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It doesn’t matter how old you get; buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised nine-year-old was given $100. ~ Lisa Nafana

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~ James A. Michener

The whole purpose of travel is to return home and discover what your house actually smells like. ~ Alex Baze

If you have someone that you think is The One…[t]ake that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport. ~ Bill Murray

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark TwainCruelestJourney

Kira Salak kayaked 600 miles down the Niger River to Timbuktu, encountering a modern-day slave trade, friendly children, and intense beauty. Her book The Cruelest Journey details her experiences. An amazing read.

Not all who wander are lost. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. ~ John A. Shedd

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

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

Long Way RoundEwan McGregor and his friend Charlie Boorman write about their motorcycle ride from London to New York in Long Way Round. They covered 20,000 miles in four months. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls’ testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. ~ Lin Yutang

I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. ~ Mark Twain

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by. ~ Robert Frost

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 AngelouIn a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson is a native of Des Moines but has lived most of his life in Britain. His travel journals are loved around the world for their humor and humility. I love his report on Australia, In a Sunburned Country. His descriptions of the hot weather, friendly residents, and deadly wildlife were the perfect introduction to my trip to Australia in 2009.

And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel:  it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.  ~ Dave Barry

The diary of a young girl : the definitive edition


The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition helped complete my visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. I read the original diary in school, but read this edition on my flight to Europe. The book helped me envisage the how terrifying Anne’s two years  in the attic were.