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The Charm of A Travel Quote

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, as pretty as an airport.

Douglas Adams

Currently, this one divides the camp. Cancelled flights, left luggage...

Then I remembered Hamad International Airport, Doha and Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku and Changi International Airport, Singapore. And surmised, Mr Adams must have been standing in one of those when he said this. What do you think?

Heydar Aliyev International Airport - 2015

And all that time we spend in AIRPORTS, sure to inspire a few Quotes

Me Travelling. Person: Un cafe? Me: Oui. Person: Sucre? Me: Non. Person: You speak very good french. Me: Gracias.

― Anonymous

Worrying you've accidentally packed 3 kilos of cocaine and an animal carcass as you walk through 'nothing to declare' at the airport.

― Anonymous

The airport is a lawless place. 7 am? Drink a beer. Tired? Sleep on the floor. Hungry? Chips now cost $17

Alyssa Limperi

But here are two anchored favourites.

The Wanderlust has got me... by the belly-aching fire.

Robert W. Service

Travelling, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.

Ibn Battuta

The Phone Box, Dickenson Beach, Antigua - 2020

And below are quotes by those who enjoyed nothing more than penning their thoughts and emotions.

From the pens of WRITERS and STORYTELLERS.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

Anita Desai

Travel brings power and love back into your life.

Rumi Jalalud-Din

But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.

Bill Bryson

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

Mary Anne Radmacher

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.

Hans Christian Andersen


I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.

John Green

The dance of the palm trees, the ocean's calling, the first rays of sun and heaven is here.

Michael Dolan

The DESTINATIONS that inspired the quotes

London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess.

James Geary

London from St Pauls Cathedral - 2019
Mexico - a mosaic of different realities and beauties.

Enrique Pena Nieto

People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I've been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it's the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.

Roman Payne

This one is said so often it can be believed as true.

Paris is always a good idea!

Audrey Hepburn

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.

Giotto di Bondone

Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.

Frida Giannini

The Grand Canal, Venice - 2016
Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.

Frances Burney

Duomo di Milano - 2017

Now is there a similar quote for London black cabs, if there is, I'd like to know. Have it added to this list.

No matter how many times I visit NYC, I am always struck by the same thing – a yellow taxicab.

Scott Adams

You might see me in the village. You might see me in Dubai.

J Hus

Jumeirah Emirates Towers - 2015 or earlier
If Louis was right, and you only get one great love, New York may just be mine.

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Dumbo New York - 2016
Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.

Derek Walcott

Soufriere Volcano, Montserrat - Circa 199
I can’t say what made me fall in love with Vietnam – that a woman’s voice can drug you; that everything is so intense. The colors, the taste, even the rain

Frances Burney

Halong Bay, Vietnam - 2014
It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.

Henry Miller

And few that are sure to emit a CHUCKLE.

Plane tickets are the answer. Who cares what the question is?


There's nothing safer than flying, it's the crashing that's dangerous.

Theo Cowa

Flying over Miami - 2021
Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.

Jerry Seinfeld

Now this one truly made me chuckle. I too am hoping that that is indeed the case.

I suspect that La Guardia is an elaborate prank, and New York has a real airport nearby that only locals know about.

Dave Barry

A little like the Ibn Battuta quote above, here's another I stand by.

Like all great travellers, said Essper, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli

You now know some of my favourite Travel Quotes. Are any of these quotes your favourite or carved out as your travel motto? Or maybe you have one you'd like added to the list.

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