I absolutely LOVE to travel. I didn’t learn of this love until later in life. Now I want to see everything the world has to offer. Fully experience other cultures. Immerse my senses in the surroundings of foreign lands. Meet and talk with new people. Because I think what we find out are several things:
The world is really much smaller than we think.
We are all more alike than we are different.
There are good people. And there are bad people. Everywhere. And you are bound to meet both varieties in your journeys.
Food is really, really, really good.
Expect to lose luggage.
Travel is sometimes better in retrospect. And that’s ok.
Everyone should leave this country. More than once.
If you have children, travel with them.
Getting ready for the trip is as much fun as going on the trip.
Use your common sense. Everywhere. And at all times.
Travel light. You don’t need much to explore your world.
Don’t be the “typical American.” Be better than that. And respect the culture and the people around you.
Learn to be comfortable. In a hovel. In someone’s home. In a motel. In a castle. In a camper. In the Ritz. Or on the ground.
Write about your adventures.
Open your eyes and see something you wouldn’t otherwise have noticed.
Sometimes just sit down. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the new place around you.
Try new things.
Be flexible. Your plans may not works out. Be willing to change them at the drop of a hat.
Ask a local where they would eat. Then take them there if they have time. Or offer to buy someone a cup of coffee in return for several minutes of chatting.
Talk to your taxi cab drivers.
Take a walk in the rain. Rain is always better in a foreign country.
Laugh. A lot.
Now. Spin the globe. Or get a map. Close your eyes. Point to a place. Open your eyes. Then pack your bags. Buy a book. Get on a place, train, boat, or goat. And GO THERE.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain