Best Long Term Travel Advice Quotes


I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Long Term Travel Advice Quotes or my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or exciting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

All my blog posts lead with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

4 Passports and Visas Quotes

¨“It‘s pretty physically unsettling, living life on a visa.”
John Oliver

“It’s been said that a pretty face is a passport. But it’s not, it’s a visa, and it runs out fast.” 
Julie Burchill

“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home.”
Rolf Potts

“Of all the books in the world, the best are found in the pages of a passport.”

5 Quotes About Packing and Baggage

“Everything you own must be able to fit in one suitcase; then your mind might be free” 
Charles Bukowski

“I get ideas about what is essential when packing my suitcase”
Diane Von Furstenberg

“People like to think of you as a certain person or a certain type of person, and they do love to give you a label. We want luggage labels, and we like people labels.
Clare Balding

“I see a vision of the great rucksack revolution. Thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks.”
Jack Kerouac

“I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.”
Bob Hope

8 Quotes About How to Make the Most From Your Long-Term Travel Experience

I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”
Anthony Bourdain

“Take the time to put the camera away and gaze in wonder at what’s there in front of you.”
Erick Widman

Keep your eyes open to the world, because you never know what’s coming- you could miss it if you close your mind.”
Annie Daily

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.”
Penelope Riley

“I am not the centre of the universe. Everyone everywhere strives for the same basics- freedom, health, education, and understanding. Travel without passing judgment, enjoy and be curious.”
Beverley Malyard

“You can’t have a narrow mind and a thick passport.”
Pauline Frommer

“I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.”
Anthony Bourdain

“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”
Nicolas Bouvier

“Travel the world, learn other languages, demand liberty, despise violence, read books, and keep a dictionary nearby.”
Jeff B. Davis

“It can be super easy to jump to conclusions and pigeon-hole a destination with your first impressions. But until you’ve really been there and experienced something for a long time, you can’t fully understand it. I work hard to stay humble, keep my ears open and always know I’m a guest in a new place as a privilege, not a right. The quote also does make me want to see how other people live in a respectful way – through storytelling that celebrates the other cultures with appreciation.”
Eileen from Crooked Flight (Travel Blog)

4 Long Term Travel and Cultural Understanding Quotes

“If you often travel in remote villages and towns (whether in Bulgaria or abroad), it’s possible for you to have strangers invite you to coffee after 3 minutes of conversation. The automatic response of the urban man is to refuse. The automatic reaction of the true traveler is to accept.
Maria Angelova

“Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.”
Anthony Bourdain

To really know a place you should see through the eyes of the people who live there.”
Mark Orwoll

¨If you currently travel abroad or plan to in the future, make sure you understand the cultural convention of the country that you are visiting. Particularly with regard to greetings. If someone gives you a weak handshake, don’t grimace.

If anyone takes your arm, don’t wince. If you are in the Middle East and a person wants to hold your hand, hold it. If you are a man visiting Russia, don’t be surprised when your male host kisses your cheek, rather than hand. All of these greetings are as natural as a way to express genuine sentiments as an American handshake.

I am honored when an Arab or Asian man offers to take my hand because I know that it is a sign of high respect and trust. Accepting these cultural differences is the first step to better understanding and embracing diversity.” 
Joe Navarro

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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