Don’t Tell Me How Educated You Are, Tell Me How Much You Have Travelled

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.”

This quote basically tells how travellers interact with each other. So where does it come from and what does it mean to me?

The Quote Source

The quote was said by the prophet Muhammed. Whom I’m pretty sure needs no introduction, but I will give a brief one anyway!

Muhammed is an important figure (infact the central figure) in Islam and is often considered the ‘founder’ by non-Muslims. Muslim’s know him as the ‘Holy Prophet’ and believe him to be the last prophet sent to mankind from God. He united Arabia into a single Muslim entity. The Quran is believed to have been given to him by God and this, along with his teachings and practices, form the basis of Islamic religious belief.

What This Travel Quote Means To Me

Whenever travellers or backpackers meet one of the first things to be shared is where each other have travelled. No one asks about your schooling or job, we just want to know where we should go next! Have we missed anything?

I know I’m always looking for inspiration. It is not for judgemental reasons that the question of how many place you have been comes up, it is curiosity. Most people don’t have amazing stories from their educational life (or at least not many that can be related to by most other travellers). And some people may be embarrassed by their education (or lack of). But if you have travelled you gain a different type of education, that doesn’t come with a certificate. It’s an education of yourself, different cultures and experience.

How much you have travelled shapes who you are. Travelling gives you confidence, humility and life experience. These things are much more important than a piece of paper (I’m not saying don’t have an education though, if you have the opportunity and enjoy it, do it. I did and don’t regret it.) I know I learnt a lot more about myself and the world whilst travelling than i did in school!

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Author Bio: Nat

I’m Nat, the backpacker behind natpacker. From the UK, I was bitten by the travel bug during a round the world trip in my early twenties. Since then I have been determined to see as much of this world as possible. My passion for travel led me to start up this blog, partly to record my adventures and partly to inspire others to travel.


  • What a wonderful gift you have been given to have noticed the affect and education that travel has done for you. Sublime travels

  • Aysha says:

    Hi, can you please tell me the source of this saying? I’m having a hard time finding it. Please let me know if you have a link or reference to it. Thank you.

    Being able to travel is surely a great blessing. We’re realizing how much so in this post-pandemic era.

    Safe travels!

    • Nat says:

      Hi Aysha,
      Unfortunately, I do not have a source, but the saying is widely associated with Muhammed. Hope that helps!

  • Allie says:

    hi.. it seems that the quote can’t be attached to the prophet muhammad. although good, but all the words and deeds of the prophet muhammad is the legal basis in our religion, that’s why scholars collect the words of the prophet known as hadith. and not just any hadith may be used, it must be clear where it came from and who passed on the hadith until it got to us. the words above are unfounded, the hadith always has the number and name of the scholar who narrated it and the level of validity must be stated.

    • Nat says:

      Hi Allie,

      Thanks for letting me know this, it’s very interesting. Do you have any sources for this? Just as all the sources I found said that it was Muhammad, but I would like to have a good read around of anything that differs, that way I can update the post with sources.

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