Quotations about Travel
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.
Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt
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.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
These are the joys of the open road —
For him who travels without a load.
Bliss Carman, “The Joys of the Road,” Songs from Vagabondia, 1894
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
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
It is not down in any map; true places never are.
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, Blue Highways
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.
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
And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.
Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.
G.K. Chesterton, “What Is America?”, What I Saw in America, 1922
Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
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.
Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.
There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.
Now I know why they tell you to put your head between your knees on crash landings. You think you’re going to kiss your ass good-bye.
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.
We did the city, we did the stores, we did the bar-rooms, and did sundry drinks with divers people.
John Keast Lord, 1860 May 15th [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.
Jean Kerr, “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall,” The Snake Has All the Lines, 1958
In America there are two classes of travel — first class, and with children.
Just get on any major highway, and eventually it will dead-end in a Disney parking area large enough to have its own climate, populated by large nomadic families who have been trying to find their cars since the Carter administration.
. crossing and recrossing the country every year, south in the winter and north in the summer and only because he has no place he can stay in without getting tired of it and because there’s nowhere to go but everywhere, and keep rolling under the stars.
Jack Kerouac (1922–1969), On the Road
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before.
There’s a book that tells you where you should go on your vacation. It’s called your checkbook.
The time to enjoy a European trip is about three weeks after unpacking.
George Ade, Forty Modern Fables
I did not fully understand the dread term “terminal illness” until I saw Heathrow for myself.
Dennis Potter, 1978
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.
Try the great open road — you may meet God.
Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
George Bernard Shaw
To pitch my tent with no prosy plan,
To range and to change at will;
To mock at the mastership of man,
To seek Adventure’s thrill.
Robert W. Service (1874–1958), “A Rolling Stone,” 1912
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Says I, “Then let’s be on the float; you certainly have got my goat;
You make me hungry in my throat for seeing things that’s new.
Out ere somewhere we’ll ride the range a-looking for the new and strange;
My feet are tired and need a change. Come on! It’s up to you!
Henry Herbert Knibbs (1874–1945), “Out There Somewhere”
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
I was meant to hike for the hiking’s sake. We’d go and go. No limit…And we wouldn’t just go places, either; we’d be different things. We’d be Connecticut farmers one year, and run a mine in Mexico the next, and loaf in Paris the next, if we had the money.
Sinclair Lewis, The Trail of the Hawk: A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life, 1915
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
And then that slim, poetic guy, turned and looked me in the eye:
“…It’s overland and overland and overseas to — where?”
“Most anywhere that isn’t here,” I says. His face went kind of queer:
The place we’re in is always here. The other place is there.”
Henry Herbert Knibbs (1874–1945), “Out There Somewhere”
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.