13 Quotes To Travel By

By Ella Frances Sanders, Illustrator in Residence Share

Travel quotes speak of journeys not to be missed and remarkable places to see, they encourage us to step outside our comfort zones and to live life to its fullest, and they demand that we grab a backpack and set off into the wilderness. Yet when it comes to actually roaming the Earth or even just walking out the front door, it can sometimes be too easy to watch from afar, to live safely, and to be content with living vicariously through the adventures of others.

The best quotations have the power to inspire the reluctant traveller up and out of his door. Sometimes it takes the words of another man (or woman) to remind us of the importance of travel and of experiencing other cultures and ways of life. To remind us that we only get one lifetime on this Earth and that we should take the time to appreciate the remarkable places around us. Whether you are reading logic or wisdom attained centuries beforehand, or discovering a few words in a blog post written by the right person at the right time and place, quotes have the power to inspire action. One sentence can be the difference between dreaming and leaving.

With this in mind, we've illustrated 13 particularly inspiring travel-related quotations. We asked a few well-seasoned travellers for their personal favourites, found others tucked away in inspiring corners of the Internet, and dusted off a few of our own.

Whether you are currently exploring, have just returned from adventures, or are yet to take the leap into the great wide world, we hope you enjoy them.


1 | Chosen by one of our favourite photographers, Ken Kaminesky

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2 | The whole truth and nothing but the truth from Earth Explorer JD Andrews

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3 | From the archives of our very own Jonny Miller, co-founder at Maptia

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4 | Speaking the amusing truth, as usual, is Mike Sowden

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5 | Wise words from a Persian poet, found in Al Humphreys' book about his 4-year journey cycling around the world

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6 | Champion advice from Rolf Potts' travel classic Vagabonding

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7 | The persuasive truth from Jessica Yurasek's stunning post on Medium - 'Why you should quit your job and travel now'

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8 | Another co-founder favorite from our CEO and designer Dorothy Sanders

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9 | Poetic musings from coding co-founder Dean Fischer

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10 | Chosen by Maptia's unconventional intern - a serious case of wanderlust 

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11 | A poignant quote from the one and only Sir David Attenborough, who the BBC admitted will make another landmark natural history series in the next 3 years

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12 | A wonderful nugget from the 'Everywhereist' aka Geraldine DeRuiter, who we interviewed back in April (it was hilarious)

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13 | Finishing off the list with the words 'wallop' and 'ethnocentricity' in one sentence, this quote is taken from Rick Steves' brilliant TED talk on the value of travel

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We hope you enjoyed this inspirational rainbow of quotes! If you have a spare moment, we'd appreciate it if you could tweet this post and @mention any friends who you think might enjoy the collection too.

Before you head off here a couple of our other popular posts we think you will enjoy.


An Illustrated List of People Who Do Good When They Travel -  we are sure you will recognise aspects of yourself amongst them.

Hand Drawn Maps Project - 'The World As It Isn't' - share your map and unique perspective on a place you love. 


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Location Taghazout, Morocco