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Thoughts about Travel


 “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

– Miriam Beard– Norway


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust


“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”

G.K. Chesterton


“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.”

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next.”

Kirsten Hubbard, Wanderlove

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”

Clifton Fadiman


“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”

Kate Douglas Wiggin, New Chronicles of Rebecca


“Don’t let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.”

Shane Koyczan



“Travellers understand, instinctively and by experience, that travel and adventure change and elongate time, even while navigating the deadlines of airline and train departures.”

Paul Sheehan



“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy




A man’s mind grows narrow in a narrow place.
– Samuel Johnson


Because how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives- Anne Dillard

“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


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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Nov 24, 2012 Reply

    Love this, Susan…it will certainly resonate with the “inner traveler” in many of us who can’t get enough!

    • posted by
      Nov 24, 2012 Reply

      Ahhh, I look forward to hearing about your future adventures.

  2. posted by
    Peggy DePersia
    Nov 24, 2012 Reply

    The thoughts are particularly meaningful…all true Your images are beautiful.
    You have captured scenes from a few of my favorite ‘destinations’, places I have been many times and continue to see anew. Thank you.

    • posted by
      Nov 24, 2012 Reply

      Thanks, Peggy. I appreciate your comment.

  3. posted by
    Nov 26, 2012 Reply

    Once again wonderful images! The travel quotes especially resinated with me after recently returning from our unforgettable walking trip to Morocco . . . I could heartily agree with each one!

  4. posted by
    Dec 3, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful pictures with such meaningful quotes. I so enjoy every one, but of course my favorite and the one where I took pause to reminisce is the one of Maddy on her way with you to Florida!!

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