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Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God. = Las sugerencias de viaje inusuales son lecciones de baile de Dios. = Ausgefallene Reisevorschläge sind Tanzstunden von Gott.
– Kurt Vonnegut
There is no travel without learning and no learning without travel. = No hay viaje sin aprendizaje y no hay aprendizaje sin viaje. = Il n’y a pas de voyage sans apprentissage et pas d’apprentissage sans voyage. = Es gibt kein Reisen ohne Lernen und kein Lernen ohne Reisen.
– Michel Serres (cited by Oliver Hillel)
Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order. This is what life has taught me.
– Katherine Mansfield
The only question to ask before visiting a place is whether the locals at the other end would rather see you or not.
– Pico Iyer
A lot of tourists have a consumer attitude — what can I get, instead of what can I learn. We have to put aside our own cultural biases and learn as much as possible from the people we visit. I find that if you stay long enough, learn the language, you get a sense of who locals are as people.
– Clay Hubbs, publisher of Transitions Abroad, quoted in Rethinking Tourism
If you live every day of your life as if you are on a wonderful journey through an endlessly fascinating, strange land — you are.
– Michael Kaye
A tourism study showed that 79% of respondents did not want to damage the places they visited. This inspired what might be the only effective strategy to further sustainability in travel. Identify the other 21%, effectively market vacations to them and when they go, arrange for them to meet with an accident.
– Michael Kaye
Throughout the world, among different cultures and classes, people are looking for self-determination. The world we are born into and the society we know measures humans in terms of their economic worth. Human potential is enormous and largely unrealized.
– Deborah McLaren, Rethinking Tourism
People don’t take trips. Trips take people.
– John Steinbeck
Take a long walk. If you can’t take a long walk, take a short one.
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. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends on them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in difficult situations. And you accept any small favor from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life.
– Paulo Coelho
He who would travel happily must travel light.
– Antoine de Saint-Exaspery
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
– Mark Twain
To learn about the world through first-hand, one-on-one meetings with people from around the world is a valuable human experience. We discover universal themes of human culture. We become more aware that no matter where we live we are all confronting similar situations as we ultimately become a global community.
– Deborah McLaren, Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel: The Paving of Paradise and How You Can Stop It
You’ll never reach the end of the road while you’re traveling with me.
– Crowded House, Don’t Dream It’s Over
There is no travel without learning and no learning without travel.
– Michel Serres
He who travels far will often see things far from what he believed was the truth.
– Herman Hesse
Viel Welt für wenig Geld. (A lot of the world for little money)
– Popular expression, Germany
You should wear with pride the scars on your skin. They’re a map of the adventures and the places you’ve been.
– Poi Dog Pondering, U-Li-La-Lu
We can’t wait for miracles to happen. If there are problems that have to be solved, if we want our lives to be better, then we have to do something for ourselves. If we’re not taking action to make our life better, if we’re not walking, if our feet are not moving, then there’s no footprint for people to follow.
– Oliver Mtukudzi, World Music Central
Life is how you make it. The quality of life is measured by the kinds of steps you take as you walk through it. The footprint is a representation of who we are, where we are and where we’re going. If you happen to see a footprint in the road, it means someone has been there before you, and there’s something to be learned from that person’s life and that person’s story. Tsimba Itsoka. There is no footprint without the foot.
– Oliver Mtukudzi, World Music Central
Explore, and explore, and explore. Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry. Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another’s dogmatism. Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn? Truth also has its roof, and bed, and board. Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread, and if not store of it, yet such as shall not take away your property in all men’s possessions, in all men’s affections, in art, in nature, and in hope.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
This thirst for stimulation causes individuals to move from one ‘trip’ to another, collect all the psychotechnologies on the market, and become true ‘consciousness junkies.’ These people hanker for excitement, change and ‘altered states of consciousness’ and if mere variety of experience — rather than its assimilation — were the measure of maturity, they would be the most evolved people around.
– Piero Ferrucci, what we may be
There’s no off season for a real traveller.
– Carol Patterson, Reinventure
Costa Rica has a unique history of innovative practices and decisions that have resulted in positive outcomes for its people and its environment.
– Beatrice Blake
Preparation is one of the most important, yet most overlooked, factors of world travel in the jet-age.
– Marcus Endicott, Vagabond Globetrotting
If an ass goes traveling, he will not come home a horse.
– Thomas Fuller
You cannot have ecotourists without tourists.
Irresponsible travel to me is where the focus is entirely on the visitor, to the neglect and detriment of the host and their community.
– Jane Crouch, Ecoclub Interview
Para mí sólo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazón, cualquier camino que tenga corazón. (I only trek the paths that have heart, whatever path that has heart.)
– Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan
I will go to my grave claiming that the less you spend, the more you enjoy, the more authentic the experience it is, the more profound.
– Arthur Frommer, interviewed in A Sense of Place
How do we make the hospitality industry more hospitable?
It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
– Popular saying
Tourists are very fickle beasts, even the perception that a destination is risky will lead to a marked decrease in tourist traffic.
– Howard Rosenzweig, quoted on WorldMapper
In most countries tourism is ‘statistically invisible’ and usually only the most obvious sectors or those exclusively devoted to tourists are enumerated in official tourism data. Inevitably, this tends to be the accommodation sector and, perhaps cafes and restaurants. Yet the tourism industry is far larger than this. Tourists also spend money directly on recreational facilities, tourist attractions, shops and local services. In turn, these have indirect effects on agriculture, wholesaling and manufacturing.
– Williams and Shaw, cited in Community Development for Tourism
When you hang out with Mexicans and you speak Spanish, you are in a different México.
The main mistake made by pro-tourist planners is that they see tourism only in traditional economic terms as a new kind of industry.
– Dean MacCannell
Stand in the place where you live.
Slow down, you move too fast.
– Simon and Garfunkel
Most of my colleagues strongly imply that a professed interest in tourism constitutes little more than a clever ploy to pass off one’s vacations as work. I would not deny that the study of tourism is great fun, but must a subject be boring to be worthy of study?
– Pierre Van Den Berghe, The Quest for the Other
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
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
Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased
– Book of Daniel, 12:4
Why do you wonder that globe-trotting does not help you, seeing that you always take with yourself with you? The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels.
Don’t drive angry.
– Groundhog Day
You have visitors in your house, not tourists nor travelers.
– Hugo Antonio Santiago
Perhaps it’s in our blood, maybe it’s just in our history, but surely it’s in the American vein to head out for some other place when home becomes intolerable, or merely when the distant side of the beyond seems a lure we can’t resist.
– William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
I have a reason to believe, we all will be received in Graceland.
– Paul Simon, Graceland