130 Road Trip Quotes (& Images) to Inspire Your Next Adventure

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Welcome, hodophiles! (That’s you if you’re a lover of road trips)

We’ve been on the road since early 2017, and have collected many road trip quotes as inspiration.

They are our mini reminders of why we love road-tripping and many of these quotes double up as marvellous metaphors for the roads we take on life’s journey.

In this post, we’ve paired many of our favourite road trip quotes together with our own travel photography from our road-tripping travels for you to enjoy.

We hope they inspire you, remind you of your dreams and offer up perspectives for you to ponder. Whether that is for future road trips or for metaphorical personal journeys.

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Before I became a nomadic traveller, with no real place to call home, I used to spend hours flicking through quotes that resonated with me. I would then add them to my annual New Year ‘Vision Board’ as a focus for the year ahead.

Needless to say, in the time leading up to our planned road-tripping adventures, I was collecting road-trip quotes like there was no tomorrow.

The inspirational images and words were a constant reminder of the reasons we wanted to travel and affirmations of why our road-tripping journey was important to us.

To make things easier for you, we’ve broken the post into different sections. You can jump to any of these road trip quotes here:

Let’s open with one of our favourite quotes by Dr Seuss — whose prose also played a fun part in our wedding ceremony.

“Oh the places you’ll go”

– Dr Seuss
the places you'll go quote on a leopard photo

Short Road Trip Quotes

These quotes are all short and to the point — perfect for Instagram road trip captions and adding to social media.

Feel free to share any of the quotes in this article.

  1. The road goes ever on and on. J.R.R. Tolkien
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2. “Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” — Confucius

3. “Always take the scenic route.” – Unknown

Quote on a photo of honey badger in tall grass

4. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” — Anita Desai

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5. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” — Antoine de St. Exupery

6. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” — Oscar Wilde

7. “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's not the destination its the journey quote on northern lights photo

8. “The road must eventually lead to the whole world.” — Jack Kerouac

9. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” — Tom Stoppard

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10. “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.”  —Byrd Baggett

11. “There’s nowhere to go but everywhere…” — Jack Kerouac

Long Road Trip Quotes

12. “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

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13. “I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window.”Miriam Toews

14. “Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We’ll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we’ll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things.” Victoria Erickson

15. “That’s what I love about road trips dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything.” — John Green

Road trip quote on beach photo

16. “All it takes to make it to the end of the road are some good Survival Tips.” — Vivian Swift

During our road trip travels we’ve found many ways to help the trip run smoother. Hop over to our article that lists lots of tips for you if you are road tripping as a couple.

17. “The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” — Robert Earl Keen

18. “All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road” — Jack Kerouac

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19. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” — Jack Kerouac

20. “Every journey is simultaneously a beginning and an ending: I was leaving my old life behind and starting on a road trip to find a new me.” — Debi Tolbert Duggar

21. “Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.” — Orhan Pamuk

Road trip quote on an image of a road heading towards green mountains.

22. “I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. the great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

23. “Look for chances to take the less-travelled roads. There are no wrong turns.” — Susan Magsamen

Quote on fild of long grass and trees and fog in distance with a car driving through the field

24. “There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.” — Bill Bryson

25. “Road trips aren’t measured by mile markers but by moments.” — Unknown

Road trip quote on an image f woman surrounded by small children in Africa on teh side of a road

26. Well, everyone needs at least one long road trip in their lives.” — Adi Alsaid

27. “Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”John Steinbeck

28. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars.” — Jack Kerouac

Road trip quote on photo of northern lights with a motorhome in the foreground

29. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert

30. “And that’s why I have to go back to so many places there to find myself and constantly examine myself with no witness but the moon and then whistle with joy, ambling over rocks and clods of earth, with no task but to live, with no family but the road.” — Pablo Neruda

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31. “Still, round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” —  J. R. R. Tolkien

32. “The concept of time, as it’s commonly understood by normal people with normal jobs and normal goddamn lives, doesn’t exist on the road. The nights spread out like the dark, godforsaken highways that distinguish them, and the days run together like Thanksgiving dinner smothered in gravy. You never really know where you are or what time it is, and the outside world starts to fade away. It’s cool.” — Tiffanie DeBartolo

33. “Let’s go on a road trip and like it, not dread it! There are no barriers, there is no fear.” — Wayne W. Dyer

Road trip quote on image of gravvely rocky road with a 4x4 white bush camper

34. “A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” — Patrick Rothfuss

35. “What it takes to realize everything is fine around you? A road trip to the mountains where your soul dwells in the echoes of the winds that carry fragments of clouds with them.” — Careless Wave

