“This is the pure pleasure of travel: to be as far from home as possible, with no purpose or goal other than to overload all of my senses with smells, sounds, and tastes that are utterly, completely, and wonderfully different from the things I am sure of.” – Daisann McLane, Editor at Large, National Geographic Traveler May 2012
“The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.””- David Boorstin, historian
“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
H. W. Beecher
“It hit me right in the brainpan, a meal that made me feel better about things, made me better for eating it, somehow even smarter, somehow… it was a protein rush to the cortex, a clean, three-ingredient high, eaten with the hands. Could anything be better?”
– Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
“I do not bring back from the journey quite the same self that I took.”
– W. Maugham
“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
– Gael Attal
“Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto. Me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto.”
“Thanks to life which has given me much. It has given me laughter, it has given me tears.”
– Violeta Parra
“Oh for a beaker full of the warm South…”
– John Keats
“Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward.”
– John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley
“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters
if there are none, travel alone.”
– The Dhammapada
perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world … I will answer you: “I am here to live out loud”.
– Emile Zola
Dale limosna, mujer – que no hay nada en la vida como la pena de ser ciego en Granada
Give him charity, woman. There is nothing in life as painful as being blind in Granada.
– popular phrase in Granada, Spain
“There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer.”
– Pete Hamill
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson