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25 Travel Quotes for Pinterest

25 Travel Quotes for Pinterest

25 Travel Quotes to share on your Pinterest boards

Spice up your Pinterest boards with these 25 travel quotes about adventure, travel, and life! All images are optimized for direct sharing on Pinterest. Feed your wanderlust by powerful words from century-old explorers, writers, and modern figures.

Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with quotes. When I was a teen I loved scribbling my favorite quotes all over my school agenda. They inspired me to kick ass on an upcoming test or reminded me that my life really wasn’t so bad as I thought it was (school, homework, tests – repeat.). Then adult life came around and life became even more challenging. None of these stupid inspirational quotes made any sense to me. Staring at them didn’t inspire me at all.

Nowadays, I feel I can relate to quotes again. Over the years I have changed my attitude and I’m trying to be more positive and optimistic because life is short. With age comes wisdom right? LOL! Some quotes now remind me of emotions I have felt, songs I have heard or the movies that I have watched.

I hope these 25 travel quotes will brighten up your day, fuel your travel lust or help you battling post-trip blues.

How can I pin these travel quotes on Pinterest?

There are two ways you can save the travel quote images to your favorite Pinterest boards:

1. When you hover over an image a Pinterest save icon appears on the top left corner. Click on the save button and then choose on which Pinterest board you want to save the Pin on. 

2. All these travel quote images are also pinned to my Travel Quotes Pinterest board, so you can easily re-pin them from that board as well.

My 25 favorite travel quotes

 These travel quotes are listed in no particular order. Above each travel quote you can find additional information:

  • Why I think this is an interesting quote, what this phrase means to me, and what you can learn from it
  • The location of where the photo of the Pin was taken
  • A blog post where you can find more info on that particular destination

1. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Quote by Confucius

I like this quote because it’s an important reminder to myself. It makes me think of the first time I lived abroad in Valenciennes (France) with my Dutch friend Sharon. In the beginning, I was afraid to meet new people, speak french, and getting to know another culture. I learned to change my mindset and open my heart to meeting new people. I believe if you go somewhere with all your heart people can sense that and it will lead to more pleasant experiences.

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart - Confucius.
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2. Take only memories, leave only footprints.
Quote by Chief Seattle

I immediately thought of sustainable travel (learn how to be a more sustainable traveler by applying these 7 easy tips!) when I bumped into this quote. Leave only footprints and don’t disturb the environment by leaving trash behind or hurting its fauna and flora. Whenever I see litter, where it’s not supposed to be, I get pretty angry. Let’s protect our planet as much as we can and minimize our impact!

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3. The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step.
Quote by Lao Tzu

For me, this phrase can refer to travel as well as any other steps you want to take in life. Whether it’s going back to school, rebuild a relationship with a family member or figure out how to get your dream job. I feel the ‘1000 miles’ stands for any journey, big or small, that might feel like a huge obstacle for you to face. 

One of my ‘big’ journeys lately was starting this travel blog. When I just started I felt so overwhelmed by learning SEO, developing a Social Media strategy, designing attractive Pins, etc. The best approach for me was to take a step back, breath, and create a realistic plan I can hold on to. I focused on learning one skill at a time and then I moved on to the next. Any journey comes with hurdles, but to start a journey you need to go out there and do it. One step at a time.

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4. Never go too long without watching a sunset.
Quote by Atticus

Ever since I developed an interest in photography I developed a new appreciation when it comes to watching sunsets. The warm sunlight during the golden hour can add a gorgeous effect to any photo. 

This quote also reminds me to enjoy the small things in life more. I remember watching this sunset in Brooklyn (New York) with Michel giving me chills. Seeing the colors of the sky above Manhattan slowly change from yellow into orange, red, pink or even purple felt magical. And yes, I’m also a hopeless romantic, lol! 

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Never go too long without watching a sunset
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5. We travel, some of us forever to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
Quote by Anaïs Nin

When I spotted this quote I thought of Michel, because he lived in various countries, made new friends, and moved again. Michel often says he’s seeking for that one place where he belongs which is exciting but at the same time exhausting. He has a hard time feeling at home somewhere while my home is Bergen op Zoom (a small city in the Netherlands – where I’m born and where we currently live).

