I’m a sappy person. For those that know me, this should come as no surprise. Even if you don’t know me, you’ve seen my attempt to wax poetic from our Millennial Travel Manifesto to my reflection on turning 31 (an epic birthday year, no matter what you say). And while I make light of it here, the truth of it is actually quite simple: I believe undoubtedly that the goodness in this world is in abundance compared to the bad in this world. I say again: The light is so much more powerful than the darkness, and I believe this to be true with all my heart. And so in a time when it can be tempting to believe otherwise, I thought now might be a great time to share a few of our favorite and most inspiring quotes about travel, from people who can wax poetic much better than Laura or I could ever dream to do! Got a quote to add? Throw it in the comments! Want to be inspired to travel, check out our 21 favorite travel quotes!
1. “Though I personally will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” J.K. Rowling
2. “Our first task in approaching other people, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on people’s dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was here before our arrival.” –Max Warren
3. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” –Henry David Thoreau
4. “Is there anything to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homey restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city.” Bill Bryson Neither Here Nor There
5. “Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of food, your closet full of clothes – with all this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That’s not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating.” -Michael Creighton
6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.” -Mark Twain
7. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou
8. “I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” ~James Baldwin
9. ¨I like to see people reunited, maybe that is a silly thing, but what can I say, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can´t tell fast enough, the ears that aren´t big enough, the eyes that can´t take in all the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.¨ Jonathan Safran Foer in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
10. “When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection. Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.” Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
11. “Meeting the world with a loving heart will determine what we find there.” Greg Boyle in Tattoos on the Heart: The Boundless Power of Compassion
12. “For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for a truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us.” David Gregory Roberts in Shantaram
13. “The essentials can’t be packed and so we are traveling with bags full of nothing, and return with everything essential to who we are.” Unknown
14. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut
15. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown
16. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener
17. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson author of one of my favorite Travel books I’m a Stranger Here Myself
18. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
19. “People don’t take trips… trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
20. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ― Pico Iyer
21. “People, wherever they live, are not statistics. They are not abstractions. Bad things happen to good people all the time. When they do, hopefully, you’ll have a better idea who, and what, on a human scale, is involved. I’m not saying that sitting down with people and sharing a plate is the answer to world peace. Not by a long shot. But it can’t hurt.” Anthony Bourdain
What about you? Have any quotes you absolutely love? Feel free to share them with us!
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