In case you haven’t noticed, but I’m a bit obsessed with travelling these days. Ok, this is a bit of an understatement, but oh well, we all have our addictions and travelling is mine.
Since I’m busy with University and work at the moment, and are saving up for a big trip next year, all I can do at the moment is to keep myself happy and inspired with quotes and poems about travelling. During my usual exploration of the World Wide Web for quotes, I stumbled upon this beautiful post “What J.R.R. Tolkien can teach us about travel and life” by dangerous-business.com (One of my new favourite travel bloggers by the way!). This inspired me to create my own post with quotes and poems about travel including, but not limited to, Tolkien.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Well, of course I had to start with my all time favourite travel quote by Tolkien. This short quote is such a great summary of the spirit of Middle-earth and my love for travel. Not knowing where one will end up with is the most exciting and terrifying thing about travelling and I love it!
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
This version of Bilbo’s Walking Song is my favourite and I’m thinking of getting it tattooed on my arm for a while now. Want to read the other two versions of this poem, go and head over to tolkiengateway.net!
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Some love to meditate, others have their moment of zen in the shower, and I travel. In particular exploration by foot allow me to think about life and re-energise more than anything else in life. No matter if I go to the other side of the globe or just around the corner, I need to travel fror travel’s sake.
“…I am part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move….” – Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson
This is only a small excerpt of a larger poem called Ulysses. It is one of my all time favourite poems so it was hard to limit myself to only one fraction of it. However, this excerpt summarizes very well how travel influences and changes us as people. Go and read the entire poem over here!
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
If there is one powerful lesson travel can teach us than it is that we’re all the same. You can teach about mutual respect all you want, but the best way to make people really understand is to have them travel to different countries and cultures.
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself” – David Mitchell
One common misconception avid travellers have to hear is that we ‘try to escape life and ourselves’. This is not true. I travel because I want to experience life first hand. Get to know other cultures myself and not just read about them. However, more importantly, I want to get to know myself. Being on the road and being constantly forced to step outside one’s comfort zone taught me more about myself than anything else.
Oh, and since we’re on the subject of travel inspirations, here are three books that I’d recommend everyone who loves to travel and explore the world to read: The Hobbit by Tolkien, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Do you have any favourite travel quotes or poems? Leave a comment down below!