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It’s been at least a month since I last left the country.

My feet are getting itchy. Here are another ten of my favourite travel quotes…

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux

 “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson  


“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”  Lao Tzu      

“The journey, not the arrival matters.” TS Eliot

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than in miles.” Tim Cahill


“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

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R Tolkien





“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” Paul Theroux

A wise traveller never despises his own country.” Carlo Goldoni

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Sometimes, especially when I’ve not been away for a while,


to read some travel-inspired thoughts…

Here are ten favourites:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St Augustine

“Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” Cesare Pavese

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” Freya Stark

“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.” Bill Bryson

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” John Steinbeck
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” James Michener

 “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” Edith Wharton

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

 “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller

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Read on for some tips from travel journalist Rupert Parker

 Rupert has been travel writing for the last five years but has an impressive 35 years’ experience as a TV producer, making  travel TV progammes and scriptwriting  for the BBC, ITV, Channel4 and National Geographic.

His passport is enviably full of stamps from far-flung places, here he shares some of his stories and tips for budding travel journalists.

Which skills are necessary to succeed as a travel writer?

Curiosity about other people’s lives. Physical fitness, stamina, and the possibility of always being surprised. You also need to be able to write to deadlines and be disciplined enough to write your articles as soon as you return, otherwise you forget key details.

What practical advice you would give to budding travel journalists?

Always ask the questions of your interviewees that other people may be scared to ask. Don’t be afraid of being impolite, in particular with editors – you need to pester and keep pestering if you’re going to get commissions.

Your favourite destination?

Madagascar because of its varied scenery, wildlife and people who are relatively undiscovered by travellers. It’s a challenge to get around but it is well worth it.

Which essential kit do you always carry?

A tiny laptop and watch which combines an altimeter and compass. The other essential item is drowsy pills – you can only get them in the US without prescription and they really do help you sleep without giving you a ‘sleep hangover’ – particularly useful on overnight Indian buses!

You’ve been on a lot of press trips, any tips for newbies?

Show interest in whatever you’re being shown even if it’s of no interest at all. People spend time and money showing you places so the least you can do is show some respect. Also always be on time and ready to leave the hotel five minutes before your schedule.

Your funniest travel story?

I travelled from Nepal to Tibet in the back of a truck over the Himalayas – this was not an organised trip just a rag-bag of backpackers and locals. We got up to 20,000 feet, it was freezing cold, we’d eaten bad food and everyone had altitude sickness as well as bad stomachs. I remember lying in bed at the makeshift hotel we stopped in and putting off the moment when I had to rush outside to the toilet. Of course I’d forgotten about the altitude so when I finally made my run for the door, I realised I wasn’t as fast as I normally would be – there was nearly a very dreadful accident… 

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