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39 Inspirational Travel Quotes and Photos for your Travel Adventure

39 Inspirational Travel Quotes and Photos to inspire you to start your own Travel Adventure this year.

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Inspirational Travel Quotes

When we are not travelling we are usually dreaming of travel or looking for inspiration for our next travel adventure. It is why we love inspirational travel quotes.

The best travel quotes are the ones that help us picture an adventure we have done, or a place we have on our dream list. Over the last few years we have read hundreds of inspirational travel quotes and these 39 are are our favourites.

Hopefully our photos and inspirational travel quotes can inspire you to start looking for your next travel adventure. And feel free to share them on Facebook or Pinterest with your friends and family too.

39 Inspirational Travel Quotes

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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

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

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

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“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru

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“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” – Richard Burton

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“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

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

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

Besalu Village Bridge Panorama

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

“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

“The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” – Henry David Thoreau

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener

Inspirational Travel Quotes

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

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.” – Emile Ganest

“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

“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

Inspirational Travel Quotes

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

“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

Inspirational Travel Quotes

“While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.” – Anne Tyler

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

Inspirational Travel Quotes

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

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

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

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We hope our inspirational travel quotes have inspired you to travel! And remember, if you want to share our awesome photos on Pinterest, Facebook or on your own blog then we always appreciate a link back.

Did we share your favourite inspirational travel quote? Tell us it in the comments!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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39 Comments

  1. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Nice list! I will add a new quote –
    “I want to go to that.” Tina Fey’s four year old daughter.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Haha good quote! Should definitely be number 40 🙂

      • Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

        February 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        CORRECTION: she actually said: “I want to go to THERE.” Sheesh. now I’m misquoting four year olds….

        • Bennett

          February 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

          I use “I want to go to there” all the time!
          Thank you wonderful child of a comic genius!

          Great quotes list 🙂

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  3. Vera

    February 8, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    I love inspirational quotes! There were many (excellent) ones I didn’t know yet in this post, but I think my favourite one is still “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” (by John A. Shedd) which I’ve seen already on your FB page. Keep ’em coming:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Might need to do a follow up post with other quotes as well then! We had over 100 to choose from 🙂

  4. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    February 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Good stuff!

  5. Laurel

    February 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Great list that encourages people to travel. There’s something there that everyone will be able to relate to.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Definitely Laurel 🙂 If we can inspire one person to travel then we have done a good job!

  6. northierthanthou

    February 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Looks like quite an adventure.

  7. Arti

    February 10, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Beautifully put up. The images certainly add to the beauty of the quotes and give them a much deeper meaning. Loved this one!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      We didn’t want to just list a bunch of quotes and definitely loved using the photos 😉

  8. Natasha von Geldern

    February 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Awesome collection of travel quotes – great to find some I’ve never heard before! And yes very well presented with fab photos 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Looks like we will have to repeat it every month now Natasha 😉

  9. Matthew Karsten

    February 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Nice! Found some new ones I have never heard before. Everyone can use the occasional inspirational quote to tell it how it is. 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Definitely! Nothing brightens my day more than seeing a photo, or hearing a quote, that inspires me to travel!

  10. Jennifer

    February 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Great list of inspirational travel quotes! Many of my favorites made your list.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Glad to hear that it helped kickstart your Monday Jennifer 😉

  11. The Traveling Fool

    February 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I Like the one by Yogi Berra “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Definitely a favourite. Any of the ones basically telling you not to be a sheep while travelling is the key 😉

  12. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Mark Twain’s quote motivates me everyday to do the things I’m scared of and expand my world.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I have always wanted to come up with an inspirational quote of my own! I guess you probably need to be semi-famous to make it happen though haha. Anyway, glad to hear that these quotes help you just as much as they help me Mary!

  13. yassu

    February 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    These quotes are very helpful to me and my friends to make better relationships in life.

  14. Suzie

    February 28, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    As a traveler who has spent much time simply “wandering” off the beaten track I just loved the very first Tolkien quote! I would have missed so much if I had just conformed to what people usually do or see….

    • Cole Burmester

      February 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      I love hearing about how people connect with inspirational travel quotes. The stories are always so unique.

  15. Barry - Worldly Nomads

    March 4, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Great photos guys! Oh and the quotes aint bad either…!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Cheers Barry 🙂 If you want to use any of the photos with the quotes then feel free!

  16. Jack Martin

    March 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Really love:

    “Tourist don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

    Bookmarked for future travel inspiration. Great stuff!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Put it up on the wall at work to inspire your next travels Jack 😉

  17. Miret

    April 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Hard to choose… I love them all!

    And the one by Aristotle, “Adventure is worthwhile”, is just fab!

  18. Nigel Clifford

    May 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    These are fantastic guys! Thanks so much for sharing them, I’m imagining a wall covered with these

  19. David

    May 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Particularly agree with James Michener’s quote – you just have to get under the skin of a destination.

