100+ Wisest Solo Travel Quotes

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We all love a good solo travel quote. They ignite a curiosity inside us, inspire us to get up off the couch, and sometimes, give us that push of courage to go!

There are plenty of solo travel quotes floating around the web, from the classics you see on every Instagram feed (“Not all those who wander are lost”), to the motivational, philosophical, and super poetic.

But what about the wisest? The travel solo quotes which are thought provoking, which change your mindset, and actually impart wisdom?

Here you’ll find 100+ of our favorites – copy and paste them to social media, share the images to Pinterest, or send them to a friend who’s planning their solo trip. Share this post to inspire others to also travel alone!

After you get some inspiration from these wise solo travel quotes, go to our funny travel quotes article to laugh out loud!

Solo Travel Quotes to Give You Courage

#1 “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” — John Mayer

We love this solo travel quote, as taking the first step is most often the scariest part of solo travel. And many people will let fear convince them that it’s OK not to even try, because once they get out into the world, they probably won’t even like it.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

For most solo travelers, that first trip is a liberating experience, though you have to be open to actually enjoying the experience. So we encourage you to not let fear get in the way of actually booking, but also to fully embrace the experience, and not be scared to like it!

#2 “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question” – Harun Yahya

I think all we can say to this is:


#3 “Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that — that’s what life is. You might be really good.”Amy Poehler

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#4 “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

It’s true – once you’ve made up your mind that you’re going to travel solo, your subconscious accepts that it’s going to happen. You might still experience certain levels of nervousness, excitement, fear, and anxiety in the lead up, but acceptance overwhelmingly diminishes fear.

#5 “One day you’ll wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now”. – Paulo Coelho

We love this solo trip quote, because it encourages everyone to live life to the fullest, and reminds us that none of us are guaranteed ‘someday’.

Don’t plan for ‘someday’.

Plan to live your life now.

#6 “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”C.S. Lewis

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#7 “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” – Caroline Myss

Well, do you?

#8 “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz

One of the most common questions we’re asked as solo travelers is ‘don’t you get lonely’?

Because this is a big fear many people have of traveling alone (the fear of being alone is a legitimate anxiety disorder called Autophobia / Monophobia).

But there’s a certain beauty to being confident, comfortable, and happy in your own company, and if you have a good relationship with yourself, you’ll find that you’re never lonely on the road. For those times when you are, it’s easy enough to meet new people when traveling on your own, which is why this is such a relevant solo travel quote.

#9 “To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

It is expected that someone like Elizabeth Gilbert, author of word famous Eat, Pray, Love, thinks this way, and we also agree that a generous dose of conviction in the powers of solo travel is required to take the first step in trip planning.

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#10 “Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations. If there’s something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do it.” – Amy Dodson

Women are often told “don’t do this”, “you can’t travel alone without a man”, “you can’t go to this country because you will not be safe”, etc. Don’t live someone else’s life – live your own.

Research a destination that has what you like and want, prepare and plan for anything that can happen, get travel insurance, follow all the safety precautions and get ready to have a great trip. This quote could not be more applicable to a solo trip!

#11 “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” – Helen Keller

Helen Keller was spot on with this quote. Many people are afraid to travel solo because they fear it’s unsafe. However most destinations around the world are just as safe as the place you live in, and you’re just as likely, if not even more likely, to be caught out in a dangerous situation when you’re at home. 

For instance, did you know that falling out of bed claims 450 American lives yearly? Ladders, lawn mowers, and even vending machines are among the mundane, every day objects which can be dangerous – but you don’t avoid buying a chocolate bar because a between two and four people die each year due to vending machine accidents.

While traveling comes with its own risks, it is the fear of the unknown, or xenophobia, that makes us more scared of a solo trip rather than the actual risk of visiting a place which may carry the same dangers as going about our daily life.

If that’s the case, you may as well travel solo. Remember this solo travel quote next time you are considering to go on a trip on your own.

