Wandering Thoughts

Some of the Best Travel Quotations that Matter to Me as a Parent

If you know me, then you know I’m not the kind of gal who digs motivational posters or wall decor of the “live, laugh, love” variety.


If I were tempted to adorn my home with words of wisdom, I go with a couple of these quotations about travel. They sum up for me the values The Husband and I want to pass on to Little A when we’re at home and when we’re traveling.

And now that the US has made a choice to be more insular and less tolerant, I’m especially motivated to show Little A that the world is big. It’s populated with all types of people who — despite differences in language, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion — all share a common humanity. Though the world has been witness to terrible decisions on the grandest of scales, it continues to survive.

These quotations show what I want Little A to know about the world and herself.

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. Gustave Flaubert

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime. Mark Twain

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. Saint Augustine

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. Mark Twain

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. Aldous Huxley

When overseas you learn more about your own country than you do the place you’re visiting. Clint Bergen

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. Bill Bryson

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you ever turn up at my house (please excuse the mess!), then it’s not impossible that you’d see one of these quotations in needlepoint. Well, that actually seems pretty impossible. But there’s a good chance I’ll scribble one on a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge. It’ll be right at home among the souvenir magnets and the “too pretty to send” postcards.

More important, it’ll be right there every time Little A passes through the kitchen, one little reminder of why travel is a priority for her family.

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