BEST ROAD TRIP QUOTES (with images) – 100+ Quotes to Motivate You to Hit the Road


Last Updated on: Feb 6, 2020 

About this blog (Updated in 2021): Road trips are one of our favourite travel styles. Driving through the long roads with beautiful scenery all around is just like a perfect adventure. Road trips have the freedom to move as we want, to stop anywhere to see the stunning landscape and even change the route. To inspire you and me for such a road trip, there are some great and choicest road trip quotes!

We have now updated the post with new road trip quotes and Instagram captions for road trips.

Road trips are just like our life. Sometimes we know where we have to reach, but do not know the way to our destination. It is the journey that matters – both in road trips and in our life.

We love to read inspiring quotes, be it travel quotes or quotes about life and work. So here we are sharing a few lovely road trip quotes that might inspire you to take an epic road trip. If these quotes even made you think about a long-coveted road trip by rental cars, do not forget to let us know.


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1. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey”. – Babs Hoffman

Road Trip Quotes - Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey

This should be the only mantra when you are on a road trip. There will be bad roads, potholes and so many we won’t like. As much as we try to have everything perfect, sometimes things are beyond our control. So let’s do our best, stop complaining about the potholes and enjoy the journey! Doesn’t this mantra also apply to our lives as well?

2. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end”. – Ursula K. Le Guin

3. “The best journeys are the ones that answer questions that at the outset you never even thought to ask”. – Rick Ridgeway

This one just speaks my heart.  Did you ever think before starting a road trip what the road will bring in front of you? We don’t! The surprise that the road springs before us makes the trip even more exciting and enjoyable. Our road trip from Srinagar to Leh was full of surprises. Each corner, each milestone and every village that we crossed showed us something new, something we never thought before starting the journey.

4. “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” – Bob Marley

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

Don’t you think this is so true?

6. “People don’t take trips, trips take people”. – John Steinbeck

People dont take trips, trips take people - Road trip quotes

7. “To awaken 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”. – Freya Stark

Freya Stark could have only said this. I became her ardent fan after reading one of her books. She lived her life on her own terms and that is reflected in her writings.

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

9. “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

10. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take”. – Angela N Blount


11. “Discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”. –Marcel Proust

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12. “I’m on the road constantly. I’m a nomad. I don’t really have a home right now. I don’t identify with one place in particular”. – Daya

13. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”. – Jack Kerouac

14. “You can be writing every day. When you go on a road trip, the trip itself becomes part of the story”. ― Steve Rushin

15. “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

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

17. “The open road is a beckoning, strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself”. – William Least Heat-Moon

The open road is a beckoning, strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself

18. “Once you have travelled, 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

19. “Don’t expect the unexpected. Let the unexpected expect you”. ― Kiara Maharaj

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

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

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

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

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

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


26. “Oh, the place you’ll go”. – Dr. Suess

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 27. “The journey is the destination”. – Dan Eldon

28. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by”. – Robert Frost

29. This famous road trip quote by Robert Frost summarizes the essence of all the detours that we take on the road!

30. “Roads are a record of those who have gone before”. ― Rebecca Solnit

31. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”. – Lewis Carroll

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

 33. “The wise man travels to discover himself”.– James Russell Lowell

34. “Take the long way home”. – Anonymous

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

Best Road trip quotes - Roads were made for journeys not destinations

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

37. “Sometimes, the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason”. – Jerry Seinfeld

This one by Seinfeld had totally bowled me over. A place is less travelled because it is meant to be so.

38. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”. – Anonymous

39. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it”. – Yogi Bear

40. “It is better to travel well than to arrive”. – Buddha

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

42. “If you’re on a road trip, you need driving music”. – Edgar Wright

If you're on a road trip you need driving music - funny road trip quotes

 43. “Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere”. — Orhan Pamuk

44. “Straight roads do not make skillful drivers”. – Paulo Coelho

 45. “Let’s get lost”. — Unknown

46. “Just keep driving”. — Unknown

47. “If you never go, you will never know”. – Anon

48. “Let’s wander where the wifi is weak”. – Anonymous


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

50. “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

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

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

53. “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


54. “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

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

56. “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

57. “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

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

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

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


61. “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road”. – Isak Dinesen

Funny road trip Quotes - God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road

62. “Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music”. — Unknown

63. “Part of us believes the new car is better because it lasts longer. But, in fact, that’s the worst thing about the new car. It will stay around to disappoint you, whereas a trip to Europe is over. It evaporates. It has the good sense to go away, and you are left with nothing but a wonderful memory”. – Daniel Gilbert

Er, I do feel the same sometimes.

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

65. “A passenger on a road journey is in the hands of a driver; a reader embarking on a book is in the hands of a narrator”. – Romesh Gunesekera

66. “Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions”. – Jenn McKinlay

It is funny how he speaks of the directions as an afterthought!