  20. Tara

    August 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Even when things go sour, remember that things will change
    again as they always have and always will. Well, you probably
    wouldn’t have much fun sulking either. And so point there that
    I want to make is you got to be diligent in maintaining that focus throughout the session.

  21. Jess

    January 11, 2016 at 1:35 AM

    Great collection! “People don’t take trips… Trips take people.” – That statement pretty much sums up my life on the road.

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The Often Overlooked Benefits of Rail Travel

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Adventure Travel Tourism is Taking Off

Out of all the modes of transportation, planes, trains, buses, ships, rail travel might be the winner for long distance trips.

Why? Well, for one thing, there’s the sights that one can see, then there is the ability of the individual to meet others and enjoy a whole different experience while also potentially contributing to a cleaner environment as well by maximizing for efficiency.

Yes, trains could offer one of the most immersive travel experiences that you could enjoy in your lifetime.

Rail travel is great for a couple of more reasons as well. Think about it, once you are on it, you are good to go.

Rail travel doesn’t really rush you from one location to the other like you are a part of a flock of sheep (looking at you, airplanes). Instead, it gives you ample time to kick back, relax and enjoy the extended time it takes to get you to your destination.

Due to that reason, tailor made train holidays have gained quite some traction among those who want to not only travel the world as much as they could, but actually explore all of what the planet has to offer in all its natural glory. You can’t argue with that approach either – I, for one know that when I travel with friends or family, my journey has to absolutely live by that motto.

Granted, rail travel might not be for the fast-moving business people that have to make it to important meetings in quick fashion, but it is definitely the right mode of transportation for those who have got some extra time on their hands either due to a vacation from work or a break from school – or just because they have taken a leaf out of Richard Burton’s book and decided to travel across the world as a way of life.

If you fall under any of those categories or are just an adventurous soul who wants to enjoy their time off of everyday chores, then rail travel might just be the experience that you are looking for.

Here are a few reasons why experiencing rail travel could give you a little – or a lot of – something that you would cherish for the rest of your life.

The Scenic Sights Are to Be Held With Awe

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Peyto Lake – Visiting the Canadian Rockies by Train

No matter how many flights you have caught within your lifetime, watching a sunset through a plane could never beat the same sight when it is witnessed through some luscious mountains on the ground (trust someone who has experienced it firsthand).

While this is mostly due to the extra time that you get to enjoy the sight while traveling by train, the “backdrop” aspect of the scenic locations is what makes it a thousand times more magnificent.

This added effect of natural sight staging is not only reserved to sunsets, but depending upon the route of your journey, could very well extend to you witnessing sparkling waters as your train jumps through bridges as well. You may find you are practically hugging the clouds as the train goes through highpoints of elevation; or you coming face to face with glaciers as the railroad moves inches away.

Simply put, by getting into a train for your journey, you sign yourself up for an adventure of exploration, something which a compactly packed airplane or a single-worldview cruise ship cannot offer.

The Food Provides an Unforgettable Gastronomic Experience

When you are traveling, and especially when you traveling abroad, having great food is one of the most pressing concerns that you may have in terms of adaptability to the new location.

While food travelers like the legendary Anthony Bourdain may have introduced an entire generation and more to come to the gastronomic offerings of different cultures, it still does not change the fact that your taste palette – and more dangerously, your stomach – might not be as adaptable to newer cooking techniques.

No matter how bland airplane food could be, you end up wolfing it down in fear of what you might be offered at landing, but that bland concoction of ingredients itself does not go very well with your system.

On the other hand, when you take a bespoke, well-designed journey through a train, you open doors to let yourself enjoy a wide variety of foods that could rival a Michelin-star restaurant (that is, at least by the opinion of those who travel frequently by trains).

The menu in extended-journey trains is designed in such a manner where you could try various dishes each day of your rail travel, and still end up with plenty of options that you could enjoy on your returning journey home.

This provides rail travel with some well-earned brownie points. It makes sense too – after all, if you have to live in the train for a few days, why not live your best life while doing so?

The Cabins, Seating, and Entertainment Offerings Could Rival a High End Hotel

And not a creepy hotel from American Horror Story that would give you the heebie-jeebies either, but something that could provide some serious competition to high end vacation destinations.

From well-decorated and comfortable sleeping cabins to one of a kind parlor seating, depending on the train you select for your travels, you could enjoy an array of comforting spaces that would make you feel like you are on a moving vacation.

The entertainment spaces in these trains also seem to offer the world to their passengers. The details that are present within is what really makes the trip.

Think about it, you can enjoy a cocktail in a more extravagant fashion when you see sip while looking upwards through the glass ceilings that let you have a clear view of the morning sky or starry night thousands of miles above. Being able to consume drinks at the well-stocked bar built within the train does not hurt the experience either.

