Best Travel Quotes… or not?

Jack Kerouac

The large amount of “Top 25-30-40-50 travel quotes” posted on the Web desist me from writing another impersonal list. 
First because it is frustrating to read 20-30 illuminating sentences with their progressive number, try to do it and your brain will abandon the ship after the fifth one! Second because these pearls of wisdom listed all together lose their significance and their ability to make people think about their meaning. 

So here is a brief list, probably you won’t find “the best” or “the coolest” quotations but I underline and circle these quotes during years of readings and honestly writing this list to me is like opening a treasure chest! So if you want enjoy an (implicit) written lifestory and some useful remarks to chew on. 

Nico and I

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, made to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” .
(Jack Kerouac – On the road) 

A true risk.. maybe I’ll tell you the story one day…

“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested.” 
(Hunter S. Thompson)

Get in touch with the locals, this is the REAL adventure.

“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home – and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries”
(Rolf Potts – Vagabonding)

A morning near Algeria

I imagined the dialogue:
“When will Paul be back?”
“We don’t know.”
“Where is he?”
“We’re not sure.”
“Can we get in touch with him?”
(Paul Theroux – Dark Star Safari)

Flowers in Castelvecchio, Lucca – Italy

“Very many people spend money in ways quite different from those that their natural tastes would enjoin, merely because the respect of their neighbors depends upon their possession of a good car and their ability to give good dinners. As a matter of fact, any man who can obviously afford a car but genuinely prefers travels or a good library will in the end be much more respected that if he behaved exactly like everyone else.” 
(Bertrand Russell – The Conquest of Happiness)

My Moleskine 

“To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe.” 
(Bruce Chatwin – The Songlines)

Have you ever read a book or a quote that changed your point of view on traveling? Leave a comment down below!

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  • I have read so many quotes, but these are all new ones to me. I like the one by Bruce Chatwin, although I would replace the notebook with camera and memory card 🙂 Love your photos!

    Alison 2 Settembre 2012 3:44
  • Hi Alison! Writing is very important for me to fix thoughts and moments down on paper but I'm a camera addicted too ^^ ! I love taking pictures! Thanks for your comment!

    Viaggiare Oltre 2 Settembre 2012 23:55
  • I love the quote of Rolf Potts. He couldn't be more right! That's exactly how I try to travel – sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't, but you at least have to make an effort to slow down while travelling.

    Also, thanks for connecting on StumbleUpon. I'm looking forward to following your blogposts.

    Monika @ TravelWorldOnline 7 Settembre 2012 14:28
  • Hi Monika, thanks for your comment! I know many people that travel only to put a flag on the map, visiting the countries in a superficial way, just to take and show some photos in front of the main monuments. Another way of social competition where we lost the opportunity of an interesting conversation!

    Send me your blogposts on StumbleUpon, I like your blog! Bye!

    Viaggiare Oltre 10 Settembre 2012 13:22
  • This is also a very good post which I really enjoyed reading.
    Best Travel Quotes

    anniemaria192 27 Giugno 2019 17:35
  • Thanks a lot, so glad you liked it 🙂

    Viaggiare Oltre 2 Agosto 2019 16:17