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A statue dedicated to the traveler in Oviedo, Spain

Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip.


  • 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 "sightseeing."
    • Daniel J. Boorstin. The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, 3.2, 1961.
  • Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life - and travel - leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks - on your body or on your heart - are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.
  • 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.
  • I depart,
    Whither I know not; but the hour's gone by
    When Albion's lessening shores could grieve or glad mine eye.
  • In travelling
    I shape myself betimes to idleness
    And take fools' pleasure.
  • I have been a stranger in a strange land.
    • Exodus, II. 22.
  • Go far—too far you cannot, still the farther
    The more experience finds you: And go sparing;—
    One meal a week will serve you, and one suit,
    Through all your travels; for you'll find it certain,
    The poorer and the baser you appear,
    The more you look through still.
    • John Fletcher, The Woman's Prize, or The Tamer Tamed (c. 1611; published 1647), Act IV, scene 5, line 199.
  • Un viaggiatore prudente non disprezza mai il suo paese.
    • A wise traveler never despises his own country.
    • Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (c. 1750), I. 16.
  • The soul of the journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
    • William Hazlitt, "On Going a Journey," Table Talk, 1822.
  • The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
  • Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where he is known.
  • As the Spanish proverb says, "He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him." So it is in travelling: a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
  • Though they carry nothing forth with them, yet in all their journey they lack nothing. For wheresoever they come, they be at home.
    • Sir Thomas More. "Of Their Journeying or Travelling Abroad," Utopia, bk. 2.
  • Why do you wonder that globe-trotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you? The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels.
    • Socrates. In Seneca the Younger. "On Travel as a Cure for Discontent," Moral Letters to Lucilius.
  • And in his brain,
    Which is as dry as the remainder biscuit
    After a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd
    With observation, the which he vents
    In mangled forms.
  • The sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness.
  • Farewell, Monsieur Traveller: look you lisp and wear strange suits, disable all the benefits of your own country.
  • I spake of most disastr'us chances,
    * * * *
    Of being taken by the insolent foe
    And sold to slavery; of my redemption thence
    And portance in my travellers' history;
    Wherein of antres vast, and deserts idle,
    Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven,
    It was my hint to speak—such was the process;—
    And of the cannibals that each other eat.
  • To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
    • Robert Louis Stevenson. "El Dorado," Virginibus Puerisque (1881).
  • I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church to preserve all that travel by land or by water.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
    • Publius Syrus. Moral Sayings.
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
    • Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad Ch. LXII (Conclusion).
  • Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.
    • Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (1653-1655), Part I, Chapter I.
  • The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
    • Xun Zi quoted in: Errick A. Ford (2010) Iron Sharpens Iron: Wisdom of the Ages, p. 48.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 809-11.
  • The traveled mind is the catholic mind educated from exclusiveness and egotism.
  • Traveling is no fool's errand to him who carries his eyes and itinerary along with him.
  • Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
  • He travels safest in the dark night who travels lightest.
    • Fernando Cortez; reported in Prescott, Conquest of Mexico, Book V, Chapter III.
  • One who journeying
    Along a way he knows not, having crossed
    A place of drear extent, before him sees
    A river rushing swiftly toward the deep,
    And all its tossing current white with foam,
    And stops and turns, and measures back his way.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book V, line 749. Bryant's translation.
  • Cœlum, non animum mutant, qui trans mare currunt.
    Strenua nos exercet inertia, navibus atque
    Quadrigis petimus bene vivere; quod petis hic est.
    • They change their sky, not their mind, who cross the sea. A busy idleness possesses us: we seek a happy life, with ships and carriages: the object of our search is present with us.
    • Horace, Epistles, I. 11. 27.
  • I am fevered with the sunset,
    I am fretful with the bay,
    For the wander-thirst is on me
    And my soul is in Cathay.
  • The wonders of each region view,
    From frozen Lapland to Peru.
    • Soame Jenkyns, Epistle to Lord Lovelace. Suggested Johnson's lines.
  • The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
  • Let observation with extensive view,
    Survey mankind from China to Peru;
    Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife,
    And watch the busy scenes of crowded life.
  • Follow the Romany Patteran
    Sheer to the Austral light,
    Where the bosom of God is the wild west wind,
    Sweeping the sea floors white.
  • Down to Gehenna or up to the throne,
    He travels the fastest who travels alone.
  • The marquise has a disagreeable day for her journey.
    • Louis XV, while looking at Mme. de Pompadour's funeral.
  • Better sit still where born, I say,
    Wed one sweet woman and love her well,
    Love and be loved in the old East way,
    Drink sweet waters, and dream in a spell,
    Than to wander in search of the Blessed Isles,
    And to sail the thousands of watery miles
    In search of love, and find you at last
    On the edge of the world, and a curs'd outcast.
  • We sack, we ransack to the utmost sands
    Of native kingdoms, and of foreign lands:
    We travel sea and soil; we pry, and prowl,
    We progress, and we prog from pole to pole.
  • Qui veut voyager loin ménage sa monture.
    • He who will travel far spares his steed.
    • Jean Racine, Plaideurs, I. 1.
  • Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
    Yes, to the very end.
    Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
    From morn to night, my friend.
  • Zählt der Pilger Meilen,
    Wenn er zum fernen Gnadenbilde wallt?
    • Does the pilgrim count the miles
      When he travels to some distant shrine?
    • Friedrich Schiller, Wallenstein's Tod, IV. 11.
  • Nusquam est, qui ubique est.
  • I think it was Jekyll who used to say that the further he went west, the more convinced he felt that the wise men came from the east.
  • 'Tis nothing when a fancied scene's in view
    To skip from Covent Garden to Peru.
  • I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba and cry, "'Tis all barren!"
  • When we have discovered a continent, or crossed a chain of mountains, it is only to find another ocean or another plain upon the further side…. O toiling hands of mortals! O wearied feet, travelling ye know not whither! Soon, soon, it seems to you, you must come forth on some conspicuous hilltop, and but a little way further, against the setting sun, descry the spires of El Dorado. Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
  • 'Tis a mad world (my masters) and in sadnes
    I travail'd madly in these dayes of madnes.
    • John Taylor, Wandering to see the Wonders of the West (1649). The syntax of "a mad world (my masters)" may be an allusion to and/or acknowledgement of Nicolas Breton's 1603 tract "A Mad World, my Masters".
  • Let observation with extended observation observe extensively.
    • Alfred Tennyson, paraphrasing Johnson. See Locker-Lampson's Recollections of a tour with Tennyson, in Memoirs of Tennyson by his son, II. 73. See also Criticism by Byron in his Diary, Jan. 9, 1821. "Let observation with observant view, / Observe mankind from China to Peru." Goldsmith's paraphrase. Caroline Spurgeon—Works of Dr. Johnson. (1898). De Quincey quotes it from some writer, according to Dr. Birkbeck Hill—Boswell. I. 194. Coleridge quotes it, Lecture VI, on Shakespeare and Milton.
  • For always roaming with a hungry heart,
    Much have I seen and known.
  • All human race from China to Peru,
    Pleasure, howe'er disguis'd by art, pursue.
  • The dust is old upon my "sandal-shoon,"
    And still I am a pilgrim; I have roved
    From wild America to Bosphor's waters,
    And worshipp'd at innumerable shrines
    Of beauty; and the painter's art, to me,
    And sculpture, speak as with a living tongue,
    And of dead kingdoms, I recall the soul,
    Sitting amid their ruins.


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