111 Solo Travel Quotes About Traveling Alone that Will Inspire You

Looking for inspirational quotes about traveling alone?

Have you been searching for the perfect solo travel quotes, and the best solo travel Instagram captions? If so, you might have noticed a lot of articles with quotes about travel — especially solo female travel quotes blogs — have mostly male voices.

Hard to believe, and confusing af; I know 🤷‍♀️

Regardless, the world needed a proper female solo travel quotes blog with meaningful solo travel quotes — and here it is — the 111 best quotes about traveling alone, all of them said by women, meant to inspire women.

The solo travel quotes you’ll in this article cover everything from adventure travel quotes to wanderlust travel quotes, and quotes about traveling the world. Looking for solo travel captions for Instagram? All of the ones listed here work perfect for introspective Instagram travel quotes.

All of the best quotes about travel in this article also highlight BIPOC voices, from the late poet laureate, Maya Angelou, and humanitarian lawyer, Nyssa P. Chopra, to Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, children’s book author, Aisha Mirza, and 2017 Miss USA/U.S. Air Force Captain Deshauna Barber.

Get your solo travel mindset on with these 111 quotes about traveling alone, a collection meant to inspire you to explore the world as a confident solo female traveler. Ready to check out these traveling solo quotes? Let’s get to it!

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Female Solo Travel Quotes: Wanderlust Quotes

1. Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell. ~Libba Bray.

2. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. ~Susan Sontag

3. Travel… the best way to be lost and found at the same time. ~Brenna Smith

4. To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. ~Elizabeth Gilbert

5. Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. ~Mary Ritter Beard

6. You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself. ~Ella Maillart

7. With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding. ~Sandra Lake

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8. If we were meant to stay in one place we would have roots instead of feet. ~Rachel Wolchin

9. I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations. ~Nyssa P. Chopra

10. Sometimes the best journeys are those that start when we do not plan, continue how we do not expect, and are taking us places we do not know. ~Aisha Mirza

11. I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

12. You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next. ~Kirsten Hubbard

13. Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell. ~Paula Bendfeldt

14. I think you travel to search, and you come back home to find yourself there. ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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15. The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. ~Agnes Repplier  

16. Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. ~Anita Desai

17. To shut your eyes is to travel. ~Emily Dickinson

18. Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground. ~Judith Thurman

19. Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. ~Gayle Foreman

20. Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere. ~Isabelle Eberhardt

21. To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy. ~Raquel Cepeda

22. Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I have to go; This is my station.” ~Lisa St. Aubin de Terán

23. Where you come from does matter — but not nearly as much as where you are headed. ~Jodi Picoult

24. There is a kind of magic-ness about going far away, and then coming back all changed. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

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25. Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure. ~Maya Angelou

26. If I were asked to enumerate the pleasures of travel, this would be one of the greatest among them — that so often and so unexpectedly you meet the best in human nature. ~Freya Stark

27. The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. ~Shirley MacLaine

28. If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is. ~Angelina Jolie

29. As a woman I have no country — As a woman, my country is the whole world. ~Virginia Woolf

30. I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible. ~Storm Jameson

31. The Chinese say that there is no scenery in your home town. They’re right. Being in another place heightens the senses, allows you to see more, enjoy more, take delight in small things; it makes life richer. You feel more alive, less cocooned. ~Jane Wilson-Howarth

32. We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. ~Anaïs Nin

33. One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are. ~Edith Wharton

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34. Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it. ~Eudora Welty 

35. You will never be completely at home again because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. ~Miriam Adeney

36. As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own. ~Margaret Mead

37. I was never a big fan of people who don’t leave home. It just seems part of your duty in life. ~Joan Didion

38. You have to taste a culture to understand it. ~Deborah Cater

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Female Solo Travel Quotes: Fearless Solo Journey Quotes

39. Travel experiences are emotionally loaded. Often there is excitement and stimulation. The tingle-factor though comes partly from the fact that we’re stressed, just a little. ~Jane Wilson-Howarth

40. And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

41. It’s ok to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave. ~Mandy Hale

42. Do not fear failure, but please, be terrified of regret. ~Deshauna Barber

43. The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

44. I’ve not ceased being fearful, I’ve gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you go too far. ~Erica Jong

45. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. ~Helen Keller

46. Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you. ~Caroline Myss

47. The journey of life is amazingly beautiful if you take it as a fearless adventure. ~Debasish Mridha

48. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done, does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks

49. Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. ~Margaret Shepard

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50. What gives value to travel is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we all have. ~Elizabeth Benedict

51. Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity; we have only this moment — sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. ~Marie Beyon Ray

52. I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. ~Mary Louise Alcott

53. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me? ~Ayn Rand

54. If you find yourself drawn to an event against all logic, go. The universe is telling you something. ~Gloria Steinem

55. You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference. ~Anita Septimus

56. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same place. ~Nora Roberts

57. Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations. If there’s something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do it. ~Amy Dodson

58. Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage. ~Anaïs Nin

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Female Solo Travel Quotes: Travel Adventure Quotes

59. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. ~Brene Brown

60. Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing. ~Holly Morris

61. Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul. ~Jaime Lyn Beatty

62. What good are wings without the courage to fly? ~Harper Lee

63. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. ~Oprah Winfrey

64. You must go on adventures to find out where you belong. ~Sue Fitzmaurice

65. Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient. ~Grace Lichtenstein

66. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~Helen Keller

67. If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad. ~Jane Austen

68. Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress: Adventure. ~J.K. Rowling

69. You must go on adventures to find out where you belong. ~Sue Fitzmaurice

70. Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures. ~Lovelle Drachman

71. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

72. It is in all of us to defy expectations, to go into the world and to be brave, and to want, to need, to hunger for adventures. To embrace the chance and risk so that we may breathe and know what it is to be free. ~Mae Chevrette

73. The journey is my home. ~Muriel Rukeyser

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74. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver

75. 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

76. Live your life by a compass, not a clock. ~Erica Jong

77. Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. ~Martha Barron Barrett

78. You thought too hard. Same with travel. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents. ~Gayle Forman

79. I didn’t know where I was going, until I got there. ~Cheryl Strayed

80. You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. ~Diane Von Furstenberg

81. When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement… When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. ~Mary Oliver

82. Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip. ~Babs Hoffman

83. Let there be room left in your heart for the unimaginable ― serendipity has a way of showing itself just when you feel like giving up. ~Nikki Rowe

84. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. ~Maya Angelou

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85. It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. ~Ursula K. Le Guin

86. When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ~Susan Heller

87. The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. ~Anna Quindlen

88. I was lying to myself when I thought I was lost; I have never been lost ― I just wasn’t ready to be found. ~Nikki Rowe

89. One thing that I love about traveling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone. ~Sarah Glidden

90. I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. ~Lillian Smith

91. You can’t out-travel sadness. I travel not to get away from my troubles but to see how they look in front of famous buildings. ~Elizabeth McCracken

92. I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it. ~Cheryl Strayed

93. A person needs at intervals to separate themselves from family and companions and go to new places. You must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. ~Katharine Butler Hathaway

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Female Solo Travel Quotes: Inspirational Travel Quotes

94. To awaken quite 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 and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it. ~Freya Stark

95. There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey. ~Mandy Hale

96. Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. ~Mae West

97. I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone. ~Daphne Du Maurier

98. Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. ~Hannah Arendt

99. Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. ~Barbara De Angelis

100. Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime ~Jacqueline Boone

101. London on your own actually seems more exotic than Egypt on a tour. ~Laura Fraser

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102. When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart, because there’s no other way to preserve it. ~Shauna Niequist

103. You can go everywhere, but in the end you run back into yourself. ~Constance A. Dunn

104. Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of other’s expectations. ~Suzy Strutner

105. When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier. ~Diane Von Furstenberg

106. The best trip is the journey you take in finding yourself. ~Angela Vallely

107. The treasured vistas of our solo journeys are not always about the landscape. ~Gina Greenlee

108. Don’t put off your adventures while you wait for available friends to join. ~Francis Shenstone

109. A hotel room all to myself is my idea of a good time. ~Chelsea Handler

110. All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money or even close friends with me on my journey. ~Charlotte Eriksson

111. Solo travel… it forces you to trust yourself, question yourself, and in turn, trust yourself even more. ~Brooke Saward

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Final Thoughts: A Note from the Editor about Solo Travel Quotes

👋 I’m Shelley, I’ve been traveling solo all over Mexico since April 2018… and I love me some inspo quotes.

I combined those things for this ultimate list of the 111 best, most impactful, quotes about traveling alone that were all said by women, for women.

Since ALL the solo female travel quotes articles I came across had quotes said mostly by men 🤷‍♀️, I decided to be part of the solution and compiled this list of the most impactful and famous quotes about travel to help guide fellow female travelers to a life-changing solo travel journey.

I hope these solo traveler quotes inspire you to explore traveling alone as a woman, and take your first solo trip.

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  1. Susanna

    Woah, that was an epic list of quotes about solo travel from some amazing women. I thought the quote about seeing London on your own can seem more interesting than Egypt on a tour was profound. I agree, being able to soak up a destination on your own, allows you to see a new side to it all. Many of the quotes I hadn’t read before, but I did recognize some of them, like K. Le Guin’s quote from The Left Hand of Darkness. Great list. Thanks for sharing so many inspiring quotes.

  2. Hannah

    Deborah Cater’s quote about tasting a country to understand it really resonates with me! Foodie travel is what it’s all about for me 😉

  3. Lynda

    That list is so impressive. There is so much truth and wisdom in those quotes. One of my favorites is that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. (Or something like that.)

  4. Jennifer Nilsson

    I NEEDED this on this week. Thank you. Especially love number 61:
    Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul. ~Jaime Lyn Beatty
    Thank you.

    • Shelley

      hi jennifer: i’m soooo glad there was some inspiration here for you 💗 enjoy your week!

  5. Melinda

    What a great compilation! I love too many to name – Maya Angelou’s for one- so I had to bookmark it.


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