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Pictures and stories about faraway places and unseen wonders can be very inspirational to jump start a travel hobby or lifestyle.  But sometimes, a simple quote from an inspirational traveler or a great work of literature will be what really gets you out of your routine and into the world.  No one can better express the sense of wanderlust and exploration most travelers feel than those who have felt it themselves.

Here are ten of my favorite travel quotes accompanied by stunning travel photos I found by great photographers on Flickr, and here’s hoping they inspire you to see someplace new this year:

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1)  Robert Louis Stevenson Quote

2)  John Steinbeck quote

3)  Cesare Pavese Travel quote

4)  Freya Stark Travel Quote

5)  Jack Kerouac Travel Quote

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6)  Carl Sagan Travel Quote

7)  Gustave Flaubert Travel Quote


Henry David Thoreau Travel Quote

9)  Jawaharlal Nehru Travel Quote

10)  And finally, from one of my favorite travel writers, Pico Iyer:

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed.  That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

Pico Iyer Travel Quote


What travel quotes do you like?  What inspires you to travel?

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