100 Brilliant Backpack Quotes

Oluwatosin Michael
Jan 15, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Jul 26, 2022
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100 Brilliant Backpack Quotes

Everyone needs a backpacking trip once in a while.

What can be better than traveling the whole world only for travel's sake, carrying just a single backpack? You can sit in the lap of nature peacefully, eating vegetables and fresh, delicious food, far away from the chaos of the city.

Here is a collection of the best travel and backpacking quotes stated by famous personalities like Mark Twain, Susan Sontag, and Henry David Thoreau.

Funny Backpack Quotes

Here are some of the funniest backpacking quotes that will definitely lighten your mood.

"The tourists come here to stay put in their hotels, with their holiday-friendly staff, private beaches, private bars, and private sunshine. And yet still, when they get back home, they’ll claim they’ve been to Egypt."

- 'The Road To Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash', Harry Whitewolf, 2014.

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."

- Aldous Huxley.

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

- 'Tom Sawyer Abroad', Mark Twain, 1894.

"When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee."

- Helen Hayes.

"Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street."

- 'Library Looking-Glass: A Personal Anthology', David Cecil, William Blake.

"I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value."

- 'The Lady's Not For Burning', Christopher Fry, 1949.

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity."

- 'Our National Parks', John Muir, 1900.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance."

- Alton Brown.

"People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home."

- Dagobert D. Runes.

"I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad."

- George Bernard Shaw.

"I typically have one backpack, my everyday carry."

- Marques Brownlee.

"I'm in love. Again. How on earth do people pick a favorite travel spot?"

- 'Wanderlost', Jen Malone.

Backpacking Quotes For Social Media

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"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."

- 'Neither Here Nor There: Travels In Europe', Bill Bryson, 1991.

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."

- Susan Sontag.

"I'm not going to change the way people think about me, but I can say you know what? I'm not going to carry that in my backpack."

- Anne Lamott.

"I use poetry to help me work through what I don't understand, but I show up to each new poem with a backpack full of everywhere else that I've been."

- Sarah Kay.

"In 1995, when I was backpacking through Europe solo, I would head to the train station, look up at the big board, and decide right there and then where I would go that day."

- Joseph Pisani.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

- Marcel Proust.

"Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else."

- 'Camino Real', Tennessee Williams, 1948.

"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.

"We do not remember the days; we remember moments."

- Cesare Pavese.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."

- St Augustine.

"You can't just carry everyone else's hopes and fears around in your backpack and expect to stand up straight."

- David Edward Kirk.

"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,"

- Daniel Gilbert.

"Collect moments, not things."

- Karen Salmansohn.

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears."

- Glenn Clark.

"So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life."

- Henry Rollins.

"Adventure without risk is Disneyland."

- Doug Coupland.

"Why is it that I can’t be content to live a normal life? Why do I spiral into depression when I am away from the wilderness for too long?"

- Heather Anderson.

"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.

"Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station."

- Lisa St. Aubin de Teran.

"Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing."

- 'A Sand Country Almanac And Sketches Here And There', Aldo Leopold, 1949.

"I'd really like to get on a Greyhound bus and go backpacking across America."

- April 25, 2009, www.theguardian.com, David Morrissey.

"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."

- 'Mark Twain's Notebooks & Journals, Volume I', Mark Twain, 1976.

"I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up."

- Jack Dawson, 'Titanic', 1997.

"My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance."

- Maira Kalman.

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

- Helen Keller.

"Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going."

- Paul Theroux.

"I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm."

- John Mackey.

"There is a part of me that still wants to go out and grab a backpack and unplug - not take a cellphone or even a camera and just get out there and experience the world and travel."

- Emilion Estevez.

"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see."

- G. K. Chesterton.

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."

- Martin Buber.

"Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground."

- Judith Thurman.

"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road."

- 'On The Road', Jack Kerouac, 1957.

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable."

- Clifton Fadiman.

"People don’t take trips. . . trips take people."

- 'Travels With Charley: In Search Of America', John Steinbeck, 1962.

"To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."

- Freya Stark.

"Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits."

- Cindy Ross.

"There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest."

- Alex Lowe.

"Each fresh peak ascended teaches something."

- Sir Martin Conway.

"Traveling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends."

- Cesare Pavese.

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."

- john Burroughs.

"Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take."

- Sheridan Anderson.

