I visited Vietnam recently and it was a blast! Hanoi was an eye opener; it’s every street photographer’s dream. The people, the food, the colours, the organized chaos – so many interesting sights to document! Ha Long Bay, though a tad touristy, was peace for my soul. Sa Pa will always be my rustic haven.
Travelling gives me perspective and that’s something I absolutely love and appreciate. I’ve been humbled by this big world, stood in awe of luscious landscapes and have been amazed by the generous hospitality of the locals. I’ve also experienced unfortunate events on my travels, which in hindsight aren’t so bad if you think of them as ‘unconventional detox’ – the aggravation of motion sickness, the plight of food poisoning and the exasperation of skin irritations. Gahh, painful lessons learnt there.
So why do you travel? To refresh your mind? To learn something new? Or simply because you can? If you’re still bogged down by the fact that you can’t (or so you think), these 15 inspiring travel quotes will nudge the curious traveller in you. These people just get it. Wanderlust? It’s more like wanderlove.
All images by me, taken in Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sa Pa).
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
“You haven’t really been anywhere until you’ve got back home.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
― Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
“To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy.”
― Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina
“I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.”
(Letter to John Banister, Jr., June 19, 1787)”
― Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 11: January 1787 to August 1787
“Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey
“Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.”
― Thornton Wilder, Our Town
“You can handle just about anything that comes at you out on the road with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey.”
― Bill Murray, Common Sense and Whiskey
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
― Cesare Pavese
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
― Mark Twain
“I have panicked unnecessarily in all four corners of the globe.”
― Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“One thing that I love about traveling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone.”
― Sarah Glidden, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“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
“I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.”
― Justina Chen
Do you have any interesting travel experiences to share? I’d love to hear about them!