The STI Team

Today we are sharing Special Travel International's collection of travel quotes. Gery, Pedja, Albert and Aurélie have put together their favourite quotes – some funny, some inspirational, some cheesy, and some relatable – designed to put a smile on your face and inspire your next travel adventure.  

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust (Gery)  

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber (Albert) 

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” — Aldous Huxley 

'To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye  

“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  

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius (Gery, Albert)  

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” — Matsuo Basho 

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” — George A. Moore  

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

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert (Aurélie) 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain 

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

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” — Mark Twain (Gery) 

“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 

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” — Babs Hoffman (Albert, Aurélie)  

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” — Caskie Stinnett (Gery, Pedja, Albert, Aurélie)  

“Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” — Ray Bradbury 
“Travel is not a reward for working, it’s education for living.” — Anonymous (Gery)  

“All you’ve got to do is decide to go and the hardest part is over.” — Tony Wheeler (Pedja)  

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” — Robert Orben 

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. That you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” — Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky 

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course, I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.” — Emma Bombeck (Pedja)  

“A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd (Gery, Pedja, Aurélie)  

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” — Susan Sontag (Pedja, Aurélie)  

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” — Anonymous (Gery) 

“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.” — Nicolas Bouvier, The Way of the World 

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes (Albert)  

“Paris is always a good idea.” — Audrey Hepburn (Pedja, Aurélie)  

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” — Paulo Coelho (Gery, Albert, Aurélie)  

Climbing mountains 

“Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain.” — Jack Kerouac (Pedja, Aurélie)  

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide (Gery, Aurélie) 

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” — Anthony Bourdain (Gery, Pedja)  

“You define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash, you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you are grateful.” — Paul Theroux (Albert)  

“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” — Jerry Seinfeld 

“Travel... the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” — Brenna Smith (Albert) 

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

“You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back.” — Paul Theroux  

“Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The New Life (Pedja)  

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson (Gery, Albert)  

“Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.” — Thor Heyerdahl (Gery, Albert, Aurélie)  

NB: We are fully aware that quotes occasionally get attributed to people who might not have said or written them, but since these are mostly inspirational travel quotes, we have not done any serious fact-checking to verify the accuracy of their attributions – something one should most certainly do with important information in the age of spreading news around the world in seconds.  

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