Here are 25 quotes to get you off the couch and on the road.
I’ve never been one who’s had any difficulty what so every in having to be pushed out the door to go travelling (except maybe that 6th trip to Vegas to babysit customers – the old bones – and liver – really seem to protest about that quite vocally!)
Surprisingly though, it is a daunting prospect for many people – for a whole trove of reasons. Putting financial concerns aside for a moment, these include fear of the unknown, fear of flying, getting sick or catching some strange exotic disease, dislike of anything “different”, and even – it’s just too much like hard work or effort!
Here are some of my favourite quotes – maybe they will give you that little push you need to go book a flight, pack a bag and have an adventure!
“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” -Freya Stark
“Not all those who wander are lost” -J. R. R. Tolkien “Lord of the Rings”
“I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience — and laughter.” -Susan M. Watkins
“A year to go around the world! A whole twelve months of scenes and curious happenings in far-off foreign lands! You have thought of doing this, almost promised yourself that when you got old enough, and rich enough, and could “spare the time,” you too would go around the world. Most of us get old enough; some of us get rich enough; but the time! the time! – to spare the time, to cut loose from goods and lands, from stocks and dreary desks, quit clients, patients, readers, home and friends – ay, and our enemies whom we so dearly love! Full many a promise must be broken and few the voyagers round the world.” -D.N. Richardson, “A Girdle Round the Earth”, 1888
“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – JRR Tolkien
“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese
“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
“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” —Freya Stark
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams
“The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu