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Solo travel is a liberating and empowering experience. It’s a chance to challenge yourself, discover new places and meet new people.

Of course, there’ll always be times when you feel a little uncertain or overwhelmed when travelling alone.

And that’s when you might need some inspiration to keep you going – aka my favourite solo travel quotes!

I took my first solo trip a little later than most at the age of 33. it was a life-changing experience, and I’m not exaggerating. It changed my life so much, I ended up moving to that country 2 months later!

Since then, I’ve been to almost 30 countries; some with friends, some with family and many as a solo traveller.

Solo travel has taught me so much about myself and the world and in an effort to try to inspire you on your own solo travel journey, here are 99 of the most empowering travel alone quotes.

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Solo travel quotes to empower you to travel on your own

1. “The most beautiful thing about solo travel is that you get to decide everything by yourself.”Antonymous

One of the main reasons people choose to travel solo has got to be the complete control over their itinerary. When you’re on your own, you don’t have to worry about anyone else’s preferences, schedules, or budgets. You get to go wherever you want, when you want, and sleep in as late as you want! This quote reminds us that solo travel is a rare opportunity for us to be completely selfish and make all the decisions we want.

2. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Starting a solo travel adventure can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first solo trip. You might feel nervous or unsure of yourself and what you’re capable of. This quote by Lao Tzu is a reminder that every big journey starts with a small step. you just need to take that first leap of faith and the rest will follow.

3. “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

Ultimately, solo travel is about discovering yourself and the world around you. But that doesn’t mean you’re going to be alone the whole time. In fact, one of the best things about solo travel is the people you meet. I’ve met so many friends from all over the world – fellow travellers and locals. You’ll have countless opportunities to meet new and interesting people along the way.

4. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.”Diane Von Furstenberg

Nobody says it better than Diane von Furstenberg – you are the only person who holds the key to your own happiness. Whether it’s solo travel or not, don’t wait for someone else to create the life you want. Take control and start creating that life on your own.

5. “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself”.Matthew Karsten

Travelling solo can be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. It’s not just about ticking countries off your list or eating something new from every place. It’s about challenging your comfort zone, pushing your boundaries, and learning more about who you are.

6. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”David Mitchell

If you’re looking for a journey of self-discovery, solo travel is your ticket. It’s a chance to explore your inner self and find out what truly makes you happy. You may not always like what you see, but that’s okay. The key is to use every experience as an opportunity for growth.

7. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”Amelia Earhart

The absolute legend that is Amelia Earhart said it best – just do it. Stop overthinking and start planning that solo trip you’ve been dreaming about. What are you waiting for? The world is out there, explore and experience it in a way that only you can!

8. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”Oprah Winfrey

When you’re travelling alone, you have the freedom to live your life on your own terms. You get to do whatever makes you happy, explore where you want to and pursue all your passions without any limitations. This quote reminds me that the biggest adventure we can ever take is to live the life of our dreams, and solo travel experiences are the perfect way to do that.

9. Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of others’ expectations.” – Suzy Strutner

If I had to count the number of times people questioned my sanity for travelling alone, I’d need more than ten fingers. But the truth is that solo travel takes courage, and there’s no better feeling than being free from the expectations of others. It’s a liberating experience where you can finally be yourself without worrying about judgement or someone else’s opinion.

10. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”Mary Anne Radmacher

This Mary Anne Radmacher quote is so powerful and absolutely true. Every solo travel experience teaches you something new – about yourself and the world around you – that you would have never known otherwise. You come back from a trip with a new perspective, open to possibilities and ready for more adventures.

Mary Anne Radmacher Solo travel quote

11. “Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.”Brenna Smith

Solo travel can often be a daunting prospect, but it’s also one of the best ways to find yourself. When you’re on the road, you discover new things about yourself and gain a better understanding of life. You come back with new perspectives, a clearer vision for your future and more self-confidence. It’s an amazing way to get lost in the moment and find yourself along the way.

12. “Travel alone, not because you’re lonely but so that you can have a deeper connection with life.” Unknown

Solo travel is about giving yourself a chance to have a deeper connection with life. When you travel solo, all of your senses are heightened and you become so aware of your surroundings. Without the comfort of everyday life, you’re forced to be present in the moment and truly experience everything around you. It’s an incredibly enriching and empowering journey.

13. “Traveling solo is like being the captain of your own ship – you chart your course, set your pace, and determine your destination.”Vourneen, Snap Happy Spoonie

When you’re travelling solo, it’s all up to you. You decide what your route will be, how fast or slow you want to go and where you ultimately end up. That’s the beauty of being completely in control of your own journey. You have the freedom to explore without any limitations and make decisions based solely on what makes you happy.

