1. You can see it for miles. Like, it goes over the hills and stuff ….but so does the M6.
- Karl Pilkington on the Great Wall of China
2. Travel, which had once charmed him, seemed, at length, unendurable, a business of colour without substance, a phantom chase after his own dream's shadow.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
3. Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
- John Berger
4. Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
- Ernest Hemingway
5. The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere
- Geoff Dyer, Paris Trance
6. I needed no better reason for the journey than to be exactly where I was, knowing what I knew. Those were the times when I felt full of natural wisdom, scratching at heaven's very door.
- Ted Simon, Jupiter’s Travels
7. The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.
- Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
8. Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.
- Andre Benjamin
9. And I wondered, with mounting anxiety, what am I supposed to do here? What am I supposed to think?
- Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
10. What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
- Jack Kerouac, On the Road
11. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
- Aldous Huxley
12. A new kind of heat, brutal and hard, carrying the smell of another continent. As I came down the mountain this heat piled up, pushing against me with blasts of sand, so that I walked half-blind, my tongue dry as a carob bean, obsessed once again by thirst. These were ominous days of nerve-bending sirocco, with peasants wrapped up to the eyes… but far down in the valley, running in slow green coils, I could see at last the tree-lined Guadalquivir.
- Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
13. A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it
- John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley
14. Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I'd forgotten England even existed.
- Alex Garland, The Beach
15. Venice is a cheek-by-jowl, back-of-the-hand, under-the-counter, higgledy-piggledy, anecdotal city, and she is rich in piquant wrinkled things, like an assortment of bric-a-brac in the house of a wayward connoisseur, or parasites on an oyster-shell.
- Jan Morris, Venice
16. All travel is circular. I had been jerked through Asia, making a parabola on one of the planet's hemispheres. After all, the grand tour is just the inspired man's way of heading home.
- Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar
17. I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart.
18. He won't fly on the Balinese airline, Garuda, because he won't fly on any airline where the pilots believe in reincarnation.
- Spalding Gray
19. Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen. Each day had a tranquillity, a timelessness, about it so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us, glossy and colourful as a child's transfer and with the same tinge of unreality.
- Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals
20. The border means more than a customs house, a passport officer, a man with a gun. Over there everything is going to be different; life is never going to be quite the same again after your passport has been stamped.
- Graham Greene
21. Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.
- Bruce Chatwin, What Am I Doing Here?
22. Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station’.
- Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
23. Jet lag is for amateurs.
- Dick Clark
24. With the palms zipping past and the big sun burning down on the road ahead, I had a flash of something I hadn’t felt since my first months in Europe. A mixture of ignorance, and a loose, what-the-hell kind of confidence that comes when a man picks up and begins to move in a hard, straight line toward an unknown horizon.
- Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
25. We could bore ourselves to death, drink ourselves to death, or have a bit of an adventure.
- Terry Darlington, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne
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