15 quotes that perfectly capture the magic of living abroad

15 inspirational travel quotes that perfectly capture the magic of living abroad


1) “Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.”
– Hannah Arendt


2) “Every hundred feet the world changes.”
― Roberto Bolaño, 2666


3) “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
― Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon


4) “You know what else is nice about being a foreigner? Whatever you do takes place in a capsule that need not be discovered and opened by someone back home. Nothing really counts – it was the life that falls in the forest. That’s how I looked at it. I felt free to…oh, I don’t know.”
— Patricia Marx


5) “Traveling, one accepts everything; indignation stays at home. One looks, one listens, one is roused to enthusiasm by the most dreadful things because they are new. Good travelers are heartless.”
― Elias Canetti, The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit


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6) “I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson


7) “Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”
— Jodi Picoult (Handle With Care)


8) “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne


9) “Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration


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10) “Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”
― Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings


11) “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections


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12) “Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”
― Nicolas Bouvier, The Way of the World


13)“The great glory of travel, to me, is not just what I see that’s new to me in countries visited, but that in almost every one of them I change from an outsider looking in to an insider looking out.”
― Clara E. Laughlin, Traveling Through Life


14) “In new surroundings, one grows new eyes.”
― Marty Rubin


15) “Travel is a set of corrective lenses that helps focus the planet’s blurred reality.”
― Andrew Solomon, Far & Away: Places on the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years



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Sources: http://www.takenbythewind.com/2013/01/05/12-more-quotes-about-being-an-expat-and-living-abroad/, http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/travel?page=18

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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