Travel’s Fingerprint


There is nothing like traveling to get to the root of what is operating in a person. You think you know yourself, your roommate, friend or significant other but get on a plane landing  7,000 miles away from home and you will see a whole new side. Possibly good and possibly nightmare status.

Travel has a way of affecting us. Changing our mindsets, opening new doors of possibilities, closing old doors of prejudice. It requires us to shift and grow. This can be a relief and sometimes it can be painful. It allows us to be someone without the weight of expectation and if you travel long enough or often enough you will soon begin to realize that some of who you are is cornered into a place of what people want you to be. Travel helps us break out of that corner.

Here are a few of my favorite thinkers on travel, starting with the modern day philosopher Bill Murray!

Bill Murray on Traveling and Relationships

‘If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, “Okay, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married,”‘ he said.

‘Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.’ – Bill Murray

Bill Bryson on Traveling and Behavior

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. 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. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” 
― Bill BrysonNeither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

Mark Twain on Travel and Intelligence 

“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.”
― Mark TwainThe Innocents Abroad/Roughing It