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Welcome to my page of quotations about traveling and wanderlust. Wanderlust actually has several different meanings, and I include them all here in the travel section because currently most Americans associate the word with a strong desire to travel and explore the world. It also refers to hiking, wanting to be close to nature in the springtime or autumn, restlessness, outdoor adventures, experiencing the unknown, just plain wandering, and formerly it was used quite a bit when referring to runaway children who would suddenly catch a train to wherever it was going. But for whatever reason you've come to this page, I hope you enjoy your literary travels here. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The symbol of joy to-day is travel. There is a "wanderlust" that infects the blood. ~Rollin A. Sawyer, "The Soul's Play-Spell," 1907

A great way to learn about your country is to leave it. ~Henry Rollins

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel's sake.  The great affair is to move.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.  ~Susan Heller

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.  ~Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.  ~Lord Dunsany

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  ~Lao Tzu

Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea,
And East and West the wanderlust that will not let me be;
It works in me like madness, dear, to bid me say, good-bye!
For the seas call and the stars call, and oh, the call of the sky.
~Gerald Gould, "Wanderlust," c.1905

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.  ~Elizabeth Drew

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.  ~Anatole France

These are the joys of the open road —
For him who travels without a load.
~Bliss Carman, "The Joys of the Road," Songs from Vagabondia, 1894

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.  ~Lin Yutang

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.  ~Seneca

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.  The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him.  He goes "sight-seeing."  ~Daniel J. Boorstin

It is not down in any map; true places never are.  ~Herman Melville

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do — especially in other people's minds.  When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don't have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.  ~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.  ~G.K. Chesterton

To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.  ~Charles Horton Cooley

And that's the wonderful thing about family travel:  it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.  ~Dave Barry

Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.  ~Mason Cooley

There are few who have not suffered attacks of wanderlust.... that strange seasonal restlessness... the itching foot, as it is called out West. Whether the desire to roam the earth is prompted by an instinct inherited from our nomadic forebears or by those local conditions which so frequently make travel advisable, it is certain that once the desire is temporarily gratified the disease becomes permanent... ~Mark Daniels, "The Sequoia National Park," American Forestry, January 1916

Travel ought to combine amusement with instruction; but most travellers are so much amused that they refuse to be instructed. ~G.K. Chesterton, "What Is America?", What I Saw in America, 1922

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage. ~Regina Nadelson

I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.  ~Lillian Smith

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.  ~Ray Bradbury

Wild heart, child heart, all of the world your home.
Glad heart, mad heart, what can you do but roam?
~Robert W. Service, "The Wanderlust," Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, 1912

I hate that snail-shell domesticity. I like to see the Wanderlust triumphant.... The one word in the language that seems to me to epitomize the sum total of enjoyment is the sturdy little Saxon word "go." ~Rollin Lynde Hartt, "A New England Hill Town," The Atlantic Monthly, April 1899

And we go — go — go away from here!
On the other side of the world we're overdue!
'Send the road is clear before you when the old Spring-fret comes o'er you...
~Rudyard Kipling, "The Feet of the Young Men," 1897

There are only two emotions in a plane:  boredom and terror.  ~Orson Welles

Now I know why they tell you to put your head between your knees on crash landings.  You think you're going to kiss your ass good-bye.  ~Terry Hanson

This is a tale of the Wanderlust, that restless longing that is like a physical pain, the longing understood only by those who feel it.... It is a sudden disease that attacks one, this wish just to move on, to go, no matter where if we be but going, the sort of feeling that makes it a positive danger to watch a moving railroad train or to see a ship leave her dock. ~Grace Isabel Colbron, book review of The Trail of the Hawk by Sinclair Lewis, 1915

Beyond the Arctic outposts I will venture all alone;
Some Never-never Land will be my goal...
For the Wanderlust has ruled me,
And the Wanderlust has schooled me...
~Robert W. Service, "The Wanderlust," Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, 1912

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.  ~Mark Twain

That's the life for me!
Wandering with the wandering wind,
Vagabond and unconfined!
Roving with the roving rain
Its unboundaried domain!
~Richard Hovey, "The Wander-Lovers," Songs from Vagabondia, 1894

