61.“An ardent desire to go took possession of me once more. Not because I wanted to leave – I was quite all right on this Cretan coast, and felt happy and free there and I needed nothing – but because I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die.”
-Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
62. “I can tell about one who didn’t win. And it didn’t matter. Because his destiny was battle, Not the victory. He was born to travel, Not to find destination. He lived to live, Not to make a home.”
63. “Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion.”
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: A History of Fascination
64. “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”
65. “The most dangerous risk of all: the risk of spending you life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
66. “I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.”
67. “May my soul forever stay wild and my spirit always be adventurous.”
68. “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
69. “One of the inescapable encumbrances of leading an interesting life is that there have to be moments when you almost lose it.
70. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.”
-Trenton Lee Stewart
71. “You don’t know about the other travelers you meet and they in turn have no idea who you are, and that is truly special, for there isn’t any detrimental preconceived notions about the other, and in this space there is room for understanding and healing. When you backpack, for the first time in a long time, you feel like you belong and are connected to not only with the world, but also with your inner self.”
72. “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. ”
73. “Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”
-John Muir, The Mountains of California
74. “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
-Kate Douglas Wiggin, New Chronicles of Rebecca
75. Instructions for Wayfarers:
“They will declare: Every journey has been taken.
You shall respond: I have not been to see myself.
They will insist: Everything has been spoken.
You shall reply: I have not had my say.
They will tell you: Everything has been done.
You shall reply: My way is not complete.
You are warned: Any way is long, any way is hard.
Fear not. You are the gate-you, the gatekeeper.
And you shall go through and on…”
-Alexandros Evangelou Xenopouloudakis, Third Wish
76. “The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.”
77. “The journey itself is my home.”
78.“All you need to know is that it’s possible.”
-Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker
79. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974
80. “When I first travelled, I was naive, sloppy, wide-eyed, and nothing happened to me. That’s probably where the dumb luck came in. Then I began to read the guidebooks, the State Department warnings, the endless elucidation of national norms, cultural cues and insults and regional dangers, and I became wary, careful, savvy. I kept my money taped inside my shoe, or strapped to my stomach. I took any kind of precaution, believing that the people of this area did this, and the people of that province did that.
But then, finally, I realized no one of any region did anything I have ever expected them to do, much less anything the guidebooks said they would. Instead, they behaved as everyone behaves, which is to say they behave as individuals of damnably infinite possibility. Anyone could do anything, in theory, but most of the time everyone everywhere acts with plain bedrock decency, helping where help is needed, guiding where guidance is necessary. It’s almost weird.”