Travelling with family is one of life’s greatest gifts. These 51 family travel quotes and captions perfectly capture what it’s like to embark on a journey with the best travel companions of all: Your relatives!
Whether you’re taking your kids on vacation, embarking on a trip with your parents or travelling with extended family, a trip in the company of family can be a uniquely fun and fulfilling experience.
Some of my favourite travel memories are of trips taken as a child with my parents and younger sister. Even all these years later, it’s still difficult to put into words how much those holidays meant to me.
To help you perfectly caption your favourite family travel photos, I’ve curated this list of inspiring, meaningful and funny quotes and captions.
Copy and paste them to use in your next social media update, or send them to a friend who’s planning their family trip. However you choose to use these family travel quotes, they’re guaranteed to inspire and entertain!
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Short and sweet family travel quotes
These quick quotes are straight to the point and capture a tonne of emotions and sentiment in a few brief sentences.
These short travel quotes are perfect for captioning family vacation photos and expressing the wonder of travel for the little people in your life.
“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”
– Walt Streightiff
“Blessed are the curious as they shall have adventures.”
– Lovelle Drachman
“Can we just skip to the part of my life where I travel the world?”
“In fairy tales it’s always the children who have the fine adventures”
– Audrey Niffenegger
“There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
“Home is people. Not a place.”
– Robin Hobb
“Oh, the places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss
“Little by little, one travels far.”
– Mexican proverb
“What child has not travelled by spinning the globe.”
“The world is a playground, and life is pushing my swing.”
– Natalie Kocsis
“Travelling in the company of those we love is home in motion.”
– Leigh Hunt
“Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.”
– Jennifer Donnelly
“Having kids is a reason to travel, never a reason to stop.”
Long family travel quotes
“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
“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 shows them the way to go home.”
– Seanan McGuire
“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
– JoyBell C.
Quotes about life lessons and world schooling
In many ways, deciding to travel with school-aged kids is a big leap of faith. Swapping routine for the great unknown isn’t an easy decision – but it almost always pays dividends.
I’m lucky enough to come from a family where my parents viewed travel as an important part of our upbringing. Immersing yourself in a different culture, hands-on history lessons, learning a new language – these are just some of the incredibly enriching life experiences that can come from travel.
Not to mention all the wonderful lessons you learn about yourself (and your family members) when you’re pushed out of your comfort zone!
No matter how old you are, travel is an important educational experience. These quotes about life lessons and world schooling illustrate how beneficial family travel can be to shaping young minds in particular.
“Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.”
– Rick Steves
“Not all classrooms have four walls.”
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
– Margaret Mead
“Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.”
– Harvey Lloyd
“When you travel with children you are giving something that can never be taken away: Experience, exposure and a way of life.”
– Pamela Chandler
“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
“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”
– Henry Rollins
“Ideally, travel broadens our perspectives personally, culturally, and politically. Suddenly, the palette with which we paint the story of our lives has more colours.”
– Rick Steves
We never stop learning, and travel is extremely enriching for adults, too. Travelling with kids and seeing the world through a child’s eyes is a powerful way to gain a fresh perspective on an otherwise familiar environment or culture.
“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
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
– W.E.B. DuBois
“The mother’s heart is the child’s school room.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
Quotes the prove travel is a gift
I’m firmly of the belief that travel is a privilege. Giving the gift of travel to your children is one of the most important and generous things a parent can do. Travel is a way to discover the world, but it’s also a way to form stronger bonds with those most important to you.
Young kids might not realise it now, but the travel experiences you create for them are almost guaranteed to leave a lasting impression into adulthood.
Just be careful how much of a passion for travel you end up cultivating – having now lived abroad for 5 years, I’m sure my parents wish I hadn’t grown up to be quite so interested in travel!
“Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.”
– Hodding Carter
“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.”
– Og Mandino
“Travel in the younger sort is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.”
– Francis Bacon
“In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy you bought them, they will remember the time you spent with them.”
– Kevin Heath
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
“The greatest tragedy of the family is the un-lived lives of the parents.”
– Carl Jung
“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.”
– Jamie Lyn Beatty
“Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.”
– Anthony Bourdain
“Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.”
– Nicholas Sparks
Quotes that prove travel makes family bonds stronger
Travel is, in my opinion, the most rewarding thing you can do – but it also has a way of throwing you head-first into difficult situations. Learning to navigate foreign terrain with your family – to negotiate and to work together towards a common goal – is an equally important part of travel.
These beautiful family travel quotes highlight the importance of relationships and show how journeys taken together can strengthen those family bonds.
“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”
– Pierce Brown
“Happiness is only real when shared.”
– Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“To be a baby elephant must be wonderful. Surrounded by a loving family 24 hours a day…. I think it must be how it ought to be, in a perfect world.”
– Daphne Sheldrick
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
– Mother Teresa
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
– Richard Bach
Funny family travel quotes
Let’s face it – travelling with family (especially young kids) isn’t always the path of least resistance!
I hope these comedic family travel captions might lighten the mood next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or fed up.
“I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.”
– Robert Orben
“A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.”
– Tom Lichtenheld
“There are two kinds of travel: first class and with children.”
– Robert Benchley
“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
– George Burns
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”
– Franklin P. Jones
“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.”
– Mark Twain
“The mud will wash off but the memories will last a lifetime.”
“Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?”
– Rick Riordan
“…If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.”
– Rick Riordan
And there you have it: My favourite meaningful and inspiring family travel quotes – plus a few to make you chuckle!
Do you have a good quote about family vacations or travel with kids that you’d like to add to the list? I’d love to hear your favourites in the comments below!