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I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself. - James Baldwin (1924 - 1987), American author

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. - Seneca (54 BC -
39 AD ), Roman orator

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. - St. Augustine (354 - 430), African theologian

Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building here after seeing Italy. - Fanny Burney (1752 - 1840), English novelist

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. - Martin Buber (1878 - 1965), Austrian philosopher

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list. - Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004), American feminist

Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973), English writer


I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), American writer and humourist

We live in a wonderful 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 (1889 - 1964), first Prime Minister of India

I went to collect the few personal belongings which, at that time, I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude. - Colette (1873 - 1954), French novelist


My heart is warm with the friends I make,

And better friends I'll not be knowing;

Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,

No matter where it's going.

- Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), American poet

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. - Laozi, (6th (?) cent. BCE), Chinese philosopher

Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and its fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of the judgment. - Paul Fussell (1924 - 2012), American cultural historian

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 (1835 - 1910), American writer and humourist

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), Scottish novelist and poet

If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody. - Anthony Bourdain (1956 – 2018), American celebrity chef and travel documentarian

Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled. - Muhammad (c. 570 - c. 632), founder of Islam

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. - Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), English writer and lexicographer

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. - Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969), American novelist

He who does not travel does not know the value of men. - Moorish proverb

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. - Dagobert D. Runes (1902 - 1982), Austrian philosopher

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. - John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968), American writer

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. - Lin Yutang (1895 - 1976), Chinese writer

Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. - Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963), English writer

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 (1709 - 1784), English writer and lexicographer

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 (1850 - 1894), Scottish novelist and poet

Thank Heaven, here is not all the world. . . . The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern Bayou. . . . The universe is wider than our views of it. - Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), American writer and philosopher

One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. - Henry Miller (1891 - 1980), American writer

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. - Cesare Pavese (1908 - 1950), Italian writer

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. - Moslih Eddin Saadi (1184 - 1283/1291), Persian poet

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. - Freya Stark (1893 - 1993), British explorer and travel writer

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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 (1835 - 1910), American writer and humourist

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. - Miriam Beard

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going. - Paul Theroux (1941 - ), American travel writer

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 (1951 - ), American writer

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. - Charles Dudley Warner (1829 - 1900), American writer

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. - James Michener (1907 - 1997), American author

The journey not the arrival matters. - T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965), American/British poet and playwright

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. - Tim Cahill (1979 - ), Australian football (soccer) player

Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. - Pat Conroy (1945 - ), American author

Not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973), English writer and poet

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

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 (1928 - ), American author and poet

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. - Anatole France (1844 - 1924), French poet and novelist

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 (1939 - ), American travel writer

I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. - Lillian Smith (1897 - 1966) , American writer and social critic

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

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 (1893 - 1993), British explorer and travel writer

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. - Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936), English writer and poet

All the pathos and irony of leaving one's youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time. - Paul Fussell (1924 - 2012), American cultural historian

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. - Paul Theroux (1941 - ), American travel writer

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. - G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), English writer

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. - Clifton Fadiman (1904 - 1999), American author and media personality

Our Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death. - Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662), French scientist, author and philosopher

It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be. - Selma Lager

Clay lies still, but blood's a rover

Breath's aware that will not keep.

Up, lad: when the journey's over

there'll be time enough to sleep.

- A. E. Housman (1859 - 1936), English poet

As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own. - Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978), American cultural anthorpologist

Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. - Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988), American author

One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering. - Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947), English mathematician and philosopher

The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself. - William Least Heat Moon (1939 - ), American travel writer

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 (1953 - ), English novelist

Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness. - Ray Bradbury (1920 - 2012), American writer

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. - Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953), Anglo-French writer and historian

I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home. - William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830), English writer and literary critic

I love to travel, but hate to arrive. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), German-American physicist

One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it's left behind. - Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870), English writer and social critic

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. - Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986), American author

Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places. - Italo Calvino (1923 - 1985), Italian journalist and writer

He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all. - Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951), American novelist and playwright

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Laozi, ( 6th (?) cent. BCE), Chinese philosopher

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance. - Bumper sticker

Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience, and the best travelers� seem to be those able to hold two or three inconsistent ideas in their minds at the same time, or able to regard themselves as at once serious persons and clowns. - Paul Fussell (1924 - 2012), American cultural historian

Most of my treasured memories of travel are recollections of sitting. - Robert Thomas Allen, (1911 - 1990) Canadian writer and humourist

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. - Mary Anne Radmacher, American author and artist

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. - John Muir (1838 - 1914), Scottish?American naturalist and author

When you're traveling, ask the traveler for advice

not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.

- Rumi (1207 - 1273), Persian poet and mystic

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. - attributed to Susan Heller

The autumn leaves are falling like rain

Although my neighbors are all barbarians

And you, you are a thousand miles away

There are always two cups at my table.

- T'ang dynasty poem

It is not down in any map; true places never are. - Herman Melville (1819 - 1891), American novelist

People don't take trips - trips take people. - John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968), American writer

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), Scottish writer and poet

The map is not the territory. - Alfred Korzybski (1879 - 1950), Polish/American philosopher and scientist

It is solved by walking. - Algerian proverb

He who would travel happily must travel light. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900 - 1944), French writer and aviator

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), Scottish novelist and poet

I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full. - Lord Dunsany (1878 - 1957), Irish writer and dramatist

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 (1939 - ), American travel writer

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), American sociologist

Travelers never think that they are the foreigners. - Mason Cooley (1927 - 2002), American academic and aphorist

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage. - Regina Nadelson

The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before. - G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), English writer

I did not fully understand the dread term terminal illness until I saw Heathrow for myself. - Dennis Potter (1935 - 1994), English dramatist

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad. - George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish playwright

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. - Caskie Stinnett (1911 - 1998), American travel writer and humourist

You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? Anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles. - George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life"

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