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Solo Travel Quotes – 45+ Awesome Quotes About Solo Travel That Will Inspire You!

It’s no secret that I love travel quotes. Whether it’s a funny pun or an inspirational quote from a cool travel movie that makes me want to pack my bags, I love reading epic travel quotes.

They always give me something to think about, and they fuel my constant wanderlust.

Recently I’ve been debating whether to go on a solo trip or not, and I found myself looking for quotes about solo travel to help inspire and sway my decision.

In this article I decided to put together all the coolest solo travel quotes that I found, in the hope that you will also find them inspirational. They definitely did make me feel like I was ready to go on my first solo trip!

I couldn’t help but pair these awesome solo travel quotes with epic travel photos, just to fuel your wanderlust that little bit more!

So without further ado, let’s dive in and discover the best quotes about travelling solo!

Photo of a blonde girl standing at the top of Stawamus Chief in Canada with text overlay saying "Embrace the beauty of your solo journey" - one of my favourite quotes about solo travel

Inspirational quotes about travelling alone

I simply had to start this article with inspirational quotes. These are the ones excite me the most, and genuinely get me to reflect on my life and travels.

Reading adventurous quotes is one of my favourite things to do at home when I’m not travelling, and I hope you’ll love these ones as much as I do.

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

This quote about solo travel summarises perfectly the beauty and convenience of it. Not having someone to travel with is one of the most common reasons I hear as to why people think they can’t travel.

If you head into the adventure solo, you don’t have to wait for anyone! 

Photo of the sunset at Dalawella Beach in Sri Lanka with one of the best solo travel quotes written over it: "Travelling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life changing experience of your life."

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

3. “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” – John Mayer

Being alone can be extremely daunting, until you experience it and realise it gives you plenty of opportunities to reflect on yourself and grow. Once you get over the initial fear, I’m sure you’ll love it!

That’s why I love this solo travel quote (which features also amongst my favourite travel quotes), because it’s a great reminder that being alone doesn’t have to be scary.

4. “If you make friends with yourself, you will never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz

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

It’s no doubt that travel teaches you a lot. If you travel alone, all those lessons and experiences will be intensified, as you will find yourself having to face any upcoming challenges alone.

Photo of a blonde girl enjoying the view from the Belvedere of Terceira Island with text overlay saying "Travel doesn't become an adventure until you leave yourself behind."

6. “This is the journey of your life. Don’t try to explain it to others, because only you can see it.” – Nitin Namdeo

As someone who quit a safe 9-5 job to travel the world and blog about it, this is a great daily reminder. You don’t have to explain your actions to anyone but yourself.

7. “It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded 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 Bottom

I couldn’t agree more with this quote about travelling alone. We often don’t realise just how much of our behaviour is shaped by the people who surround us. Not necessarily in a bad way, but there is an influence nonetheless.

Alain de Bottom’s words have been turned into many inspiring life and travel movies. If you’re looking for inspirational words, he’s a great place to go.

Photo of a blonde girl sitting at the top of Ella Rock in Sri Lanka overlooking the green hills with text overlay saying "Hiking is not for everyone, notice the wilderness is mostly empty" - a great quote about hiking, trekking and nature!

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

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

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

11. “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

I included this quote also amongst the best hiking quotes, and for good reason. It’s a great reminder that you shouldn’t be doing this just to prove yourself to others, but to expand your own horizons.

This is especially true when it comes to experiences like solo travel.

Photo of a blonde girl with a turquoise jacket standing with her arms open in front of the lake and mountain view at the top of Stawamus Chief Peak in Canada, with text overlay saying "Climb mountains, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world" - one of my favourite hiking quotes!

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

13. “As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!” – Unknown

If these quotes don’t inspire you to solo travel, I don’t know what will! Solo travel is a challenge. It will be scary, but if you truly want to know your limits, there is no better way to challenge yourself.

Funny quotes about solo travel

After deep and inspirational quotes, it’s only natural to want to balance that with a bit of fun. These funny solo travel quotes are perfect to lighten the mood.

