“As you grow up, you hear all of these stories of these dar away places. Whether some of them are real and whether some of them are not, they all kind-of have the same feel, that they’re outside of your world, and that you’ll never get there. I hope I’m able to leave here and understand that this wasn’t just a dream. This was real.”
– Scott Wilson ‘Departures’ –
“My best single piece of advice for those looking for an adventure, and in need of inspiration? Take the first step. Book your flight, order a book to research plans or invite a friend to join you. Whatever it takes to get you started. Because once you take that first step it is a little easier to take the next step, whatever that may be. The third step is just a little easier again and so on. Just make a start, no matter how small.”
– Ian Usher –
“All places, no matter where, no matter what, are worth visiting. But seldom-visited places where people were still living settled traditional lives seemed to me the most worthwhile, because they were the most coherent – they were readable and nearly always I felt uplifted by them.”
– Paul Theroux –
“Alone wasn’t a room anymore, but the whole wide world, and now I was alone in that world, occupying it in a way I never had before. Living at age like this, without even a roof over my head, made the world feel both bigger and smaller to me. Until now I hadn’t truly understood the world’s vastness – hadn’t even understood how vast a mile could me- until each mile was beheld at walking speed.”
– Cheryl Strayed, ‘Wild’ –
“(Travel is) humbling to the point where you have major regrets about some of the stupid things you said, some of the things you thought were right. You keep going to these countries, and it’s like you forgot the lesson from the last time. But the first person you encounter kind-of bitch-slaps you upside the head in the most wonderful innocent way, and you realize, God, I’m still an asshole. And this guy, by doing nothing except being broke and so incredibly polite – it takes you aback, you realize, I’m still not there yet. I still have, like, eight miles to go before I can even get into the parking lot of humility. I have to keep going back. It’s like going back to the chiropractor to get a readjustment. That’s me in Africa; that’s me in SE Asia. You come back humbled and you bring that into your life.”
– Henry Rollins –
What words from wanderers have made you want to pack your bags and go or have made you look at your travels a little differently? I’d love to hear them or even your own wander words.
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