"It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy."

- Horace Kephart.

"I would describe myself as a "budding adventurer." I've transitioned away from being a straight-up backpacker, but I think I need another trip or two to get the adventurer degree."

- Andrew Skurka.

"You might be poor on money, but rich on life."

- Kasper Raunholst.

"I always have a backpack. I was a poet, so it reminds me of being a backpack poet."

- Omari Hardwick.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Jackson Brown Jr.

"That’s the difference between backpackers and holidaymakers. The former can’t help but invite hassle whilst the latter pay to escape it."

- 'The Road To Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash', Harry Whitewolf, 2014.

"The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started."

- T. S. Eliot.

School Backpack Quotes

A backpack is an essential possession of every student. Here, you will get some famous school backpack quotes.

"I grew up in the Cayman Islands. I didn't play video games or watch TV. I would basically come home from school, throw down my backpack, grab my machete, and go hike and chop down trees to make a fort."

- Armie Hammer.

"The first day of school was always so exciting because you get new shoes and a new backpack, but by the last day of school, you're like, "I don't care. I will wear sweats. Am I done yet?"

- Meaghan Martin.

"Every day I lugged my backpack through the halls, waiting for the final bell. Then I'd race home and hole up in my room, playing the drums and the piano, composing music."

- Josh Groban.

"your backpack is a part of your identity as a student."

- July 8, 2016, www.glamour.com, Jessica Kantor, Blake Mycoskie.

Inspirational Backpacking Quotes

If the concept of going on a trip with only one backpack seems scary to you, here are some brilliant travel and backpacking quotes that will inspire you to leave all your worries to the wind.

"I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see."

- 'The Legacy Letters: His Wife, His Children, His Final Gift', Carew Papritz, 2014.

"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore."

- André Gide.

"Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it."

- John Mayer.

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."

- Lao Tzu.

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams."

- Oprah Winfrey.

"Not all those that wander are lost."

- 'The Fellowship Of The Ring', J. R. R. Tolkien, 1954.

"Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone."

- The Dhammapada.

"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.

"The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."

- Henry David Thoreau.

"I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move."

- 'Travels With A Donkey In he Cévennes', Robert Louis Stevenson, 1879.

"Dream Big. Start Small. Act Now."

- Robin Sharma.

"I showed up in L.A. with $500 and a backpack and I stayed at a shelter, so nobody handed me anything. I worked for every single thing that I have."

- Jared Leto.

"To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live."

- Jack Kerouac.

"I am a traveler. I am a nomad. I rarely sleep in the same bed more than three or four nights. And I know hotel life better than anyone."

- Diane von Furstenberg.

"My favorite thing to do is to go where I’ve never been."

- Diane Arbus.

"Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards."

- Tina Fey.

"Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak."

- Paul D. Boyer.

"Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free."

- 'Portions From A Wine-Stained Notebook', Charles Bukowski, 2008.

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Have the courage to follow your heart."

- Steve Jobs.

"The man who goes afoot prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather is the most independent fellow on earth."

- Horace Kephart.

"Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere."

- 'The Nomad: Diaries Of Isabelle Eberhardt', Isabelle Eberhardt, 1987.

"There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it."

- 'You're Doing Just Fine', Charlotte Eriksson, 2015.

"The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it."

- 'Lose The Baggage, Lose The Weight: A Woman-To-Woman Recipe For Life', Lorna Stremcha, William Artur Ward, 2011.

"Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience – buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello – become new all over again."

- 'Four Seasons In Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, And The Biggest Funeral In The History Of The World', Anthony Doerr, 2008.

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

- 'Dao De Jing', Lao Tzu.

"If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet."

- Rachel Wolchin.

"We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking."

- Finis Mitchell.

"I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars."

- Henry Rollins.

"Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag."

- 'The Gulag Archipelago', Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1973.

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread."

- 'Desert Solitaire', Edward Abbey, 1968.

"What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it."

- Juliette Binoche.

"if it scares you, it might be a good thing to try."

- Seth Godin.

"Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken."

- Frank Herbert.

"I really like to just jump in a truck with your backpack and just drive and go somewhere."

- Piper Perabo.

"To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles."

- Mary Davis.

"It's not 'jalan-jalan' nor 'liburan'. It's just something we do naturally. Like breathing and eating. It's basically living."

- Riana Ambarsari.

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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