Travel Quotes

Some of our favorite travel quotations:

“We travel to see this world, before we have to see the next one.”
I don’t know where I picked up this quote, but it certainly puts travel into a different perspective.

Another good one is:
“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”
Chinese proverb

Mark Twain expressed it:
“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.”

John Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings:
“Not all who wander are lost.”

Ed Buryn wrote in Vagabonding in Europe & North Africa:
“Most people think they have too many responsibilities to travel, especially in the way that appeals to their fantasies. The hungry spouse, children, job, mortgage, school, army or Mother needs them. This is bullshit, of course. Most people are simply too afraid to step out of the rut to do something they would like to do. Honest, folks; The world doesn’t end when you decide to do what you want to do, it merely begins.”

Mary Morris from Nothing to Declare:
“As a traveler I can achieve a kind of high, a somewhat altered state of consciousness. I think it must be what athletes feel. I am transported out of myself, into another dimension in time and space. While the journey is on buses and across land, I begin another journey inside my head, a journey of memory and sensation, of past merging with present, of time growing insignificant.”

Chief Seattle (1786 – 1866):
“Take only memories. Leave nothing but footprints.”

Lauren Bacall from “Now”:
“Seeing new places, new faces, hearing new sounds, wakes me up, makes me feel alive, makes me realize how quickly we forget that there’s a great big world out there waiting to be explored, that there’s more than our own small space, that beyond the blue horizon lie excitement, freshness, discovery, new people, new languages, new cultures – the unknown.”

Freya Stark (1893 – 1993) from Baghdad Sketches:
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown.”

Miriam Beard:
“…travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

Rick Steves, from Europe Through the Back Door:
“Travel changes people. It broadens perspectives and teaches new ways to measure quality of life. Many travelers toss aside their hometown blinders. Their prized souvenirs are the strands of different cultures they decide to knit into their own character.”

Felix Marti-Ibanez from Journey Around Myself:
“But there is one priceless thing that I brought back from my trip around the world, one that cost no money and on which I paid no customs duty: humility, a humility born from watching other peoples, other races, struggling bravely and hoping humbly for the simplest things in life.”

Sign over Australian travel agent’s office:
“You’ll never know, unless you go.”

Bernadette Murphy, LA writer:
“There is a great hunger in our culture for meaning, for things that connect us with the world and with other people, things that really nurture the soul.”

Author Unknown:
“When we travel, we encounter remarkable people, places and activities that we never would otherwise – giving us a sensitivity and awareness of the world that cannot be understated.”

Most of these cherished quotations are culled from a little book “Bon Voyage!” given to me by my wife with the inscription: From Corinne, your favorite travel companion.

Here are some funny signs seen around the world:

Mexican Hotel:
“The manager has personally passed all the water served here.”

Norwegian Cocktail Lounge:
“Ladies are requested not to have children at the bar.”

Hong Kong Dentist:
“Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.”

Swedish Furrier:
“Fur coats made for ladies from their own skin.”

Bangkok Dry Cleaners:
“Drop your trousers here for best results.”

Rome Laundry:
“Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.”

Store in Istanbul, Turkey:
“Sorry We’re Open”