200+ Family Travel Quotes & Inspiring Captions for Travelling Families

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Looking for the motivation you need to just get out there and plan that family adventure? Or perhaps your seeking the ideal wording to add to an Instagram caption or a personalised travel gift.

This is an absolute bumper selection of quotes for family travel; we’ve broken our travel quotes guide down into a few different sections, depending on what sort of motivation and inspiration you are looking for – plus simple and easy captions at the end!

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Inspiring Family Vacation Quotes

There are so many reasons we’ve made travel an important part of our lives; not just taking a vacation, but to learn, to explore and add adventure to our lives. We hope this following selection of family travel quotes will help you feel the same.

“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“It doesn’t matter where you are going. It’s who you have beside you.” – Unknown

“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

“Having kids is a reason to travel, never a reason to stop.” – Unknown

“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” – Leigh Hunt

“Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity and reminds us how much we all have in common.” – Deborah Lloyd

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”Unknown

Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings. These memories will never be forgotten by your children.” – Ezra Taft Benson

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

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – Peter Pan

“A family that travels together stays together.” – Unknown

“If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” – Nicolette Sowder

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” – Unknown

“Every day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R Swindoll

“There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.” – Unknown

“If we were meant to stay in one place we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”John Steinback

“The only trip you will regret is the one you don’t take.” – Unknown

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

“To the tourist, travel is a means to an end; to the traveller, it’s an end in itself.” — Marty Rubin

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” – Unknown

“Happiness in planning a trip to somehwere new, with someone you love” – Marty Rubin

“It is never too early to begin exploring the world.” – Unknown

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confusius

“Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.” – Unknown

“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” – Henry Rollins

“Home is people. Not a place.” – Robin Hobb

“If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure, and wonder of life never end.” – Akiane Kramarik

“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams

“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

“Home is where you pitch your tent.” – Unknown

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

My idea of dealing with stress is to book tickets for a family getaway.” – Unknown

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also travelled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” – Hilaire Belloc

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

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

“Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.” Hodding Carter

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” – Unknown 

“Deciding not to travel with kids because they won’t remember is like not reading them books because they won’t remember the stories you read them” – Unknown


Family Travel – It’s all about adventure!

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

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen” – A. A. Milne

“We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.” – Unknown

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Bowman

“Children have always travelled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and show them the way to go home.” – Seanan McGuire

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

“If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never end.” – Akiane Kramarik


Travel & Education – World schooling family travel quotes

Many families look to travel not just as aan extended vacation and a series of eperiences, but a way of life. In this section of family travel quotes we look at family travel as education and broader lide experinces from world schooling your kids.

“Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.” – Rick Steves

“When you travel with your children you are giving them something that can never be taken away … experience, exposure and a way of life.” – Pamela T. Chandler

“Not all classrooms have 4 walls.”– Unknown

“The best education you will ever get is traveling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences.” – Mark Paterson

“Don’t tell me how educated you are. Tell me how much you’ve travelled.” – Prophet Muhammad

“Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.” – Harvey Lloyd

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.” – Euripides

We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” – Richard Louv

“Then I realized adventures are the best way to learn.” – Unknown

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin

“If you don’t try new things, you stay stupid.” – Alexander Watson

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” – Abigail Van Buren

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson

“What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth?” – Theodore Roszak

“Own only what you can always carry with you: Known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

“Our children should be properly introduced to the world in which they live.” – Thomas Berry

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is, at last, to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

“Traveling is learning.” – Kiyuyu Wisdom

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


Inspiring wilderness & nature family travel quotes

From hitting nature trails and National Parks to camping and enjoying the ocean spray on your face, there are soooo many fabulous reasons to get your kids out in nature and some brilliant quotes to support and inspire this. Here’s our selection of the best nature quotes to inspire family travel.

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You can find our full collection of nature and camping quotes over here, as well as a great collection of beach inspiration quotes and captions over here.

“The earlier and the more often children are exposed to nature, the happier, healthier, and brighter they become.” – Unknown

“Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves.” – Stephen Moss

“There’s no wi-fi in the mountain but I promise you’ll find a better connection.”Unknown

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry

“Time camping isn’t time spent, it’s invested.” – Unknown

“Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go for a camping and there both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras

“I Googled my symptoms… turned out I just need to go camping.”Unknown

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”John Muir

“Take only memories, leave only footprints”– Unknown

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.” – Pam Shaw

“Advice from the Ocean: Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get so tide down on work that you miss out on life’s beautiful waves.” – Unknown

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in order.” – John Burroughs

“A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature.” – Maria Montessori

“If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” – Jimmy Buffett

“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.”Edward Abbey

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.” – John Muir

“The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.” – Nancy Wynne Newhall

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” Lorraine Anderson

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” Aliyyah Eniath

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“Life takes you down many paths, but my favorite ones lead to the beach.” – Unknown

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland

“The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.” – Daniel J. Rice

“Sleep under a blanket of stars, and your heart will forever be kept warm by your love of life.” – Anthony T. Hincks

“We can never have enough of nature.” Henry David Thoreau

“It’s impossible to go for a walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time.”Unknown

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” John Lubbock

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” Bill Watterson

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



Hitting the Road – Inspiring Road Trip Quotes

Road trips are a special sort of family experience – they allow us to cover vast distances at our own pace – and spend many, many hours as a family together in a car – for better or for worse! Here are the best inspirational quotes to see the beauty in this type of family travel:

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You can find our full collection of family road trip quotes over here.