#12 “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Word. A wise quote perfectly suitable for a solo trip.

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#13 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

It’s true – the more courageous you are to try new things in life, the richer and more fulfilling your life becomes. You have far more possibilities in life when you are open to them, and travel opens the mind like nothing else.

Remember this saying next time you are afraid of doing something, anything, and specifically when booking your next solo trip.

#14 “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

We plan to travel, and explore every inch of this beautiful, fascinating, chaotic, and culturally diverse world! 

#15 “Just go” – Every Solo Traveler Ever

Yep, this may not sound like the most complex of our solo travel quotes, but it sure is the one holding the most truth. 

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Solo Travel Quotes for Inspiration

#16 “Dare to live the life you always wanted” – Unknown

One of the most inspiring of the traveling solo quote (though it applies to many situations in life), be daring, and be brave, build the life of your dreams and make sure that it includes traveling on your own.

#17 “Reality is negotiable” – Unknown

#18 “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming …. WOW what a ride.” – Mark Frost

Going on an adventure can truly feel like this travel quote, and is there a greater adventure than a solo trip? 

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#19 “It is in all of us to defy expectations, to go into the world and to be brave, and to want, to need, to hunger for adventures. To embrace the chance and risk so that we may breathe and know what it is to be free.” – Mae Chevrette

It’s true – we’re all capable of embracing adventure, facing our fears, and living our best life. Freedom, flexibility and the ability to do what we want is one of the main reasons we travel solo.

While everybody who lives, will die, not everybody who dies, has lived.

Ponder that for a moment!

#20 “Sometimes, one day in a different place will give you more than 10 years of life at home.” – Anatole France 

This solo travel quote is another of our favorites, because even if you only muster the courage to take a weekend trip alone, just having spent 48 hours outside of your comfort zone can teach you more about both yourself, and the world, than you ever would have otherwise known.

#21 “Travel is as much a passion as ambition or love” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

If you asked a die hard traveler to choose between travel, ambition, or love, well…It’d be a tough choice!

As any solo traveler will tell you, their love to traveling independently is as deep as any addiction, which is why we appreciate this solo travel quote so much.

#22 “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

Or in other words, once you’ve seen the sun shine on the other side of the world, once you’ve raised a glass with locals, laughed in a foreign tongue, tasted exotic food, and been exposed to the wonders of the world outside your bubble, you’ll never be content with life as it once was.

When it comes to travel solo quotes we can all relate to, this one explains the feeling of wander and wonder more than any other.

#23 “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

After-all, if you’re so consumed with making sure you don’t run into any hiccups, you’ll probably never end up taking that trip, and that would be a shame.

The very beauty of travel, and very thing which encourages the most personal growth, are the bumps, hiccups, and ‘potholes’ in the road. You learn to find solutions, you prove to yourself that you can overcome any challenges and you grow as a person.

These are also the stories you remember and retell for decades to come.

I mean, which epic tale of adventure has ever started with ‘Everything went smoothly’?! Remember this fun solo traveling quote next time you are going through a truly bumpy road.

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#24 “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins

It’s true – and to pull a quote from Nelson Mandela, to explain this epic solo travel quote;

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Once you take the first step towards that trip on your own, you will suddenly realize the world of opportunities ahead of you. If you need a confidence boost, join some of the best Facebook travel groups to get inspired!

#25 “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

It’s tough to move forward when you feel as though your present is trapped by your past.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Your future can be whatever you want it to be. Go on, save for that trip and just go.

#26 “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”Margaret Shepard

Traveling on your own certainly feels like a massive leap of faith, especially that first time.

#27 “Traveling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life changing experience of your life. Try it at least once!” – Unknown

It’s true – travel is scary, and traveling alone even more so. But of all the travel alone quotes, this one is particularly wise and poignant, because after-all, the scariest and toughest paths to follow are often the most rewarding.

Plus, of all the testimonials we have on our website, this is perhaps the feeling that most resonates with those going on their first trip.

