You must lay aside the burdens of the mind; until you do this, no place will satisfy you. […] That trouble once removed, all change of scene will become pleasant; though you may be driven to the uttermost ends of the earth, in whatever corner of a savage land you may find yourself, that place, however forbidding, will be to you a hospitable abode.


Why do you wonder that globe-trotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you? The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels.

Lawrence Yeo

We tend to grossly overestimate the pleasure brought forth by new experiences and underestimate the power of finding meaning in current ones. While travel is a fantastic way to gain insight into unfamiliar cultures and illuminating ways of life, it is not a cure for discontentment of the mind.

African Proverb

He who has not traveled widely thinks that his mother is the best cook.

Bruce Chatwin

Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.

Marcel Proust

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

John Ruskin

All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity.

Wolfgang Sachs

The masters of space and time awaken to find themselves slaves of distance and haste.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

Margaret Mead

As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.

Xun Zi

The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.

Jean Batten

Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands.

Robert D. Kaplan

Travel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness—the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you. And like serious reading itself, travel has become an act of resistance against the distractions of the electronic age, and against all the worries that weigh us down, thanks to that age. A good book deserves to be … [ Read more ]

Daranna Gidel

You lose sight of things […] and when you travel, everything balances out.

Spanish Proverb

On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy.

David Attenborough

I’m absolutely strict about it. When I land, I put my watch right, and I don’t care what I feel like, I will go to bed at half past eleven. If that means going to bed early or late, that’s what I live by. As soon as you get there, live by that time.

Christine Gilbert

Over seven years of travel, I have seen almost everyone who started out with us stop traveling. I have seen waves of them, in fact, just one group after another, friends that we made for a season, and then, predictably, they move back home or settle down or get “real” jobs. The online travel community can feel like a thousand friendships rolled into one, but … [ Read more ]

Leah Stewart

To belong nowhere is a blessing and a curse, like any kind of freedom.

Christopher McCandless

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Terry Pratchett

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.