Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, man feels once more happy.
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 -1890)
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson - Travels with a Donkey, 1879
Once more on my adventure brave and new.
Robert Browning (1812 -1889)
A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu ( 570-490 BC)
Travel like Ghandi, with simple clothes, open eyes and an uncluttered mind.
Rick Steves b. 1955
We have had an unspeakably delightful journey, one of those journeys which seem to divide one's life in two, by the new ideas they suggest and the new views of interest they open.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (1819 - 1880)
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 b. 1901
At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.
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.
Travellers are just commuters with a wider perspective.
William G Taylor
The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)
(sent in by S. Mahadev Prasad, Honeywell India Software Operations (HISO))
People travel to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
(sent in by Matt Dukoff-Gordon)
Clay lies still, but blood's a rover;
Breath's aware that will not keep.
Up, lad: when the journey's over then there'll be time enough to sleep.
A.E. Housman 1859-1936: A Shropshire Lad
If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel.
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember; and I remember more than I have seen.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.
He won't fly on the Balinese airline, Garuda, because he won't fly on any airline where the pilots believe in reincarnation.
(Sent by Michael Tierney)
When you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive and the true success is to labor.
Robert L. Stevinson
Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive.
Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
(Sent by Jen Stutsman)
I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
Mary Anne Radmacher
(Sent by Jane)
Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.
Italo Calvino - "Invisible Cities"
(Sent by Cathy Jeffery-Malooley)
When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. I fear the disease is incurable.
As I have grown older, I have needed more stars in my hotels.
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
Lucius Annaeas Seneca, De Tranquillitate Amini, A.D60
(Sent by Shreen)
Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.
(Sent by Zofia)
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
(Sent by Mary Karottki)
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways,
And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low;
I'm at home and at ease on a track that I know not,
And restless and lost on a road that I know.
From The Wander-Light by Henry Lawson
(Sent by Scott)
What you get by reaching your destination isn't nearly as important as what you become by reaching that destination.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Sent by Kim)
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
Bill Bryson, in introduction to "The Best American Travel Writing 2000"
(sent by Jennifer)
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
(sent by Stacey)
He who does not travel does not know the value of men.
(sent by Stacey)
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) From "The Road Not Taken"
(Sent by Jack )