Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.
(Jonathan Raban (b. 1942), British author, critic. For Love and Money, pt. 5 (1987).)
Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Horatio Gates, February 28, 1794. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 15, p. 164, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).)