Navigation Menu

Authored by Jub Bryant

Do you know the best thing about a quote? Whether it’s a travel quote, or an Instagram bio quote, you can interpret them however you like.

If you’re a fan of travel quotes, you’ve probably heard the same quotes used over and over again. The internet has a small pool of favorites, and they’re all overused!

But if you’re looking for some new inspiration, it can be quite insightful to take quotes from other places, like a list of sports quotes, and see if there are any travel lessons you can find!

The following are seven quotes that I’ve interpreted into travel inspiration. You’ll find four sporting quotes from Lou Piniella, Gift Ngoepe, Shaq and Muhammad Ali, as well as quotes Albert Einstein, Mindy Kaling and the man we’re going to start with, Louis C.K.

Seeking Travel Inspiration From Non-Travel Quotes

“Whenever you leave behind failure, you’re doing good. If you think everything you’ve done is great, you’re probably dumb.” – Louis C.K.

One of the biggest keys to travel is to understand that things will go wrong on the road. You’re in a new environment, you may not speak the language, and failure on the road is one of the ways that travel allows you to grow!

I made the mistake of getting scammed in Shanghai by the well known tea scam, even though I’d read about the freaking thing before arriving! However I didn’t let that stop me. Embrace your failures on the road. You’ll return home with more interesting stories.

Bear in mind that when it comes to stress, it’s not the short-term issues that are the problem. It’s the long-term ones.

“Statistics are like bikinis – they show a lot but not everything.” – Lou Piniella

When I read this, I instantly thought of Cassie De Pecol. Early in 2017, she had 15 minutes of fame in the media as the first female to travel to every country in the world (she wasn’t).

Either way, this sounds amazing, and she’s a role model for those who want to travel everywhere. But when you dig into the details and hear the stories of spending long nights at the airport and less than 24 hours in so many countries, the idea of traveling to every country starts to lose it’s appeal.

I mean, is there a point to being able to show that you’ve done a lot, if it only has surface level appeal?

You’ll find staying in the Riviera Maya also gives you the perfect base to see three of Mexico’s top archaeological wonders.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from and no matter where you are or who you are, you can still make it.” – Gift Ngoepe

Of all the luck in the world, I consider myself fortunate to have been born in New Zealand. It makes travel a heck of a lot easier for me.

Though there are many countries in the world where travel isn’t so easy, whether that’s because of a poor national economy, or simply having an unattractive passport. But there are travelers like Trisha Velarmino who choose to rise up anyway.

Born and raised in the Philippines, traveling the world freely is more challenging for Trisha than for most, though if you think the limits on her passport would stop her from exploring the world you would be wrong. The Philippine passport may come with many restrictions, though she is on a mission to prove to the world that you can go backpacking and travel full time even if you’re not from the UK, EU, US, AU or Canada.

She is currently working, teaching and volunteering around South America making the most out of the continents 6 visa free countries (for Filipinos), proving to the world as she goes that travel truly is possible, no matter where you come from or which passport you hold.

“Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.” – Shaq

What kind of person do you want to be as you travel? You need to be consistent with this. Do you want to be an ethical traveller? You need to be consistently questioning things around you.

I rode elephants on my first trip to Asia. Which I didn’t realize was a controversial thing to do. But I took from that experience that I needed to start questioning the experiences I took part in if I wanted to call myself an ethical traveler. I needed to be consistently asking the right questions, as excellence is not a singular act, but a habit.

What is Ecotourism and why should I care

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.” – Muhammed Ali

When I hear this, I think of pickpockets around the world. I was on a free walking tour in Barcelona, when a lady had her phone taken from her open bag.

Fortunately a couple of undercover cops saw the pickpockets in action and recovered her phone. But what if she was thinking like Muhammad Ali? The pickpockets likely wouldn’t have targeted her.

Keep your valuables out of sight where the eyes of pickpockets can’t see.

Pexels Money

“Pure mathematics, is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein

Budget travel is my default travel style, though I dabble in luxury on the once in a blue moon press trips.

As I plot my next moves on SkyScanner, I’m moving through a list of destinations in a logical fashion to work out the most affordable departure and arrival destinations in a certain region.

If I save $20 but get a chance to have a 24 hour layover somewhere, that’s like the dream situation.

“Why the fuck not me? Should be your motto.” – Mindy Kaling

Girl power! This actually reminds me of my buddy Alice. She’d agree she has a bit of a potty mouth and would totally endorse this as a promoter of solo female travel adventures.

Despite solo female travel being more popular than ever, there is still a big perception that traveling alone as a female is dangerous. Nothing could be further from the truth, but for every woman who wants to emulate the heroine of Wild, or Eat, Pray, Love, adopt this motto.

Whether you’re a female who wants to go it alone, or a retiree who wants to see the world, no one is stopping you from doing anything.  The travel heroes and adventuress’ you look up to – that could be you!

Hagia Sophia Istanbul

Your Turn

What do you think? Have I lost the plot?

I’d love to read some of your travel interpretations for random quotes you like.

If you’re sick of reading cheesy lists of travel quotes that have lost their buzz, start translating non travel related quotes for some new inspiration.

This isn’t limited to travel of course, use this technique to find inspiration for whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish.


Amazon Travel Guide Book

100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas

500 of the World’s Greatest Trips

World’s Best Travel Experiences

Jub originally hails from New Zealand, and is all about injecting his travels with a healthy dose of sports!

With a passion for everything to do with sports, he shares his experiences & opinions on sports around the world. And he believes that playing sports with locals is one of the few ways you can genuinely ‘get to know’ the locals with no ulterior motives involved (a.k.a. money).

Follow Jub’s sporting adventures on his blog, Tiki Touring Kiwi, or get social and connect with him over on his snapchat and/or facebook.


  1. Wow, I loved your interpretations of the non-travel quotes. I like what Mohammed Ali says – your hand cannot hit what your eye can not see. I always tell people to merge with your surroundings when you are traveling, be invisible, be one of the crowd and that is the best way to be secure.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Anu :) Absolutely – traveling should be all about blending in – not standing out and making yourself a target of unwanted attention. Happy travels!

    • Hey Anu,
      Thanks for the kind words. Ali is a boss, his story is great as well. I’d like to think my beard makes me always visible haha, always draws peoples eyes and gives some kind of instant respect in a way. Hard to describe!
      Happy travels.

  2. The ’embrace your failures’ quote is so true. Whenever something crazy happens to me while I’m travelling, I’m always like ‘well…at the very least this will make a good story later.’ Helps keep things in perspective!

    • Absolutely – mis-adventures are often retold and remembered more than adventures are!

    • Hey Tamara,
      Glad you always look at the brightside of failures!

      I failed the other day again by booking a hostel in the wrong city. In fairness, both hostels had the same name haha.

  3. Some interesting interpretations of non-travel quotes. one of our favourites which could be used in a travel context is by Oscar Wilde “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

    • This is a fabulous quote to put into the context of travel Marcus & Mel. And I absolutely agree – if we don’t live now, one day we’ll wake up and realize there isn’t enough time for the things we wanted to do anymore.

    • Hey Marcus and Mel,

      I like this one from Oscar. We certainly can’t but you can definitely see many people reinvent themselves after a stint of travelling :D

  4. I love the one that says, “Excellence is not a singular act, it is a habit.” I feel that just counting the number of destinations to visit and having a great trip only once in a while is not the habit I want to form. I want to always experience excellence in traveling!

    • Fabulous Carol! It’s a good quote to take inspiration from :)

    • Hey Carol, it’s a great quote! The best part about habits is we can always form new ones too :D

  5. Wow a post out of non travel quotes – this is really interesting. I admire Trisha Velarmino for her zeal to travel the world. Didn’t know she was in South America now. It is a little risky to roam around with open bag whichever country that may be… liked Mohammed Ali’s quote very much.