We both enjoy traveling and we wouldn’t mind living in another country again temporarily (we lived in Belgium before). However, having a steady home (like we have now) has its advantages and helps us to build a social life. I think living in another country enriches you. However, when you keep moving, especially when you get older, you might feel a bit lost.

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6. I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
Quote by Caskie Stinnett

Having no routine and not knowing how my day will go is what I love most about traveling. On a side note, I think you can get out of your daily routine without traveling by cooking a new dish or surprising a friend with a dinner-date. Adding any changes to my normal routine usually makes me feel better instantly!

Traveling ‘a lot’ seems like a relative term to me. What is a lot? Michel and I both work full time and travel as much as work allows us. On average we plan about 3-5 trips a year without counting day/weekend trips to The Netherlands or Belgium. We feel happy and fortunate we are even able to travel! But compared to people who travel every month, who travel for a living or who are even digital nomads, it’s probably not ‘a lot’.

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7. Live your life by a compass, not a clock.
Quote by Stephen Covey

Guilty! I do live my life by a clock, and not by a compass. Time has always played an important factor in my life. Whether it was being on time for school lessons, a work meeting, or catching a flight; time seems to chase me everywhere I go. Being on time for an appointment matters a lot to me. I hate being late and I feel it shows disrespect to the other person. Letting someone wait feels like I am wasting their time. And time is precious right?

Michel lived in Italy for over 20 years where time seems to play a different role. He told me it was acceptable teachers showed up late for class, public transport often didn’t hold on to its schedule, and showing up one hour late at a friend’s house without warning was no problem. Oh boy, I bet you can imagine the number of discussions we had! Michel taught me to be more flexible, to ignore the clock, and enjoy being in the moment.

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  • This photo was taken in Death Valley (US)
  • This picture isn’t featured in any blog posts, but it was taken during our West Coast US road trip
Live your life by a compass, not a clock
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8. A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.
Quote by Henry Rollins

When I left the Netherlands to study in France and later on to live in Belgium, I learned a lot about myself. Being away from Bergen op Zoom made me a different person. The most valuable aspect I’ve taken from those experiences is to be less direct in conversations. Generally, Dutch people speak whatever is on their minds. Giving your opinion to a school teacher, your boss, or to a stranger on the tram is acceptable. Being direct is not always appropriate within other cultures.  

What I also learned is that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side (or country). When you live somewhere for a long time that environment becomes normal too after a while. Now that I’m back in Bergen op Zoom I’m excited to explore this city again. I missed my family and friends, that tiny but cozy coffee bar, and that convenient local supermarket who sells my favorite peanut butter brand.

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9. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. 
Quote by Helen Keller

Looking at this quote makes me feel inspired to undertake new adventures. Life is short. By nature, I’m not the most adventurous person. In the past, switching jobs made me nervous (what if I would regret leaving?), I hated driving to an unknown city (what if I couldn’t find a parking spot?), and showing up to a birthday party where I barely knew anyone freaked me out (what if I couldn’t connect with anyone?).

I lived my life with ‘what if’s’ and I was really good at making up excuses. However, when I do take a risk I feel most alive and proud of myself. Taking that first step is always difficult, but I know the reward is far bigger. Going on daring adventures helps you to build confidence and leaves you with memories you won’t forget.

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10. Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.
Quote by Paul Coelho

There are a few options that enable you to travel without spending money! You could find a job or become a volunteer in a foreign country or get a job that allows you to travel. Besides that, you can travel for free in your own country. During the weekends Michel and I love getting on our bikes to cycle to a nearby city we haven’t explored before.

I think the deeper meaning behind this travel quote is that any desire, including wanting to travel, lies deep in the core of your heart. Having no money shouldn’t be used as an excuse. If you awaken your soul, you will get to see places you have never seen before. So take a risk and be courageous!

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  • This photo was taken at the Kalmthoutse Heide (Belgium)
  • This picture is not featured in any blog posts
Travel is never a matter of money but of courage
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11. If you think adventures are dangerous try routine: it’s lethal.
Quote by Paul Coelho

I think it’s helpful to change your daily routine every once in a while. Familiar surroundings give you structure and support but they can hold you back from following your passions and dreams. The past years I mixed up my routine by trying out new hobbies (from street dancing to painting and even singing), meeting up with new people, going back to school full time, and by switching jobs multiple times.

