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Quotes on travel and tourism

Quotes on travel and tourism


1.-”The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see” G. K. CHESTERTON

Everytime you travel for its sake you’ll see everything: the unexpected and the most visited places. One thing is for sure, the traveler not only watches, he will probably live and feel the watching. And, in the end, the picture will remain in himself, not in the camera.

2.-”The traveler was active; he went strenously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive, he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sightseeing”. DANIEL j. BOORSTEIN

The traveler is a lonely planet on earth. He looks for the adventurous situation, the lost chapel, the strangest and odd character around the city or the hidden cafe or restaurant. Something always happens to him; besides, he becomes part of tourist’s sightseeing.

3.-”People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home”


I completely agree with this philosopher-Albert Einstein’s colleague and soul friend- because whenever you were fed up with your city, the narrow-minded people around you and those sort of things, you would usually travel looking for discovery (inner and outer), fascination in awe and so forth. You’ll sit on the fence but you will find worthy the kind of people you used to ignore at home.

4.-”If you respect the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home”


If you go abroad there’s a famous quote which says “In Rome, do what the Romans do”. Every smell you don’t taste, every custom you despise, every religion you insult or every native you don’t talk to… you’ll be missing the trip sense. Open and broaden your mind.

5.-”A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it”


You should be careful about self-control. This is a relativily an issue since the unforeseen always is around the corner, even If you are in Africa where the streets have no boundaries.The comparison with a marriage stands: nothing stays forever and the same trip is not always the very same.

6,.”I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them”


Travelling with someone is more than a trip, it’s a big journey to your real friendship. There will be some others journeys within the same trip and the best of it will be all the people both of you will probably meet.

7.-”When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable”


If you’re on a trip, make yourself comfortable taking into account where you are. An expert traveler is not a tourist, it’s another native in town.

8.-”Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled”


It brings me to mind a name: Sir Richard Burton. If you don’t know anything about him, you’ll be missing a explorer without a University degree.

Besides, it reminds me that I (we) spent the whole weekend with my French neighbour called Diego, who is my personal Burton. He has travelled around the world in his long drawn-out career as a shaft engineer. He is not only old, but also wise due to all the countries he lived in. I couldn’t agree more and that’s a truth: I know more happy people without any degree than well-educated. What a coincidence!

9.-If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport” GEORGE WINTER

What are men intended to be? Not anyone of us should pretend to be the same person, live the same way, etc. In fact, I’d rather travel by other means of transport because I suffer from dizziness.

10.-”I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad” G.B. SHAW

This Irish writer and politician, controversial vegetarian who got the Nobel prize and one Oscar award for the very first time, had different feelings when he was out of his Islands. I feel the same, it happens to me as well.

To tell the truth, I usually come back to the places I have felt like at home.

On the other hand, you’ll never miss your home when you travel abroad; and the chance of not coming back will appear.

11.-“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

Bigotry is becoming a dangerous weapon that could kill ourselves because we get on the wrong side of anybody very easily. Broad-mindedness and tolerance should rule the world and fussy people have to see things from the other side. Try to endure and do the right thing as much as possible.

12.-Tourism is a sin, and travel o foot virtue” WERNER HERZOG

I feel like a virtuous sinner because I really love to be a traveler and a tourist. I could live travelling all the time.

13.-”He that travelled into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel”


Sir Francis Bacon believed that travelling was, to a certain extent, a part of education like a part of experience all of us should live. Some children travel before they go o school or even before they are able to speak. Everything must be written in a diary to know the worthy things to be seen and so forth. He named different places like courts, audience to ambassadors, churches and monasteries, the walls and fortifications of cities, ruins, libraries, colleges,…As he said, every young men should travel under some tutor or grave servant; he ought to be dilligent making inquiries. Of course he should write it down, likewise everything worthy of being written: descriptions, rules…As far as I can gather, it was going to be useful to not stay long in one place, unless it deserves. A key point will be keeping in touch with people you knew in the countries you had travelled, being informed about what had happened. Don’t try to change local customs and respect every manner, every stay…Take with you a nice big piece of that country.


From VisitBritain…you’re invited

Britain’s best drives

The UK’s most beautiful stretches of road

Glencoe on the A82

Scottish Highlands

High mountain peaks, lush green valleys and rugged cliff tops with ocean views. Take in Britain’s most beautiful bits from the comfort of your car, from the Welsh coast to the peaks and lochs of the Scottish Highlands, or the gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

Towards Glencoe on the A82, Scottish Highlands

See mountains soar up around you as you drive through Glencoe, a region of Scotland famed the world over for its spectacular landscapes. Fertile valleys, dizzying peaks and clear mountain rivers together give this landscape an almost mythological feel, and on the A82 from central Scotland, you can take it all in as you drive by.

Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland

Drive along the dramatic north east coast of Northern Ireland and take in some of the region’s best known sights. Here the Glens of Antrim surround you – nine green valleys with a patchwork of fields and woodland flanked by the sea to the north. Visit the famous Giant’s Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, then stop for lunch and take a dip in the sea at the bustling coastal town of Ballycastle.

Conwy to Portmeirion, Wales

With Conwy Castle in your rear view mirror, prepare yourself for the rocky outcrops and mountain waterfalls of the Snowdonia National Park. You’ll pass close to the towering peak of Snowdon itself and if you take a detour out to Llanberis, you can catch a train to the summit. You can walk too of course, but be ready for a good hike, check the weather first, and put aside five hours. Back on the road, you’ll soon reach Portmeirion. Built in the style of an Italian village, its bright colours and elegant architecture are a seaside must-see.

B4632 Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds, England

This lesser-used road winds through the green hills of the Cotswolds, so get ready for views of woodland, meadows full of wildflowers, sheep pasture and picture-perfect English villages. These are some of Britain’s finest and most recognisable landscapes.

On the way, be sure to explore the historic town of Chipping Campden, a quaint spot for lunch and some great sightseeing. When you reach Stratford-upon-Avon, you can explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, and even see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre.

North Northumberland Heritage Coast, England

Travel along the wild North Northumberland Coast and take in the dramatic sight of Bamburgh Castle, an impressive medieval fortification looming up above the neighbouring village. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is just offshore here, cut off by the sea each day at high tide, and the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve sees a multitude of rare birds wading here in the mud flats.

Take a boat ride out to the Farne Islands and see puffins, seals and lots of other wildlife, or continue down to Alnwick Castle, a historic gem with plenty of family fun on offer.

On my Easter holiday…

First of all, I’ll read again “Mandela’s Way”.


Look for something else in my Holy Week.


Easter Bucket List

 Wake to the gentle sunshine instead of a demanding alarm.

Escape into a novel.

Bathe my feet in sunshine.

Wear a pretty dress and go somewhere fun.

Paint the house.

Catch up on projects.

Go for a country walk with friends and take a picnic.

Scrap some photos.

Create some cards.

Be a family.

Be a lover.

Call friends.


Be happy

What’s on your bucket list?

Many of my friends spent the night before Easter much like the night before Christmas…  getting their house ready for the early morning madness of making some treasured memories.

Their kids woke early and happily hunted for buckets of colored eggs and recklessly rummaged through their Easter baskets.   Baskets, undoubtedly overstuffed with love and filled with traditional tot treats of jellybeans, yellow marshmallow peeps, solid chocolate bunnies, and classic signs of spring: sidewalk chalk and bubbles.


Thank you, Google Images

Those same friends will be pulling tangled Easter grass from the vacuum cleaner for months, they’ll find dusty jellybeans lost behind the couch, gone unnoticed until someone finds one and tries to eat it.  Those same friends will be wiping chocolate from faces, furniture, and all household fixtures for days.  The signs of Easter morning last longer than the basket raid.  They just don’t last long enough.


The signs are all around my house, signs that kids don’t live here anymore.

My daughters are grown,

..they’ve taken their Easter bonnets, moved on and since moved away.

Everything at my house is in its place and it doesn’t often change.

There are no jellybeans to rescue from under the couch, no Easter grass to untangle.

At our house, the traditional Easter basket has moved on as well. The tot years transitioned to the teen years and beyond.  The basket has morphed in to a more practical container for my daughters, like a large plastic laundry basket… and it’s stuffed with timely, age-appropriate treats now: gift cards for gas, subway tokens, bags of Starbuck’s coffee, and a new toothbrush (because they’d rather spend their money on coffee than a new toothbrush).  A mom just knows this is true.

I know something else too. I know what I want in my Easter basket. I want a few more hours days years with my grown girls.   I want to turn over the vacuum cleaner and get frustrated because it’s tangled with Easter grass.  I want to stop them from eating that dusty jellybean.

Or maybe just let them go ahead and eat it.  I’ll just look the other way and pretend that I don’t see it.  This time.

Give me back those times when I had my family all in one place.  Those days that went by when I wasn’t looking.  Over-stuff my basket with some memories.

It’s the only thing on my Easter bucket list.