Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: Favorite Travel Quotes

Over the last two years, we’ve interviewed 50 of our talented filmmakers and filmmaker teams. Here is a collection of some of the best travel tips, crazy travel stories, and filmmaking philosophies from these expert travelers.

We asked 50 filmmakers: What is your favorite travel quote?  

It’s so widely used it’s almost cliché, but it’s still one of the best: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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. Truer words have never been spoken. – Two for the Road

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha – James Alexander Adams

Vân: “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien. Morgan: “The journey is the destination.” – Not sure if this quote originated from photojournalist Dan Eldon, but I heard it from him first. – Nomadic Frames

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It – The Expeditioner

Ask not what life has in store for you, but what you have in store for life. – Eight Miles from Home

One I used in my book “The Cruise Travelers Handbook” that I love is by Gilbert K. Chesterton: “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – Gary Bembridge

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes – Etherium Sky Films

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius – Rural Movement

“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.” – Jawaharial Nehru – Mindful Wanderlust

“Only the curious have, if they live, a tale worth telling at all.” – Alistair Reid – Mike Corey

“Pilgrims are poets who create by taking journeys,” by Richard Niebuhr. I love to think of travel as an art. – Alex in Wanderland

Travel hard, party harder! – Rubén Alonso

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag – Kristen Sarah

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St. Augustine – David Hoffmann

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu. This quote reminds me that the journey is always afoot and that the only barrier to travel and all of its benefits is your willingness to take the first step. – Joshua Johnson

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Emerson – Ryan Van Duzer

“Holy sh*t, we’re in…(insert place name)” – Anyone who’s ever experienced the excitement of somewhere new. – Travizeo

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild. Not just my favorite travel quote, but one of my all-time favorite quotes. – John Piazza IV

“I don’t understand why people are so afraid of dying, when the real fear should be not living the life they have. Stop dreaming about it and travel, my friend.” – Eduardo Gato – Eduardo Gato

“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list!” – Gloria Powell

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

I have always been a fan of “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Cailin O’Neil

“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar,” by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado. The translation is “Walker, there is no path. The path is made while you walk.” You can enjoy the song  by the songwriter Serrat about this poem. – Josep Gutierrez

Life, it’s like a roller coaster + I’m gonna ride it till the wheels fall off.  -jw – Justin Weiler

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour” – William Blake
Gives me goose bumps every time I read it. – Sarah Zareen

“Never let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain. Technically, the quote is believed to have originated from Grant Allen and often quoted by Mark Twain a decade later. – Wesley Adventures

Veni, Vidi, Vici. – Andrew Kamphey

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” – Anonymous – Juliana Broste

We believe it was Greg Anderson who said “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

The quote I think about most often is probably T.S. Eliot:
“You shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our journeying
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
Though in my head it sounds more like “then return where we began and see it again for the first time.” – Bobby Christian

I’ll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. – Duke Leto Atreides to his son Paul – SPESUS

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro – Gina DeGirolamo

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Not exactly a travel quote, but it’s definitely true. The harder you work the luckier you get. – Gareth Leonard

Do I get extra credit for two quotes? :) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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 and “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu – Monique Soltani

“Wherever you go, there you are.” – Kien Lam

I have so many. We actually post a quote a day with one of Dave’s travel images on our Facebook fan page and looking through quotes is one of my favourite parts of my daily routine. When it comes to choosing a favourite, it always depends on my mood. Some days I feel pumped and want to read something really empowering, other days I’m down and need a pick-me-up. But the one that really holds true no matter how many times I hear it or read it is “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” by Mark Twain. It is a quote that holds so much truth. If you travel, you see the world and understand people and different cultures. It’s difficult to be prejudiced once you’ve seen the beauty of the world and kindness of strangers. – The Planet D

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Jason Leppert

This is an easy one, as it relates to my two big loves, travel and film. The Lord of the Rings is for me the greatest story and film trilogies of all time. TLORT and travel are synonymous for me: ’It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step onto the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ This is the wonder of travel, the excitement into exploring the unknown firsthand with your own eyes. It’s a wide world after all. – Adam Baker

“Just Go.” – Unknown – Because We Camp

“While sightseeing take a moment to stop, look up, down, all around, including behind you… this way you get the full experience of any place.” — Eszter Vajda OR “To have visited Italy with out having seen Sicily is like not having seen Italy at all.” — Goethe – Eszter Vajda

“Not all those who wander are lost.” This quote speaks to me because I love getting sidetracked in a city with no agenda. The people, sights and culture you allow yourself to stumble upon are often the best travel memories. They allow you to have experiences away from the top tourist sights. – Carri Wilbanks

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Mary Ritter Beard – Travelista Teri

Our whole perspective on life can be altered by the digestion of a heavy lunch, I feel quite a different person before and after a meal. – Michel de Montaigne – Mark Wiens

“Travelling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta – Mick Hobday

“Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” I don’t think that’s a “travel” quote, but it inspires me for anything in life. – Gustavo Matias

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller – Wander The Map

“Not all who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien – Lost & Found Travel

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine – Armando Costantino

Aww, do I really have to pick one?! I can’t do that, so here are my favorite two: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – ? – Nathalie Basha

Ebony’s wins—“I got ho*s in different area codes”, Ludacris – Global Lipstick