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Quotes About Road Trips; The BEST Road Trip Quotes to Inspire You!

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Road trips are easily our favourite way to travel, whether it’s jumping in the car or campervan to hit the road. There’s something so alluring about the open road with the freedom and spontaneity that comes with it. It’s the way the road snakes endlessly ahead, surrounded by stunning scenery, and it’s the liberation to stop wherever you please while discovering hidden gems along the way.

So it’s no wonder you’re looking for some quotes about road trips to inspire your wanderlust (or your Instagram feed!).

Whether you’re here for some thought-provoking travel and road trip quotes or your next Instagram road trip caption, we’ve got you covered! From long drive quotes to short and sweet ones, travel quotes about adventures, and even some funny quotes… we’ve scoured the internet, our favorite books, movies and songs, and even our own brains for all the best quotes about road trips!

So buckle in and enjoy the ride… (pun always intended!)

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Best Quotes About Road Trips from Books and Authors

It’s no surprise really that those with a penchant for words have created some of the best quotes about road trips. From authors of fictional tales to documentary travel writers, these quotes help you get lost on a road trip without even leaving home.

Many of these books make great reads to inspire your wanderlust too. In fact, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck remains one of Adam’s favourite books and part of the inspiration for his first ever US road trip!

Whether you're looking to inspire your next road trip or look back on a previous epic road trip, these quotes about road trips are for you!

1. “All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll

2. “I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

3. “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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We’ve taken many road trips through Southern Oregon and this is one of our favourite scenic roads.

4. “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.” – Rosalía de Castro 

5. “There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.” – Bill Bryson

6. “The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.” – Anthony Bourdain, A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

7. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I may have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams

8. “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.” – Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

9. “I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.” – Paulo Coelho, Aleph

10. “It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.” – John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

11. “Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” – Emma Chase, Tamed

12. “The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

New Zealand is the perfect place for a campervanning adventure.

13. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” – Angela N. Blount, Once Upon an Ever After

14. “Still, round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

Whether you're looking to inspire your next road trip or look back on a previous epic road trip, these quotes about road trips are for you!

15. “There is nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll

16. “And just like that, we’re on our way to everywhere.” – Emery Lord, Open Road Summer

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Best Road Trip Quotes from Movies and TV Shows

Many movies and TV shows centre around journeys and adventures, including some of the best travel shows. We’ve pulled together some of the top quotes about road trips from movies and TV shows to help motivate you to hit the road!

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Not quite in the middle of nowhere but it sure looks like it… in Oahu, Hawaii.

17. “Well, we’re not in the middle of nowhere, but we can see it from here.” – Thelma & Louise

18. “According to the map, we’ve only gone four inches.” – Dumb & Dumber

19. “Just grab a friend and take a ride, together upon the open road.”The Goofy Movie

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Discovering adventure in Maui with the help of Miss Maven VW camper!

20. “Adventure is out there.” – Up

21. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

22. “We’re almost there, but nowhere near it. All that matters is that we’re going.” – Gilmore Girls

23. “Fifty years from now, when you’re looking back at your life, don’t you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car? – Transformers

Ok, so we may not exactly be going on a road trip in a Transformer… but I think the sentiment still applies!

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Quotes About Road Trips from Song Lyrics and Musicians

No journey on the road is complete without a good road trip playlist. Therefore, it only seemed right to include some road trip quotes from musicians and song lyrics. You may even want to add some of these to your road trip playlist to keep you going on that long car journey!

24. “Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it.  Make it worth the trip.” – Jon Bon Jovi

25. “No one you have been and no place you have gone ever leaves you. The new parts of you simply jump in the car and go along for the rest of the ride. The success of your journey and your destination all depends on who’s driving.” – Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

26. “So remember when we were driving, driving in your car. Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk. City lights lay out before us. And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder. And I had a feeling that I belonged. I had a feeling I could be someone. (be someone, be someone)” – Tracy Chapman, Fast Car

27. “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie

28. “I love being on the road. I love that lifestyle, traveling city to city, rocking out and moving on to the next place.” – Caleb Johnson

29. “Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies – fully loaded we got snacks and supplies. It’s time to leave this town it’s time to steal away. Let’s go get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Road Trippin’

The Road to Hana in Maui is an epic road trip adventure!

30. “Get your motor runnin’, Head out on the highway, Lookin’ for adventure…” – Steppenwolf, Born to be Wild

31. “On the road again, Goin’ places that I’ve never been, Seein’ things that I may never see again, And I can’t wait to get on the road again” – Willie Nelson, On The Road Again

32. “You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise.” — Florida Georgia Line, Cruise

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Inspirational Road Trip Quotes

The beauty of road trips comes from their spontaneity and individuality. You don’t have to really plan too much, you can just hop in the car and drive. You can also travel at the pace you want, whether that’s driving 90 down the freeway to reach your destination in record speed or meandering down each and every back road, exploring along the way.

