With summer vacations taking over my office as well as my friends and family, I’ve been trying to make time to plan my own weekend get-away to Chicago, which is fast approaching. It seems like it’s been so long since my last trip, so it’s been exciting getting back into planning mode for this one.
However, as is usually the case, preparing for a trip gets me into a much broader mental state, thinking about past travels and experiences and looking forward to those I know are in store. I like to think my outlook has improved some over the years from just wanting to see and experience as much as possible to really taking time to enjoy the journey and the people I share it with. Hopefully I continue to become less of a tourist and more of a traveler.
That mentality has inspired a new set of travel quotes that seem appropriate for where I am and where I’m headed.
Travel Quotes: Part 2
I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists. – Brigitte Bardot
I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this- we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. – Hilaire Belloc
The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all. – Daniel J. Boorstin
Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents. – Italo Calvino
When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels. – Edward Dahlberg
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen. – Benjamin Disraeli
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. – Glenn Clark
Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
We were all delighted, we all realized we were leaving confusion and nonsense behind and performing our one noble function of the time, move. – Jack Kerouac