He that would make his travels delightful must first make himself delightful.
Every man’s religion is good. There is none of it bad. We are all trying to arrive at the same place according to our own conscience and teachings. It don’t matter which road you take.
Ah, what is more blessed than to put cares away, when the mind lays by its burden, and tired with labor of far travel we have come to our own home and rest on the couch we have longed for? This it is which alone is worth all these toils.
Women have always yearned for faraway places. It was no accident that a woman financed the first package tour of the New World, and you can bet Isabella would have taken the trip herself, only Ferdinand wouldn’t let her go.
I cannot help looking with partial eyes on my native land. That partiality was certainly given us by nature, to prevent rambling, the effect of an ambitious thirst after knowledge, which we are not formed to enjoy. All we get by it, is a fruitless desire of mixing the different pleasures and conveniences which are given to the different parts of the world, and cannot meet in any of them.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Is there anything as horrible as starting on a trip? Once you’re off, that’s all right, but the last moments are earthquake and convulsion, and the feeling that you are a snail being pulled off your rock.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
my heart is warm with the friends I make
and better friends I’ll not be knowing
yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take
no matter where it’s going
Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Travel”
And the road sign points: Left to Indianapolis
Right to Brazil
Now there’s some choice.
Ursula LeGuin – “Place Names”
I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.