Daniel Boorstin

The more planned our experience becomes, the more we include in it only what “interests” us. We exclude the exotic world beyond our ken: the very world which would jar our experience, and which we most need to make us more human.

Farnam Street

Travel is a great way to counter confirmation bias. Chances are, people in a different country will think differently than you. Interactions won’t reinforce your feedback loop. You will be exposed to new ideas and ways of approaching life that can remind you of the options you have when you go back home.

Farnam Street

When you explore other cultures and ways of living, you see that there are many definitions of a good life and many ways to be happy. You begin to understand that equality of experience is different from sameness of experience. Not everyone wants what you want. This diversity in how we manifest our goals and desires accounts for differences in everything from personal philosophy to … [ Read more ]

Farnam Street

We all have a tendency to generalize from small samples. Our own little world becomes, without the infusion of new experiences, our frame for understanding the entire world. Travel broadens your sample set. You start to really understand the universals of the human condition versus the particulars of the area you occupy.

Carl Burns

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse… and thinks of home.

Metallica

…and the earth becomes my throne,
I adapt to the unknown,
Under wandering stars I’ve grown,
By myself but not alone – I ask no one.

…and my ties are severed clean,
The less I have the more I gain,
Off the beaten path I reign.

Rover wanderer nomad vagabond – call me what you will.

Michael Mewshaw

Personally I like going places where I don’t speak the language, don’t know anybody, don’t know my way around and don’t have any delusions that I’m in control. Disoriented, even frightened, I feel alive, awake in ways I never am at home.

Rosita Forbes

The perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore. Achievement is the price which the wanderer pays for the right to venture.

William Least Heat Moon

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

Ivy Baker Priest

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

Rosita Forbes

That is the charm of a map. It represents the other side of the horizon where everything is possible. It has the magic of anticipation without the toil and sweat of realization. The greatest romance ever written pales before the possibilities of adventure that lie in the faint blue trails from sea to sea.

Samuel Johnson

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

Samuel Johnson

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

Edward Readicker-Henderson

Whoever created the world went to a lot of trouble. It would be downright rude not to go out and see as much of it as possible.

Kathleen Lee

If you travel, it must be to seek difference.

Riana Ambarsari

Every journey is personal. Every journey is spiritual. You can’t compare them, can’t replace, can’t repeat. You can bring back the memories but they only bring tears to your eyes.

Edith Wharton

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Carlo Goldoni

A wise traveler never despises his own country.