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Writing for When You're On the Road

Dreams of Other Places by flickr user malias

Ah, summer. A time to throw off the responsibilities of work and school, grab a backpack and a ticket out of town, and hit the road. As we dream of upcoming vacations, real or imagined, we look to the literary greats to inspire us and feed our love of travel. Below are a few of our favorite travel quotes from some of our favorite writers.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ---Mark Twain

“This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.” ---Marilynne Robinson

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." ---Oscar Wilde

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

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." ---Maya Angelou

"People don't take trips . . . trips take people." ---John Steinbeck

"One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are." ---Edith Wharton

"Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of lostness." ---Ray Bradbury


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