Similarly, the parlor and other common entertainment areas in such trains could also provide you with customized entertainment options, where you could read a book while sitting by the panoramic windows or enjoy a movie through one of the screens within the train’s fixtures.

All in all, the entertainment options in these modern trains have the ability to transport you back to the glory of yesteryears without the added hassle of living without technology. Only those who have experienced this mode of travel could really resonate with these words – which is why, if you haven’t done so, then this would be the time to book your rail travel vacation.

Rail Travel Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Relaxation and Activity

Rail Travel is great because it incorporates technology and simplicity, one can find the perfect balance between rest and relaxation as well as the ability to be active.

So, if you are planning to take a vacation soon, make it one that is centered around rail travel. While you might not witness a murder on the Orient Express, you could still enjoy all the amenities which that train had to offer – actually, much more than that, minus the homicide.

 

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How To Run A Successful Online Business

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Running an online business can be an exhilarating experience. To be your boss and to have your own business is truly an empowering experience. Much goes into starting an online store and much that you need to take into consideration for your business to be successful.

The saying, if it were easy everybody, would do it is not only true but something that you should take into consideration when starting an online business. It will not be easy, but if you consider these facts, then you will be able to make fewer mistakes and be a bit more successful in your endeavors.

How To Run A Successful Online Business

# 1 – Invoicing

Be able to provide stellar invoices to your customers and clients (depending on what you are offering) is a great way to show that your business is legit and professional. Being able to create your invoice with an invoice template app will be sure to capture your tone and style of your business perfectly.

# 2 – Keep Your Web Design Simple

Having an amazing looking website can be alluring, but for people who are looking to purchase something or looking to get something forms your site, it would be a good idea for you to keep the design of your website simple and easy to navigate through.

# 3 – Respond To Visitors Promptly

Communication is crucial, and it would serve t be a good idea if you respond to your visitors as quickly and as soon as possible. The faster the response the ever relationship you will form with your customers. It is all about communication and communication is important for building a  relationship.

# 4 – Offer Your Visitors Discount and Free Gifts

It will be a good idea to provide your visitors with discounts and gifts if they are constantly purchasing from your website. Showing them that their service is highly appreciated and valued will not only keep them coming back, but it will also potentially have them tell their friends about your site. Word of mouth is a powerful tool in getting your business reputation out there.

#5 – Finding Your Work Space

While your customers may interact with your business in an online capacity, you still need a physical space to get work done. While a coffee shop or the library can end up being busy and distracting, setting up your own home office can provide an environment free of distraction. You’ll be spending many hours in your work space so a few things to consider are what kind of desk and chair would be most comfortable for you, would you prefer to work in a space with lots of light or a dimly lit room, and lastly if you have any physical products or documents how will you organize and store these items? Having a comfortable office space for your online business will help you put your nose to the grindstone.

Running An Online Business Can Be Easy

These are just a few things you should consider when trying to run a successful online business and there are many more. The most important thing you can do when starting an online business is engaging your customers and doing so in a friendly and professional manner.

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In-Flight Learning

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Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, bus, car, or any other form of transportation, today’s traveler is bound to spend long stretches of time just sitting around. You’ll sit around in airports and train stations too. Do you really want to watch that inane in flight movie or read that magazine? Why not use your free time to learn new things by reading business textbooks, as well as other educational books?

Today’s textbooks are totally different from the old fashioned clunkers that you had in school, whether it’s high school, college, or graduate school. Not only can you rent them at a super low price, but you can also get them in convenient ebook form and as books on tape. If they’re not readily available as books on tape, you can get Google Voice to read ebooks to you by simply uploading them to Google Play. This is a perfect option for people who drive long distances.

You can also download movies from Youtube to watch while you’re in flight as well. Sites like Khan Academy offer business courses in video form to make it even easier for you to improve your skills at career boosting topics like business, economics, and accounting.

If you have too many textbooks left over from either your education or your kids’ education, you can sell them at Books Run and on other textbook sites to get money to buy even more textbooks, or to travel even more. Books Run pays great prices for these old clunkers because there’s always somebody out there, looking for textbooks that you don’t need anymore. One man’s trash can truly be another man’s treasure. Used textbooks are also good for the environment because it saves paper to not have to print new books.

Not only do sites like Books Run contain business books, but you can also find textbooks that enhance your travel experience. Are you going to a country that speaks a different language? Check out textbooks for basically every language. Read up on the history of your destination and learn about not only the business etiquette, but how people live.

The actual act of traveling might be tedious, but it still creates some downtime for the traveler. Whether you’re going by plane, by train, by car or by bus, why not spend the time productively instead of crushing candy? By checking out the options above, you can improve your career prospects while traveling for your career, or for fun, or for any other purpose at all. Now you can spend your spare time productively while improving your travel experience. So why not take the leap?

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