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Becoming Friends

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. Maya Angelou

Passport Photos

Airplane  travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport  photo. Al  Gore  

One Traveler

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. Thomas Jefferson

Airplane Flights

You  define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash,  you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you  are grateful. Paul  Theroux

Travel For Travels Sake

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.  

Maps

It is not down on any map; true places never are. ~Herman Melville  

Sight-Seeing

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.” ~Daniel J. Boorstin

When You’re Traveling

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds.  When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.   ~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

Seeing The Moon

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

We Are All Travelers

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend. -Robert Louis Stephenson

Wandering & Traveling

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” -Hilaire Belloc

Travel Book

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Saint Augustine

Good Travelers

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Travel For Travels Sake

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Wandering

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” ~ Anatole France

Irish Blessing For Travelers

May the blessing of light be upon you,  Light on the outside, Light on the inside. With God’s sunlight shining on you,  May your heart glow with warmth, Like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike. May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes,  Like a candle in the window, Welcoming the weary traveler.

The Tourist…

“The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence.” ~ Max Lerner

Lemony Snicket on Passport Photo’s

“A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.” ~ Lemony Snicket

May Your Trails be…

“May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view… where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.” ~ Edward Abbey

Interesting Surroundings

“Don’t simply seek interesting surroundings, but be continually interested in whatever surrounds you. It is fatal to know too much at the outset. Boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot.” ~ Paul Theroux

Don’t Follow The Crowd

“The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” ~ Alan Ashley-Pitt

See the World

“Most people don’t see the world as it is… they see it as they are.” ~ unknown

Far Away Places

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” ~ Dagobert D. Runes

Know Where You Are Going

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” ~ Yogi Berra

Sailing The Seas

“I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” ~ Herman Melville

Cheerful, Careless Voyages

“There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” ~ Mark Twain

Impulse travel

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” ~ Agnes Repplier

The World Is A Book

“The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page.” St. Augustine

Life is a Miracle

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

Child Like Wonder While Traveling

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.” ~ Bill Bryson

Daring Adventures

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

People of the World

“If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.” ~ Paul Bowles

Being A Tourist

“The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists.” ~ Sam Ewing

The Art of Travel

“You will, if you’re wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.” ~ Freya Stark

Restful Get-A-Ways

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards.” ~ Spanish proverb

Rewarding Travel

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” ~ Lawrence Durrell

What Lies Within Us

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Going Somewhere

“We don’t go anywhere. Going somewhere is for squares. We just go!” ~ Marlon Brando

Discover The Oceans

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gide

The Delight Of Finding New Places

“Of journeying the benefits are many: the freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners.” ~ Sadi Gulistan

Young or Old

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” ~ Francis Bacon

Commuters

“Travelers are just commuters with a wider perspective.” ~ William G. Taylor

Safe Returns

“Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined — how is it that this safe return brings such regret?” ~ Peter Mathiesson

Tourist Pamphlets

“The country of the tourist pamphlet always is another country, an embarrassing abstraction of the desirable that, thank God, does not exist on this planet, where there are always ants and bad smells and empty Coca-Cola bottles to keep the grubby finger-print of reality upon the beautiful.” ~ Nadine Gordimer

Flying Around The World

Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.” ~ James Thurber

A Vagabond

“A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Lord Byron’s Mussings on Travel

“I swims in the Tagus all across at once, and I rides on an ass or a mule, and swears Portuguese, and have got a diarrhea and bites from the mosquitoes. But what of that? Comfort must not be expected by folks that go a pleasuring.” ~ Lord Byron

Differences Are Lost When Traveling

“Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.” ~ Italo Calvino

Explanation of Quote Fair Winds & Following Seas

Origin of: “Fair Winds and Following Seas.” The origin of the quote “Fair Winds and Following Seas” is unknown.  It is often  said to have been lifted from a poem, phrase, or literary work, but to the best  of this researcher’s knowledge, it wasn’t.  Over the last century at least, the  two quotes “Fair Winds” and “Following Seas” have evolved, by usage, into a  single phrase which is often used as a nautical blessing. “Fair Winds”: The Dictionary of American Regional English defines “Fair  Wind” as “safe journey; good fortune.” An early example of the phrase’s use is  in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, published in 1851, where it says near the end  “Let me square the yards, while we may, old man, and make a fair wind of it  homeward.” In other words, let me square the yards (add on all sail) and make a  safe journey home. “Following Seas”: Defined by Bowditch’s American Practical Navigatoras “A sea  in which the waves move in the general direction of the heading.” It further   defines “Tide” as “the periodic rise and fall of the water resulting from  gravitational interactions between the sun, moon, and earth. . . . the  accompanying horizontal movement of the water is part of the same phenomenon.”  In simple terms: the movement of the water, the waves, and the surface,  correspond with the movement of the tide. “Fair Winds and Following Seas” is really two quotes originating from different  sources.  The two quotes are a nautical phrase of good luck–a blessing as it  were–as the person, group, or thing it is said to departs on a voyage in life.   It is often used at a “beginning” ceremony such as a commissioning ceremony of a  ship or people, as well as in retirement, change of command, or farewell ceremonies. Source: Researched by Samuel Loring Morison.