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Wise Advice (Packaged as a Solo Trip Quote)

#28 “Don’t call it a dream…call it a plan” – Unknown

It’s very simple, but very powerful psychology – if you call it a plan instead of a dream, you’re affirming to yourself that it WILL happen.

#29 “Traveling is not something you’re good at, it’s something you do, like breathing.” – Gayle Foreman

One of the rare solo traveling quotes that sums up how almost every solo traveler feels – travel is simply not something you can do without once you’ve tried it.

It’s just as important to life as oxygen.

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

How true is that solo travel quote?

First hand experience will always trump second hand knowledge, and so often people’s tales and experiences with a destination are influenced based on their own personal interests, style, and bias. In today’s social media and connected world, this saying is even more true.

When you visit a place for the first time you almost always realize that most of what you’ve been told about the place is completely wrong – but the only way to find out is to plan a trip and visit.

So pack that suitcase, and go see for yourself so your opinions are based on your own first hand experience.

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#31 “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

Throughout his life, Anthony Bourdain had many classic quotes with thoughts on life and culture and pretty much any other topic, and he inspired many travelers to get out and explore the world solo.

These specific words are truly timeless when it comes to the impact of traveling solo.

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

At some point, there’s only so long you can wait for your friends to be willing and ready to join you until you realize that you’re going to have to travel alone. Sometimes waiting for people to join you means you’ll never travel at all.

If you are scared, research a destination and plan our trip in detail; If you are afraid to feel lonely, find ways to meet people or find a travel buddy; If you want to have great pictures of your trip, learn how to take photos of yourself alone.

Whatever you need to do, but don’t wait up on others.

#33 “You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt

Nothing, and we mean nothing will ever beat seeing something for yourself.

It just won’t.

That’s why we love this honest solo trip quote.

#34 “Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of others’ expectations.” – Suzy Strutner.

Beat those stereotypes and don’t stick to meeting what others expect of you, only what you want to get for yourself.

#35 “It is pointless to embark on any journey if you do not believe yourself worthy of the destination.” – Anthon St. Maarten

Solo travel means spending more time with yourself than ever before, without the interruptions of day to day life, without work or friends. You deserve it.

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#36 “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling

We sometimes hear our members say that they tried to go on their first solo trip and did not enjoy it. They took a risk, and it did not work out. And that’s ok, life is about taking risks, failing and learning.

#37 “Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” – Holly Morris

We agree. Adventure should be part of everybody’s life. 

Ultimately, do you want to simply exist? Or do you want to live?!

And there is no greater adventure than a solo trip and that’s why we included this deep quote in our list.

#38 “You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

Write your own chapters in-between and make sure solo travel is included in some.

#39 “A person needs at intervals to separate themselves from family and companions and go to new places. You must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.” – Katharine Butler Hathaway

Of all the wise solo travel quotes on this list, this one is perhaps the one which most simply states the truth about traveling solo. No matter what great friends or family you have, spending time away and with yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

#40 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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

One of the most commonly mustered solo travel quotes , Mark Twain’s paragraph is the perfect encouragement to catch that first flight.

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Solo Travel & Personal Growth Quotes

#41 “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Both physically and metaphorically true, this quote is so true when it comes to travel.

Once you’ve been exposed to new ways of seeing the world, new perspectives, new ways of doing things, and new ways of thinking, your mind will have been stretched and will never fit back within the box it first came in.

Reverse culture shock is how those whose minds have been “overstretched” feel when they return to their old life.

#42 “The inner journey of travel is intensified by solitude.” – Paul Theroux

This perfectly sums up traveling alone and explains why we all feel much more introspective and like we can finally send time with ourselves when we go on a solo trip.

#43 “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware”. – Martin Buber 

This is one of the classic solo travelling quotes, and speaks to the hidden personal growth people often discover from traveling – lessons they didn’t sign up for and were least expecting.

#44 “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.” – Thomas Jefferson

We could not agree more with Thomas Jefferson and this simple yet powerful quote about solo travel.

