55+ Best Travel Quotes in Spanish (with English Translation)

Some people may find them cheesy but I just love quotes about travel! And combining them with one of my favorite languages in the world with travel quotes in Spanish is an awesome way to appreciate a different language at the same time. 

Reading travel quotes often reminds me of why I love it so much and how valuable it can be to have new experiences, discover different cultures, and explore places I’ve never been to.

Whether you’re dreaming of your next trip to Spain, counting down the days to your vacation, or just need a boost of travel inspiration, I’ve put together the ultimate list of my favorite travel quotes in Spanish, with English translations so that we can appreciate each quote in both languages. 

I hope these Spanish travel quotes will inspire you to take on your next adventure. Happy wanderlusting!

Best Travel Quotes in Spanish

Valencia, Spain
  1. “Viajar te cambia. A medida que avanzas por esta vida y este mundo cambias las cosas ligeramente, dejas marcas atrás, aunque sean pequeñas. Y a cambio, la vida y los viajes dejan marcas en ti.” – Anthony Bourdain

This travel quote from the late great Anthony Bourdain is my absolute fave. Here’s the English translation: “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”

I’ve definitely found that travel has had a profound effect on who I am and how I view the world… and I hope that any marks I leave behind are mostly positive!

  1. “Todos los viajes tienen destinos secretos sobre los que el viajero nada sabe.” – Martin Buber

If you’ve ever experienced anything unexpected or surprising during your travels, this travel quote in Spanish will resonate with you. But that’s the beauty of it travel, isn’t it?

English translation: “All trips have secret destinations about which the traveler knows nothing.”

  1. “Las ciudades son como una piedra con la que uno choca, y el resultado de ese choque es lo que llevas por dentro.” – Santiago Gamboa

In English, this quote says: “Cities are like a stone that you collide with, and the result of that collision is what you carry inside.” We all come way with new experiences, new perspectives, and new memories from every trip we take and this quote conveys that feeling in such a poetic way!

  1. “El mundo es un libro y aquellos que no viajan solo leen una página” – San Agustín

This travel quote in Spanish is one that will surely resonate with book-lovers (me included!). Just like travel, I can’t get enough of reading… do you feel the same?

English translation: “The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page.”

  1. “Si estuviéramos hechos para quedarnos en un solo lugar, tendríamos raíces en vez de pies.” – Rachel Wolchin

This quote says, “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” So let’s get those feet moving and explore new places!

  1. “Las ciudades son libros que se leen con los pies.” – Quintín Cabrera

English translation: “Cities are books that are read with the feet.”

That’s why walking tours are my favorite things to do! There’s nothing better than wandering around a city, discovering little local nooks and crannies and experiencing its vibe. And with a local guide leading the way, I love learning little facts and stories that help me get to know a city better!

  1. “Viajar sigue siendo el modo más intenso de aprendizaje.” – Kevin Kelly

In English, the quote reads, “Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.”

Travel has definitely improved my life skills (navigating a new place, being adaptable when things go wrong, etc) and helped develop my personal qualities (being more bold, learning to be more empathetic, etc). What have you learned from your travels?

  1. “La única regla del viaje es: no vuelvas como te fuiste. Vuelve diferente.” – Anne Carson

English translation: “The only rule of travel is: don’t come back as you left. Come back different.”

Maybe you’re more relaxed after a beach holiday. Or you picked up some history and culture from the museums you visited. Or you ticked off a big hike on your bucket list. Whatever it is, you’re a different version of you after every trip.

  1. “Una vez al año, ve a algún lugar en el que nunca hayas estado.” – Dalai Lama

Yes, this travel quote is from the Dalai Lama! He says, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

If you need a sign to book your next holiday, this is it!

  1. “Sube a la montaña para que puedas ver el mundo, no para que el mundo pueda verte a ti.” – David McCullough Jr.

In English: “Climb the mountain, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”

  1. “Un libro, como un viaje, se comienza con inquietud y se termina con melancolía. ” – José Vasconcelos

English translation: “A book, like a trip, begins with uneasiness and ends with melancholy.”

  1. “Cuanto más lejos voy, más me acerco a mí mismo. ” – Andrew McCarthy

English translation: “The farther I travel, the closer I am to myself.”

  1. “Viaja lo suficientemente lejos, te encuentras a ti mismo.” – David Mitchell

In English: “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

  1. “Viajamos por romance, viajamos por arquitectura y viajamos para perdernos.” – Ray Bradbury

English translation: “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”

  1. “Tienes que emprender una aventura para descubrir a dónde perteneces realmente.” – Sue Fitzmaurice

English translation: “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”

  1. “Viajar es como amar, es un intento de transformar un sueño en realidad.” – Alain de Botton

English translation: “Traveling is like loving, it is an attempt to transform a dream into reality.”

  1. “Viajar es cambiarle la ropa al alma”  – Mario Quintana

English translation: “To travel is to change the soul’s clothes.”

  1. “El mejor de los viajes siempre es el próximo.” – Javier Reverte

In English: “The best of all trips is always the next one.”

  1. “Más importante que el viaje en sí, es lo que queda en el espíritu del viajero.” – Miguel de la Cuadra Salcedo

In English: “More important than the trip itself, is what remains in the spirit of the traveler.”

  1. “Los mundos nuevos deben ser vividos antes de ser explicados.” – Alejo Carpentier

English translation: “New worlds must be lived before being explained.”

  1. “Viajar es aprender lo que no se enseña en ninguna escuela.” – Jorge Juan Sanchez

English translation: “Traveling is learning what is not taught in any school.”