Are you still having doubts about trying that certain thing that has been on your mind lately? Just try it! Get out of your safe-mode. Don’t wait until tomorrow. I bet you will feel more motivated and inspired in life!

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12. Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.
Quote by Karen Gibs

I think ‘every’ chance is a bit exaggerated but taking a chance can give your life a positive direction. I can very much apply this quote to my dating life, lol. I liked going on dates but as soon as it became more serious I often backed out. After a couple of dates, I quickly jumped to conclusions and ended up deciding that a particular person wasn’t the right match for me.

Then Michel came around (we worked for the same company but on different sites) and we connected. His whole approach to life, not knowing where he would live or work in the future, scared me out. However, something inside told me I should go on a date with him to find out where it would lead. So whenever an opportunity comes around, follow your heart, and take it!

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13. There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.
Quote by Jack Kerouac

This quote brings out the wanderlust in me! I love that moment you wake up, get ready, and end up walking around aimlessly while discovering new surroundings. Michel and I both had been to Rome before which left room to explore other neighborhoods. One of my favorite unexpected parts was watching a sunset at the Tiber river (I’m such a sucker for sunsets). The sky became dreamy, birds flew above our heads and beautiful reflections of the Roman bridges appeared in the water…It was simply amazing. Having no travel schedule often leads to awesome surprises! 

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There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars
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14. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Quote by Anonymous

As I get older, I feel time goes by so fast. I look in the mirror, I see wrinkles around my eyes, and I realize I’m not 16 anymore. Sometimes this makes me feel anxious but also driven to make the most out of life. Traveling has introduced me to new challenges and allowed me to develop myself. So go out there! You only have one life to live. Just one. Get on your bike, book that train ticket, or start planning that trip you have always dreamed of.

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15. To travel is to live.
Quote by Hans Christian Andersen

This phrase motivates me to plan a new trip! I feel most alive when I travel. Being confined to just one place for the rest of my life would make me unhappy. I’m not even talking about traveling to far destinations. Sightseeing in your own country can teach you something new and interesting. Maybe there’s an art museum you can check out, a farm where you pick your own veggies, or a food event where you can taste a local pastry. When you can, leave your home and go out to gain new experiences.

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16. Say yes to new adventures
Quote by Anonymous

This sentences immediately makes me think of the movie ‘Yes Man’. Jim Carrey’s character decides to say ‘yes’ to everything instead of ‘no’ which had left him alone and depressed (watch the trailer if you don’t know what I’m talking about!). The most valuable take from the movie is your approach on life changes if you dare to take risks and step out of your comfort zone.

About seven years ago I wanted to join a local pop choir because I love singing. After I watched one of their shows, one of the group members asked me to try out for an audition. I thought about it for several weeks until I decided I was going to try it. I went to the audition, got accepted, learned new songs, improved my singing skills (still not the best, lol) and now I’m left with great memories. So say ‘yes’ to new adventures! Don’t worry about the outcome. Enjoy the ride and see where it takes you!

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  • This photo was taken in Death Valley (US)
  • This picture isn’t featured in any blog posts, but it was taken during our West Coast US road trip
Say yes to new adventures
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17. With age comes wisdom. With travel comes understanding.
Quote by Sandra Lake

Looking back at the last 10 years of my life I’m amazed how much I’ve grown as a person and developed myself. At that time, I had just graduated from college, lived with my parents (and depending on them a lot), and felt insecure about myself all the time. I’m glad I’m getting older because all the knowledge I’ve gain and experiences I’ve gone through has made me more confident. I wish I knew this quote was true 10 years ago, lol!

Traveling broadens your mind. I remember the first time I visited another continent. At the beginning of my twenties, I had a work meeting in East-Aurora (New York). My co-worker and I extended our trip and visited East-Aurora, other nearby cities, and we checked out the Niagara Falls (Canada). Coming from a tiny city the US felt larger than life. I was able to get myself familiar with the American (business) culture and built a better relationship with my American colleagues because I had experienced their way of living and working.

About this pin

  • This photo was taken in Death Valley (US)
  • This picture isn’t featured in any blog posts, but it was taken during our West Coast US road trip

18. I travel not to cross countries off a list but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.
Quote by Nyssa P. Chopra

I don’t keep track of the number of countries I’ve seen. According to this article, it would take about 70,3 years to visit each town on the globe. That’s a lot of traveling! I prefer traveling at a slow pace and I don’t like rushing just to see all the highlights and having no extra time left to see anything else.

