The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.
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.
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
I finally felt myself lifted definitively away on the winds of adventure toward worlds I envisaged would be stranger than they were, into situations I imagined would be much more normal than they turned out to be.
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.
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.
Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.
Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own.
I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.
Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones.
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.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.
What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.
The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.
If you’re… physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.
Not all those who wander are lost.
Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.
At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.
The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a f@$%ing tourist.
For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.
It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.
Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
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.
Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.
I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.
NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.
The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.
There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey
Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.
A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.
One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.
A wise man travels to discover himself.
The journey not the arrival matters.
Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.
I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
…to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.
- Population: 6,205,000 people
- Capital: Managua; 1,048,134 people
- Area: 50,193 square miles
- Language: Spanish
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Currency: Cordoba
- Life Expectancy: 74 years old
- GDP per Capita: U$D $2,016 per year
- Literacy Rate: 83 percent
Other Fun Facts:
- Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America.
- The infamous Dual Volcano is located in Nicaragua. It is the only volcano in the world that is fed by two different magma flows.
- Managua is the country's largest city, it is one of the most populous cities in Central America.
- There are over 400 volcanoes found in Lake Nicaragua.
- The only freshwater sharks known in the world can be found in Lake Nicaragua.
- Even though their nominal GDP is high, over 75% of the country's people live on less than $2 per day, and 48% of the citizens live under the poverty line.
- Only 29% of Nicaraguan children finish the mandated six years of schooling.
- San Juan Del Sur is a surfer's paradise and don't miss Sunday Funday with PachaMama and Naked Tiger.... It's insane!!
- Leon's Museums, Architecture, and Catholic Cathedrals. Also there's a great street food setup in the evenings in front of the Main Square Catholic Church
- The police are crooked and will try to take you for some money. If they do, the fees paid are generally under 20 dollars US for most offenses.
- The street food in Managua is great! On the "Blvd" you can find every type of food truck/stand you would want and it's CHEAP!
- Go to Ometepe for a chilled out hippie-vibe and beautiful volcanic/jungle surroundings. You can even ferry your car over.
- Nicaraguan Rodeo in San Juan Del Sur. It's probably one of the strangest experiences we've had.
- Go to Nicaragua now. In 15 years it will be expensive and over-run by tourists like Costa Rica. Everyone says Nica is Costa Rica 20 years ago.
- We hear the Little Corn Islands, albeit remote, has some incredible scuba diving and Caribbean beauty. We haven't been.... YET.