He may travel who can subsist on the wild fruits and game of the most cultivated country.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 324, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Bachelors alone can travel freely, and without any twinges of their consciences touching desertion of the fire-side.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids" (1855), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
Travelling, gentlemen, is medieval, today we have means of communication, not to speak of tomorrow and the day after, means of communication that bring the world into our homes, to travel from one place to another is atavistic.
(Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Homo faberEin Bericht, Suhrkamp (1957). Professor O., in Homo FaberA Report, p. 100, trans. by Michael Bullock (1977), Abelard-Schuman (1959).)
The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the travelling of the mind?
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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).)