#45 “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

It surely does, and a solo trip is the best way to get over the fence of your comfort zone.

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#46 “Without new experiences something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

Every time we try something new we fire new neural connections and that’s why it is so great for general mental wellbeing. Traveling solo, by definition, will activate a lot of those connections and it’s why it has such a rewarding effect on our own confidence. 

#47 “A person susceptible to ‘Wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” – Pico Iyer

You could argue that we are all susceptible to wanderlust, or at least, we have never met anyone who is not addicted to travel, but it is true that what is actually addictive is the change, the learning, the growth, the building of your self confidence, the excitement that comes with new things.

#48 “The best trip is the journey you take in finding yourself.” – Angela Vallely

As solo travel quotes goes this one is a favorite one among our members because it is a realisation you may not have before going on a solo trip but which is certainly something you get back home after that first trip on your own.

Besides traveling somewhere new, it is the journey inside your brain and your own mind that is probably the most addictive part of a solo tip.

#49 “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

Being exposed to the world is the greatest gift you can give yourself. 

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#50 “Some journeys take you farther from where you come from, but closer to where you belong.” – Ron Franscell

Have you ever felt like you need to get away from your familiar environment to find out how much you love it? Perspective is golden.

This quote about traveling alone is a great reminder of just that.

#51 “As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!” – Unknown

This is the most spot on of all the alone travel quotes on this list; When you travel solo you learn to rely on yourself, and with this independence comes a great sense of confidence in your abilities, and greater sense of self worth. This is perhaps the greatest benefit of traveling alone.

You quickly realize you are capable of catching connecting international flights, navigating your way around a foreign city, and ordering food in a restaurant where you don’t speak the language.

After you’ve spent some time traveling solo, and learned to trust your decision making and trust in yourself, anything will seem possible.

#52 “Some journeys can be only travelled alone!” – Ken Poirot

Whether you read this travel alone quote in the metaphorical sense, for a journey of personal growth, or in the literal sense, where all of your friends have bailed and you’ve been left to travel alone, it rings true on many different levels!

Thanks Ken!

#53 “I learned my strengths and my weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between… I learned courage and I learned it myself” – Ann Stirk

There’s no-where to hide when you’re traveling alone, and you certainly can’t hide from yourself. Solo travel will shine a very strong spotlight on your strengths and your weaknesses, and in doing so you’ll learn a lot about yourself. This is often impossible when you can retreat to the comfort of your home and it’s what makes this quote on solo travel so raw and honest to the reality of traveling on your own.

#54 “This is the journey of your life. Don’t try to explain it to others, because only you can see it.” – Nitin Namdeo

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You’ll Laugh at These Travel Alone Quotes

#55 “If you have to wait for someone to travel with you, you may end up waiting a lifetime!” – Unknown

We touched on this in solo travel quote #32, but it’s such wise advice that it’s been repackaged and re-worded so many times!

It’s always true!

#56 “Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” – Erma Bombeck

#57 “Watching Sunsets around the world is boring – said no one ever” – Unknown

Literally – we doubt you’ll find anyone who’s ever said this!

#58 “I travel a lot. I hate having my life disrupted by routine”. – Caskie Stinnett 

It’s true. There’s quite a classic solo travel quote which goes hand in hand with this one quite nicely: “Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you”.

Whether or not this is true (that monotony can prove deadly), we’re not willing to risk our lives to find out!

#59 “I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.” – Daphne Du Maurier

Did you ever notice that you pay more attention to the places, the sounds, the flavors and the smells on a trip you take with yourself? This solo travel quote explains just what most of us who love to travel solo have realised; you are just more in the moment and more immersed in the destination when you don’t have company to distract you.

#60 “Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building here after seeing Italy” – Fanny Burney

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Solo Female Travel Quotes

#61 “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” – Mae West

We know which girl we prefer to be! 

#62 “An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other” – Norma Shearer

We don’t mind getting a bit dirty!