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36. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” — Jack Kerouac

Life’s Journey Road Trip Quotes

37. “Life is not always perfect like a road it has many bends, ups and downs, but that’s its beauty.” — Amit Ray

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38. “I take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me.” — Walt Whitman

39. “If the road is easy you’re likely going the wrong way.” — Terry Goodkind

Quote on green fileds with a n Africa hut and a windy dirt road

40. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it” – Yogi Berra

41. “The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” — Aaron Lauritsen

42. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to make.”  — Angela N Blount

Houses on a lake with road trip quote

43. “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

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44. “Give us the courage after our doubts, to be able to choose between one road and another. May our YES always be a YES and our NO always be a NO. Once we have chosen our road, may we never look back nor allow our soul to be eaten away by remorse. And in order for this to be possible.” — Paulo Coelho

45. “The middle of the road is where the white line is and that’s the worse place to drive.” — Robert Frost

Road trip quote on image of road with a dotted white line and mountains in teh background

46. “Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.” — Roy T. Bennett

47. “Straight roads do not make skilful drivers.” — Paulo Coelho

48. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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49. “Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?
” — Lewis Carroll

50. “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.” — Vincent van Gogh

Travel quote on flower path of bluebells

51. “I see my path but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro


52. “Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have travelled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.” — Maya Angelou

53. “The road to success is always under construction.” — Lilly Tomlin

54. “A bend in the road, is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” — Helen Keller

Quote on bendy road

55. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, pave another one.” — Dolly Parton

56. “There have to be a few holes in the road, It’s how life is.” — Sarah Dessen

Road trip quote on image of road with lots of potholes

57. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” — Babs Hoffman

58. “If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.” — Brad Paisley

Quote on photo of impala looking back

59. “I know there is no straight road. No straight road in this world. Only a giant labyrinth of intersecting crossroads” — Federico García Lorca

60. “All you need is the plan, the road map and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingale

61. “The hardest thing about the road not taken is that you never know where it might have led.” — Lisa Wingate

Road trip quote on a photo of mountains and lake with car wing mirror in view with bend in the road

62. “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” — Voltaire

63. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” — Lucius Anneaus Seneca

64. “The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps and unchartered terrain. But it is on that road where your character’s truly tested and have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is — and that’s ok.”Katie Couric

Road trip quote on roacky mountaineous road

65. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

66. “Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him–he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were contradictory.” — Victor Hugo

67. “There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the sun will rise again tomorrow.” — Aaron Lauritsen

Road trip quote on snowy back ground with sun star

68. “Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.” — Bon Jovi

69. “A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.” — Harvey Mackay

Road Trips to New Places Quotes

70. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” — Susan Sontag

71. “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks is a departure into unknown lands” — Sir Richard Burton

TRavel-quote on lake full of icebergs

72. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun”.Jon Krakauer

73. “I guess the lesson is you can’t go everywhere. You should still go everywhere you can.” — Charles Finch

74. “The world is too big to stay in one place, and life is too short to do just one thing.” — Unknown

75. “There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.” — Charlotte Eriksson

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76. “On the road again, Goin’ places that I’ve never been, Seein’ things that I may never see again, And I can’t wait to get on the road again” – Willie Nelson

77. “My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” — Diane Arbus

78. “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

79. “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller

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80. “Travel Tip: The term is in situ — in the place of origin. We travel to put ourselves in situ, in a place where we belong. The feeling that one was born in the wrong place is an ancient and universal experience, such that I suspect (a) it is part of our human DNA, and (b) is why our kind are born wanderers. We travel to find the place where we can recognize ourselves for once. Be on the lookout for that jolt of unexpected familiarity in a foreign land: that’s how you’ll know you are in situ .” — Vivian Swift

81. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” — Wallace Stevens

Beautiful world quote on African sunset

Getting Lost on the Road Quotes

82. “There are several ways to react to being lost. One is to panic. Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you’ve misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.” — Audrey Niffenegger

83. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I may have ended up where I intended to be.” — Douglas Adams

84. “If you’re not lost, you’re not much of an explorer.” — John Perry Barlow

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85. “People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” —  Dalai Lama XIV

86. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there” — George Harrison

87. “I’m not lost. I’m exploring.” — Jana Stanfield

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88. “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” — C.S. Lewis

89. “It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” — Penelope Riley

90. “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”Lewis Carroll

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91. “After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.” — George Bernard Shaw