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67. “That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything”. ― John Green

68. “Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save fuel, take your next trip in Kilometers”. – George Carlin

69. “When nothing goes right, go left”. – Unknown

When nothing goes right go left - funny road trip quotes

70. “The best part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination … it’s the fast food along the way”. – Anonymous

71. “Buy or Marry anything that makes you giggle, smile and laugh.” – Unknown

72. “Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror”. – Colin Powell

73. “Driving at night is about communicating with lights”. – Lukhman Pambra

Road trip quotes - driving at night is communicating with lights.

 74. “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

75. “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.” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Road Trippin’


76. “Kids don’t remember their best day of television but always remember their best day on the road”. – Anonymous

77. “Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone”. ― Chinese Proverb

This is one of the best road trip quotes. While I love travelling solo at times, but some trips, especially when we hit the road are meant to be done with friends.

Some roads arent meant to be travelled alone-Road trip quotes

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

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

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

I don’t know who said this, but the person is absolutely right. Try it, you will understand!

 81. “Happiness is planning a trip somewhere new with someone you love”. – Saadiyat Rotana

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

I am sure you have one friend like that! Or are you the one? Let us know in the comments below.

Road trip with friends

83. “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and thirst for adventure”. – Unknown

84. “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more”. – Unknown

85. “There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with”. – Kristen Sarah

86. “A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you”. – Unknown

87. “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and a tank of gas”. – Unknown

88. “Be careful who you make memories with. Those things can last a lifetime”. – Ugo Eze

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While I feel that road trips are quite similar to our life, these few quotes are a few of my favourite. When I read them, I find that they hold so much similarity with our lives. It is as if these lines are not only about roads but also giving us lessons on leading a good life.

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

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

91. “I would rather own a little and see the world, than own the world and see a little”. – Alexander Sattler

92. “Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We’ll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we’ll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things”. – Victoria Erickson

93. “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

94. “When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it”. – Charles de Lint

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

96. “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

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97. “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

98. “Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to- it’s not for them”. – Joubert Botha

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

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100. “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


101. “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

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

102. “I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move”. – Robert Louis Stevenson

103. “The road is there, it will always be there. You just have to decide when to take it”. – Chris Humphrey

104. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re travelling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road”. – William Least Heat-Moon

105. “You know more of a road by having travelled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world”. – William Hazlitt

106. “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

107. “I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it”. – Grace Jones

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108. “It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home”.― Aaron Lauritsen

109. “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!” – Bob Marley

110. “Wherever you get to is better than where you started. To stay on the road is a massive achievement”. – Anthony Joshua


111. “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it”. – Vincent Van Gogh


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

113. “Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars”. – Jack Kerouac

114. “Wherever you get to is better than where you started. To stay on the road is a massive achievement”. – Anthony Joshua

115. “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

 116. “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them”. — J.K. Rowling

117. “Somewhere on your journey, don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view”. – Unknown

Somewhere on your journey, don't forget to turn around and enjoy the view

118. “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

119. “At the end of the day, I understand that life has roadblocks, and life is like school – you’ll be tested; we gotta pass it”. – DJ Khaled

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

121. “Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long. If you’re going my way, I wanna drive it all night long”. — Rascal Flatts, Life Is a Highway

121. “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

122. “I’ve never been there but the brochure looks nice. Jump in, let’s go. Lay back, enjoy the show”. — Sheryl Crow, Everyday Is A Winding Road

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

124. “What if I fall? Oh but my darling- what if you fly”? Erin Hanson

125. “Look for chances to take the less-travelled roads. There are no wrong turns”. — Susan Magsamen

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

127. “The real home of man is not his house but the road. Life itself is a travel that has to be done by foot”. — Bruce Chitin

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


129. “Life is too short to not go on that spontaneous road trip”. – Anonymous

Life is too short to not go on that spontaneous road trip - road trip quotes

130. “We need the tonic of wildness — to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground”. – Henry David Thoreau

131. “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

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

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

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

135. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware”. – Martin Buber

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136. “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands”. –Sir Richard Burton

137. “She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going, but she was on her way”. ― Jodi Hills

138. “No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn around”. – Turkish Proverb

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

140. Hey GPS! Let’s take the scenic route today!

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  1. Emma

    I feel inspired! I can’t wait till we are able to go back out and explore the world!

    • Agni & Amrita

      Thank you Emma!

  2. Abhishek

    Amazing road trip quotes. Just loved them. Keep up the good work.

    • Agni Amrita

      Thank you!

  3. Yes Or No Spinner

    I love these road trip quotes! They’re so inspiring!


    I love these road trip quotes! They’re so inspiring!


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