14. “Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient.”Grace Lichtenstein

There are no limits to the possibilities of what you can find when you take the time to explore yourself and the world around you. Every solo travel experience is an opportunity to discover something new, both about yourself and the world. It’s through these discoveries that you can gain a deeper understanding of life and find what truly makes you happy.

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

Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back from discovering yourself. The unexpected experiences, the unexplored landscapes, and the unfamiliar people all have the power to reveal so much about ourselves. It’s not about avoiding the unknown, it’s about embracing it and allowing it to become a part of who we are.

16. “Some journeys can only be traveled alone.”Ken Poirot

Have you ever embarked on a journey that you knew deep down, you had to do it alone? Sometimes, those are the journeys that hold the most personal meaning and growth. I’m talking about the ones where you must face your fears or confront difficult decisions. They’re not easy, but they’re necessary for personal development. It’s during these travels that you discover who you truly are without the influence of others. Sure, it’s tough, but it’s also liberating.

17. “Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.”Debasish Mridha

It’s easy to get caught up in the routine of everyday life, but never forget that there’s so much out there to discover. Travelling can open up doors you never knew existed. It’s a chance to break free from your routine, learn something new, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

18. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach.”Walt Whitman

While it may seem daunting to go it alone, sometimes the only person who knows what’s best for you is you. Trust your instincts and remember that whatever challenges come your way, you have the strength and ability within yourself to face them head-on.

19. “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”Maxwell Maltz

It may seem cheesy or even a bit too introspective, but building a strong relationship with yourself is not only empowering, but can also help you navigate through life’s ups and downs with more ease. It’s understanding that you’re capable and strong enough to take on what life throws your way.

20. “On the path to greatness, life teaches you to walk with stones in your shoes.” Matshona Dhliwayo

On the path to greatness, life tends to throw a few stones in our shoes. But here’s the thing, we can either let those little obstacles stop us in our tracks or we can use them as opportunities to grow and become stronger. It’s those moments of adversity that truly shape us and give us the grit and determination to keep pushing forward towards our goals.

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21. “Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.”Angelina Jolie

There’s something about looking at a map that makes me feel hopeful. It reminds me that the world is full of possibilities and I should be embracing every moment of my journey. So, pull out a map, stare at it for a while and let it remind you that life really is an adventure waiting to be explored!

22. “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

Travelling solo is an adventure and a journey that should be taken with courage and enthusiasm. Don’t shy away from the unknown, embrace it and let the experience fuel your spirit. Life can either be an exciting adventure or nothing at all – make sure it’s not nothing!

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

We’re not made to live our lives within the confines of our own town. We’re meant to explore and experience what life has to offer. You never know what amazing things you’ll find out there when you take risks and embrace the unknown.

24. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes it takes a bit of courage to go explore on your own, but being alone can be incredibly inspiring. Don’t be afraid to step out and discover the beauty that life has to offer you, even if it means travelling solo. It’s worth it!

25. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”Ayn Rand

You are the only one who can stop you. Don’t let anyone else determine what you are capable of or where your life should take you. And don’t stand in your own way. Have confidence in yourself and never be afraid to explore the world and discover more about yourself.

26. 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

This quote really struck a chord with me. I don’t want to live a life filled with regret, wondering if I’ve made the most of my time here. I want to be able to look back on my life and know that I’ve lived it to the fullest, that I’ve made something of myself and I’ve experienced everything I wanted to.

27. “The journey of life is amazingly beautiful if you take it as a fearless adventure.”Debasish Mridha

Life is an incredible adventure, and the journey is truly breathtaking when we approach it fearlessly. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine, but if we step back and embrace the unknown, we’ll discover wonderful surprises along the way.

28. “I have traveled many roads in my life. Some were imbued with pain and I needed to avert my gaze. Others were so beautiful that I would have remained there forever. But always, at some point in these routes, I reached a place where I encountered myself.”Pablo Holmberg

Not every road is going to be easy and not every moment of your journey is going to be perfect. But the beauty of solo travel is that you can take your time, reflect on yourself and discover things about yourself that you never knew before. Because those are the moments where we grow and learn the most.

29. “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone because they reflect more.”Thomas Jefferson

I couldn’t agree more with the notion that one travels more usefully when they travel alone. There’s something about being by yourself in a foreign place that forces you to reflect and learn about yourself in ways you never thought were possible. No distractions, no responsibilities, no judgments – just you and your journey.

