My Favorite Travel Quotes

In anticipation of a new adventure, whenever that may be, I like to collect travel quotes that remind me how awesome it all is and they also help me snap things in my life back into perspective. The Matador Network posted some funny travel quotes to share and below are some I’d like to share as well.

1. “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

2. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

3. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” -Mawlana Jalal-al-Din-Rumi

4. “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 sky – all things tending toward the eternal or what we imagine of it.” -Cesare Pavese in The Comfort of Strangers

5. “Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homey restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my  life arriving each evening in a new city.” Bill Bryson  in Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe

6. “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

7. “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

8. “Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is  beyond my imagination.” -Jhumpa Lahiri in Intepreter of Maladies

9. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” -Martin Buber

10. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” -Pat Conroy

11. “By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.” -Virginia Woolf

12. “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt. It’s a rush of fragments, all jostling for attention. Some good, some bad, some pleasurable – and some excruciating to remember.” -Anthony Bourdain in The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

13. “The natural extension of travel is migration, and some readers wanted to know if they should move to happy places like Iceland or Bhutan. Perhaps, if that is where your heart lies, but the point is not necessarily that we move to these places but, rather, that we allow these places to move us. I believe,  now more than ever, in the transformative promise of geography. Change your location and you just may change yourself. It’s not that distant lands contain some special “energy” or that their inhabitants possess secret knowledge (though they may) but rather something more fundamental: By relocating ourselves, reorienting ourselves, we shake loose the shackles of expectation. Adrift in a different place we give ourselves permission to be different people.” Eric Weiner in The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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