I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me.
(Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), French actor. The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt, ch. 8 (1977 ed.).)
In order always to learn something from others (which is the finest school there can be), I observe in my travels this practice: I always steer those with whom I talk back to the things they know best.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "A trait of some ambassadors," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 17, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
A guide book is addressed to those who plan to follow the traveler, doing what he has done, but more selectively. A travel book, in its purest, is addressed to those who do not plan to follow the traveler at all, but who require the exotic or comic anomalies, wonders and scandals of the literary form romance which their own place or time cannot entirely supply.
(Paul Fussell (b. 1924), U.S. historian, critic, educator. "Travel Books as Literary Phenomena," Abroad: British Literacy Travelling Between the Wars, Oxford University Press (1980).)
... ideals, standards, aspirations,those are chameleon words, and take color from their speakers,often false tints. A scholarly man of my acquaintance once told me that he traveled a thousand miles into the desert to get away from the word uplift, and it was the first word he heard after he reached his destination.
(Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 4 (1937).)
These studies which stimulate the young, divert the old, are an ornament in prosperity and a refuge and comfort in adversity; they delight us at home, are no impediment in public life, keep us company at night, in our travels, and whenever we retire to the country.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Archia Poeta, 14.)
The things which can make life enjoyable remain the same. They are, now as before, reading, music, fine arts, travel, the enjoyment of nature, sports, fashion, social vanity (knightly orders, honorary offices, gatherings) and the intoxication of the senses.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 2 (1921, trans. 1995).)