50+ Vacation Quotes for Anyone in Need of a Break

When your bags are packed, your passport is ready, and the whole family is on their way to the airport, the vacation anticipation is at an all-time high. You’ve turned off your work emails, found a house sitter, and made your vacation playlist. But if you’re like many other vacationers, you may need a little more travel inspiration to get you in the vacation mindset. If so, make sure to check out our favorite vacation quotes below. They’ll help remind you what your trip is all about, and they double as great quotes for your future travel photo book.

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Family Vacation Quotes

When getting ready for your family trip, it’s important to align rules and expectations. From packing your kids’ bags to planning excusions, these quotes help you do just that:

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  • “I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.” – Anthony Bourdain
  • “There’s no vacation from being a parent.” – Chevy Chase
  • “In America, there are two classes of travel: first-class and with children. ” – Robert Benchley
  • “In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy or game you bought them, they will remember the time you spent with them.” – Kevin Heath
  • “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and all the memories we’ve made along the way.” – Unknown
  • “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “A vacation helps to relieve stress and boredom, gives us a change of scenery, provides us with adventure, and helps to bring us closer to the people in our lives.” – E. S. Woods

Funny Vacation Quotes

Finding humor in the things that may go wrong on vacation helps keep your trip stress free. They also look great on a travel mug to keep you going for the rest of the year. Here are a few quotes that will keep you laughing all vacation long:

Man carrying a surfboard at the beach on vacation.
  • “Chilling out on the bed in your hotel room watching television, while wearing your own pajamas, is sometimes the best part of a vacation.” – Laura Marano
  • “No matter what fabulous place I visit, I don’t feel like I’m on vacation unless I’m dehydrated and covered with sunscreen.” – Chelsea Cain
  • “Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Just a reminder that I’m going on vacation and you’re not.” – Unknown
  • “Vacation calories don’t count.” – Unknown
  • “My goal is to hit the gym every day I’m on vacation. Usually I just end up sleeping and drinking beer.” – Gary Allan
  • “Jet lag is for amateurs.” – Dick Clark
  • “Last year, I came away from the vacation thoroughly bloated and ten pounds heavier, convinced I’d blocked an artery and possibly shortened my lifespan by a few months. But I was also deliriously contented, which is surely what it’s all about.” – Cash Peters

I Need A Vacation Quotes

Simply put, these vacation sayings describe those in-between vacation blues. Sometimes it’s hard waiting for the holidays to come around or a friend’s Christmas vacation card from last year has you envious. Whether you’re at work, taking care of the kids, or anywhere else where you feel you need a vacation, these quotes are just for you.

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  • “As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation.” – John Battelle
  • “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” – Earl Wilson
  • “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
  • “I need a six month vacation, twice a year.” – Unknown
  • “An upcoming vacation gives us something to eagerly anticipate.” – Jaime Kurtz
  • “The vacation we often need is freedom from our own mind.” – Jack Adam Weber
  • “I love my job only when I’m on vacation.” – Unknown
  • “Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.” – Island Company  
  • “Do not wait until you are dying to go on vacation. I think if I had to give you one piece of advice that would be it. We put things off. We do not mean to, but we do. We carry around the assumption that there is plenty of time to do whatever needs to be done.” – Marty Cauley

End Of Vacation Quotes

Besides buying endless travel gifts, there’s a few additional ways to help manage your post-vacation grief. These quotes will help you do just that:

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  • “My first day back at work has inspired me to book my next vacation.” – Unknown
  • “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” – Leo Tolstoy
  • “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “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.” – Isabelle Eberhardt
  • “There should be sympathy cards for having to go back to work after vacation.” – Anonymous
  • “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
  • “A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” – Morris Fishbein
  • “When I was on a two-week vacation I noticed something. The vacation lasted a good long time then suddenly it was over. Life is like that also.” – Fr. Cedric Pisegna CP

Happy Vacation Quotes

Whether you’re looking for the right quotes to decorate your kids’ travel gear, or simply to use in your next Instagram post, these happy vacation quotes might just do the trick.

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  • “Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation.” – Gautam Singhania
  • “Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle
  • “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben
  • “Don’t worry. Beach happy.” – Unknown
  • “Take vacations, and go as many places as you can. You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories.” – Unknown
  • “Life is better in flip flops.” – Unknown
  • “Vacation mood: on.” – Unknown
  • “Don’t Count The Days. Make The Days Count.” – Muhammad Ali
  • “Think about it; how do you feel when you are planning a vacation? You feel excited and happy. Your stress level is diminished, and this also affects your work in a positive way.” – John Morgan
  • “Moderation in exercise, eating and amusement is the best guarantee of a beneficial vacation.” – Ollie Reeves
  • “A one day holiday can at times be better than a one week vacation if you totally unplug for that one day!” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Trips and vacations are so much more. These experiences show you what’s possible and challenge you to examine the paths you’ll take in the future.” – Blake Mycoskie

Summer Vacation Quotes

These summer vacation quotes highlights the sun, beaches, and warm weather you can look forward to during your summer trip. Just don’t forget to take plenty of summer pictures to remember the trip by.

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  • “Excuse me while I taunt my Facebook friends with another picture of my beach vacation.” – Unknown
  • “My favorite place to vacation is anyplace by the ocean.” – Nina Arianda
  • “Good vibes happen on the tides.” – Unknown
  • “I’m all about the palm trees and 80 degrees.” – Unknown
  • “Say yes to adventure, especially in the summer.” – Unknown
  • “Time for some Vitamin Sea.” – Unknown
  • “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen
  • “When it comes to the summer months most people start to think about where they will be going on vacation. This is the time of year when most individuals take time off of work because the kids are out of school. It is the perfect time for everyone to spend time together and to regroup from the stress that is often experienced with everyday life.” – Cindy Crawford

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