I do try to visit a new destination every time I travel, but when I really love a place I will try to go back for sure. New York and London are both cities I adore because they give me energy and a continuous smile on my face every time I visit them. Both cities keep innovating and there’s always something new to see or to do whenever I visit them.

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19. People don’t take trips, trips take people.
Quote by John Steinbeck

Visiting a new destination can leave you in awe. I had a similar feeling when I visited Istanbul (Turkey). I had never experienced a place where religion is a vital part of people’s daily life. I watched men bow down to Allah and take on several positions in prayers when I visited the Blue Mosque.

I didn’t expect to feel culture shocked (in a good way) and I left Istanbul with new know-how and insights on the Turkish culture. Going on that trip made a bigger impression on me than other city trips I had taken before. I had decided to go to Istanbul but the trip itself controlled and defined my experience, not the other way around. 

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People don't take trips, trips take people.
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20. Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.
Quote by Marty Rubin

This quote reminds me of my first road trip to the US West Coast with Michel. I tried to leave the control freak in me at home by embracing our 2,5-week life on the road. Before we left we did book all our accommodations but we didn’t have a day-to-day schedule. The first days I did feel a little anxious. What if we would run out of gas in Death Valley? Or couldn’t find a supermarket? Or a parking spot at the Grand Canyon National Park?

After a few days, I stopped thinking about the worst that could happen. That new approach helped me to feel more relaxed and enabled me to fully enjoy the rest of our road trip. Sometimes you need to change your thinking patterns and get rid of old habits to make room for adventure.

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21. We wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment.
Quote by Hilaire Belloc

This sentence describes how I feel on the first day of travel; I often feel overwhelmed by all the new sensations. Just like when I visited New York for the first time with a friend of mine. Our hotel was located in Times Square where it was loud, crowded and noisy. My head kept spinning and I couldn’t get a grip on my new surroundings. 

I learned to numb distractions by focusing on my goals (having a good time in New York with my friend). I was surprised by how quickly my brain managed to adjust itself. If you feel distracted when traveling try to reduce anything that distracts you and avoid busy places. Once you (re)gain focus you’re able to fully enjoy new experiences.

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22. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
Quote by Gustav Flaubert

As I am writing this, there are 7,7 billion people in the world. Looking at that number makes me feel so small already! During my travels, I feel humble on multiple occasions (if not every time). I remember looking at the Grand Canyon, seeing all the different layers and colors, and feeling speechless. And staring at the rolling hills of Tuscany that never seemed to end. Traveling makes me realize how huge this planet is and how much I haven’t seen yet!

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Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
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23. There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

To me, the world is like a playground that belongs to no-one and we are all connected. When you dive deep into another culture, understand it, respect its values, beliefs, traditions you can become a part of it. But if you don’t immerse yourself, you will be seen as a ‘foreigner’. Whenever I travel I try to blend in and adjust myself as much as I can. That’s one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of traveling!

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24. Live life with no excuses, travel with no regrets.
Quote by Oscar Wilde

Living life with no excuses is tough for me, especially when I have to step outside of my comfort zone. Going to a travel blogger meeting in Groningen (a Dutch city which is a 3-hour drive from where I live)? Nah, it’s too far…While I know the real reason is I’m scared of meeting a new group of people. Or saying ‘no’ to a friend I haven’t seen in ages while I’m exhausted after a day of work? I would feel guilty not being able to give them a proper reason.

However, being honest with myself and others significally increases my happiness and of those around me. I try living my life without having regrets. Whether this applies to travel or anything else. I have embraced the person I am and becoming. I hope I can continue looking at the world with an open mind and that I don’t become a bitter old lady!

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25. Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.
Quote by Anita Desai

Whenever I look at Michel I notice he has lived in different places. Michel talks with his hands like the Italians do, he loves a traditional English breakfast, and is pretty non-confrontational because Belgians can perceive directness as being rude. I know these are stereotypes but they help me to clarify my point a little better. Michel was able to make certain local traditions and manners his own without even realizing it. I think that’s the best thing of all: traveling  enriches you. Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

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Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow
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