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Travellers who have written and writers who have travelled; they're all famous for a quoted line or two about travel.

These are some of my favourite travel quotes.

A Journey

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

Tim Cahill.

Advantages of Travel

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.

Adventure With Eyes Open

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.

Airplane Travel

Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.

Al Gore.

Almost Arrived

I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.

Anna Louise Strong.

Alone in a Strange Town

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

Freya Stark.

Along The Road

For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim's time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.

Aldous Huxley.

An Honest Friend

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.

Around The World in 80 Days

It was all very well for an Englishman like Mr. Fogg to make the tour of the world with a carpet-bag; a lady could not be expected to travel comfortably under such conditions.

Jules Verne.

Beautiful to Travel

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

Lin Yutang.

Become Friends

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.

Better or Worse

Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

Thomas Fuller.

Better to Travel Well

It is better to travel well than to arrive.

Buddha.

Bird Without Wings

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.

Moslih Eddin Saadi.

Blue Highways

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.

Boredom With Pleasure

Your true traveller 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.

Broadening The Mind

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.

Elizabeth Drew.

Coast to Coast

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.

Charles Kuralt.

Comfort in a Foreign Country

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 Paul Fadiman.

Daring Adventure

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller.

Deeds Travel

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.

George Eliot.

Education and Experience

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Francis Bacon.

End to Journey

It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Ursula K. LeGuin.

Eternally Anchored

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.

Everyday Travel

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.

Everyone is Wrong

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Aldous Huxley.

Faraway Places

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.

Dagobert D. Runes.

Feeling at Home

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.

George Bernard Shaw.

First Rule of Travel

My first rule of travel is never to go to a place that sounds like a medical condition and Critz is clearly an incurable disease involving flaking skin.

Bill Bryson.

Flirting With Life

Travelling 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.

Foreign Land

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.

Foreign Travel

Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

Foreign Traveller

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.

Robert Louis Stevenson.

Foreigners

Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.

Mason Cooley.

Good Company

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

Izaak Walton.

Grand Tour

The grand tour is just the inspired man's way of heading home.

Paul Theroux.

Great Minds

Worldwide travel is not compulsory. Great minds have been fostered entirely by staying close to home. Moses never got further than the Promised Land. Da Vinci and Beethoven never left Europe. Shakespeare hardly went anywhere at all-certainly not to Elsinore or the coast of Bohemia.

Jan Morris.

Great To Be Home

Since I travel so much, it's always great to be home. There's nothing like getting to raid my own refrigerator at two in the morning.

Amy Grant.

Half The Clothes

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

Susan Heller.

Happiest Moments as Tourists

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

Lawrence Block.

Heaven and Hell

Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except for heaven and hell, and I have only a vague curiosity as concerns one of those.

Mark Twain.

Ideas of Living

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.

Introspection

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.

Lawrence Durrell.

Journey Replay

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.

Like Marriage

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

John Steinbeck.

Looking at Mankind

I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.

Lord Byron.

Losing Your Luggage

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

Regina Nadelson.

New Eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust.

New Places

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 traveller learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.

Paul Fussell.

New Way of Seeing Things

One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Henry Miller.

No Fixed Plans

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu.

No Map

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

Herman Melville.

On My List

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.

Susan Sontag.

On The Road

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

Jack Kerouac.

Open to Influences

A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.

Katharine Butler Hathaway.

Our Culture

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.

Passport Photo

If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well enough to travel.

Sir Vivian Fuchs.

Pilgrimage

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

Charles Dudley Warner.

Poets Everywhere

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.

Sigmund Freud.

Potholes in the Road

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.

Barbara Hoffman.

Raining on Tents

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.

Dave Barry.

Remember

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Benjamin Disraeli.

Road Less Travelled

I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Rush Across The Sea

They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.

Horace.

Secret Destinations

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

Martin Buber.

See The World

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.

Seeking Others

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

Anais Nin.

Set Sail

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.

Sight-seeing

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.

Simulation of the Journey

Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.

Jonathan Raban.

Sin and Virtue

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.

Herman Melville.

Smell The Country

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

Rudyard Kipling.

Space Travel

Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.

William S. Burroughs.

Speed of Light

It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.

Woody Allen.

Stay Home

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

James Michener.

Take The First Step

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu.

Talk With The Past

Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.

Rene Descartes.

The Gentle Reader

The Gentle Reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the Gentle Reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass.

Mark Twain.

The Greatest Gifts

Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.

Hodding Carter.

The Journey

The journey not the arrival matters.

T. S. Eliot.

The World

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.

Lord Chesterfield.

The World is a Book

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

St. Augustine.

The World Within

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.

Thomas Cook

I sometimes think Thomas Cook should be numbered among the secular saints. He took travel from the privileged and gave it to the common people.

Archbishop of Canterbury.

Through Travel

Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.

Eudora Welty.

To be Big and Travel

All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel... and that's what I've been doing all my life.

Count Basie.

To Find The Beautiful

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

To Know a Country

To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It's futile to gaze at the world through a car window.

Albert Einstein.

To See Something

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.

Soren Kierkegaard.

To Travel or Not

A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Tourists

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.

Russell Baker.

Travel and Prejudice

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.

Travel Bag

Let your memory be your travel bag.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Travel Broadens

Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.

Ernest Hemingway.

Travel Bug

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.

Travel Diary

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

Oscar Wilde.

Travel for Fulfilment

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.

Hilaire Belloc.

Travel Happily

He who would travel happily must travel light.

Antoine de St. Exupery.

Travel Light

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.

Glenn Clark.

Travel Photography

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.

Susan Sontag.

Travel Requirements

Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure, has become very largely a commodity, and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that it is a social requirement, too.

Jan Morris.

Travel The Mind

Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with travelled bodies, but untravelled minds.

Caleb Colton.

Travel To Better

Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.

The Dhammapada.

Travel to Go

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson.

Travel to See

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

G.K. Chesterton.

Travel Today

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau.

Travel University

Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.

Bertrand Russell.

Travel With The Writer

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.

Andre Gide.

Travel With Them

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.

Travel Writer

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost - the lost valleys of the imagination.

Alexander Cockburn.

Travelled

Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.

Mohammed.

Travelling Americans

Americans have always been eager for travel, that being how they got to the New World in the first place.

Otto Friedrich.

Trusting Strangers

Travelling 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.

Two Classes of Travel

In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with children.

Robert Benchley.

Wandering

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Anatole France.

Where to Go

Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going.

Paul Theroux.

Whole Life Travelling

I should like to spend the whole of my in life traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.

William Hazlitt.

Wondering

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

Saint Augustine.

Worst Trains

It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through magical places.

Paul Theroux.

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