Best Solo Travel Quotes

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Solo Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I don`t agree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

All my blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

8 Life Lesson From Solo Travel Quotes

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

Constant togetherness is fine – but only for Siamese twins.”
Victoria Billings

“All excellent and precious things are lonely.”
John Steinbeck

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”
Henry Rollins

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

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

“I have traveled many roads in my life. Some were imbued with pain and I needed to avert my gaze. Others were so beautiful that I would have remained there forever. But always, at some point in these routes, I reached a place where I encountered myself.”
Pablo Holmberg

“When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart, because there’s no other way to preserve it.”
Shauna Niequist

7 Inspirational Solo Travel Quotes

“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.”  
Diane Von Furstenberg

“If you are waiting for someone to travel with you, you may end up waiting a lifetime.” 
Unknown

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

“There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”
Mandy Hale

“Some journeys can be only traveled alone.”
Kein Poirot

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

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

4 Meeting People While Traveling Quotes

“These are the advantages of travel, that one meets so many men whom one would never meet otherwise, and that one feeds as it were upon the complexity of mankind.”
Hillaire Belloc

“Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers. Putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.”
Paul Theroux

“To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can’t be a bad thing.” 
Anthony Bourdain

Traveling alone doesn’t always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.”
Jacqueline Boone

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Additional Long-Term Travel, Living Abroad, and Language Learning Quotes and Fun Facts from Fifty Plus Nomad

Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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