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Quiz: Who said these famous, inspiring and interesting travel quotes?

Some are niche, some are well-known, and others can be found on wanderlust.co.uk. So, how many of these great quotes can you correctly attribute? Good luck!

Who said these quotes about travel? (Shutterstock)

Honestly, this quiz could have been endless. There are countless awe-inspiring, thought-provoking and interesting quotes about travelling and what it means to us.

For the purposes of this quiz, we’ve managed to narrow it down to just 19. Do you know who said them all? Care to hazard a guess? Here’s a hint: a few quotes are from Wanderlust interviews and pieces. See if you can spot them here, here, and here.

1. Who said this? “Traveling is more fun — hell, life is more fun — if you can treat it as a series of impulses.”

Bill Bryson

Paul Theroux

Sir Michael Palin

It’s anonymous

2. Who said this? “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”

Gertrude Stein

Simone de Beauvoir

Anais Nin

It’s anonymous

3. Who said this? “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again - to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

Paul Theroux

Peter Matthiessen

Pico Iyer

It’s anonymous

4. Who said this? “I seemed to vow to myself that someday I would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till I came to one of the poles of the earth, the end of the axis upon which this great round ball turns.”

Roald Amundsen

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Sara Wheeler

Sir Edmund Hillary

5. Who said this to Wanderlust? “I'm not too interested in being entertained or made a fuss of. I just want to be there.”

Jessica Nabongo

Francesca Murray

Alice Morrison

Kris Tompkins

6. Who said this? “Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”

The Dalai Lama

Mahatma Gandhi


It’s anonymous

7. Who said this? “The journey not the arrival matters.”

Sylvia Plath

T.S. Eliot

John Steinbeck

It’s anonymous

8. Who said this? “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they are going.”

Paul Theroux

Sir Michael Palin

Simon Calder

It's anonymous

9. Who said this? “Continue to dream, to plan. The wanderlust urge is strong. Travel will return, and when it does, let’s travel well and with kindness. Not just for ourselves but for the planet.”

Julia Bradbury

Lyn Hughes

Helen Moat

Alice Morrison

10. Who said this? “Truly a good horse, good ground to gallop on, and sunshine, make up the sum of enjoyable travelling.”

Isabella Bird

Freya Stark

Beryl Markham

Honestly, no idea

11. Who said this? “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.”

Harper Lee

Allen Ginsberg

Kurt Vonnegut

You just made that up!

12. Who said this? “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

It’s anonymous

Ferdinand Magellan

Vasco da Gama

Ibn Battuta

13. Who said this? “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’s anonymous

Phil Rosenthal

Anthony Bourdain

Marcus Samuelsson

14. Who said this? “I love to travel, but hate to arrive.”

Charles Darwin

Marie Curie

Albert Einstein

Leonardo da Vinci

15. Who said this? “Perhaps it’s my natural pessimism, but it seems that an awfully large part of travel these days is to see things while you still can.”

Honestly, no idea

Richard Dawkins

Bill Bryson

Stephen Fry

16. Who said this? “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

Laura Bell

Zora Neale Hurston

Cheryl Strayed

17. Who said this to Wanderlust? “My tip, more than anything, is travel with your eyes open and take chances. Wanderlust readers obviously do that anyway, but push it further. Take more time to get yourself out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself with the things that you do.”

Monty Halls

Jane Goodall

Steve Backshall

Simon Reeve

18. Who said this? “And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

Pico Iyer

Deepak Chopra

Robert Byron

It’s anonymous

19. Who said this about Wanderlust? It’s “the best travel magazine this side of Nanga Parbat.”

Sir Michael Palin

Simon Reeve

Bill Bryson

You’ve made it up!

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