We did the city, we did the stores, we did the bar-rooms, and did sundry drinks with divers people. ~John Keast Lord, 1860 May 15th  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.  ~Jean Kerr, "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall," The Snake Has All the Lines, 1958

The Wanderlust has taught me…it has whispered to my heart
Things all you stay-at-homes will never know...
~Robert W. Service, "The Wanderlust," Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, 1912

For it is not only true that a rolling stone gathers no moss, but wishes to gather none; as time goes on, even grows to fear moss, or anything else that mars the hard smoothness which enables it to keep on rolling. His first assignment to foreign work had enabled him to cast loose his anchors, and he had never been seriously tempted to pick them up again. He had come to love rolling for its own sake. The thought of being chained to a desk—of being chained even to a house—revolted him. He wanted always to be able to throw his things into a bag and take the road at a moment's notice. ~Burton E. Stevenson, The Kingmakers, "Chapter XIX: Selden Takes an Inventory," 1922, a little altered  #wanderlust

In America there are two classes of travel — first class, and with children. ~Robert Benchley

Just get on any major highway, and eventually it will dead-end in a Disney parking area large enough to have its own climate, populated by large nomadic families who have been trying to find their cars since the Carter administration.  ~Dave Barry

I am no longer bonded to a locality, the habitat of a confine.
I free myself into world spaces.
Vastness is in my adventure.
I am a world-person, a sky-plainsman, a maker of spirit trails.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Life-Freedom: II," A Soul's Faring, 1921  [Of course, I do believe she is speaking spiritually, metaphorically. But it's so wanderlusty, I had to put it here. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

...crossing and recrossing the country every year, south in the winter and north in the summer and only because he has no place he can stay in without getting tired of it and because there's nowhere to go but everywhere, and keep rolling under the stars... ~Jack Kerouac (1922–1969), On the Road

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.  ~James Michener

Don't you know you've got a chance of seeing the world? You're one of the lucky people that can have a touch of the wanderlust without being made useless by it. You may wander in thought as well as on freight-trains, and discover something of the world. Mostly, young Americans get tied up to something before they see what a big world there is to hike in. Son, son, for God's sake, live in life. ~Sinclair Lewis, The Trail of the Hawk: A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life, 1915  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport.  ~George Winters

I met a lot of people in Europe.  I even encountered myself.  ~James Baldwin

Olive:  I've never had the mad freedom of choosing between a tour of the Irish bogs and an educational pilgrimage to the shrines of celebrated brewers. But I've wanted— One doesn't merely go without having an objective, or an excuse for going.
Carl:  I do.
~Sinclair Lewis, The Trail of the Hawk: A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life, 1915  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]  #wanderlust

The wanderlust rages like a fever within him. ~Raymond H. Huse, "Growing Pains," The Soul of a Child, 1914

Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before.  ~G.K. Chesterton

There's a tarry smell, a wanderlust smell, and whenever the wind is blowing
The perfume of the open sea comes pungent on the air...
~Edmund Leamy, "A Song of Streets," America, 1921 January 8th

There's a book that tells you where you should go on your vacation.  It's called your checkbook.  ~Author Unknown

[H]e was being inwardly eaten by the Wanderlust. ~George Ade, "The Dream That Came Out with Much to Boot," 1913

Highway, by-way, many a mile I've done;
Rare way, fair way, many a height I've won;
But I'm pulling my freight in the morning, boys,
And it's over the hills or bust;
For there's never a cure
When you list to the lure
      Of the Wan-der-lust.
~Robert W. Service, "The Wanderlust," Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, 1912

The time to enjoy a European trip is about three weeks after unpacking.  ~George Ade, Forty Modern Fables

I did not fully understand the dread term "terminal illness" until I saw Heathrow for myself.  ~Dennis Potter, 1978

