My Favorite Travel Quotes

18 Aug

Recently my friend Alicia just got back from a study abroad trip to Brazil, which is so friggin awesome I can’t even comprehend it. I’ve never been down to South America- listen to me, talking like I travel the world all portentously. I sound like one of those rich Virgin Island hopping yuppies. “Oh I’ve never been to St. Thomas but St. Croix is to diiie for.”- but I imagine it is probably one of the most colorful and wonderful places there is, so I’d love to be able to make that trip.

Anyway, it got me thinking and missing all that is wonderful when it comes to travel. Any student I meet that tells me they are considering studying abroad gets my long lecture about how important it is to travel in a person’s life. It changed me into what I like to consider a better and more well-rounded person. I mean, when I studied abroad I was totally broke and the recession had hit my family pretty hard, but I took out loans, took a deep breath and went crazy. In my opinion, it was necessary for my own personal growth to have done what I did.

Alicia sent me these quotes that various authors and notable people have said regarding travel, and they are pretty much great. There’s a lot of my own that I have saved up, so I decided to post my top ten quotes here. They are significant to me because when I read them I can feel the emotions I felt when I was traveling: the satisfying smell of fresh air I would breath in as I fell asleep in the olive groves of Florence, the light warmth of a sun masked by clouds while walking to class in the mornings of London, the impossible awe I got resting my hands on the beams of the Eiffel Tower and the walls of the Colosseum. Those are moments that still leave my jaw hanging open, and these are quotes that help me remember them:

1. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you- it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you… Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” —Anthony Bourdain

2. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” — Mark Jenkins

3. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” —Maya Angelou

4. “Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

5. “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

6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

7.  “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” — Casare Pavese

8. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” — Aldous Huxley

9. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” — Paul Fussell

10. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.”  — Moorish proverb.

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