Wherever you are, be there totally.
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.
Writers can be the worst kind of colonizers, ruthlessly taking over and exploiting a place for their own purposes. That act of imperialism and self-appropriation may be unavoidable, but good writing allows its subject some reciprocal prerogatives.
~John Edgar Wideman
The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask.
Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.
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
Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
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.
~Rosalia de Castro