As the saying goes, what we all want in life, is to travel, fall in love, and be happy.
Travelling to new places is so enriching on so many levels. One’s curiosity to seek out how others live is sated, obtaining a first hand education, exposure, and a better knowledge of others’ cultures and different ways of living. It transform us, travel after travel, into more humble, tolerant, compassionate, and respectful individuals. It can make us question ourselves sometimes, and surely broaden our horizon and open our mind.
Being worldly is part of a continuous, life-long education, and as Eugene Fodor said once, you don’t have to be rich to travel well.
There are so many different ways to travel—you can surely indulge yourself into the relaxation of a pampering resort or opt for a more adventurous trip; you can get engaged into humanitarian activities in the field; become a more responsible citizen of the world respecting our environment and helping the less fortunate we may have witnessed abroad, and so much more.
But the bottom line is that it all starts in your mind, with your dreams and desire to discover what this vast planet Earth, that we all share, has to offer. And for those who may not be able to travel at all, never loose the thought that each moment is a place you’ve never been.
Sibylle Eschapasse riding an elephant and feeding a baby tiger in Northern Thailand. (Sibylle Eschapasse)
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end
In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.
To travel is to live.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
Sibylle Eschapasse on Easter Island, Pacific island of Chile. (Sibylle Eschapasse)
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Happiness is planning a trip to somewhere new, with someone you love.
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
There isn’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
Sibylle Eschapasse in Playa Mita, Mexico. (Sibylle Eschapasse)
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Traveling makes one modest, you see the tiny space you occupy in the world.
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows, and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling allover with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.
Leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but pictures; kill nothing but time.
Sibylle Eschapasse in Bangkok, Thailand. (Sibylle Eschapasse)
Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it’s built for.
Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.
Sibylle Eschapasse in a FlyNyon helicopter ride above NYC. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Two there are who are never satisfied – the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
The earth has music for those who listen.
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.
Sibylle Eschapasse on a colorful street in Paris. (Marie-Edith Dugoujon)
I was not born for one corner. The whole world is my native land.
You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to loose sight of the shore.
I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.
If happiness is the goal – and it should be – then adventure should be a top priority.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
Travel is not a reward for working, it’s education for living.
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!
Sibylle Eschapasse in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, Chile. (Sibylle Eschapasse)
Sibylle Eschapasse is originally from Paris and now lives in New York. She contributes to various publications, in addition to working for the United Nations, and is the author of the children’s book “Argy Boy!: A New York Dog Tale.” She may be reached at [email protected]