No matter your travel style, we hope these inspirational and thought-provoking quotes about road trips will ignite your wanderlust and encourage you to get out there on an epic road trip adventure!

Olympic National Park is one of our many road trips that has helped us discover more about ourselves.

33. “Travel teaches you a little about the world and a lot about yourself. Getting lost is the best way to find ourselves.” – We Dream of Travel

34. “Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” – Unknown

35. “Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.” – Byrd Baggett

36. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

37. “Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

38. “If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.” – Brad Paisley

One of the best thing about road trips… the scenic views.

39. “If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our life!” – Lemony Snicket

40. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde

41. “The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” – Robert Earl Keen

42. “The road must eventually lead to the whole world.” – Jack Kerouac

43. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

And Northern Laos is a truly stunning part of this beautiful world.

44. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

45. “Every journey is simultaneously a beginning and an ending: I was leaving my old life behind and starting on a road trip to find a new me.” – Debi Tolbert Duggar, Riding Soul-O

46. “There are no mistakes. Only new paths to explore.” – Gregory David Roberts

47. “The world is too big to stay in one place, and life is too short to do just one thing.” – Unknown

48. “I guess the lesson is you can’t go everywhere. You should still go everywhere you can.” – Charles Finch

READ MORE: Northern Laos Road Trip Itinerary

Famous Quotes About Road Trips

This section contains the most famous road trip quotes. These are the ones you’ve probably seen before, whether on Pinterest, an Instagram caption or even a mug! But they’re still some of our favourite road trip quotes, they’re famous for a reason!

49. “Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” – Confucius

50. “We had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll

51. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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52. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” – George Harrison

53. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu 

54. To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.– Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

55. “Road trips aren’t measured by mile markers, but by moments.” – Unknown

56. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain 

57. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

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Short & Sweet Road Trip Quotes

Looking for something short and sweet that perfectly encapsulates the essence a road trip? Well these road trip quotes are for you…

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58. “Always take the scenic route.” – Unknown

59. “No road is long with good company.” – Turkish Proverb

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Photographing the aurora borealis dancing through the sky on our road trip through Iceland is a memory we’ll never forget.

60. “Making memories, one road trip at a time.” – Unknown

61. “Happiness is a road trip.” – Unknown

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62. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” – Unknown

63. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

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Long Drive Quotes

There’s something soothing about taking a long drive on the open road. You don’t even necessarily need a destination in mind. Just the freedom of the road ahead of you is enough to blow out the cobwebs and make you feel alive. Be it a road trip through the mountains, across the desert or even to the city, a long drive can be just the cure you need.

These long drive quotes capture those feelings that you get from being on a long journey.

64. “Sometimes the best therapy is a long drive and good music.” – Unknown

65. “I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window.” – Miriam Toews

66. “Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.” – Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

Scotland is the perfect destination for long drives, with stunning scenery everywhere!

67. “I’m really in the mood for a long drive with no real destination.” – Unknown

68. “I climb behind the steering wheel… I drive off immediately without once looking back; it’s a long journey but it leads to freedom.” – Corinne Hofmann, The White Masai

69. “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” – Alain de Botton

70. “Hodophile (noun): a lover of roads; one who loves travel.”

Funny Travel & Road Trip Quotes

While profound, inspirational road trip quotes are great, we all need a giggle sometimes! Plus, some of the funniest travel moments we’ve shared have been on road trips. We hope these funny quotes about road trips will cheer up your day and remind you of the good times behind the wheel (number 76 is definitely us!).

So read on for the best funny road trip quotes…

71. “Kilometers are shorter than milesSave gastake your next trip in kilometers.” – George Carlin

72. “In 1903 the Wright brothers invented airplanes, because in 1902 they took a road trip across the country with their family.” – Bill Engvall

73. “We all have that one friend who is either on a roadtrip or planning a roadtrip or thinking about a road-trip or talking to people who are on a roadtrip or posting quotes about a roadtrip.” – Crestless Wave

74. “Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” – Jerry Seinfeld

75. “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shanti

76. “It doesn’t matter how old you get, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9 year old was given $100.” – Unknown

A road trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound is full of spectacular landscapes, as well as places to get lost and explore!

