Travel wisdom from citizens of the world

The wise travelers before you have written thousands of books, articles, journals and tweets about the benefits of international travel and the different ways our eye-opening journeys can shape us. Soak up this travel wisdom and let it inspire to plan your next international trip.


1. Returning home is an important aspect of 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


2. Becoming aware of your insignificance can be liberating

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert


3. Travel allows you to get back to the basics

“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, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” ― Cesare Pavese


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4. Home is never really home again

“It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere.” ― Danzy Senna


5. Travel is always worth it

“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


6. Spontaneous travel is what spurs adventure

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand?” ― Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero


7. Good travelers don’t judge

“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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8. Spend some time without a tour guide

“London on your own actually seems more exotic than Egypt on a tour.” ― Laura Fraser, An Italian Affair


9. Beware: travel can be addictive

If travel has momentum and wants to stay in motion, as I mentioned earlier, then adventure has the gravitational pull of a black hole. The more you do it, the more you find a way to keep doing it. ― Josh Gates, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter


10. The world becomes clearer once you’ve spent time abroad

“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


11. Travel can set you free

“A girl who travels has learned how to dance barefoot. She’s learned to place her toes in the sand and dance through rhythm, not through rehearsed footwork. She’s learned to follow what she likes, not what she needs to like. ― Lauren Klarfeld



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1. by Annie van Hees

2. based on travel, by fdecomite, CC-by-2.0

3. based on Camel, by Alexandra Cavoulacos, CC-by-ND 2.0


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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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