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“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

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Saint Augustine

“Travel teaches toleration. “

Benjamin Disraeli

“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

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett

“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

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.”

Mason Cooley

“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.”

Russell Baker

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”

Michael Palin

“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.

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

“Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man.”

John Burroughs

 “I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.”

David Attenborough

I want to travel the world

I want to travel the world

“The journey not the arrival matters.”

T. S. Eliot

 “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

 “I love to travel, but hate to arrive.”

Hernando Cortez

 “If you have enthusiasm, you have a very dynamic, effective companion to travel with you on the road to Somewhere.”

Loretta Young

 “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

Mark Twain

 “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.”

Hilaire Belloc

 “Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.”

Ramakrishna

 “He who would travel happily must travel light.”

Antoine de St. Exupery.

 “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.”

Glenn Clark.

 “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

Anthony Bourdain

 “It would be nice to travel if you knew where you were going and where you would live at the end or do we ever know, do we ever live where we live, we’re always in other places, lost, like sheep.”

Janet Frame

 “Not only does travel give us a new system of reckoning, it also brings to the fore unknown aspects of our own self. Our consciousness being broadened and enriched, we shall judge ourselves more correctly.”

Ella Maillart

 “Travel can also be the spirit of adventure somewhat tamed, for those who desire to do something they are a bit afraid of.”

Ella Maillart

Someday I'm going to be free and I'm going to travel the world.

Someday I'm going to be free and I'm going to travel the world.

 “The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.”

Xun Zi

 “The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it.”

Lord Chesterfield

 “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

Lin Yutang

 “Since I travel so much, it’s always great to be home. There’s nothing like getting to raid my own refrigerator at two in the morning.”

Amy Grant

 “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”

Susan Heller

 “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”

Lawrence Block

 “That’s the way both they and I travel sometimes. Pick road at random, and when it’s time to pull over, you pull over and hope you can find a place to crash.”

Jello Biafra

 “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”

Lawrence Durrell

 “I travel in so many different ways; I travel high, I rough it… it all depends on who I travel with.”

Diane von Furstenberg

 “I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.”

Diane von Furstenberg

 “Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 “If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren’t well enough to travel.”

Sir Vivian Fuchs

If you must choose between two evils pick the one you've never tried before

If you must choose between two evils pick the one you've never tried before

 “Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”

Al Gore

 “I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”

Benjamin Disraeli

 “Somewhere on your journey don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view”

“..life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away…”

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

Susan Sontag

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”

Samuel Johnson

 “We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.”

Maria Mitchell

 “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Saint Augustine

 “Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.”

Sargent Shriver

 “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.”

Francis Bacon

 “Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.”

Thomas Fuller

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”

Samuel Johnson

 “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.”

Clint Borgen

  “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”

Aldous Huxley

 “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.”

Mohammed

 “Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.”

Paul Theroux

 “Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.”

Elizabeth Drew

“People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.”

Martin Yan

 “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

Pat Conroy

Happiness is a way of travel not a destination

Happiness is a way of travel not a destination

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”

George Bernard Shaw

 “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”

Clifton Fadiman

“An English man does not travel to see English men.”

Laurence Sterne

“Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with travelled bodies, but untravelled minds.”

Caleb Colton

 “No matter how you travel, it’s still you going.”

Jeff Goldblum

 “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”

Danny Kaye

 “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”

Dagobert D. Runes

 “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”

Paul Theroux

 “I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy. I’m not sick of the road or sick of eating in good restaurants around the country. I like to travel.”

Levon Helm

 “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”

Cesare Pavese

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”

Clifton Paul Fadiman

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

Mark Twain

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”

Tim Cahill

“Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.”

Aldous Huxley

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”

Rudyard Kipling

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

Lao Tzu

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

Lao Tzu

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs

 “A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”

John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928

“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

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Since leaving London in 2006 I’ve travelled, worked, volunteered and lived in over 90 countries. Highlights so far would be driving along the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul, a complete circuit of South America and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. I’m currently back in Beijing, as a base to visit more of Asia and attempt to learn Mandarin.

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