and not so hard, and I never told him about it, but I think he knew, for by the end of the night he said he liked that I finally smiled and told me to do so more often, and that was just one of many days that didn’t turn out the way I had planned, but just like I needed it to, and that’s where I’d like to live. So it’s about the endless possibility of every single day. Be always on your way.”

― Charlotte Eriksson

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People of Mamelodi, South Africa (Mpumelelo Macu)

A F R I C A

LIBYA

“In real life, the big things and the little things are inextricably mixed up together, so in Libya at one moment, one worried because one’s native boots were full of holes, and at the next, perhaps, one wondered how long one would be alive to wear them.”

― Rosita Forbes

 

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

“My journey through the Congo had its own unique category. It did not quite do it justice to call it adventure travel, and it certainly wasn’t pleasure travel. My Congo journey deserved its own category: ordeal travel. At every turn, I faced challenges, difficulties, and threats when in the Congo. The challenge was to assess and choose the option best suited to making progress. But there were moments when there were no alternatives, or shortcuts or clever ideas. At these times, ordeal travel became really no ordeal at all.”

― Tim Butcher, Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart

 

A S I A

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Kyoto, Japan (Andre Benz)

JAPAN

“And so I told him how living in Japan would give him a leisure no mere tourist has, to know the rhythms of the place, a land of tiny poems.”

― Donna George Storey, Amorous Woman

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA

“When life gives you happiness deficiency try adding Vitamin SEA to your travels, believe me, it always works !”

― Aakash Nand

 

“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.”

― Nury Vittachi, Hong Kong: The City of Dreams

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The Taj Mahal in India (Koushik Chowdavarapu)

INDIA

“Partition was a total catastrophe for Delhi,’ she said. ‘Those who were left behind are in misery. Those who were uprooted are in misery. The Peace of Delhi is gone. Now it is all gone.”

― William Dalrymple, City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

 

“Waking up in India is like waking up to life itself.”

― Reymond Page, The Great Year – India Edition

 

SRI LANKA

“Sri Lanka is a beautiful little island nation parked perilously close to India; a little too hot, a little too humid, and perhaps too expensive, but to its credit are fantastic beaches, strangely melancholy hills, and the ruins of kingdoms past.”

― Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Numbercaste

 

SAUDI ARABIA

“[The long ride to Riyadh]

When I first traveled, I was naive, sloppy, wide-eyed, and nothing happened to me. That’s probably where the dumb luck came in. Then I began to read the guidebooks, the State Department warnings, the endless elucidation of national norms, cultural cues and insults and regional dangers, and I became wary, careful, savvy. I kept my money taped inside my shoe or strapped to my stomach. I took any kind of precaution, believing that the people of this area did this, and the people of that province did that. But then, finally, I realized no one of any region did anything I have ever expected them to do, much less anything the guidebooks said they would. Instead, they behaved as everyone behaves, which is to say they behave as individuals of damnably infinite possibility. Anyone could do anything, in theory, but most of the time everyone everywhere acts with plain bedrock decency, helping where help is needed, guiding where guidance is necessary. It’s almost weird.”

― Dave Eggers

 

JORDAN

 

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Thanks to these storytellers, we now have a better picture of the places on our bucket list. Well, unless you’ve already been.  I hope this collection of travel quotes have sparked your desire to travel more.  Happy travels, fellas!

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Sheila, a.k.a. The Solo Tripper. Former news desk editor, full-time traveler, freelance writer.

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Sheila, a.k.a. The Solo Tripper. Former news desk editor, full-time traveler, freelance writer.

4 Comments

Ivana · May 24, 2018 at 7:11 pm

so interesting to read, love how it’s sectioned by countries/cities 🙂 great post 😀

Hartwanders · May 24, 2018 at 9:27 pm

Im so amaze that you were able to gather 50 diff quotes to 50 different countries. Wow!

Sally · May 25, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Awesome post and great list! Definitely give us ideas on our next trip!

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