A selection of our favourite travel quotes from people through history, along with inspiring travel photography starting with our favourite from Tolkien.
Not all who wander are lost
Only the curious have, if they live, a tale worth telling at all
Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond!
The Land of Beyond (Last Verse) – Robert Service
A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.
Now more than ever do I realise that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.
The wonders of a journey consist far more of such intangible experiences and unexpected situations than of factual things and events of material reality.
~ Lama Anagarika Govinda – The Way of the White Clouds ~
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain ~
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
~ St. Augustine of Hippo ~
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost ~
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 ~
No one ever travels so high as he who knows not where he is going.
~ Cromwell ~
Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
~ Helen Keller ~
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~
Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything. You only have the most rudimentary sense of how things work; you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.
~ Neither Here Nor There – Bill Bryson ~
Everything…we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is golden for him who has the vision to realise it as such.
~ Henry Miller ~
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
~ G. K. Chesterton ~
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travellers don’t know where they’re going.
~ Paul Theroux ~
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
~ Little Gidding – T. S. Eliot ~
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.
~ To the Ends of the Earth – Paul Theroux ~
A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.
~ The Way of Life – Lao-Tzu ~
When you travel you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak….You begin to be more accessible to others, because they may be able to help you in difficult situations.
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho
The pleasure in traveling consists of the obstacles, the fatigue, and even the danger. What charm can anyone find in an excursion when he is always sure of reaching his destination, of having horses ready waiting for him, a soft bed, an excellent supper, and all the eases and comfort he can enjoy in his own home! One of the great misfortunes of modern life is the want of any sudden surprise, and the absence of all adventure. Everything is so well arranged.