I am currently in a love/hate relationship with quotes. Throughout junior high, I was obsessed with quotes from the funny to the inspirational. I wrote them all over my binder, myspace, xanga (did anyone else have a xanga? first exposure to HTML!), you name it. There were those witty quotes that rhyme about love and friendship that I thought were so clever throughout our drama filled teens. Even now, I love quoting from movies and literature and love it even more when I recognize a reference. It’s the nerd in me. At the current moment, however, my students are struggling with learning how to gather textual support and correctly cite quotes. I know the skill of citing and using quotes is completely different than reading an actual quote itself, but either way, it is driving me crazy.
To keep my sanity, here are my top 10 travel quotes that fuel my travel addiction.
#10.) “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” ~ Clifton Fadiman
—–It drives me crazy when people say, “This is weird” when referring to something they are simply not accustomed too. No, it is not “weird” boy-who-wears-sunglasses-indoors that is a guest in a country other than your own; it is actually just different. I would be lying if I said my word choice is consistently precise, but I especially try to be cautious of my speech while traveling. “Weird” has a negative connotation. Thank you high school English teachers. If you travel and want to stay in your air conditioned bus and eat at the hotel, only to step into breathe fresh air to take a picture next to that one historic icon, that’s your prerogative. If you don’t try to soak in some culture and new experiences, no one can force you. DO NOT, however, disrespect the culture of those around you with your insensitive comments and unnecessary facial expressions. Thanks.
#9.) —- I’m a bit torn with this quote. I agree with the message, but I also realize that there are many people in the world who will never get an opportunity to travel. I have had the privilege of meeting some amazing, heartfelt people who embrace and cherish every small new experience, but who will also likely never leave their native country. agree with St. Augustine that the world is a book, and if you don’t seek to seek anything outside of your realm, you are missing out. However, I also believe that those who travel do not necessarily know more about the world that those who do not. There are people who travel who don’t truly see the country and never learn anything new. At the same time, there are people who spend hours reading and watching the news to soak in any new information about the world around them, even if they cannot see or experience it themselves. What I like most about this quote is the overall message: It’s a big world out there, so learn about it.
—-Oh dear J.R.R. Tolkien, not only did you create the world’s first ultimate cult-status reaching nerd series – at least until Harry Potter came along – but you came up with some pretty memorable travel quotes as well!
#7.) “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
—- Similar to number 7. It’s not about seeing something new, it’s about how that something new changes your perception of the world around you. I love it.
#5.) “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” -Fitzhugh Mullan
—- Things will never go perfect, but you can’t dwell on them. Your original plan may not work out, but it doesn’t mean you won’t still have an amazing adventure. If we counted all the reasons why we shouldn’t do something or kept dwelling on the decisions we’ve made after we’ve already made them, you would never truly enjoy what is happening in the moment. Some of the worst experiences are actually funny later down the road.
#3.) —- When I was young, I definitely thought this too Leo! Now that I am older – my naivety and dreams squashed – I know this is unrealistic. I know it is not possible, but what a dream it would be.
What are your favorite travel quotes?