On Travel


  • “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
  • “You can never visit the same place twice. Each time, it’s a different story. By the very act of coming back, you wipe out what came before.”  ~  Maureen Johnson, The Last Little Blue Envelope

  • “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu
  • “Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien 
  • “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
  •  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
  •  “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  ~ St Augustine
  •  “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’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller
  • “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”  – Paul Theroux
  • “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
  • “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  •  ”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  • “I am not the same having seen the moon on the other side of the world.”  -Mary Ann Radmacher
  • “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
  • “We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
  • “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
  • “Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” – Doug Coupland
  • “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin
  • “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
  • “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron
  •  “One who lives sees much. One who travels sees more.” (Unknown)
  • “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  • “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
  • “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Travel should be an art through which our restlessness finds expression.  We must bring back the idea of travel as search.”  ~ Ilan Stavans
  • “It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in.”  ~ Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
  • “A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.” ~  Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus

  • “It is not down on any map;  true places never are.” ~  Herman Melville, Moby Dick



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