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Quotations about Travel



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


There are only two emotions in a plane:  boredom and terror. ~Orson Welles (1915–1985)


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)


If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport. ~George Winters, in The American Legion Magazine, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1983


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


If you're traveling with two young kids in the back seat, it isn't really a vacation. It's World War III with coloring books. ~Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs For All Occasions, 1983


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"


Well, there's no greater education than travel. ~Ted Lasso, "Inverting the Pyramid of Success," 2021, written by Jason Sudeikis and Joe Kelly  [S2, E12, Rebecca Welton]


      I hardly ever meet people who are not going Somewhere; or if they are not actually doing so it is merely because circumstances are against them; they have work to do, money to earn, masters to serve, homes to support. As it is they devote their spare moments to planning journeys to remote places for the holidays. Journeying has become a part of the ritual of life. The wedding trip is as much a circumstance of getting married as the honeymoon used to be; and you no longer hear of merchants retiring from business and taking things easily; they retire from business, nowadays, to devote themselves to travel. This journeying is always, as I say, purposeful; people are always going Somewhere; and, just as the act of going Somewhere has become a kind of social ritual, so certain places have become the symbols and impedimenta of the ritual...
      Now when I say that I prefer going to Nowhere, I would not have you jump to the conclusion that I am a contrary person. Were you to do so you would do me an injustice. Nowhere is simply my favourite destination, and I get so much pleasure in going there, that it is not easy for me to imagine why people put themselves to so much trouble in going elsewhere. Perhaps it is all due to the rapidity and cheapness of modern travel conditions. You merely push a little money through a pigeon-hole in a railway station, and utter the name of the desired Somewhere, when lo! like the result of an occult incantation, a slip of pasteboard will drop into your hand, which in turn, by the simple process of showing it to a number of uniformed men, will be the means of translating you to the place where you would be. Who would not be overcome by such a magic? Yet I have a magic, beside which the magic of touring slips into the limbo of futile things. Let me tell you of it; not for the sake of conversion, but out of gratitude.
      My magic is involved in going to Nowhere, which is quite a different thing to not going Anywhere. Others know of it, but they keep quiet. They are in no hurry, in the patois of commerce, to let the public in. But I dislike such privacy and break it down wherever I can. The difficulty, however, in this case is greater than usual, for money will not buy the requirements for the journey to Nowhere. ~Holbrook Jackson, "Going To Nowhere," Romance and Reality, 1912





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