Mandarin's European Chronicles

No matter where you go, there you are.
- Earl MacRauch, 20th-century American writer

It is not down in any map; true places never are.
- Herman Melville

Wanderlust, n. - A very strong or irresistible impulse to travel.

The Road goes ever on and on
  Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
  And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
  Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
  And whither then? I cannot say.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Fellowship of the Ring", Chapter III

A good traveler has no fixed plan and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
- Aldous Huxley

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.
- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish writer

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang (1895-1976), Chinese writer

Traveling is dancing lessons from God.
- Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Ellen Parr

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
- Hilaire Belloc

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
- Caskie Stinnett

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember; and I remember more than I have seen.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Old men and far travelers may lie with authority.
- Anonymous

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

Life is short and the world is wide.
- Simon Raven

The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.
- William Least Heat-Moon

One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.
- Sir Richard Burton

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
- Lao Tzu (570-490 BC), Chinese philosopher

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
- Anonymous

Is there anything as horrible as starting on a trip? Once you're off, that's all right, but the last moments are earthquake and convulsion, and the feeling that you are a snail being pulled off your rock.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, US writer

The fastest way to travel is to be there already.
- Terry Pratchett

A year to go around the world! A whole twelve months of scenes and curious happenings in far-off foreign lands! You have thought of doing this, almost promised yourself that when you got old enough, and rich enough, and could "spare the time," you too would go around the world. Most of us get old enough; some of us get rich enough; but the time! the time! — to spare the time, to cut loose from goods and lands, from stocks and dreary desks, quit clients, patients, readers, home and friends — ay, and our enemies whom we so dearly love! Full many a promise must be broken and few the voyagers round the world.
- D.N. Richardson, "A Girdle Round the Earth", 1888

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
- Yogi Berra, 20th-century American athlete

So much of who we are is where we have been.
- William Langewiesche, US writer

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do — especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
- William Least Heat-Moon, "Blue Highways"

Too often… I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
- Louis L'Amour (1908-1988), American writer

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
- Paul Theroux

The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.
- Martha Gellman

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.'
- Douglas Adams, "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul"

Jet lag is for amateurs.
- Dick Clark

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.
- Susan Sontag

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.
- Paul Theroux

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."
- Daniel J. Boorstin

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

People don't take trips… trips take people.
- John Steinbeck

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
- Mary Ellen Kelly

The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.
- G.K. Chesterton

Most people have that fantasy of catching the train that whistles in the night.
- Willie Nelson, American singer

Destination is merely a byproduct of the journey.
- Eric Hansen

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
- Martin Buber

Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined — how is it that this safe return brings such regret?
- Peter Mathissen, US writer

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
- Douglas Adams

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way…
- Colette (1873-1954), French writer

I had come to the end of my own road. That was Asia over there; this was as far as I could go in Europe. It was time to end this long indulgence and go home. My long-suffering wife was pregnant with her semi-annual baby. The grass, she had reported by telephone, was waist-high. One of the field walls had fallen down. The sheep were in the meadow. The cows were in the corn. There was much for me to do.

And I was, I admit, ready to go. I missed my family and the comfortable familiarities of home life. I was tired of the daily drudgery of keeping myself fed and bedded, tired of trains and buses, tired of existing in a world of strangers, tired of being forever perplexed and lost, tired above all of my own dull company. How many times in recent days had I sat trapped on buses or trains listening to my idly prattling mind and wished that I could just get up and walk out on myself?

At the same time, I had a quite irrational urge to keep going. There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop. That was Asia over there, after all — right there in my view. The thought of it seemed incredible. I could be there in minutes. I still had money left. An untouched continent lay before me.

But I didn't go. Instead, I ordered another Coke and watched the ferries. In other circumstances, I think I might have gone. But that of course is neither here nor there.

- Bill Bryson, "Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe"