Best Long Term Travel Lessons Quotes

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Long Term Travel Lessons Quotes for 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 interesting 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 off 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.

If I had to write one of my own long term travel lesson quotes, it would be like this: "The most remarkable thing about long-term travel is that there is always something new to learn, some new people to meet, some great meals and fascinating sites around every corner. In eight years of traveling around the world, I liked every place. Sure, I liked some more than others. But every place has value if you keep an open heart and mind.
If I had to write one of my own long term travel lesson quotes, it would be like this: “The most remarkable thing about long-term travel is that there is always something new to learn, some new people to meet, some great meals and fascinating sites around every corner. In eight years of traveling around the world, I liked every place. Sure, I liked some more than others. But every place has value if you keep an open heart and mind. (photo by Monstera:

11 Long-Term Travel and Global Understanding Quotes

“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”
Henry Rollins

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”
Dagobert Runes

“When you travel overseas, the locals see you as a foreigner, and when you return, you see the locals as foreigners.
Robert Black

Beyond exploration, travel enhances our understanding of the world, other cultures and ways of life, and helps us become better citizens.”
Veronica Stoddart

“Exploring new cultures and traditions brings forth new cultures and traditions, brings forth new ideologies, and there is always more to learn. Not everything is as black and white as it may appear.”
Janet Newenham

“When living in one place, it’s so easy to get stuck in a bubble, exploring the planet reveals the world we live in: a kind, wonderous, and joyful place.”
Dave Cornthwaite

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”
Anatole France

“In fact that is the struggle that most Americans – As rich as this country is, most Americans are very limited in their interaction with the world, unless the world comes to us in a very shocking way.”
Edwidge Danticat

“Impermanence and selflessness are not negative aspect of life, but the very foundation on which life is built. Impermanence is the constant transformation of things. Without impermanence, there can be no life. Selflessness is the interdependent nature of all things. Without interdependence, nothing could exist.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

America is a noisy culture, unlike, say, Finland, which values silence. Individualism, dominant in the U.S. and Germany, promotes the direct, fast-paced style of communication associated with extraversion. Collectivistic societies, such as those in East Asia, value privacy and restraint, qualities more characteristic of introverts.”
Laurie Helgoe

People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” 
Martin Yan

“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful.

Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water.

And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, Ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on.”
Henry Rollin

29 Long Term Travel Lessons Quotes

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
Anthony Bourdain

“If you don’t like a place, maybe you don’t know enough about it… Give a culture the benefit of your open mind.
Rick Steves

“As a traveler, I’ve often found that the more a culture differs from my own, the more I am struck by its essential humanity.”
Rick Steves

“To live is to travel, on a voyage more epic than the odysseys of myth – not from place to place, but through the poignant strangeness of time.”
T.L Rese

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect”
Paul Theroux

“With age comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.
 Sandra Lake 

The giving up of personality traits, well-established patterns of behavior, ideologies, and even whole lifestyles. These are the major forms of giving up that are required if one travels very far on the journey of life.”
M. Scott Peck

“Travel makes you modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
Gustav Flauber

“Regardless of your journey, you can put a little pilgrim in your travels and find your own personal jubilation.
Rick Steves

“You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot.
Shakuntala Devi

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.Ӭ
Douglas Adams

¨Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.”
Marty Rubin

So much of who we are is where we have been.
William Langewiesche

“You don’t have to travel, but I find extended travel to be a helpful tool for reexamining yourself and the constraints you’ve artificially placed on your life. It’s easy to believe everything has to be done one way if you’re always in one place around the same people.
Tim Ferris

“Travel is an incredible lesson in the value of life: It will humble and ground you., discover polarized cultures opens your eyes to how large the world truly is and how many people co-exist in it.”
Meg Jerrard

“Traveling has taught me to take more risks and be more adventurous. It´s an opportunity to see more of the world and try new things.”
Adam Groffman

“People don’t take trips. . . trips take people..”
John Steinbeck

“Long-term travel isn’t about being a college student; it’s about being a student of daily life. Long-term travel isn’t an act of rebellion against society; it’s an act of common sense within society.”
Rolf Potts

We all want the same thing -to be happy and healthy. Judging someone from where they are from is tragic, and it is through traveling that we learn to see the best in everybody.”
Jarryd and Alesha

“People can often be so vastly different in person than how they are described by others or in the media. I travel so I can discover the world for what it is.”
Daniel Noll

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
Maya Angelou

Vagabonding is not merely a ritual of getting immunizations and packing suitcases. Rather, it’s the ongoing practice of looking and learning, of facing fears and altering habits, of cultivating a new fascination with people and places. This attitude is not something you can pick up at the airport counter with your boarding pass; it’s a process that starts at home. It’s a process by which you first test the waters that will pull you to wonderful new places.
Rolf Potts

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
Mary Anne Radmacher

“Travel challenges truths that we were raised thinking were self-evident and God-given. Leaving home, we learn other people find different truths to be self-evident. We realize that it just makes sense to give everyone a little wiggle room.Rick Steves

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“Travel often; Getting lost will help you find yourself.”
Holstee Manifesto

Wanderlust consumed her; foreign hearts and exotic minds compelled her. She had a gypsy soul and a vibrant hope for the unknown.”
D. Marie

“Thomas Wolfe warned in the title of America’s great novel that “you can’t go home again.” I enjoyed the book but I never agreed with the title. I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”
Maya Angelou

“That is why we need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days.

Don’t let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice.”
Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son

“When I say I want to travel I don’t mean I want to stay at resorts and go on tours with tour guides or buy key chains from souvenir shops. I don’t want to be a tourist. When I say I want to travel I mean I want to explore another country and become part of it. I want to discover small coffee shops in Germany and Italy and France.

I want to walk on beaches in Australia and browse the book stores of England. I want to hike the Great Wall of China and go cliff diving in Hawaii I want to meet people who are not like me, but people who I can like all the same. I want to take pictures of things and places and people I meet. I want my mind to be in constant awe of life on earth.

I want to see things with new eyes. I want to look at a map and be able to remember how I was transformed by the places I’ve been to the things I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. I want to come home and realize that I have not come home whole but have left a piece of my heart in each place I have been. This, I think, is what is at the heart of Adventure and this is why I plan on making my life one.
Cassie (theressomethingaboutasunrise on Tumbler)

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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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