Discover 21 of the most eye-opening and heartfelt family travel quotes that will spark your wanderlust and inspire you to book your next family adventure.
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Are you a quote person? Do you get all the feels from just a few short lines? I do!
Quotes spark some serious wanderlust in our home and remind me constantly of why we make travel such a priority. Certain authors and poets just perfectly articulate what it is about travel that makes our souls come alive.
Others inspire me to think outside the box when it comes to family adventure, while some remind me of the lessons that exist outside of a classroom.
From Tolkein to Twain, to the beloved Winnie the Pooh, discover (()) of our absolute favorite quotes that inspire family travel.
21 of the Most Inspirational Family Travel Quotes
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen” – Winnie the Pooh through A. A Milne
New and expectant parents are so often told that they’ll have to stop traveling with young children. And yes, having and raising a child is an adventure all on its own, but it doesn’t need to limit travel.
Winnie the Pooh beautifully reminds us that the child are not only an adventure for us, but they need adventure of their own.
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” – J. R. R. Tolkien
Though not specific to travel of family travel, this quote often reminds me that our children have the power to change the world. Of course that means we need to show them the world to give them a chance to grow and change it.
“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 safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!” – Mark Twain
As a lit major and former librarian, I naturally love quotes by famous authors. Twain so eloquently describes why it’s important to say YES to adventure. He inspires me to say yes to incredible life experiences with my children so that when they’re older they can make the same choice for themselves.
“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
Though Twain appears twice among our favorite family travel quotes, I could never decide between his two most popular. His words here encourage parents to provide their children with a broad sense of the world, people, and culture to prevent them from growing up closed minded.
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal” – Paulo Coelho
While the mommy police love to remind us that children thrive on routine and structure (and to an extent, I’d say they do) I also believe that monotony can be dangerous.
Do you ever wonder why your children get cranky after doing the same thing for an hour or bored easily? Try getting outside more, letting them run around in nature to collect sticks or flowers, or taking a new adventure. My children are always best behaved when we’re away from our home routine and doing something new.
“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
So many of these family travel quotes remind us to not take what we have for granted. But I don’t just think of that to mean material things we have that are more accessible to us, than to others.
The experiences we can provide in our own backyards should not be taken for granted, either. Bryson loves to remind his readers that there is magic wherever you look, and it doesn’t need to be far from home.
“We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness of truth, and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey” – John Hope
If there’s ever a travel quote reminding me of the importance of unschooling, this is it. If you truly look into the origins of this quote, however, you’ll quickly learn it’s referencing the importance of not keeping education strictly institutionalized.
All children and adults must experience the world as it is, not just how it is presented through a textbook.
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience” – Francis Bacon
One of my favorite family travel quotes, Bacon’s words reminisce on how we learn through experience, only to grow and realize the experience is what truly mattered.
“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home” – Trenton Lee Stewart
This children’s fiction author dispels the notion that a strong home life solely relies on routine inside the structure of the home. Adventure and experience bring families closer, not just meals around the dinner table.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle” – Albert Einstein
One of my favorite quotes of all time is not necessarily about family or travel but simply the way we view the world. This specifically reminds me to look at things through the eyes of my children, who still see everything as a miracle. We travel to keep that sentiment alive.
“In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy you bought them, they will remember the time you spent with them” – Kevin Heath
True of all things when it comes to children, children crave our love, attention, and experiences above things. Heath’s words perfectly articulate why we always ask for experiences over things for birthday and holidays. In the end, my children will remember the time we spent together.
“When you travel with children you are giving something that can never be taken away… experience, exposure and a way of life.” – Pamela T. Chandler
Building on the same sentiments, Chandler beautifully explains the reason that experiences and travel are so valuable. While material things often have a shelf life, experiences stay with us forever and become part of who we are.
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings” – Hodding Carter
I always interpret Carter’s message to mean that we should provide our children with a solid foundation and the confidence to use that foundation to go out into the world and make a difference. For me, travel is a way of doing both.
“Blessed are the curious as they shall have adventures” – Lovelle Drachman
One of the shortest but most poignant family travel quotes is this one. The words remind me to always view my children’s curiosity as a good thing and try to be more adventurous myself.
“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories” – Og Mandino
Many of these family travel quotes have similar sentiments: in the end, it’s the experiences and memories that will matter. I hope to leave behind a legacy that inspired my children to do the same for their future generations.
“Of all the paths in life you take, make sure a few of them are dirt” – John Muir
As a boy mom, I sometimes need Muir’s reminder that it’s okay to get a little dirty! And of course, when I let them get a little messy, the memories are some of the best.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” – Saint Augustine
This is one of my favorite family travel quotes that talks about education. As a former librarian, I obviously value traditional education, but the lessons are incomplete without world experiences.
“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind” – Marty Rubin
As a mom, I love this one because it reminds me to leave my past experiences, routine, or need to control behind and let my children lead. Through travel, they will discover their best selves because we all allow ourselves to leave the constructs behind.
“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands” – Sir Richard Burton
Burton’s is one of the most heartfelt family travel quotes. His words reminds me of why children are fearless with the unknown…and to let them explore it. He also reminds me to be the same way, and to relinquish the need to constantly control my surroundings and my children’s.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. 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
Of course I couldn’t leave Bourdain off of my list of top family travel quotes! I’d love to keep little cards with this quote in my back pocket for when people ask me why we travel with our kids or question how difficult it must be. I traveled as a kid, and it changed me for the better. I continue to travel with my children because I crave it and because I want to pass that sentiment down. The ease of it doesn’t matter.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
My absolute favorite, this is the only family travel quote on our list without an exact author, though it’s likely a Native American proverb. This quote is a much needed reminder that the world doesn’t belong to us, and we must preserve it for our children and teach them to respect it. It encourages me to introduce my children to different cultures and places, not because we want the bucket list gratification, but because we want them to understand how we’re all connected.
Where Can You Find These Family Travel Quotes for Your Home
Now that we’ve covered our favorite family travel quotes, I want to suggest that a lot of them make beautiful decorative pieces. What better way to have an inspirational reminder than to hang a few prints in your living room or travel themed nursery?
I absolutely love prints and subtle decor pieces that remind me of the things I love, especially travel.
Some of our favorite prints:
Are you familiar with any of these quotes or authors? What inspires you to travel? What are your favorite family travel quotes?
You might not be surprised to learn that we’re motivated by the words of authors, poets, speakers, and famous travelers. Of course we read books about different destinations and cultures, even to our toddlers, so we look forward to updating this list of top family travel quotes are we discover more.
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