#63 “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” – Roman Payne

Be the queen of your own world and follow in the footsteps of this quote on traveling solo by exploring and discovering.

#64 “As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”  – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was one of the most important modernist writers of the 20th-century, and while she was more than just a women’s writer, her quotes and writings still have particular relevance to females to this day, almost 80 years after her death.

We particularly love the application of this quote into the solo travel context; it truly sums up the feeling of those of us who identify as ‘citizens of the world’.

#65 “We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.” – Rosalyn Sussman

We’re working to disprove this and hope that travel can help open doors and minds.

#66 “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

Don’t let fear hold you back from making genuine connections with people abroad, they may turn into a lifetime friendship.

#67 “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

You will always have yourself and a solo trip will show you just how capable and strong you can be.

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#68 “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.” – Dilma Rousseff

And we hope that this spirit extends to solo travel.

#69 “Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” – Barbara De Angelis

Traveling on your own as a woman is one of the most empowering adventures you can go on and it is also a great reminder to devote some time to yourself, so don’t forget about this quote when on your next solo trip.

#70 “If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can’t they fly in Space?” – Valentina Tereshkova

Seriously. Why can’t they.

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#71 “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.” – Edna Gardner Whyte

Despite living in a modern, progressive age, where gender equality is widely championed and accepted, we still live in a society where women are underestimated, and their capabilities often undervalued.

“Women are not interested in traveling alone”

This was the answer a member of our community got from her university’s panel when she pitched her final year project: A planning app for women traveling solo. It seems the panel was out of touch with the reality:

– 2016-19 Google searches for “Solo Female Travel” have increased 400%
– 65% of US women in a relationship also vacation solo
– 80% of the travel decisions are made by women

So, to quote Edna Gardner Whyte, a pilot for over 60 years, and a pioneer aviator, – “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do”!

#72 “She remembered who she was and the game changed.” – Lalah Delia

#73 “I’ve never found my sex a hinderment; never faced a difficulty, which a woman, as well as a man, could not surmount; never felt a fear of danger; never lacked courage to protect myself. I’ve been in tight places and have seen harrowing things.” – Harriet Chalmers Adams

Be like Harriet: fearless!

Quotes About the Solo Travel Experience

#74 “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown.” – Freya Stark

Freya Stark is perhaps one of the most commonly quoted writers of the 20th century; and explorer and travel writer who lived for 100 years between 1893 – 1993, she wrote more than 25 books on her travels in the Middle East and Afghanistan – countries that are still considered off the beaten path for travelers almost 100 years later.

A true pioneer in solo female travel, Freya was one of the first non-Arabs to travel through the southern Arabian Desert so this is one of our favorite solo travel quotes on this list.

#75 “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” – Edith Wharton

There is so much truth to this – people around the world are overwhelmingly kind, and we truly believe that once people travel, and realize this – form connections with locals, and realize the warmth of their hearts and hospitality, it would bridge many cultural divides.

#76 “Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” — Jacqueline Boone

Meeting new interesting people is one of the greatest benefits of traveling alone. After-all, the motto of every solo traveler is that strangers are simply friends you haven’t met yet!

#77 “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin

Us too!

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#78 “Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no-one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” – Hannah Arendt

This solo travel quote speaks to the liberating nature of traveling alone. You’re free from any limitations you feel you may face at home – nobody abroad knows you so you can embrace your ‘true self’, or the self you most wish to be.

You can step outside of the limitations of your reputation, of your friends and family’s expectations, and be truly free.

#79 “London on your own actually seems more exotic than Egypt on a tour.” – Laura Fraser

It’s absolutely true! You don’t have to go far or wide to seek adventure – don’t think you have to throw yourself straight in the deep end on a solo tour to an exotic land or culture – start small, and even an adventure in your own backyard can offer the same type of adventure and exhilaration if you’re doing it on your own. Never forget this quote on solo travel next time you explore our backyard.

