Travel Musings

These are various quotes on travel and such. Some are the basis for blog posts and others are just here because they make me happy.  I call them the travel musings and pull them out when travels go awry.

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.  African Proverb

Visits always give pleasure: if not in the arrival, then on the departure.
— Edward Le Berquier

If you look like your passport photo, in all probability you need the journey.
— Earl Wilson

Not he who lived long knows, but he who traveled much knows.
— Turkish proverb

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

The fabric of my faithful love
No power shall dim or ravel
Whilst I stay here- but oh, my dear,
If I should ever travel!
— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.
— Leigh Hunt

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.
— Vita Sackville-West

Be the hero of your adventure. All travel is inner travel, because wherever we are, we are processing our experiences internally. Remind yourself that you are the hero of all your journeys, and that all your travel in the outside world is really travel inward, toward ever higher spiritual consciousness.
— Joseph Dispenza (author of The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery)

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
— Miriam Beard

The longer you travel to view an eclipse, the greater the chance of cloud cover.
— Unknown wise person

Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever I travel I like to keep the seat next to me empty. I found a great way to do it. When someone walks down the aisle and says to you, “Is someone sitting there?” just say, “No one — except the Lord.
— Carol Leifer

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air. . . . It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog’s life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
— George Bernard Shaw, Letter, 17 Oct. 1899, written while on a six-week Mediterranean cruise aboard the S.S. Lusitania.

Retirement Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.
— Anne Sophie Swetchine

They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind.
— G. K. Chesterton

I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this — we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
— Hilaire Belloc

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.

— Charles Kuralt

I’ve learned that the secret of growing old gracefully is never to lose your enthusiasm for meeting new people and seeing new places.

— Unknown wise person

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
— Paul Theroux

The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
— Oscar Wilde

Travellers never think that THEY are the foreigners.
— Mason Cooley

I travelled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea;
Nor England! did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
— William Wordsworth (1770-1850), English poet. I Travelled Among Unknown Men (written 1801, published 1807).

In America there are two classes of travel- first class and with childen.
— Robert Benchley

Travelling is the ruin of all happiness. There’s no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.

— Fanny Burney, English novelist

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
— J. B. Priestley

Don’t consider retiring from the corporate world until you have irritated enough people to make it worthwhile.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Gentle awakenings are now a luxury I enjoy in retirement.
No bounding out of bed, no pressing the snooze button for
the much needed extra ten minutes.
— A. Major

Just a few weeks ago, and spring; my husband and I decided to do a
four-day getaway to New York State. Without telling anyone in the
immediate family, we drove in the darkness of night and arrived at
an hour when people were still sleeping or contemplating getting up.
The excitement and exhilaration of the road trip was reminiscent of the movie “Thelma and Louise”, their drive to supposed freedom from every day life and its problems.
— A. Major

Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
— Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort

There are seven things you can do with your leisure time [in retiring years]: You can work and you can play and you can sleep. You can improve your mind or you can improve your health. You can work in civic activities or educational activities, or you can work in some spiritual area for the church. As far as I know, there’s nothing else you can do.
— Retiree Hammond Stith, who started his retiring years at 61

Abibliophobia (the fear of running out of reading material)

 

… And Then the Police were right behind us

We had the best of intentions, really, we did! This was the day of our 5K run at the local Wing Dang Doodle Festival in Forest, Mississippi. After several mis-steps getting out the door, we were late to the start and actually were BEHIND the police cars for the first 3/4 mile. Then, they waited for us and we moved on through the route knowing that we were dead last in the race. We persevered and eventually passed a participant with an injured ankle. So, we didn’t finish last, but the lesson for the day was to get to the start line on time next year!