Saturday, April 28, 2012

Say Yes To Those Yearnings To Go Yonder

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.                                       -- Mark Twain.

If you've stuck with me this far in the A to Z challenge, then you know my theme throughout has been about my recent travel to England, Scotland, and Wales. For me, it was as much about dreaming and discovering as it was researching the places I visited.

Travel is good for the writer's soul. And it doesn't have to be a big trip across an ocean. Anywhere that takes us out of our backyards for a day and let's us experience something out of the ordinary will make a difference in the way we perceive the everyday...if our eyes and minds are open.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.        
                                                      -- Helen Keller

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
                                                      -- Aldous Huxley

Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.
                                                   -- Rene Descartes

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
                                                  -- Robert Louis Stevenson

I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. 
                                               -- Robert Frost

(thanks maine)

College probably won't hurt you -- if you don't take it too seriously. But far more important, I believe, is broad general experience: living as active a life as possible, meeting all ranks of people, plenty of travel, trying your hand at various kinds of work, keeping your eyes, ears, and mind open, remembering what you observe, reading plenty of good books, and writing every day -- simply writing.
                                           -- Edward Abbey                                                                                

And one more thing about travel:

If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well enough to travel. 
                                                         -- Sir Vivian Fuchs

Now tell me where you've always wanted to travel to. 

Source for creative commons travel posters 


  1. Passport one is funny! So is the line about college not hurting.
    Thanks for sharing your travels this month. Brought back some memories.

  2. yep, the passport one is funny.
    I don't own a passport currently. Travelling is too expensive in my part of the world :( I can only dream of travelling to one of the closer cities in my country once in a while and that's it.

  3. I've really enjoyed your posts this month. I kind of feel like I went there too. :)

  4. Aaaaaaaah. I love these quotes. You are so right about just opening our eyes and minds. Awesome post! Have a great weekend!

  5. You're so right, travel is important, even if you just walk for an hour or so. I've been lucky enough to travel to quite a few foreign countries, but there are still so many still on my 'to go to' list. Like Japan, Vietnam, Morocco...

  6. Alex - It does seem like we took similar trips and saw a lot of the same things. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Dezzy - Traveling is expensive everywhere, but I hope you at least get to go on day trips once in awhile. You work too hard.

    Tonja - Awesome! It was fun sharing.

    Tracy Jo - Really, I love just taking day trips to the mountains and getting out of my neighborhood to reset my perspective sometimes. :)

    Angeline - I'd like to see Kyoto some day. Some day I'd like to see a lot of

  7. Amen, L.G. I am a gypsy at heart and love to travel. I have been to many of the places I'd wanted to see. Still on the bucket list: Africa, Machu Picchu, Brazil, Sweden/Denmark, Morocco, to name a few.

  8. I so want to say yes to traveling yonder. I'd love to go to Egypt, France, South America (all over), Africa... I could go on and on. Great Y post. =D

  9. I love going new places or even revisiting old ones. I am dying to go back to Sanibel Island and walk the beaches looking for shells (so relaxing), England too for the castles and country estates and historic places, and the Greek Islands. Those are my top picks and if my fairy godmother is listening I'll take a month in each place, thank you :)

    Loved your posts this month.

  10. LG--I'm sad the challenge is coming to an end because that means I don't get to travel vicariously through you anymore! Love these quotes. I found that as soon as I gave myself permission--permission to spend the money on the tickets, to take that much vacation time for myself, and permission to dream of new places--when I accepted those aspects, traveling became a breeze.

    Next on the list? You've made quite the case for the British Isles! I'd also like to see South America. Actually, just about any place. I'm land locked here in the midwest so anything sounds wonderful!

  11. I love all the quotes LG. There are so many places I want to see. I haven't been to London or Paris, and lately those two have been calling.

  12. Wonderful quotes...and you know, I don't have yearnings to go husband is a world traveler but I'm very content to be at home in my area. It's interesting the difference in our beings!

  13. Karen - You've been to some great places, I know. I'd like to go to Sweden and Machu Picchu would be incredible...if I could make the climb.

    RaShelle - I yearn for a few of those places too. I'm always exhausted after traveling, but once I recover I'm ready to go again.

    mshatch - What is it about gathering sea shells that really clears the mind? Love that.

