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28 Happy Journey Quotes for the Wanderers: Every Journey Begins with One Single Step

It was J.R.R Tolkien who said “All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost,” and we couldn’t agree more. Each journey in our lives is an opportunity to discover something new and grow as a person. It is also a time to learn more about the world and ourselves.

Even though traveling can be very fulfilling, it does get lonely on the road sometimes. That is why we prepared the best 28 Happy Journey quotes to read these when you’re down on your luck, and need a reminder to keep going and persevere.

Happy Journey Quotes for the Wanderers

Wise Happy Journey Quotes

#1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” — Mark Twain

#2. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” — Mohammed

#3. “The best education I have ever received was through travel.” — Lisa Ling

#4. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — Saint Augustine

#5. “Travel empties out everything you’ve into the box called your life, all the things you accumulate to tell you who you are.” — Claire Fontaine

#6. “Travellers understand, instinctively and by experience, that travel and adventure change and elongate time, even while navigating the deadlines of airline and train departures.” — Paul Sheehan

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

#8. “Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” — Pema Chodron

Happy Journey Quotes to Pick You Up When You’re Feeling Down

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

#10. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty — his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” — Aldous Huxley

#11. “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

#12. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lau Tzu

#13. “I was forced to wander, having no one, forced by my nature to keep wandering because wandering was the only thing that I believed in, and the only thing that believed in me.” — Roman Payne

#14. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond, and we cease to be alone.” — Wendell Berry

#15. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey

#16. “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand?” — Richard Aldington

Happy Journey Quotes to Fuel Your Imagination

#17. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” — Samuel Johnson

#18. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

#19. “Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined – how is it that this safe return brings such regret?” — Peter Matthiessen

#20. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” — Cesare Pavese

Happy Journey Quotes to Inspire Your Travels

#21. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” — Samuel Johnson

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

#23. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” — Ray Bradbury

#24. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” — Cesare Paves

#25. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

#26. “When one is traveling, everything looks brighter and lovelier. That does not mean it IS brighter and lovelier; it just means that sweet, kindly home suffers in comparison to tarted-up foreign places with all their jewels on.” — Catherynne M. Valente

#27. “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.” — Anthony Bourdain

#28. “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” — John Hope Franklin


Happy journey quotes aren’t just for the wanderers. They are for the wanderlusts and anyone who needs some encouragement to keep going. You can turn to them every time you need to feel inspired.

What’s more, you can use them as a reminder that as long as you’re traveling, you are never truly alone.

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