Travel

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very early age.  Something about being above the ground, watching the kaleidoscope of the countryside passing beneath, identifying natural and man-made landmarks along with arriving in a new place was always captivating.

I don’t think anyone describe travel as well as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain.  Two of his better quotes, IMHO, are “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg his pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother.
Innocents Abroad

and

“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.
Innocents Abroad

Seeing how other cultures live and what is important to them broadens one’s perspective to what actually is wealth and brings happiness.

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3 Responses to Travel

  1. I love Twain’s Innocents Abroad! Thanks for sharing this quote.

  2. Thank you so much for following my blog!!! I love your writings. Very eclectic!! And I couldn’t agree more about seeing other cultures. It truly does broaden one’s perspective !!

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