Sydney Morning Herald

We have a voracious appetite for the undiscovered and the authentic and, having discovered it, we then want it tamed and turned into a hotel floorshow that we can watch from our buffet table – only to complain later that the whole thing was “a bit touristy.”

Muslih-uddin Sadi

Of journeying the benefits are many: the freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners.

Rosalia de Castro

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ian Frazier

I don’t believe you know a place until you’ve been really bored in it.

Paulo Coehlo

I am not a foreigner because I haven’t been praying to return safely home, I haven’t wasted my time imagining my house, my desk, my side of the bed. I am not a foreigner because we are all traveling, we are all full of the same questions, the same tiredness, the same fears, the same selfishness and the same generosity. I am not a foreigner … [ Read more ]

Paulo Coelho

When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. … [ Read more ]

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.