  1. “El viajero sabio viaja más lento, pero ve más.” – Carlos Olmo

Translated in English: “The wise traveler travels slower, but sees more.”

  1. “Cada viaje puede convertirse en una auténtica odisea, una aventura en la que sabemos el origen pero no el final.” – Juan Bedoian

Translated in English: “Each trip can become an authentic odyssey, an adventure in which we know the origin but not the end.”

  1. “Viajar es la mejor manera de perderse y encontrarse al mismo tiempo.” – Brenna Smith

English translation: “Travel is the best way to be lost and found all at the same time.”

  1. “Viajamos, algunos de nosotros para siempre, para buscar otros estados, otras vidas, otras almas.” – Anais Nin

English translation: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

  1. “Ve el mundo. Es más fantástico que cualquier sueño.” – Ray Bradbury

English translation: “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.”

Mallorca, Spain

Travel Quotes in Spanish by Famous Writers 

I love reading travel quotes from famous writers — they’re inspiring, beautifully worded (of course), and often thought-provoking. Here’s a selection of my favorite travel quotes in Spanish by famous writers!

  1. “Si piensas que la aventura es peligrosa, prueba la rutina; es mortal.” – Paulo Coelho

Translated in English: “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”

  1. “Si no sabes a dónde vas, cualquier camino te llevará allí.” – Lewis Caroll

Translated in English: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

  1. “Si no escalas la montaña jamás podrás contemplar el paisaje.” – Pablo Neruda

Translated in English: “If you don’t climb the mountain you will never be able to contemplate the landscape.”

  1. “Viajar mejora la mente maravillosamente y elimina todos los prejuicios.” – Oscar Wilde

English translation: “Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices.”

  1. “Los viajes son los viajeros. Lo que vemos no es lo que vemos, sino lo que somos.” – Fernando Pessoa

In English: “Travel is the traveler. What we see isn’t what we see but what we are.”

  1. “No hay tierras extrañas. Es el viajero el único que es extraño.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

In English: “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.

  1. “Aquel que quiere viajar feliz, debe viajar ligero.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Translated in English: “He who would travel happily must travel light.”

  1. “Viajar nunca es una cuestión de dinero, sino de valentía.” – Paulo Coelho

Translated in English: “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”

  1. ​​“Viajar es vivir.“ – Hans Christian Andersen

English translation: “To travel is to live.”

  1. “Es bueno tener un final de recorrido hacia donde ir; pero es el viaje lo que importa, al final.” – Ernest Hemingway

In English: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

  1. “Viajar te hace modesto. Te hace ver el pequeño lugar que ocupas en el mundo.” – Gustav Flaubert

English translation: “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

  1. “A veces tienes para viajar un largo camino a encontrar lo que está cerca.” – Paulo Coelho

English translation: “Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near.”

  1. “Viajar es nacer y morir a cada instante.“ – Victor Hugo

Translated in English: “To travel is to be born and to die at every instant.”

  1. “Se tiene que viajar para aprender.” – Mark Twain

English translation: “One must travel, to learn.”

  1. “No todos los que deambulan están perdidos.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

English translation: “Not all those who wander are lost.”

  1. “Porque al final no recordarás el tiempo que pasaste en una oficina o cortando el césped. Escala esa maldita montaña.” – Jack Kerouac

Translated in English: “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

  1. “Viajar es descubrir que todos están equivocados sobre los otros países.” – Aldous Huxley

In English: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

  1. “La mitad del romanticismo de un viaje no es más que la espera de una aventura.” – Hermann Hesse

English translation: “Half of the romanticism of a trip is nothing more than waiting for an adventure.

Madrid, Spain

Short Travel Instagram Captions in Spanish

Need a lovely travel Instagram caption in Spanish to match your gorgeous photos? Here are some travel quotes in Spanish that are short, catchy, and inspiring — plus, they sound even better in Spanish!

  1. “Hay lugares en los que uno se queda y lugares que se quedan en uno.”

English translation: “There are places where one stays and places that stay in one.

  1. “Colecciona experiencias, no cosas.”

In English: “Collect experiences, not things.”

  1. “El sentido de la vida es cruzar fronteras.”

In English: “The sense of life is to cross frontiers.”

  1. “Viajamos para que la vida no se nos escape.”

English translation: “We travel so that life does not escape us.”

  1. “Vive la aventura de vivir tu vida como quieras.”

Translated in English: “Live the adventure of living your life as you want.”

  1. “Viajar es lo único que compras y te hace más rico.”

English translation: “Traveling is the only thing you buy and makes you richer.”

  1. “Trabaja – Viaja – Ahorra – Repite.”

English translation: “Work – Travel – Save – Repeat.”

  1. “Hay demasiadas aventuras esperando a ser vividas.”

In English: “There are too many adventures waiting to be lived.”

  1. “Viajar es enamorarse a cada paso.”

Translated in English: “To travel is to fall  in love at every step you take.”

  1. “Viajamos para cambiar de ideas.”

Translated in English: “We travel to change our minds.”

  1. “Viajar es añadir vida a la vida.”

Translated in English: “Traveling is adding life to life.”

  1. “Viajando se fortalece el corazón.”

Translated in English: “Traveling strengthens the heart.”

  1. “Lo que importa es el viaje, no el destino.”

English translation: “What matters is the journey, not the destination.”

  1. “El viaje importa, la compañía también”

Translated in English: “The journey matters, the company too.”

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