Travel has always been important to me. Second only to family.
Is there anything better than seeing the world with your family? Travel gives me perspective and it’s my hope that it will do the same for my children. A passport and a plane ticket and a plan for adventure feels like the best gift that I can possibly give them.
I want my kids to seek the stories that live just over the horizon, and feel at ease in unfamiliar lands. How else will they truly know that the world has so much more to offer than our daily routines can possibly reveal. Life outside of our sunny Southern California bubble has to be seen to be believed.
Obviously I’m not the first parent with a wandering soul. There are so many fabulous quotes about travel out there. Here are a few memorable family travel quotes that made me laugh and inspired me, along with some shots from our recent family journey.
1. On The Road Again
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
— Jack Kerouac
I invested in our luggage before this trip because I fully intend to hit the road again. If it gets battered, so be it. It’s a little ironic to apply a Kerouac quote to my suburban familia but the sentiment is spot on. The road is life. We’re ready to roll.
2. Travel Light
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
— Cesare Pavese
Leave your baggage behind and you will travel so much more freely.
3. Have Patience
“When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.”
— Helen Hayes
Such truth! Double that when traveling with kids! The good news was that european coffee is so much better than ours that it seems to breed such patience and a willingness to go a little more slowly.
4. Stay Light On Your Feet
“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
In dancing and in travel, flexibility is key!
5. Be A Trailblazer
“Do not follow where the path might lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
We tend to create unconventional itineraries when we travel. It’s a little alarming at first as we worry about what we might miss out on – what standard experience of Rome or Paris or Israel we might miss. But in the end we see the place in our own way, at our own pace and it doesn’t matter that we haven’t checked all the standard sights off our checklist. We have something to go back and see in our roundabout way on the next trip.
6. Two Classes Of Travelers
“In America, there are two classes of travel: first-class and with children.”
— Robert Benchley
First class and kid class? We’re a little of both.
7. Revel In The Unfamiliar
“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”
— George Bernard Shaw
There’s no place like home. So you may as well enjoy the other places when you are not at home.
8. Memories To Spare
“Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.”
— Susan Sontag
Travel photos are the best! I subscribe to the theory that you cannot take too many. I actually found this dropped memory card on the streets of Rome and was heartbroken that it might contain precious family travel photos from a family like ours. The contents however, were more mysterious than that..
9. Dreaming Of Pompeii
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
— Anais Nin
Sometimes when you travel, the glimpses of other lives are the most meaningful thing you see.
10. Turn The Page
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
— St. Augustine
One of my all time favorite travel quotes. Turn the page! The plot will thicken.
11. Looking For Something?
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
— G.K. Chesterton
Some of my favorite travel sights are the surprises – colorful doors and other things we “happened upon”. Sure we had a checklist of sights but they were just the start of our adventures.
12. All You Need Is Love
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
— Mark Twain
These love locks in Paris left by lovers from all over the world and tolerated by the city of love, are a potent reminder that love is an international language.
13. Dream A Little
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.”
— Benjamin Disraeli
I love this quote because it’s a reminder of how individual travel is. We all take away different memories from the same event.
“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”
— Al Gore
Plane day = Bad Hair Day. That’s a universal equation.
15. Invest In Travel
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
A good friend once told me that travel is one of the best family investments that you can make. There is the anticipation which can make you happy for months, there is the experience which can change your life, and then there are the memories, which bind and sustain your family for years to come. There is no flat screen tv or wardrobe piece that has that effect.
16. Don’t Look Towards The End
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
— Ernest Hemingway
I can never resist shooting photos of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. All the history, the stories, the hopes scrawled on notes and shoved into the crumbling stones… it moves me. As you look up to the top of the stones you see plants that have impossibly taken root between the rocks. It’s belladonna, by the way. Toxic in the wrong dose, lifesaving in the right amounts.
17. These Eyes
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
— Marcel Proust
As I toured the Acropolis I could not help but wonder what the statues had seen. What the site was like from their perspective. What a view!
18. Choose Your Company
“The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.”
— Amelia E. Barr.
Oftentimes the difference between a great trip and a disaster rests solely on the company. Know your family and the things they like to do, places they like to go.
19. Experiences FTW!
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”
— Helen Keller
My son was a little scared to hold this massive Parrot, and yes it did end up biting him, but no he doesn’t have any regrets. Because when you are 8 and on an Island and someone hands you a massive Parrot, you have to go with it. I’m so proud of the way my sons embraced new experiences so enthusiastically while traveling. They drew the line at eating frog’s legs however. Too bad.
20. Travel Well
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
In the end, the journey is often more memorable than the arrival. Enjoy the journey! We loved almost everything about our recent trip, and cannot wait to travel again.