“This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.”
Why do you travel? Is it to get lost or to find yourself? Is it to find answers or to raise new questions? Is it to escape the known and find comfort in the unknown? Or is it because you want to experience the world — outside your own?
The minute you stop thinking ‘holiday’, that’s when your journey truly begins. You don’t always have to buy a ticket or book a hotel to explore a place. Adventures can begin in your backyard or local street. Your feet or bike can be your trusted companions and your soul — your guide.
in 2013, we set on a week long trip around Iceland. We came across all kinds of travellers on our trip. Some were just like us and some not quite. And, the more ground we covered, the more I realised that there is no ‘written-code’ for travelling. Capturing the transience of life — that comes with travel — doesn’t always require a notebook or camera. More often than not, it just takes a little willpower — to do something that you haven’t done before.
“The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”
― Anthony Bourdain
“I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.”
― Charles Bukowski
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
“The journey itself is my home.”
― Bashō Matsuo
“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.”
― Anderson Cooper
“Whither will my path yet lead me?
This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.”
― Hermann Hesse
“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”
― Nicolas Bouvier
“Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.”
― Ma Jian
The Hostel Entertainer
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust
“Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice”
― Pico Iyer