#80 “I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible.” – Storm Jameson

Also playing into our above note on the liberating nature of solo travel; you’re not judged as harshly as you are at home, and you can freely live, explore, and enjoy the world, on your own terms, without being unduly noticed.

#81 “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. 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

We truly do love the wisdom of Anthony Bourdain and this quote that best explains what happens on a solo trip is one of his best.

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Solo Travelling Quotes You Haven’t Heard Before

#82 “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

Though do learn how to read one first!

#83 “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”― Jack Kerouac

Seriously – when was mowing the lawn ever memorable?! Go climb Kilimanjaro instead!

#84 “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

If you are told traveling solo is not for you, remember not to let anyone question your choices or make you fit in their mould, remember this wise solo travel quote and go on with your own view of the world.

#85 “I fear regret more than I fear failure” – Unknown

It’s true that we get to the end of our lives, and regret the things we didn’t do, far more than the things we did.

Live a life without regrets. Go travel solo!

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#86 “Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell.” – Libba Bray

Whether you call it the travel bug, itchy feet, restlessness, or a serious case of wanderlust, there is a certain magic to travel which will hypnotize, and forever change you.

And travel is an addiction from which there is no known cure, and most will never recover!

But we don’t say this lightheartedly – travel addition is very real. Psychiatrists have historically named extreme cases of the travel bug as “dromomania”: a diagnoseable condition where the primary symptom is an uncontrollable urge to walk or wander.

The term was officially added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an “impulse-control disorder” and “psychiatric problem” in 2000. The definition states: “sufferers have an abnormal impulse to travel; they are prepared to spend beyond their means, sacrifice jobs, lovers, and security in their lust for new experiences.”

#87 “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to – perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” – Judith Thurman

You’ll find you stop missing home the moment you leave. This is a travel quote we love, even if it sounds contradictory.

#88 “To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy.” – Raquel Cepeda

Ever heard people say experiences make you richer than material bling?

There’s truth to this!

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#89 “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

You don’t have to go too far to have adventures, sometimes, all it takes is for us to open our eyes to what’s around us with renewed curiosity.

#90 “Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” — Buddha

Even the Buddha had a solo travel quote to share and he for sure was on to something. Don’t wait up on others, set forth.

#91 “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

Forget about the showing off and the social media likes and instead focus on what good you can bring others. Live by this solo trip quote, always.

Classic Travel Alone Quotes

#92 “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

One of our favorite classic solo travel quotes from Mary Anne Radmacher, who is a writer, artist and public speaker often covering topics on living a full, creative, and balanced life.

Many of her quotes are worthy for this list – another we love perhaps belongs in our section above on solo travel quotes to give you courage:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

#93 “Where-ever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

This is true of every aspect of life, but we particularly love it when applied to the context of solo travel.

#94 “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

The Danish author captured this so perfectly, beautiful and succinctly – to travel truly is to live!

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#95 “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

Another of Helen’s amazing pieces of wisdom, this is also one of the most repeated solo female travel quotes of all times because it so simply spells the “carpe diem” mentality.

#96 “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

The great explorer Ibn Battuta was one of the first and most epic world adventurer and he sure understood the power of setting off on an epic trip. This famous travel quote is another of the most repeated ones.

#97 “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anaïs Nin

#98 “The impulse of travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier 

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#99 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert

Travel will very quickly shatter any pre-conceived notions of your own self importance, or that the world revolves around you. The world is populated by 7.8 billion people and this realization is a very humbling experience.

Travel will keep you modest, and keep you grounded.

#100 “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

And the world, if we may say so, is a pretty compelling page turner!

Trust us, you don’t want to put it down having only read one page!!

#101 “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Gael Attal

It’s true – that’s literally not what they’re built for. We’ll let you draw the metaphor to solo travel.

#102 “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

Solid, wise advice to live by concentrated in this travel quote.

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

We will finish this list of wise solo travel quotes with what is most likely the most well known of all by Susan Sontag.

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