I love travel quotes, don't you?
Through the centuries different philosophers, travelers and writers have said things about travel that ring true to all travelers.
Some we hear all the time and love...
Others tickle us when we run across them.
Travel quotes tell us why travel is good for us,
...why travel is good for the world...
And sometimes just give us amusing thoughts about travel.
In the 6th century BC, Lao Tzu said, "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Now, maybe he was alluding to life experiences in general, but when you are contemplating a trip, sometimes it seems daunting -- too hard to plan.
The best way to go about it is just to start. Take one step at a time and soon, you're on your way.
A more contemporary figure is Mark Twain.
He said, "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."
St. Augustine said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."
Mohammed said, "Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled."
We agree... Travel does expand your knowledge of the world.
If you've been to a foreign country with an unfamiliar culture, it then becomes something familiar and not so much to be feared.
Aldous Huxley on travel, "To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."
To quote Mark Twain again, "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."
And again... we agree... Travel makes you more tolerant of other customs and cultures.
The people you visit learn something about you too, and that may make them more tolerant.
Travel gives each of us the opportunity to be ambassadors.
Then when you return home, your friends learn from you... and in time, hopefully, we can make the world a better place.
Antoine St. Exuperey, "He who would travel happily must travel light."
And contemporary travel guru Rick Steves says, "You'll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: "Every year I pack heavier."
The measure of a good traveler is how light she travels. You can't travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two."
Lao Tsu again says, "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."
Robert Frost wrote a whole poem about it... "Two roads diverging in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by,
And that had made all the difference."
And we can even use a quote by Yogi Berra...
"If you come to a fork in the road, take it." That's one of our favorites!
Hey, this doesn't have to be serious.
Travel, after all, can be educating and make you and the world a better place...
But travel should also be fun.
There are many more travel quotes, of course. These are just some of our favorites.