    TL - Well, you know I'd highly recommend Wales to you. You can always take the ferry over from Dublin next time you're there. I may even write in some scenes in a future novel that take place in Ireland so I'll have an excuse to take the ferry myself. :))

    Tim - Ooh, and you could take the Chunnel between them. I so wanted to do that but didn't have the time.

    Tracy - You're a hobbit! But even trips to local museums and parks are good travels. :)

  14. Travelling is fantastic for inspiration ^_^ Going to India was an amazing opportunity for me. Japan is at the top of my "Places To Visit" list :)

  15. Loved all of these quotes!!! Your UK photos have brought back memories for me. Where I want to travel? The list is long, and far from being checked off . . .when I was 18 I wanted to visit every continent. Now, I think I could go without Antartica . . .but I still have four left to visit. Whenever my kids and I do history lessons, I soak up all these places I would like to see - The Great Wall of China and the Grand Canal, the Nile river, Macchu Picchu, The Great Barrier Reef, and many others . . .my list is pretty long, and fairly expensive. This year, I just want to show my kids the Grand Canyon.

  16. I absolutely LOVE those quotes! :)

  17. Miss Cole - Oh, India. That is a place that must absolutely mesmerize. I can't imagine the sights and smells of that place. What a sensation overload!

    Tyrean - Yeah, I have no desire to visit a place covered in ice and 100mph winds. And the Grand Canyon is a must see for anyone. So beautiful.

    Amy - The college one cracks me up. I found the rest online, but a friend sent that one and I knew I had to use it. :))

  18. I want to do some traveling out of the nation. I may try New Zealand first. I wanted to visit Egypt, but that country became so politically unstable that it just doesn't seem possible right now. Maybe in a decade.

  19. I loove these quotes. Now how do we help our children go for their dreams? I understand from mine that my coming late to this writing thing inspires them. I'm glad.

  20. Beautiful travel posters combined with brilliant quotes! Of course you saved the best one for last, and that one's easy enough for me to remember! Very creative approach to "Y" and Y would I expect anything less?! Julie

  21. Love those quotes from Twain, Descartes, and Stevenson.

    As for travel, any Nordic country would be cool (unless Nordic means only Norway), and Russia and Japan and Canada would also be great.

  22. Michael - Oh, New Zealand is a dream destination. The land of Middle Earth.

    Donna - It is a good thing for your children to see you going after a dream. I've often thought about that too, that I'm maybe teaching my son to keep going after what he wants. I hope.

    ENI - I love those posters. There are pages and pages of them, if you click on the link at the bottom of the page. Most are from the thirties and forties.

    MC - The Descartes quote is especially valid I think. It's exactly how I felt seeing all those old castles. And I know you like your cool climate destinations. Norway and Sweden are on my list too, though not during the winter. :)

  23. I laughed out loud at the last quote: If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well enough to travel. I used to have a passport photo that was atrocious. So bad in fact that all the officials would look at the pic, look at me, then chuckle.

    I've been to the UK, the US, France, Italy, Greece, Holland, Germany, Autria, All over Austrlia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea (I even stepped briefly into North Korea at the DMZ), China, Spain, India, the Himalayas, and more but I can't remember right now, lol.

  24. Hello LG. I'm sorry I'm late to your A-Z party, but seeing travel is my obsession I'm coming back to read through your past posts when things settle down. I've followed you and will put you on my blog roll so I don't lose you! So hard to keep track otherwise!

    I try to take one major and one minor trip a year. Most Aussies are on the road, either in their own vast country or you meet them everywhere you travel. My next major trip, hopefully this time next year, is to Alaska, Canada and the US. About a month away. Soon I'm travelling to New Caledonia and Fiji. Woo hoo!

    Have been to the UK a couple of times. Adored Ireland, wasn't a huge fan of London, but loved the English countryside. Want to see more of the Lakes District etc...greedy, aren't I?


  25. Oh, and a quote in the Travel section of one of our weekend papers: Travel is a disease for which there is no antidote. Hahahaha. D.

  26. Hello, beautiful space, passing to say hello, nice to read your text.
    if you like the poetry I invite you to my espacioes, thanks.
    happy day.

