Alexander Cockburn

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost – the lost valleys of the imagination.

Giles Smith

In reality it is practically impossible really to understand a culture removed to a great degree from your own. Nevertheless you can learn a great deal about a culture by traveling, but it will always be assimilated within the framework of your own cultural background. What is really great about travel is immersing yourself in another culture and being able to place the narrow and … [ Read more ]

Iain Manley

If the past is in fact a foreign country, it makes sense that travel writers, translating their experiences for a readership at home, would make the best guides.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

David Sedaris

Comfort has its place, but it seems rude to visit another country dressed as if you’ve come to mow its lawns.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.

George Bernard Shaw

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Albert Einstein

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Ma Jian

Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.

Paulo Coelho

Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.

Clifton Fadiman

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

Lionel Richie

Taking time to sit back and watch and think about what you’ve seen is important. Traveling did a great deal to me. I found that when I travel and just sit in the corner and watch, a million ideas come to me.

Robert Louis Stevenson

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

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.