12 Ancient and Inspiring Travel Quotes in Today’s High-Tech World

Can you imagine what Buddha, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Confucius, St. Augustine, Euripides, Democritus, Muhammad, Lao Tzu, Seneca and Socrates would think about travel nowadays? Do you think their view on the world would differ now compared to the times when they lived?

It would be interesting to see what they would say today. In their lives they didn’t have airplanes, trains, cars. No social media, no internet, no Airbnb, no Booking.com, no smartphones, no apps, or whatsoever.

But, they had wisdom and vision on the world as no other. Each of them left lasting legacy to our civilization and part of this legacy is passed on to us with some of their famous travel related quotes.

Travel Quotes:

Travel quotes: Democritus
For the wise is easy to go anywhere. Because the whole world is home for a good soul. – Democritus – c.460 to 370 BC
Travel quotes: Buddha
It is better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha – 563 to 483 BC
Travel quotes: Aristophanes
Why, I’d like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip. – Aristophanes – c. 446 to 386 BC
Travel quotes: Confucius
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius – c. 800 to 200 BC
Travel quotes: Aristotle
Adventure is worthwhile. – Aristotle – c. 384 to 322 BC
Travel quotes: Euripides
Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves. – Euripides – c. 484 to 407 BC
Travel quotes: Lao Tzu
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu – c. 6th to 4th century BC
Travel quotes: Muhammad
Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled. – Muhammad – 570 to 632
Travel quotes: Seneca
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Seneca – c. 4 BC to 64 AD
Travel quotes: Socrates
Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates – c. 470 to 399 BC
Travel quotes: St. Augustine
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – St. Augustine – 354 to 430
Travel quotes: Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius – c. 800 to 200 BC

The travel quotes above capture interesting dimensions of the travel world. In essence they describe travel as something that enriches your soul, your mind and your life. But, it’s also interesting that some of them put accent on a little bit contrasting things. While Aristotle and Aristophanes speak about the adventurous aspect, Buddha speaks about the wellness of the travel process.

So maybe if they were here with us today, they would travel differently. Maybe Aristophanes will seek adventures, spontaneity and surprises. It seems he would use different type of travel apps and tools unlike Buddha, who would most likely plan ahead the details of his trip.

Therefore it comes to no surprise that Buddha would probably also use an app for luggage storage like the one that we have created πŸ™‚ Joking a bit, but still true, because he has said: “it is better to travel well…”.

Even though the ancient thinkers’ views differ, their thoughts are universal and timeless. Despite the enormous and incomparable technological changes, it may happen that they would still hold to the same views and values about travel, again today.

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