I seem to be fascinated by travel quotes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Some of them come from famous people, some from people like us. But whomever the source, I hope it does at least one thing, to inspire you to travel. Some are crazy, others practical, others yet quite whimsical, and some, downright odd. Some of you have boldly contributed in the past. I welcome you to send along your favorites, at any time.
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” -Gustave Flaubert
(I must say the month I spent in Siberia made me feel very, very small and modest)
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”-Henry Miller (very clever)
“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home”- Dagobert Runes (weird one)
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen” – Benjamin Disraeli (very true)
“The journey, not the arrival matters” – T. S. Eliot
“Live with no excuses, and travel with no regrets.” – Budget Travel
“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God” – Kurt Vonnegut
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train” Oscar Wilde
“Travel teaches toleration” – Benjamin Disraeli (how true)
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost (my favorite poet)
“Who knows how to taste does not drink wine but savors secrets” a quotation from Salvador Dali.
“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me” Anthony Bourdain, tv personality.
“One day if I go to heaven, I’ll look around and say, it ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco” Herb Caen, Mr. San Francisco.
“San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are home”-Benjamin F. Taylor
“San Francisco is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and still look beautiful”-Frank Lloyd Wright
“For the first time in human history, land (our National Parks) was set aside not for kings or noblemen or the very rich, but for everybody and for all time, which makes all of us co-owners of some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth.”-Ken Burns
“In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.” —Eva Peron
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill (always a favorite of mine, you know who you are and what you mean to me).
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
“For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”- Leonardo da Vinci
“Wherever you are, be ALL there.” – Jim Elliot
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
“Truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.”- Bill Watterson
Wanderlust: a strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.
“Travel is the ultimate inspiration”-Budget Travel
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” Guy Gavriel Kay
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”-Dalai Lama (I like this one)
“Life is short and the world is wide”-in honor of our little dog and best pal, Buddy
“In America, there is New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”-Mark Twain
Perhaps my favorite quotation, from perhaps the best travel writer ever, Bruce Chatwin: “The word ‘story’ is intended to alert the reader to the fact that, however closely the narrative may fit the facts, the fictional process has been at work.” 1988
Feel free to share your favorites.