15 Book Quotes to Inspire Your Summer Travel

There's always something about summer that sparks the desire to travel (maybe it's the hot weather, or maybe it's the fact that you're ready to strangle the people you've been cooped up with all winter). If you've been in school all year, summer vacation is your chance to spend a few precious months alone. If you've been working all year, summer is a chance to quit your job and hitchhike across the United States (you'll never know if this is a bad idea until you try it). No matter what your summer plans are, here are some quotes to inspire travel.

Maybe you’re heading out on a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. Maybe you're heading to Philadelphia for the weekend. Maybe your summer plans include a hammock, a good book, and some virtual travel. No matter how far you travel or even where you go, because we all need a change of scenery every now and then. Yes, there will still be work to do, student loans to pay off, and disappointed parents when you get back. But, as Jack Kerouac said, “When all the golden land is before you, and all kinds of unforeseen events lurk before you, to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive Why do you still think about this?"

1. I finally felt like I was being radically lifted up on the winds of adventure, into worlds that I imagined were stranger than they actually were, and situations that I imagined were more normal than they actually were.

——Ernesto Che Guevara, "The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes from a Journey in Latin America"

2. I never travel with a diary. One should always read something sensational on a train.

——Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"

3. Why are you leaving? That way you can come back. This way you can see where you come from with new eyes and extra color. People there also view you differently. Returning to the starting point does not mean never leaving.

—Terry Pratchett, "The Hat that Filled the Sky"

4. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance, and many of our people desperately need it for these reasons. A man cannot acquire a broad, healthy, and benevolent view of people and things by spending his life in a small corner of the earth.

——Mark Twain, "Innocents Abroad"/"Hard Life"

5. It would be nice if the journey has an end; but in the end, the journey is the most important thing.

--Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness"

6. How do you feel when you drive away from the crowd and they recede across the plains until you see their specks fade? ——It’s this big world that lifts us up. Goodbye. But we’re looking forward to the next crazy adventure under the sky.

——Jack Kerouac, "On the Road"

7. We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, spinning and dancing in infinite whirlpools and whirlpools. Life is eternal. We stop to meet, meet, fall in love, share. This is a precious moment. It’s a little bracket in eternity.

--Paulo Coelho, "The Alchemist"

8. It’s no coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression “as beautiful as an airport.”

--Douglas Adams, "The Soul's Long Dark Tea Time"

9. Arriving in every new city, the traveler discovers again a past he didn't know he had: a strangeness that you no longer are or no longer have, waiting for you in strange, unowned places.

——Italo Calvino, " Invisible Cities"

10. Now, more than ever, I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, and that I will forever be haunted by the thought of sunshine somewhere else.

--Isabel Eberhardt, "Nomad: The Diary of Isabel Eberhardt"

11. We travel, some of us forever, to find other states, other lives, other souls.

——Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7:1966-1974

12. An acquaintance of mine once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing his journey through the woods along a road that most travelers never travel. The poet found that the road less traveled was quiet but lonely. He was probably a little nervous when walking, because if something happened on the road less traveled, other travelers would walk on the road less traveled. , they couldn't have failed to hear his voice when he called for help. Sure enough, the poet died.

—— Lemony Snicki , "Landslide"

13. Still, sometimes I’m baffled by every mile I’ve walked, every meal I’ve eaten, every person I’ve met, and every room I’ve slept in. Even though everything seemed normal, sometimes it was beyond my imagination.

——Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Illness

14. Maybe travel can't prevent bigotry, but by showing that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we might even become friends.

-Maya Angelou Now I won’t take anything with me on my journey

15. My dream is to travel around the world. A small backpack with all the essentials neatly in place. camera. notebook. Travel paint set. a hat. Good shoes. A pretty pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional afternoon dance party at a seaside hotel.

—Maira Kalman, "The Uncertainty Principle"

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