This new season brings with it the possibility of travel, as many have plans for fun and adventurous summer vacations. Whether you plan to travel abroad or be a tourist in your hometown, we hope these ten quotes inspire you to look at your next trip with a new eye. You never know what you may discover when you are open to new possibilities and experiences!

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien, “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter” in The Fellowship of the Ring

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Laozi, Tao Te Ching

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

“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, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

– William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways

“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.”

– G.K. Chesterton, “The Riddle of the Ivy” in Tremendous Trifles

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”

– Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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  1. Love this! “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”.


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