When you travel, at the very least you will rest and relax. But there’s a far broader essence to travel than that. Travel educates you and makes you a more tolerant person who has seen the pain and the pleasure of other people, joined in with the customs and traditions of others, and experience every day as a different day. You realize that it’s not all about you.
So it’s no wonder that the ability to travel is a cherished gift. Some aspects of travel are just too beautiful, and difficult to put into words. Yet, that hasn’t stopped people from writing about their travels where parts of their writings have become favored quotes.
When you read a quote, you are actually viewing the world through a different set of eyes, and will see, perceive and think about things in ways that never occurred to you before. For now, sit back and relax and take yourself and your imagination on this tour of the world through quotes by others.
“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
We’re all familiar with the Danish writer’s influential fairy tales, like “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Princess and the Pea” among several others. This brief quote opens up your eyes to so many things, and shows you how travel lets you reinvent yourself every day. With travel, you will realize that putting your money into journeys rather than worldly possessions is perhaps a finer way to live.
“Dare to Live the Life You Always Wanted” – Anonymous
It can be frustrating to find anonymous quotes because some of them are really good! Some of the best travel quotes you might read are from anonymous people, such as this one. Yet, it is similar to “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, famous 19th century American poet. The reason why we’ve put this quote is because it’s calling you out for a challenge. It’s daring us to let go of what we are so comfortable with and venture into unknown territory. There are people whose lifestyle is travel. Many of them left behind the world they knew. Are you one of those people? It’s telling us that the things we once thought we can’t live or do without are usually dispensable.
“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien
This is a powerful quote that speaks for the people who constantly travel, maybe not even knowing where they’ll end up for the night or what they’ll eat. Just because someone doesn’t have a 9-5 job, doesn’t make them a lost soul. They could be learning and achieving much more than many other people.
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James A. Michener.
James Michener was an American novelist, who really couldn’t have said it better. If you insist on staying in your comfort zone and refuse to explore what is new to you, then why travel to begin with? Save your money better, and sit on your favorite chair, watch your favorite show, and eat your favorite food, and learn and experience nothing new.
One for the road
We can’t end without a beautiful Mark Twain quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Of course, there are so many other meaningful travel quotes, so we’ve just chosen a few. No one knows the future, nor if they will live long enough to do what they desire. If your desire is to travel, then go for it and embrace the world.