I love quotes. One of my favorites of all time is by famed Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca-
“The only thing that the United States has given the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.”
I especially love quotes about travel and thought I would share with you some of my favorites ones:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”-Mark Twain
History has shown that the individuals with the most prejudice and bigoted mentalities are often the same individuals who are the least traveled as in they have never stepped outside of their comfort zone, their home turf. Traveling can help in doing away with these poisonous mindsets.
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”-Lin Yutang
This quote helps me to realize just how fleeting traveling really is, how in the blink of an eye, a trip you’ve been planning for months is over just like that. The “old, familiar pillow” is always a constant and yet walking along the Great Wall of China, seeing the Parthenon, they are not.
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it.”-John Steinbeck
So true. Before trips, I often put together a “tentative” itinerary. I say tentative because I know there will often be times in which something planned doesn’t happen-I don’t make it to a certain restaurant, I decide to visit another attraction. Sometimes in travel you just have to let stuff be because you will almost always have a better time when you let travel just flow and not try to rigidly control it.
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”-James Michener
I’ve come across plenty of people who for some reason don’t subscribe to Michener’s philosophy. They still travel and yet won’t take nary a step outside of their provincial bubble while doing so. I still remember an American woman in Morocco who wouldn’t try couscous at a tourist style restaurant much to the consternation of her husband. What’s the point of traveling to a new place if you’re not willing to experience the things that make it “new” to you?
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”-Pat Conroy
I’ve been on enough journeys to know that indeed, they have never ended for me in my mind. I still think of my Mexican host family who I haven’t seen in 10 years. Or the feeling of being at the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, site of the world’s most tense border. Although some specific moments in my mind have faded from different trips over the years, the journey itself has not and never will. Traveling for me is one of the most tangible memories.