  27. Lynda - You have really been around! I'm so envious of all your travels. Not envious of your passport photo though. And no one would be envious of mine either. I thought the woman who took my photo had a vendetta against me or something.

    Denise - Oh, lucky you. My parents are going to Alaska next month. But FIJI! Now that is a place I would love to go see.

    And great quote from the paper...the only cure really is another trip. :)

    Ricardo - Hola. Thanks for stopping by.

  28. Yeah, Mark Twain was a smart guy. I've gotta give in to my travel bug again soon!

  29. Bah! I'm not -that- difficult. I just don't like that stuff from a can. It's my wife's fault; blame her.

  30. Nicole - Yes, yes you do. :)

    Andrew - Well I'm betting she'd take whipped cream out of a can over that hydroponic meat in a bathtub you blogged about. :)

  31. This made tears spring to my eyes. Unbelievably apropos. Thanks so much for having shared your journey with us through the A - Z, L.G.

    I think this was an excellent Y post.

  32. This was a fantastic post!

    My current dream destination is probably Iceland..and I have no idea why. It's just stuck in a corner of my brain and won't shift. Everything sounds intriguing.

    My next trip will probably be NZ, because it's close and cheap, and Vanuatu is always on the cards for the same reason. Actually, it's even closer than New Zealand!

  33. i loved all those quotes! i cant wait to be an empty nester and really do some traveling!
    of course, we'll see how healthy & wealthy we are by then...

  34. Suze - Hey, you're back! You must have had good travels. :)

    Jen - You must go to Iceland then! The land of ice and fire. But I'm quite jealous of your proximity to New Zealand and Vanuatu. I would LOVE to go to either. I may come sleep on your couch with the possums some day. :P

    Tara - It's true we sometimes have to wait until those pesky children are out of the house to really get moving. But what a great time in life, free to go and explore.

  35. I would like to go to see the Wall of China, The Nile, Peru, NZ to name but a few.

    Thanks for sharing.

  36. Scotland. But you knew that.ha I will get there eventually but right now I have too much baggage.

    I do love Robert Frost. And Mark Twain has the best quotes EVER.

  37. Jenni - Oh, yes, the Wall of China would be a wonderful site to visit. Amazing thing to see.

    Marsha - Aye, lass, I knew you wanted to go to Scotland, and you'll get there once those young bairns are older. :))

    And that Twain guy can write a good line now and then...

  38. Stop by to see the list of my 26 favorite blogs from the challenge. Yours is on it. Enjoyed it very much.

  39. I love all the quotes. Just reading this post made me want to hop on a plane. There are so many places I'd love to visit, hope to make it one of these days.

    I totally cracked up about the passport photo. My passport was such a nightmare I'm actually glad it expired and I will have to get a new one the next time I travel out of the country, assuming there is a next time, which I very much hope!

  40. I've really enjoyed your did the UK justice! Please come back and visit again soon. ;-)

  41. Thelma - Thanks so much. Still can't believe you made it to every blog on the list!

    Julie - Wish we all could win the lottery and just spend our days traveling...and we'd use some of the money to pay someone to take a really great passport photo too! :P

    Maria - Thanks! And I'm already scheming my return. There's so much I missed or didn't have time to see properly. Gotta go back.

  42. I have a huge thing for Sumer [ancient Mesopotamia] and would love to visit the ruins in Iraq some day. If they're still there.

  43. M Pax - Wow, you're the first I've ever heard say they want to go to Iraq. I wonder if those ruins survived? That would be a fascinating trip.

  44. Hi Luanne .. wonderful posters and quotes - quite glorious .. yes I yearn for a holiday and a break .. one day! Great A - Z .. and yearning for more time in life ..

    Cheers for now - Hilary

  45. Yellowstone National Park, the Mayan Ruins and England! Those are my top places. Oh and Hawaii. It's funny you have those quotes about traveling anywhere out of your back yard. My four year old thinks everything is an adventure which she pronounces as "abenture". It is so fascinating to watch her amazement with the simplest things. We went to an amusement park in December for their Winter Wonderland themed park attractions and she has since referred to it as the "ice cold abenture". I guess it's all in how you look at things. We made Hurricane Irene so fun, she can't wait for another one!

  46. Uh oh, I actually do like my passport photo...