77. “If you’re not lost, you’re not much of an explorer.” – John Perry Barlow

78. “A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.” – Emile Ganest

79. “The American tendency in travel; one goes not so much to see, but to tell of it afterward.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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Quotes About Adventures on the Road

No matter whether you’re taking a road trip with family, friends or solo, a great road trip will be filled with adventure. One of the many joys of exploring the world by car is the ability to take a detour and just enjoy the journey. Find little adventures along the way to reaching your final destination.

Enjoy these inspirational quotes about finding adventure on the road!

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80. “Adventure, without it, why live?” – Hortense Odlum

81. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

82. “Nothing adventured, nothing attained.” – Peter McWilliams

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Our adventures through Scotland took us to some of the best castles in Scotland.

83. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn

84. “Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person. – Yvon Chouinard

85. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” – Bob Bitchin

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86. “The road less traveled is the road to adventure.” – Unknown

87. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

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88. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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

Best Road Trip Instagram Captions

Looking for some inspiration for your Instagram captions about your road trip? I know it can be a struggle to think of a new caption for each post. A good quote can double as the perfect Instagram caption. So let these travel and road trip quotes work their magic on your Insta feed!

90. “There’s nowhere to go but everywhere…” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll

91. “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus

92. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

93. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

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

95. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac

96. “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

97. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

98. “Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns.” – Susan Magsamen

99. “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

100. “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.” – Anna Spetimus

101. “Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.” – Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

102. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Unknown

103. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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Quotes About Road Trip Challenges

While road trips can be full of incredible experiences, it’s common to have a few bumps in the road (pun unashamedly intended once again). We’ve certainly had our fair share of challenges on road trips!

There’s something raw and honest about these quotes about road trip challenges, which may help you get through those more difficult moments. Often, these tougher times are the ones we look back on with the most fondness in the future!

104. “Stop worrying about the pot holes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

105. “You may not find a path, but you will find a way.” – Tom Wolfe

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

107. “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 leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

108. “The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.” – Aaron Lauritsen

109. “An adventure is never an adventure when it happens. An adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility.”
– Tim Cahill

110. “I wonder why it is that when I plan a route too carefully, it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in blissful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction I get through with no trouble.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Quotes About Road Trips with Loved Ones

Solo road trips are great, but we love going on adventures together or with friends. We’ve both taken road trips with friends and family members, as well as new friends we’ve met while travelling! For us, one of the best things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. It’s these people that truly make the difference between a good trip and a great one.

Plus, let’s face it, the best road trip games need a companion (or two!) to play them with!

Let these quotes about travel with friends and family inspire your trip with a loved one.

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Even if that company is furry and has four legs!

111. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

112. “I want to go on a road trip. Just you and me. The highway, the radio, the blue sky, the back roads, and windows down. We’ll talk about everything and nothing. We’ll sing our hearts out, and we’ll make memories we’ll never forget. Just you and me.” – Unknown

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113. “Even when I visit the most beautiful countries in the world, it’s the people I come home telling stories of.” – We Dream of Travel

114. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

115. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.” – Unknown

116. “Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.” – Chinese Proverb

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Road tripping around Big Island Hawaii together was one of our favourite adventures.

117. “What we find in a soul mate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” – Robert Brault

118. “You can pack for every occasion, but a good friend will always be the best thing you could bring.” – Unknown

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119. “Life is meant for good friends and great adventures.” – Unknown

120. “Happiness is… planning a road trip to somewhere new, with someone you love.” – Unknown

121. “A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.” – Tom Lichtenheld

122. “I traveled the whole world to discover the greatest adventure was you.” – We Dream of Travel

Final Thoughts!

Phew… that was a LOT of quotes about road trips. We truly do love travelling by road and hope that these quotes may have convinced you that road trips are the best way to travel!

Let us know if any of these quotes have inspired you to take a road trip adventure. Do you have a favourite road trip quote on this list? Or are there any we’ve missed?! As always, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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11 Comments

  1. June 6, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    I love all of these! I can’t wait until I can start road-tripping again. Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

  2. June 6, 2020 / 6:17 pm

    I can’t wait to go on a road trip again! These are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing them!

    • June 6, 2020 / 6:43 pm

      It was a lot of fun putting this together. We are definitely looking forward to hitting the road again too.

  3. Francesca
    June 6, 2020 / 8:12 pm

    This post is so fun! My favourite quote bis the one by Douglas Adams. The best part about travel is the spontaneity!

  4. June 7, 2020 / 2:42 am

    There’s so much to learn from traveling, I really love the hours on the road and all these places are important. I love learning about new places!

  5. June 9, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    I love them all and just reading them makes me want to take a trip especially a road trip soon.

  6. roshni
    June 13, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    Love these they make me want to travel even more now!

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