Over the years, I’ve found I’m not as much into purchasing nick-knacks in other countries as I am into taking pictures and some video. Sometimes people like to see what I bought, but most of the time they want to read the journal I kept or see the pictures I took so they can get a real glimpse at what I experienced.
I think I’m getting a little better at photography– there are usually one or two pictures out of 300 that I’m proud to admit I captured–and I have comprehensive albums of my travels to China, Thailand and Egypt.
To expand on the album work I was doing for some of my shorter trips (i.e. less than two weeks), I created scrapbooks for each of my major trips abroad, including when I lived in Northern Ireland, traveled around Europe with Scott in 2005 and traveled around Europe with Ryan in 2007.
While I was compiling the photos and ‘travel trinkets’ I could use to really piece together my trip, I also spent some time pulling together travel quotes I really liked to disperse throughout. Some of those are already in the navigation tabs of Heather’s Compass, but I thought I’d organize the first pass here in case anyone else is in need of some travel quotes. These are some of my favorites.
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel- read only a page.”
– Saint Augustine
“Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.” -Jan Myrdal
“During one of me travels through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several days.” -W.C.Fields
“Security of character would be like a compass, you know? Other people may say that this way is north, or this way might be north. But the compass just says-north. That’s what we count on. And I think writers have to count on something in themselves, that means if they’re not going to do it when they’re writing, then who is? They’ve got to make the decisions.” – William Stafford
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” – Buddha
“Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.” – William Albert Allard
“If you want to go east, don’t go west.”-Ramakrishna
“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton
“Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.” -Mason Cooley
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” – Anonymous
“My favorite thing is to go where I have never gone.” -Diane Arbus