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A Book On Travel Quotes

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Armchair Travelers

Not only is armchair traveling safer, but it is more economical as well. Still, voyagers to far off lands sometimes return to write about what they have learned and what philosophical truths they have learned along the way. Many writers ranging from Mark Twain to Jan Morris have left home, returned and successfully published their experiences, recollections and reflections. Some writers, like Henry David Thoreau made a short journey in distance turn into a giant step into the philosophy of simple living and nature  contemplation. Just by leaving 19th century Cambridge society and taking to the woods to live in a cabin, Thoreau created a jump in consciousness that has rarely been surpassed, even by those who circumnavigate the globe. As a result any compilation of travel quotes often contains a few of the Massachusset’s native along with those who have scaled high mountains and penetrate the thickest jungle.

Travel Literature

As a result, it is quite possible today to enter any bookstore, and find among the travel section, numerous books that would most likely fall under the label of travel literature than travel guides. One of the most prominent and successful of these writers is Paul Theroux, who has just recently pushed his travel writing into the realm of philosophy with a manuscript entitled, “The Tao of Travel. In this fairly recent release, the world rambler abandons his traveling shoes for a trip to the library. Here, Paul delves into the world of travel quotes and travel literature. The resulting piece of literature presents a thorough survey of literary travelers, while trying to answer the question why we travel. As Henry Shukman points out with this Emily Dickinson quote, “There is no frigate like a book / To take us lands away.”

Or as Edward Abbey once said: “Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube. There are some things one would rather have done than do.”

Everest from Kala Patthar in Nepal

Everest from Kala Patthar in Nepal

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