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

Photo of a guy standing on the edge of Jebel Shams Canyon with text overlay saying "Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it." - one of the best quotes to inspire you to travel solo

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

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

17. “Table for one, food for two, please.” – Unknown

18. “One of the reasons I travel solo: I do not have to share all the delicious food!” – Unknown

Whether it’s a cooking class in Thailand or a tapas tour in Barcelona, you can be sure that this is often my solo travel philosophy when it comes to food!

19. “You don’t need magic to disappear, all you need is a destination and a great hostel” – Unknown

20. “A traveler should be happy, not perfect!” – Unknown

21. “Travelling Solo will replace thousands of motivational books.” – Hostelgeeks (but if you’re looking for inspiring travel books, check out my suggestions here!)

Photo of a blonde girl holding a surf board on Weligama Beach at sunset with text overlay saying "Life begins at the end of your comfort zones"

Short travel alone quotes

Continuing the trend, here are the best short quotes! Long inspirational quotes are great, but if you’re looking for something short and snappy these quotes are for you!

22. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

23. “Some journeys can be only travelled alone!” – Ken Poirot

24. “Travel doesn’t become an adventure until you leave yourself behind.” – Marty Rubin

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

Drone shot of Isla Tortuga with an awesome travel quote written over it: "We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls."

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

27. “Traveling solo means getting to know the real you.” – Unknown

We spend so much time in our daily lives running around and being busy that we often forget to take time for ourselves. While travelling, we have the opportunity to spend time alone and appreciate ourselves.

28. “Not I, nor anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

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

30. “When the traveller goes alone he gets acquainted by himself.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

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Solo journey quotes that are perfect for Instagram

I know what you’re thinking. If you go on a solo trip and don’t share a photo of it, did it really happen?

And you don’t want to caption your epic travel memories with just any cheesy quote, you want an epic travel caption to go with it.

These quotes about solo travel are perfect as captions for any photo, whether it’s of you surfing in Bali, hiking in New Zealand or exploring European cities.

31. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

32. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

33. “Traveling solo does not mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvellous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” – Jacqueline Boone

34. “If you are waiting for someone to travel with you, you may end up waiting a lifetime.” – Unknown

"Not all those who wander are lost" - one of my favourite travel quotes

Solo female travel quotes

As a female traveller, I wanted to have a separate section on quotes about solo female travellers. Travelling solo as a female isn’t just about packing the right travel essentials, it goes much deeper than that. And these quotes perfectly capture that.

35. “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” – Mae West

36. “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

Sometimes I think this quote has been written for me and the face I have on the morning before flying somewhere.

37. “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

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

39. “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without travelling.” – Unknown

"Don't listen to what they say. Go see." One of the best quotes about solo travel

Epic quotes for solo travellers

I know we’ve had a section on inspirational quotes already, but I thought these epic quotes deserved a section just for them.

Some are inspiring, some are funny, some are romantic but all of them will make you want to set off on a solo adventure.

40. “Loving life is easy when you are abroad. When 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.” – Hanna Arendt

41. “There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” – Mandy Hale

42. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Photo of a blonde girl sitting at the top of Ella Rock with text overlay saying "Adventure can be an end in itself, self discovery is the secret ingredient."

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

44. “I have travelled 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

45. “You never really travel alone, the world is full of friends waiting to get to know you.” – Unknown

This one is also one of my favourite friendship and travel quotes!

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

This isn’t to say that you won’t learn that if you’re travelling with friends, but travelling solo will push you out of your comfort zone even more and accelerate the process.

"I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." | one of the best travel quotes

Final thoughts on the best quotes about solo travel

There you have it, the ultimate compilation of awesome quotes about solo travel! Are there other solo travel quotes that you think should feature on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Whether you’re looking for solo travel quotes to help you find the courage to set off on a solo trip, or if you’re looking for the perfect caption for your solo trip photos, I hope this post helps you!

If you’re looking for more quote inspiration, check out this compilation of my favourite quotes about the beach or my favourite Italian quotes!

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