92. “There are no mistakes. Only new paths to explore.” — Gregory David Roberts

93. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” — Erol Ozan

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94. “I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.” — Grace Jones

95. “Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” — Henry David Thoreau

Road Trip Adventure Quotes

96. “Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.” — Jaime Lyn

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97. “Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” — Emma Chase

98. “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s goodbye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” —  Jack Kerouac

99. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

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100. “It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.” — John Green

101. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” — Bob Bitchin

Funny Road Trip Quotes

102. “A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.” — Tom Lichtenheld

103. “If I want my marriage to survive this honeymoon road trip I know I have to stop offering my special helpful tips for driving in foreign lands. So now, whenever we are heading into a traffic situation where I think my opinion could be particularly useful, I just take a deep breath and close my eyes. I’m learning to be a good wife.” — Vivian Swift

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104. “Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions.” — Jenn McKinlay

105. “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” — Tim O’Reilly

106. “I basically have two states of being: on the road or on the computer.” — Judith Fein

(Yep — I can relate to this one! But to tell the truth, I love it when I’m doing both – travelling is cool and sharing our travels and photos on our log is great too – find out how we got started here. )

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107. “In 1903 the Wright brothers invented airplanes, because in 1902 they took a road trip across the country with their family.” — Bill Engvall

 108. “Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.”—  Jerry Seinfeld

109. “A road trip frees the mind, revitalizes the spirit, and infuses the body with Dr Pepper and teriyaki jerky.”
— Peter Heller

110. “We all have that one friend who is either on a road trip or planning a road trip or thinking about a road trip or talking to people who are on a road trip or posting quotes about a road trip.” — Crestless Wave

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111. “Every road trip has its ups and downs, just like a love affair, or the stock market. But more like a love affair.” — Vivian Swift

112. ” A relationship is like a road trip: You get bugs splattered on the windshield. By the time you see them, it’s too late, but you still keep going.” — T. Geronimo Johnson

Mindful Travel Quotes

113. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu 

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114. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” — Unknown

115. “A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

Road trip travel quote on a stone fountain with rose petals floating in the water

116. “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” — Alain de Botton

117. “Everyone wants to know what the journey was like. But how can I explain the power, the rush of being alive, of feeling connected to everything, of simply “being”?” — Juliana Buhring

South Africa, in the midst of its iconic wild animals, was where I felt the most alive and connected. Whether it was ancestral DNA recognising its home, or the pure brilliance of mother nature, it was here that I felt I had ‘come home.

That I was exactly where I was meant to be.

This video highlights our best animal encounters in South Africa, and I hope you get a sense of what it was like to be part of that world.

Highlights of Kruger National Park

118. “Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” — Pat Conroy

119. “A guru is like a road map. If you want to walk uncharted terrain, I think it’s sensible to walk with a road map.” — Jaggi Vasudev

Road Trip Quotes with Friends and Lovers

120. “I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.” — Paulo Coelho

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121. “No road is long with good company.” – Turkish Proverb

122. “Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.” — Chinese Proverb

123. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.” — Unknown

Travel quote on elephants walking in a line

124. “Just grab a friend and take a ride, together upon the open road.” – The Goofy Movie

125. “You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people, and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.” — Jamie Tworkowski


126. “Road trips can either suck monkey balls or, with the right person, they can be awesome sauce with cheesy fries.”
— Penny Reid

Quote and monkey with blue balls

127. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill

128. “Life is a journey,” the metaphor guides you to some conclusions: You should learn the terrain, pick a direction, find some good traveling companions, and enjoy the trip, because there may be nothing at the end of the road.
— Jonathan Haidt

129. “I want to go on a road trip. Just you and me. The highway, the radio, the blue sky, the back roads, and windows down. We’ll talk about everything and nothing. We’ll sing our hearts out, and we’ll make memories we’ll never forget. Just you and me.” — Unknown

Our first really long road trip was at the start of our adventure back in 2017. We travelled thousands of kilometres from Perth to Melbourne – crossing from the west to the east of Australia. Making memories, having fun and singing our hearts out … well I did 😉

Long Road trip Car Karaoke

130. “Teamwork makes the dream work” — Lars Roes (every other day on the road)

Road Trip Quotes … That’s a Wrap

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post on quotes about road trips and journeys, thoughtfully sprinkled with our own travel photos.

Life on the road is certainly filled with ups and downs. Make the journey with a smile and embrace the adventures and surprises along the way.

Enjoy your next road trip and happy travels 🙂

Many of our quotes are from books and you can find other great quotes on quotes from books at Goodreads.

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