30. “The best part of solo travel? The moments of pure bliss that you experience when you realise you’re exactly where you’re meant to be.” Vourneen, Snap Happy Spoonie

There’s something truly magical about solo travel. You’re free to go wherever you please, whenever you please – no compromises necessary. And, without fail, there’ll be moments that take your breath away, where you’re filled with an overwhelming sense of contentment and joy. It could be as simple as watching the sun set over a city skyline, or dipping your toes in the cool, clear waters of a hidden beach. Whatever it is, it’s a feeling that’s hard to put into words, but one that you’ll undoubtedly treasure for a lifetime.

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More inspirational travel alone quotes

31. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.”Anaïs Nin

32. “The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”Henry David Thoreau

33. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”Ray Bradbury

34. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”Erol Ozan

35. “I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.”Daphne Du Maurier

36. “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

37. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”Wendell Berry

38. “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

39. “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

40. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”Erol Ozan

41. “A person susceptible to ‘Wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”Pico Iyer

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

43. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”Henry Rollins

44. “I learned my strengths and weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between. I gained courage, and I learned it myself.”Ann Stirk

45. “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”Paulo Coelho

46. “Good girls go to heaven; bad girls go everywhere.”Mae West

47. “Looking in the mirror, I saw a joyful face. And this happy girl was just about to go on a trip, with a one-way ticket in her bag. Life was a never-ending journey.”Nico J. Genes

48. “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

49. “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

50. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein travel alone quote

51. “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

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

53. “Traveling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life-changing experience of your life. Try it at least once.”Unknown

54. “It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially molded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others. Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity.” – Alain de Botton

55. “When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.”Liberty Hyde Bailey

56. “The best trip is the journey you take in finding yourself.” Angela Vallely

57. “It is pointless to embark on any journey if you do not believe yourself worthy of the destination.” Anthon St. Maarten

58. “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” Gael Attal

59. “A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.”Isabelle Eberhardt

60. “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.”Ray Bradbury

61. “This life is an enduring and complex journey, but finally I have reached the point in my story where I am appreciative of where I’ve been, proud of where I am, and excited about where I have yet to go.”Becca Lee

62. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustav Flaubert

63. “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”Agnes Repplier

64. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”Diane Von Furstenberg

65. “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

66. “It’s a long ride home with nothing but me for company. I bore myself sometimes. Not often. Just now and again.” David Hewson

67. “The inner journey of travel is intensified by solitude.”Paul Theroux

68. “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?”Caroline Myss

69. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”Maya Angelou

70. “The treasured vistas of our solo journeys are not always about the landscape.”Gina Greenlee

Gina Greenlee Travel alone quote

71. “Waiting for the perfect moment to travel? It is here right now!”Unknown

72. “Some journeys take you farther from where you come from, but closer to where you belong.”Ron Franscell

73. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”Anita Desai

74. “Life is a journey with almost limitless detours.”Ken Poirot

75. “Everywhere you go, you shall find dramatic splendor and awe because your majestic soul is part of the vivid whole, and nothing about you is ignoble.” Kilroy J. Oldster

76. “You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.” Colin Wright

77. “The goal of my life is to tie adventure to my feet, stock memories in my pocket, hold imagination in my palms like fairy dust, and sprinkle it on my tales.”Mitali Meelan

78. “Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.”Gayle Foreman

79. “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

80. “Sometimes, the journey has to be traveled alone to appreciate the strengths that lie deep inside of you.”Steven Aitchison

81. “My spirit gets nourished in faraway places. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a biological need, perhaps a biological flaw, that compels me to seek the excitement and challenge that comes of being in a place where nobody knows me.” Rita Golden Gelman

82. “Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”Ewan Mcgregor

83. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”Anthony Robbins

84. “Some journeys in life can only be traveled alone.”Ken Poirot

85. “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”Sir Richard Burton

86. “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere will always haunt me.”Isabelle Eberhardt

87. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”Christopher McCandless

88. “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

89. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” Bill Bryson

90. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Christopher McCandless

Christopher McCandless solo travel quote

91. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”Mary Louise Alcott

92. “It’s not getting from A to B. It’s not the beginning of the destination that counts. It’s the ride in between. This train is alive with things that should be seen and heard. It’s a living, breathing something – you just have to want to learn its rhythm.” David Baldacci

93. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber

94. “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” Sir Richard Burton

95. “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”Albert Camus

96. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”Oliver Wendell Holmes

97. “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

98. “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis

99. “The beauty of solo travel is that you can design your own adventure, and it’s always exactly what you need.”Vourneen, Snap Happy Spoonie

These 99 solo travel quotes will give you the courage to embark on your next journey and discover the world that lies within you. Get inspired and make sure to take along these words of wisdom for your next solo adventure.

The moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to explore, travel, and experience new things on your own. You’ll never know what you’ll find until you take that leap and embrace the unknown.


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