The collection of best quotations about travel shows the rewards of travelling both desired and undesired once.
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune.
--Walt Whitmann, Song of the Open Road--
Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca--
When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.
--D. H. Lawrence--
I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca--
Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.
Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self-determined, self-motivated, often risky - forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.
A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller one who does not know where he came from.
A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown.
--Freya Stark, Baghdad Sketches--
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
--Robert Louis Stevenson--
They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
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.
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
To my mind, 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.