If you’re thinking of traveling or simply in need of some inspiration, I have put together a list of my favourite travel quotes along with a little bit of my own riveting commentary which has, for a long time now, earned me the nickname of ‘*riveting commentary Jarrod’.
*This may have been a nickname I just made up specifically for myself as my credentials aren’t as good as I would hope.
Anyway let’s get on with it…
“You don’t have to be rich to travel well” – Eugene Foder
Most travelers will tell you this exactly. I for one can’t say that I don’t spend a heap of what I earn on travel (pretty much all of it), but that definitely doesn’t mean I’m rich, it just means my priorities are different. People that save up that 10K for their 2 week vacation would actually be spending as much as I do for an entire year on travel.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
Comfort is obviously something humans enjoy, but what do we really gain from taking the easy way out or never venturing off the beaten track? Not a lot. I for one can tell you that most of my best memories and achievements have come from when I pushed myself far beyond my comfort zone.
“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before” – Anonymous
I personally would find life fairly difficult if I didn’t visit a place I had never been before once every 3 months, but this is definitely a great start.
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley
Wake up, force feed, shower, drive, work, get home, eat, sleep, 5 out of the 7 days a week just to make ends meet? No, thanks. I’ll take option B.
“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten
Conventionally speaking, an ‘investment’ is only deemed so if it is seen as something that will have you financially better off, but not a lot of thought is put into making an investment in ourselves. I’m not talking about something superficial or materialistic, I’m talking about the personal growth that nothing other than an investment in travel will bring you.
“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” – Anonymous
I suppose this just depends on your priorities. Are you setting up a life you want to live when you’re around 65 and retired or are you prepared to set up a life you don’t need to retire from?
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”– St Augustine
It amazes me that some people live quiet, uneventful lives in the same suburb for 50 years without ever having the courage or curiousity to see what else the world has to offer outside of the tiny space they call home. Are they truly happy? I definitely believe some are, but only because they have no idea of what they’re missing out on.
“No one realised how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow” – Lin Yutang
Ahhhh the beauty of retrospect. Time and time again I find myself thinking back to time or a certain place and remembering how amazing it was. Sadly, it is only on very rare occasions that I can truly appreciate a place in the moment more than when I think about it retrospectively.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
I am a firm believer in making life one big, giant adventure. Because, really, why should anyone accept monotony as a day to day reality?
“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
That person standing next to you in line at the grocery store, that interesting looking stranger sitting alone at the end of the bar or the bearded man you see at the gym every day. These are the people I would consider friends I haven’t met (the bearded man especially), yet the day to day bubble we all seem to live in keeps us in fear of those we do not know. Traveling has the power to dismiss this fear and make you realise that most people are exactly like you.
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
Most things you read in the paper or watch on your television are wrong or grossly exaggerated. They have an agenda and they want you to think a certain way. The are designed to make us afraid of things that we don’t understand; to live in fear of the unknown. Going to places and seeing for yourself is the only way you’ll know for certain.
“I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.” – Lord Dunsany
I can’t quite put my finger on it. Whether it be the different cultures and food or the unmistakable feeling of freedom and independence that comes with traveling the world, nevertheless it does feel like something that I can only describe as natural.