There is arguably nothing more thrilling than to find yourself in a strange land where no one knows your name, to discover the paths around an unknown city on your own, to eat new food and meet new people, to have your horizons expand and your heart burst with novel ideas. Since the dawn of human civilization, man has traveled with the intent to discover new people and cultures, but has invariably discovered his own self in a foreign land.
We’ve compiled a list of quotes to awaken the traveler within you; perhaps one of these might be the one to finally convince you to book that flight. Indeed Tolkien, not all those who wander are lost.
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
“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.”
― Christopher McCandless
“Every hundred feet the world changes”
― Roberto Bolano
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
― Isabelle Eberhardt
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryu Murakami
“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
― Agnes Repplier
“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.”
― Patrick Rothfuss
“I had a desire to see something besides my own shores, if only to be content to return to them someday. If I wish to live in my native land and love her, it should not be out of ignorance.”
― Margaret George
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