Quotes About Traveling Part III

Some people think that travel is not for everybody, but the essence of travel is experiential expansion. Instead of repeating the same life experience every year for ten, twenty, or fifty years, travel can give us fifty life-changing encounters in one year. (Rachel Denning)

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. (Mary Anne Radmacher)

This one I find remarkable. There are things that we share with the whole world. Sun, Moon, and Stars, that all should be the same throughout the planet. Still, we can find them quite different at various spots of the planet.

“The pleasure of being elsewhere is in being impressed, in the basic sense of the word; in absorbing an impression, like clay under a thumb; in being imprinted with the vividness of small things simply because we found them when we were away from home.

We’re dizzy with the marvelously ordinary lives lived elsewhere, by creatures apparently unaware of being exotic; they buy bread, engage in traffic jams, and quarrel on park benches as if they thought they were nothing unusual. Entranced, we watch them scratch and yawn, try on hats, light cigarettes. (Barbara Holland)

Really, it wasn’t about the travel. Travel was the tool, the method to the outcome. The real addiction was to the personal transformation that travel extracts from your mind and your soul. It causes you to be uncomfortable, to step out of the familiar and into the unknown. It compels you to see with new eyes and to consider things you had never been aware of. “(Rachel Denning)

beautiful young woman with old suitcase

Traveling shows us that avocados may be exotic in one area, but they are a daily thing in some other part of the world. It shows us that one can eat rice in the morning, and that’s perfectly fine. It shows us that there’s no one right way of doing things. It shows us that people are often guided by habits.

“Everything has a peculiar clarity and significance because we aren’t going to be here long. In a few days or weeks we’ll leave, go home where we needn’t notice things because they will always be available to notice, but here we must seize the chance; we’ll never see this dog, this square, this coffee cup again.

…A beggar in Madrid is more charming, has more intelligent and liquid eyes, than a beggar in Manhattan; a broken-down bus in Turkey is more exciting than a bus with similar transmission problems in Boston.

We taste the different food, and it’s more than merely good or bad, it’s their food. Other food. …We eat respectfully, filling up with otherness.” … Barbara Holland

Traveling is an intense experience because people are more than usually in the state of ‘here and now’. If you sink into the present, you can feel deeply and strongly. Colors are brighter, sounds are clearer, views are more mesmerizing.

a beautiful young girl goes to the train station platform

I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this: we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. (Hilaire Belloc)

One can travel to escape the reality, or to grasp the reality of the world. But if one travels to escape himself, it’s not likely he will find fulfillment.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thought otherwise: A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.”

I’ll end with Robert Louis Stevenson – “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.”


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Writer, talker, walker, joker. Contradictory, capricious, postmodern fragmented, direct, too direct sometimes, playful, holding no grudges and regrets. If you can't find her, she's somewhere chasing summer around the world.

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