Travel is one of life's most inspiration-inducing undertakings. In every travel brochure, magazine, book or diary, you'll find countless cliched superlatives describing the world around us and the act of travel itself. Of course, some travellers are better at summarising the emotions their journeys evoked than others. With observations such as, "The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff", for example, it's clear that Britney Spears is unlikely to go down as one of the great travel philosophers of our time. The same could be said for Justin Bieber, who at a recent visit to Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, wrote in the guest book: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber".
From the poignant, to the witty and the tongue-in-cheek, here's a selection of some of our favourite travel quotes from over the years.
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” – Oscar Wilde, writer and poet
“People say there are delays on flights. Delays, really? New York to California in five hours, that used to take 30 years, a bunch of people used to die on the way there, have a baby, you would end up with a whole different group of people by the time you got there. Now you watch a movie and [go to the toilet] and you’re home." - Louis C.K., comedian
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux, travel writer and novelist
“Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury, writer
“I think it's clever how Rome have kept a load of old stuff. There's no overheads, yet people are going over there to see it.” – Karl Pilkington, travel host/comedian
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher
“What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?” - George Carlin, comedian
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese, poet, novelist and literary critic
“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett, travel writer
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” - John Steinbeck, writer
“You can't walk down here at all. It can't be a shortcut because you get stopped every few seconds.” [moves aside to let an elderly woman pass] “See? I bet she left the house when she was 10!” - Karl Pilkington, travel host/comedian
“Not all those who wander are lost,” – J.R.R Tolkien, writer and poet
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time,” - André Gide, writer
“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France, poet, journalist and novelist
“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, novelist and poet
Do you have any favourite travel quotes? Who do you think has summed up travel best over the years? Let us know in the comments section below.