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

“That’s why I love family road trips. It is like doing something without actually doing something.” – John Green

The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Life is like a road trip – Enjoy each day and don’t carry too much luggage.” Unknown

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

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

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

The best part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination … it’s the fast food along the way.— Unknown

“The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen

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

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind.” – Bob Marley

“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

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

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

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

Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns.— Susan Magsamen

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

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

What it takes to realize everything is fine around you? A road trip to the mountains where your soul dwells in the echoes of the winds that carry fragments of clouds with them. What it takes to realize world is going back to chaos and infinite hurry? End of the aforementioned road trip.– Crestless Wave

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


Amusing & Fun Family Travel Quotes

We’re not saying traveling with kids is perfect all the time! There will, of course, be ups and downs, detours along the way and challenges to overcome.

Seek out this collection of fun family travel quotes to keep looking on the brighter side or get you through the darker moments – or those dreaded “we’re lost” or “Are we there yet?” moments. Don’t you just love family?

“Parent’s don’t really go on holidays. They just look after their kids in a different country for a while.” – Unknown

I have found out that there ain’t a no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

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

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

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

“There are no perfect parents and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.— Dave Willis

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

“The journey, not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

“I honestly think the beach is the only place children actually entertain themselves.” – Donna McLavy

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.” – Helen Hayes

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

“I’m not lost. I’m exploring.” – Jana Stanfield

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

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

“Summer vacations are a time when parents realise that teachers are grossly underpaid.” – Unknown

“Parents don’t really go on vacation. They just take care of their kids in a different city.” – Unknown

“In a well-ordered universe… camping would take place indoors.” – Morgan Matson

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”George Burns

“Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.” – Dave Barry

“I miss being on vacation and never knowing what day of the week it is” – Unknown

“There are two kinds of travel: first class and with children.” – Robert Benchley


Living to work or working to live?

Working too hard but never sure it’s the right time to travel? Here’s why we don’t put it off.

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Pandemic aside, adventures can be close to home too. Maybe it’s just a motivated mindset you need to change your family’s future? Or tuning out the opinions of others and societal norms of needing a 9 to 5 so you can discover what lies on your road ahead.

“Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton

“Don’t wait to retire, pack up your family and go on adventures.” – Unknown

“Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings. These memories will never be forgotten by your children.” – Unknown

‘Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddam mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

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

“Kids don’t remember their best day of television.” – Unknown

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” – Paul Coehlo

“There are seven days in a week, some day isn’t one of them” – Unknown

“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your souls.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty

“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” – Unknown

“A bad day camping is still better than a good day working.” Unknown

“When in doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work.” – Anna Quindlen

“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

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to leave the shore.” Christopher Columbus

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

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” – Barbara Bush


Family Vacations – Making Memories Quotes

Family vacations are about making memories, right? Here’s our selction of favourites, these make wonderful short captions for printing on home decor items or captioning your family photo albums.

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

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes memory.” – Dr Suess

“Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.” – Unknown

“People forget the years and remember moments.”  Anne Beattie

“In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy you bought them, they will remember the time you spent with them.” – Kevin Heath 

“Every day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” — Charles R Swindoll

“And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel. It provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.” – Dave Berry

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” Chief Seattle

“The tans fade, but the memories last a lifetime.” – Unknown

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” – Doug Ivester

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” – Unknown

“The sand may brush off, the salt may wash clean, the tans may fade, but the memories will last forever.” Unknown

“I miss being on vacation and never knowing what day of the week it is” – Unknown

“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.” – Og Mandino

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” – Barbara Johnson

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” – Walt Streightiff

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

“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


Quick Family Travel Instagram Captions

These ones are great for cute and fun Instagram captions to cap out your family travel adventures.

“Family vacations are my happy place.”

“There’s no place like home except for the beach.”

“It’s bad manners to keep a vacation waiting.”

“Friends, sun, sand and sea. That sounds like summer to me.”

 “B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have.”

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”

“A good beach day keeps the doctor away.”

“There Is No Time To Be Bored In A World As Beautiful As This.”

“Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat.”

“Happiness is a day at the beach!” 

“The best way to get a child outside is to go with them.”

“Family vacations are always a good idea.”

“Joy is portable, bring it with you.”

“The ony trip you will regret is the one you didn’t take.”

“Memories made together last a lifetime.”

“Time waits for no one. Take your family for adventures.”

“Work. Travel. Save. Repeat.”

“Life is short and the world is wide.”

“You are my home and my adventure all at once.”

“No road is long with good company.”

“Even adults need a time out chair.”

“Don’t just tell your children about the world. Show them.” 

You call it chaos. We call it a family vacation.


Looking for more travel inspiration?

If you’ve enjoyed this page of family travel quotes you may like to dig further into our website with these inspiring reads:

  • World’s Best Family Travel Destinations – we have roundups for the best beach destinations, epic family road trips, snorkelling destinations, best city breaks, educational experiences and the best-hidden gems for families around the world – unmissable reading if you need location inspiration.
  • How to narrow down your family bucket list – sometimes the variety and choices of what the world has to offer for our families can be overwhelming; here’s how we narrow down our overseas family travel wishlist.

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