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Here is a word of advice — see the world. Travel abroad and seek some kindly educated animal to teach you, for though this garden is one of extreme beauty, your mind will ne’er be broadened and developed by resting peacefully at home. ~Livingston Welch, A Victim of Rest, 1924  [Mr. Boa to Eve —tg]


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot... ~Robert Louis Stevenson


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


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, The Image: or, What Happened to the American Dream, 1962


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


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. Especially if you travel with children. ~Dave Barry, "Traveling as a Family (Or: No, We Are Not There Yet!)," Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, davebarry.com


In America there are two classes of travel — first class, and with children. ~Robert Benchley


Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


There's a book that tells you where you should go on your vacation. It's called your checkbook. ~Author unknown


The Time to enjoy a European Trip is about Three Weeks after Unpacking. ~George Ade, "The Fable of The Hungry Man from Bird Center And the Trans-Atlantic Touch," Forty Modern Fables, 1902


...nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people. ~Mark Twain, 1867


The only way to get back to them is to go somewhere else; and that is the real object of travel and the real pleasure of holidays. Do you suppose that I go to France in order to see France? Do you suppose that I go to Germany in order to see Germany? I shall enjoy them both; but it is not them that I am seeking... 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


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]


...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


There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage. ~Mark Twain


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


I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. ~Mark Twain


Travel ought to combine amusement with instruction; but most travellers are so much amused that they refuse to be instructed. ~G. K. Chesterton, "What Is America?", What I Saw in America, 1922


Try the great open road — you may meet God. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


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


I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad. ~Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)


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


It liberates the vandal to travel — you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction. ~Mark Twain, 1868


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


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"


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 


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"



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