53 Vacation Quotes That Will Inspire You To Take A Vacation

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These vacation quotes should help you to realize how important it is to take vacations.  Whether they’re short or long, you need to get out for some mental health days:

1) No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

2) A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. -Morris Fishbein

3) A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance. -Unknown

4) A period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need. -Unknown

5) A vacation is a sunburn at premium prices. -Hal Chadwicke

6) A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. -Robert Orben

7) A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia. -Unknown

8. A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. -Morris Fishbein (1889-1976)

9) A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. -Earl Wilson

10) A vacation should be just long enough that your boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you. -unknown

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11) A wise man travels to discover himself. -James Russell Lowell

BTW, if you want other inspirational quotes, try this page.

12) Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. -William James (1842-1910)

13) Holiday: A period of activity so intense that it can only be undertaken three or four weeks in the year. -Miles Kington

14) Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony — this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for. -Jean Baudrillard

15) I can’t think of anything that excites a great sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. -Bill Bryson

16) I don’t mind doing the bracing British beach bit, anoraks and gumboots and soggy fish fingers in the Sun-‘n’-Sands Café, so long as no one suggests I am supposed to enjoy it. -Katherine Whitehorn

17) I have never believed that vacations are luxuries. They are our necessities–just like shelter, clothes, and food, they make us feel like humans and not like animals that care only for survival. -Alexander Babinets

18) If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work; but when they seldom come, the wished for come. -Shakespeare

19) If some people didn’t tell you, you’d never know they’d been away on a vacation. -Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

20) If you come home as happy as you leave, you have had a good vacation. -Unknown

21) If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. -James Michener

22) I’m not wild about holidays. They always seem a ludicrously expensive way of proving there’s no place like home. -Jilly Cooper

23) It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time. -David Brenner

24) Laughter is an instant vacation. -Milton Berle

25) Let your holidays be associated with great public events, and they may be the life of patriotism as well as a source of relaxation and personal employment. -Tryon Edwards

26) No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

27) No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell. -Jewish Proverb

28) One-week vacations are too short to prevent burnout; by the time you relax enough not to think about the office the week is almost up. -Cecilia Mikalac

29) The average vacation is one-tenth playing—nine-tenths paying. -Arnold Glasow

30) The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart, the secret anniversaries of the heart, when the full tide of feeling overflows. -Longfellow

31) The longing to get away from it all never was so great as in our present time of tension and trouble. We want something to lift us out of the mess into which much of life seems to have fallen. -Glenn Stewart

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32) The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation. -Unknown

33) The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -St. Augustine

34) There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. -Nelson Mandela

35) To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. -Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Again, if you want other inspirational quotes, try this page.

36) Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does. -John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-__)

37) Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. -Seneca

38) Vacation is that time when you wish you had something to do while doing nothing. -Frank Tyger

39) Vacations brighten a man. They tend to make his work more attractive to him and to make him more attractive to his work. -Harry Van Demark

40) We’ve never had a holiday. A week or two at Balmoral, or ten days at Sandringham, is the nearest we get. -Princess Anne

41) When in doubt, go on vacation! -unknown

42) Who first invented work, and bound the free and holiday-rejoicing spirit down? -Lamb

43) With me, a change of trouble is as good as a vacation. -David Lloyd George

NOTE: I threw these next few ones in to beef up the page; they’re more travel-related than vacation-related. Hopefully you like them.

44) Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen. -Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

45) The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists. -Sam Ewing

46) Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse. -Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

47) Of journeying the benefits are many: the freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners. -Sadi Gulistan

48) I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home. -William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

49) To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. -Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

50) As the Spanish proverb says, ”He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.” So it is in traveling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge. -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

51) Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. -Charles Kuralt

52) The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence. -Max Lerner (1902-1992)

53) Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better. -Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Any of these vacation quotes jump out at you?  How important are vacations to YOU? 

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    • Ken Young
    • March 24, 2011

    Dude. I was already in need of a serious vacation. Now I’m suffering more. Thanks a lot.


    • Rachel
    • March 24, 2011

    Grasping at straws ….need some R&R

    • Jocelyne
    • March 24, 2011

    I have yet to take a vacation outside of Canada and also outside of Ontario and Quebec. I do long to see Canada from one end to the other.

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      Jocelyne, yes, I think it’s important to see one’s own country. But ours is so large, we could literally go on vacations in new towns all over Ontario for the rest of our lives, and not run out of new amazing places to see. Of course, it’s nice to check out some warm places. But in the absence of huge international trips, small local ones are great too.

    • David Parrish
    • March 24, 2011

    Shawn, these are great quotes if for no other reason than the resonating hummer that is in most of them which match real life experience. “A vacation should be just long enough that your boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you.” is much more than an amusing observation, it is really wise advice.

    The “sunburn at a premium price” quote is priceless and made me laugh, which, according to Milton Berle, was its own vacation.


    • J.B. Walker
    • March 24, 2011

    As usual ,those were very good./ Thank you.

    • Pradyumna
    • March 29, 2011

    really great!

    • Lee
    • April 8, 2011

    Hello Shawn, love the quotes especially these:

    A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia. -Unknown

    No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell. -Jewish Proverb

    A vacation is a time to relax and enjoy some free time. It is a time to escape the stress of everyday life and relax the body and mind. My friends house was where I accomplished that peace of mind. The weather, surroundings, and feelings experienced were only some of the many wonderful things. It is one of the best vacation spots and a priceless experience to enjoy. My friends house was where the weather was beautiful. As the sun rose in the morning, the moist dew on each perfectly green blade of grass begins to evaporate. The fresh smell of air is something … ”

    “ Breathtaking views at the point where the waterfalls hit the lake, fluorescent rainbows can be seen, each showing every colour brilliantly. In the lake, exotic and tropical fishes of all different colours swim about with no worries. The land is all a perfect shade of green and each flower is slightly different from the next, each possessing every colour imaginable and some never even thought of. I imagine myself laying in the middle of a green meadow surrounded by the sweet smelling flowers with the sun warming my skin and the ground beneath me. While I am in this place, nothing can bother me and I have not a care in the world. ”

    Enjoy your day!

    • Zahid Khan
    • April 21, 2016

    so nice quotes i like it thanks a lot

      • Shanna
      • October 29, 2019

      Some vacations have to be taken by just reading a good book or a long bath or downloading a app with live views of exotic places. Not everyone can afford the luxury of travel. But the imagination is a wonderful thing .

      1. Reply

        Well said.

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    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -St. Augustine

    Nope, not just a page. Planning for the next destination now. c”,)

  2. Reply

    Wonderful quotes to make vacation plans into reality

    • great family vacations
    • October 30, 2016

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    this article, in my view its actually awesome in favor of me.

    • Melony Skinner
    • November 30, 2019

    I need some advice on a complaited relationship ive been in for the last 6 years he says he wants me buy his actions say different what can i do we dont communicate very good bc i feel like he think I put him down or belittle him and I’m not

    1. Reply

      I’m afraid I’m not the best one to help you with this, Melony. It sounds like he has some issues with self-worth if every little thing makes him feel that way. I guess just reassure him 20 times a day that you love & accept him and that your choice of words are not meant to hurt him. Also, I think relationship counseling is something to look into here, even if it’s just at church or through a community help group? Does that help?

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