Having been on the road now for a total of 6 years, 5 months and 27 days, the idea of summing all of that up in a single post would be something that is almost unachievable, and although I did consider it, there was a lot going through my mind when I thought abut how I would frame it all. And then it dawned on me, I don’t need to, I have been documenting this entire crazy trip since the beginning and this blog is my post which talks about the experiences which I have had. What I would rather do then, in celebration of this 6 year, 5 month and 27 day anniversary, is to share with you some of my favorite travel quotes, not just empty words, actual quotes which I can completely concur with.
- “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.”
- “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.” –Mark Twain
- “I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.”
- “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
- “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
- “Augustus,” I said. “Really. You don’t have to do this.”
“Sure I do,” he said. “I found my Wish.”
“God, you’re the best,” I told him.
“I bet you say that to all the boys who finance your international travel,” he answered.”
- “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” ―
I was tempted not to include this lovely quote from On the Road simply because of the way that the book has gained such cult status, but there are some quotes which you really cannot resist.