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.  ~Mark Twain

Then every star shall sing to me
Its song of liberty;
And every morn shall bring to me
Its mandate to be free.
In every throbbing vein of me
I'll feel the vast Earth-call;
O body, heart and brain of me
Praise Him who made it all!
~Robert W. Service (1874–1958), "A Rolling Stone," 1912

Try the great open road — you may meet God. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas...
The Wanderlust has haled me from the morris chairs of ease,
Has hurled me to the ends of all the earth...
yet the longing grows and grows...
there's no rest or peace for me, imperious it drums,
The Wanderlust, and I must follow it.
~Robert W. Service, "The Wanderlust," Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, 1912

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad. ~George Bernard Shaw

Hawk Ericson, an average young American with a soil-nourished ancestry, was the divinely restless seeker of the romance that must—or we die!— lie beyond the hills... ~Sinclair Lewis, The Trail of the Hawk: A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life, 1915  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]  #wanderlust, or #infj, more figuratively speaking :)

To pitch my tent with no prosy plan,
To range and to change at will;
To mock at the mastership of man,
To seek Adventure's thrill.
~Robert W. Service (1874–1958), "A Rolling Stone," 1912

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. ~Caskie Stinnett

A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly. ~Lemony Snicket

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. ~Aldous Huxley

Says I, "Then let's be on the float; you certainly have got my goat;
You make me hungry in my throat for seeing things that's new.
Out ere somewhere we'll ride the range a-looking for the new and strange;
My feet are tired and need a change. Come on! It's up to you!
~Henry Herbert Knibbs (1874–1945), "Out There Somewhere"

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ~G.K. Chesterton

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. ~Hilaire Belloc

I am fevered with the sunset...
For the wander-thirst is on me...
I must forth again to-morrow!
With the sunset I must be
Hull down on the trail of rapture
In the wonder of the Sea.
~Richard Hovey, "The Sea Gypsy," More Songs from Vagabondia, 1896

Wanderlust. They want to get out into the world, and at stated periods the desire is so strong and the road so handy that they simply cannot resist the temptation to explore it. ~Josiah Flynt, "The Children of the Road," The Atlantic Monthly, January 1896

There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest...
[T]hey're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new...
He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.
~Robert W. Service, "The Men That Don't Fit In," c.1907

Lea awoke early the next morning, with the sensation of something new and pleasant in the background of her thoughts. She had turned over a nice, clean page in a new chapter of her life with nothing written on it. Oh! the glorious possibilities! Only one word was to be written across it: Happiness! but she did not know the language in which that word was spelled. The clean white pages lay before her like a shining, unexplored land. A great impatient joy, a Sehnsucht, like the Wanderlust that seizes the Germans in the spring of the year, flooded her young soul. The lines of a fairy tale that her mother used to tell her rose up before her; like flower-garlanded children holding hands they danced through her memory in pretty foolishness: "Once upon a time there was a little girl. And one day she went out into the world to seek her fortune..." ~Anita Vivanti Chartres (1866–1942), The Hunt for Happiness, 1896  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

There's sunshine in the heart of me,
My blood sings in the breeze;
The mountains are a part of me,
I'm fellow to the trees.
My golden youth I'm squandering,
Sun-libertine am I;
A-wandering, a-wandering,
Until the day I die.
~Robert W. Service (1874–1958), "A Rolling Stone," 1912

I was meant to hike for the hiking's sake.... We'd go and go. No limit…And we wouldn't just go places, either; we'd be different things. We'd be Connecticut farmers one year, and run a mine in Mexico the next, and loaf in Paris the next, if we had the money. ~Sinclair Lewis, The Trail of the Hawk: A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life, 1915 

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. ~Benjamin Disraeli

That's the Marna of my soul,
Wander-bride of mine!
~Richard Hovey, "The Wander-Lovers," Songs from Vagabondia, 1894

And then that slim, poetic guy, turned and looked me in the eye:
"…It's overland and overland and overseas to — where?"
"Most anywhere that isn't here," I says. His face went kind of queer:
The place we're in is always here. The other place is there."
~Henry Herbert Knibbs (1874–1945), "Out There Somewhere"

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye

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