"A nomad I will remain for life, in
love with distant and uncharted places."
- Isabelle Eberhardt
"Closing your eyes is travel."
- Emily Dickenson
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where
there is no path, and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life."
- Agnes Repplier
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for
travels sake. The great affair is to move."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens."
- Fay Waldon
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think
I have ended up where I intended to be."
- Douglas Adams
"But do not ask me where I am heading, as I travel in
this limitless world where every step I take is my home."
- Eihei Dogen, portion of poem.
"Alone I wander a thousand miles, and I ask my way from
the white clouds."
"Surely it is the right wish that draws us to the right place. Nothing of importance
happens accidentally in our life."
- Lama Anagarika Govinda
"The wonders of a journey consist far more of such intangible experiences and unexpected
situations than of factual things and events of material reality."
- Lama Anagarika Govinda
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to
- Aldous Huxley
"People don't take trips; trips take people."
- John Steinbeck
"The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes, and goes on his way."
"I am a citizen of the world."
"If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored.
One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."
- Henry Miller
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't
do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from
the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
- Mark Twain
"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
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."
- St. Augustine of Hippo
"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time."
- Jack London
"Make your choice, adventurous stranger. Strike the
bell and bide the danger. Or wonder 'til it drives you mad, what would
have followed, if you had."
- C.S. Lewis, from The Magicians Nephew.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost, from The Road Not Taken.
"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music-- the
world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself."
- Henry Miller
"May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing
view--- where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you."
"No one ever travels so high as he who knows not where he is going."
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men
as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure
or nothing at all."
- Hellen Keller
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness
has genius, power, and magic in it."
"The simple fact seems to have been that once I saw that mysterious road outside my house,
the eastern part leading to a dead end, the western to worlds unknown, I was determined to explore the latter."
- James A. Michener
"It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity."
- Dag Hammarskjold
"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than
the risk it took to blossom."
"There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it."
- Charles Dudley Warner
"He who would travel happily must travel light."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."
- William Shedd
"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose."
- Walt Whitman
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very
- Andre Gide
"Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute
to them, few of them willed or determined by the will-- whatever we may think."
- Lawrence Durrell
"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while
in pursuit of something else."
- Lawrence Block
"No matter where you go, there you are."
- Earl MacRauch
"Travelers are often advised to take a long book on their journey. But who would devote his
attention to a book which will always be at hand when he can turn the dog-eared pages of a total stranger whom he may never
- Quentin Crisp
"Value the intangibles of travel. They are treasures that are more beautiful than gold or
- Alexander Stoddard
"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles."
- Tim Cahill
"How hard it is to escape from places! How carefully one goes, they hold you-- you leave bits
of yourself fluttering on the fences-- little rags and shreds of your very life."
- Katherine Mansfield
"Every encounter of a journey celebrates an event that can no longer occur."
- John Krich
"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 Hazlit
"Play is the exultation of the possible."
- Martin Buber
"What we play is life."
- Louis Armstrong
"Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions."
- Peter Hoeg
"Most of my treasured memories of travel are recollections of sitting."
- Robert Thomas Allen
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it."
- John Steinbeck
"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."
- Oscar Wilde
"It is not the path with is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path."
- Soren Kierkegaard
"Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown."
- Claude Bernard
"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
"Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the
way that they have been told to."
- Alan Keightley
"I wasn't lost. I just didn't know where I was for a few weeks."
- Jim Bridger
"What do you suppose will satisfy the Soul, except to walk free...?"
- Walt Whitman
"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremiditated act without benefit of experience."
- Henry Miller
"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
"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see."
- G.K. Chesterton
"Tourists don't know where they've been. Travelers don't know where they're going."
- Paul Theroux
"What I find is that you can do almost anything or go almost anywhere, if you're not in a
- Paul Theroux, in The Happy Isles of Oceania.
"It is fatal to know too much at the outset. Boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who
knows his route as to the novelist who is over-certain of his plot."
- Paul Theroux, in to the Ends of the Earth.
"When you travel you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront
completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don't even understand the language the people
speak. You begin to be more accessible to others, because they may be able to help you in difficult situations."
- Paulo Coelho, in The Pilgimage.
"To really appreciate where you are, you have to have been somewhere else."
- James A. Clapp
"And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for
the first time."
T.S. Eliot, in Little Gidding.
"Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own countrymen, change their
climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men. With heads as empty as their pockets, they return
home with traveled bodies, but untraveled minds."
- Charles Caleb Colton
"We do not need to understand other people and their customs fully to interact with them and
learn in the process; it is making the effort to interact without knowing all the rules, improvising certain situations, which
allows us to grow."
- Mary Catherine Bateson, in Peripheral Visions.
"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
"The 'danger' of vagabonding resides in having your eyes opened, in discovering the world
as it really is."
- Ed Buryn
"People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think this is what
we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive."
- Joseph Campbell, in The Power of Myth
"Like all great ravelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have
- Benjamin Disraeli
"The minute you begin to do what you want to do, it's really a different kind of life."
- Buckminster Fuller
"The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure
into unknown lands. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood."
- Sir Richard Burton, African Explorer