In a month, I’m turning 30! To celebrate three decades of delight, heartbreaks, and most importantly, adventure, my goal is to churn out as many Top 30 articles as I can to share the bits and pieces I’ve learned and realized for the almost-thirty years I’ve been blessed with. This is the first article of the series; if you have ideas for brilliant and funny topics I should write about, feel free to let me know through the comments. I’m really excited to kick things off — I hope you enjoy reading these!
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
The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.
–- Amelia E. Barr
You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.
–- Anita Septimus
You must keep in mind, however, that the whole point of long-term travel is having more time to move deliberately through the world. Vagabonding is not merely realloting a portion of your life for travel but rediscovering the entire concept of time.
— Rolf Potts
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.
–- Anna Quindlen
And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and to fall in love once more.
— Pico Iyer, Why we Travel
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
— Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
— Michael Althsuler
It’s better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times.
He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.
-– Dutch Proverb
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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
Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was.
— Nick Miller
Traveler, there is no path
paths are made by walking.
— Antonio Machado, Cantores
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
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
— Sir Rannulph Fiennes
Work is how you settle your financial and emotional debts — so that your travels are not an escape from your real life, but a discovery of your real life.
— Rolf Potts
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
-– Martin Buber
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
— Lao Tzu
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
-– Marcel Proust
Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
— Vincent Van Gogh
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
— Bill Bryson