Archive for August, 2011

contentment is based not on surrendering to conformity

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

As all societies vie to win the “most contented” surveys, traveling reminds us that contentment is based not on surrendering to conformity, but in finding that balance between working well together and letting creative spirits run free. -by Rick Steves

If you don’t know where you’re going, any plan will do.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

If you don’t know where you’re going, any plan will do. -by Peter Drucker

Guidebook authors indisputably get to see and experience many wonderful things

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Guidebook authors indisputably get to see and experience many wonderful things, but is guidebook work (or any travel writing) like being paid to go on vacation? Not remotely. … Guidebook research is to vacationing as a restaurant sous chef is to a once-a-week diner. Sure, now and again the sous chef gets to sit down to a spectacular meal, but generally they’re stuck in the hottest parts of the kitchen for 10 hours a day, sustaining frequent cuts and burns, covered in fish scales. -by Leif Pettersen

I may be home, but home is quite relative these days.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I may be home, but home is quite relative these days. Though I miss the comfort of a foundation, it isn’t necessary. Travel takes sacrifice. I have chosen the road less traveled, and in turn, I make the road my home. -by Sarah Reijonen

Anyone telling about his travels must be a liar

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Anyone telling about his travels must be a liar, … for if a traveler doesn’t visit his narrative with the spirit and techniques of fiction, no one will want to hear it. -by Paul Fussell

There are always two cups at my table.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
The autumn leaves are falling like rain
Although my neighbors are all barbarians
And you, you are a thousand miles away
There are always two cups at my table.

-by T’ang dynasty poem

When in doubt, just take the next step and don’t look back.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

When in doubt, just take the next step and don’t look back. -by Paulo Coelho

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. -by Kenji Miyazawa

the internet demolishes possibility by providing answers

Friday, August 19th, 2011

So many travel memories seem to hinge on what could have happened, on the tease of possibility. But the internet demolishes possibility by providing answers, when it was actually the questions that inspired longing. The road not taken, we find, was washed out anyway. How ironic to discover in the era of search-and-ye-shall-find that we treasured certain encounters, certain people because we never really knew them at all. -by Claire Bushey

Travel’s a fairly miserable business

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Travel’s a fairly miserable business in which the journey is nothing but self-discovery is everything. -by Paul Theroux