    • Hey Indrani,

      Thanks for the kind words. Trisha is a bad arse everyone can learn something from. Cheers, Jub

  6. What a unique way to look at this! Totally agree that I’ve heard THE SAME travel quotes over and over again – so it was fab reading a fresh prespective :)

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Terri :) Love Jub’s fresh way of looking at things too!

    • Hi Terri,
      Glad you can resonate! Thanks for reading.
      Cheers, Jub

  7. Travel is a part of life, nay a way of life for people like us, so the quotes of life truth hold good as related to travel too.Loved your interpretation of the non-travel quotes and how you have linked them to travel I remember one quote or more a phrase which my Dad used to say, “Procrastination is the thief of time”. So before your time gets stolen, get out and see the world!

    • So glad you enjoyed the post Sandy & Vyjay – I really love your quote too. “Procrastination is the thief of time” – totally agree. If we don’t prioritize doing the things in life we truly want to do, we’ll surely wake up one day and realize that we ran out of time.

  8. love the interpretation you give here and you related that to non travel.Really enjoyed reading it.

    • Hey Mayuri,

      Thanks for reading, glad it was something different for you :)
      Cheers, Jub

    • So glad you enjoyed the post Mayuri! Happy travels :)

  9. Amazing interpretation of non-travel quotes and such a pleasant change to get a new take on traveling. My favorites are two – “Whenever you leave behind failure, you’re doing good. If you think everything you’ve done is great, you’re probably dumb.” – Louis C.K. and the one about statistics. How people are going crazy these days, buying following and doing their everything to just showcase themselves as the best. Travel definitely loses its sheen in the process.

    • Hey Harsh,
      It’s true, we do have to go and showcase ourselves as the best. Fortunately, we can all have different definitions of ‘best’, we just have to keep authentic to ourselves :)
      Cheers, Jub

    • So glad you enjoyed the post Harsh, and could take some travel inspiration from Jub’s favorite quotes – I totally agree that a lot of the travel experience has become lost these days in an attempt to create a glossy Instagram feed. Which is really sad.

  10. Understanding that everything won’t be perfect on the road is so important! People always think everything is so dangerous, but if you pay attention it is perfectly safe to travel. My dad is always thinking we are in danger just because we are visiting every capitol in America and after two years on the road we have encountered no crime! I love how you take non travel quotes and interpret them into life on the road. Now I am going to do the same thing in my head when ever I read any quotes! Thanks for sharing.

    • Absolutely Chris – and so true on the safety while traveling – I’ve always believed that the world (most of it anyway) is no more dangerous than it is existing at home, and that common sense is the biggest key to safety.

      Glad to hear you’ve had no issues while traveling America, and that you enjoyed Jubs post! Let us know if you come across any great quotes you can relate back!

    • Hey Chris,

      Sounds like our Dad’s have a similar thought process haha.

      If you’ve got a fun quote to share that you’ve interpreted, let me know. Would love to think about it, and get all meta and shiz haha.

      Cheers, Jub

  11. This is a beautiful post. It’s amazing how travels parallel with life, isn’t it? The Bikini/statistics quote was my favorite. Being a woman who travels a lot, I had that post about Cassie sent to me over and over. While that’s quite an accomplishment (I think she did it the fastest, isn’t that her claim to fame?) I said the exact same thing. She probably experienced very little in most of those countries.

    • Glad you enjoyed it Paige! Yes, Cassie was the first woman to became fastest person to visit every country in the world – a really cool claim to fame, but I do hope that she has the opportunity to return to some of her favorite places to spend some quality time :)

    • Hey Paige,

      Thanks for the comment. Not sure what Cassie claimed in the end, it all got a bit confusing :)

      Enjoy your 2018 travels!


  12. The quote from Shaq is actually from Will Durant in his book “The Story of Philosophy” (discussing Aristotelian ethics). Usually it gets misattributed to Aristotle himself. (I’m a former philosophy prof so just thought I would comment :)

    • I had no idea, thanks for the clarification :)

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *