Travel Poems

Travel Poems and Quotes

“Don’t shortchange yourself and settle for being an armchair traveler when affordable travel is a real possibility. We as black women have been reluctant travelers for far too long. The world is waiting for you.”

– Elaine Lee

Home is internal for me. I can make a home wherever I go. I come into a place and make connections. As they deepen, I feel I’m home.

– Ruth Golman Gelman

I have been on the road so long, you might have to run me down, catch me and tie me up in a shed until I get housebroken again. When I get tame, I might have something interesting to tell you.

– J. Harris

When I dare to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it become less and less important whether I am afraid.

– Audrey Lourde

Communities, like people, draw strength from storytelling. Having a story to tell is to have a place in the world.

– A. Rucker

“…Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrowmindedness.”

– Mark Twain

Dance, sing, floss, travel!


Living My Life Like its Golden 
by Jill ScottI’m taking my freedom,
Pulling it off the shelf,
Putting it on my chain,
Wear it around my neck,
I am taking my freedom,
Putting it in my song,
Singing loud and strong,
Grooving all day long,
I’m taking my freedom,
Putting it in my stroll,
I’ll be high-steppin’ y’all,
Letting the joy unfold,
I’m livin’ my life like it’s golden.

by Jennifer WelwoodWilling to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I gain the embrace of the universe;
surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me
And becomes itself transformed
Into its radiant jewel-like essence.
I bow to the one who has made it so,
Who has crafted this Master Game.
To play it is purest delight;
To honor its form—true devotion.

The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation.

– Einstein

“No other land could so longingly and beseechingly haunt my sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime”,as Paris has done.

– Mark Twain

No city seduces as skillfully as Paris. With a sly, knowing wink, the City of Light steals your heart with one clear, small joyous moment after another. Linger too long on the Pont des Arts and passion may nudge your slumbering spirit awake, or kiss your lips, or turn you into a whimsical work of art.

– H. Thompson

The spirit calls me, I must go.

– Sojourner Truth

When you walk to the edge of all the light we have, and take the step into darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen, there will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly.

– Anonymous

I chose to live my life in a way in which my work is my joy.

– †M. Beckwith

Live life like you mean it!

– Anonymous

“Regardless of how strangely awry your trip turns out, you can say to yourself, at least I managed to entertain god…and maybe that the best many of us can hope for”.

-Jeff Greenwald

Why do I travel?
Excerpts from a poem written by NYC sculptor, Sana† Musama.It is on the road that my inner voice speaks the loudest and my heart beats the strongest.

It is on the road that I take extra pride in my wooly hair, full features and lineage.

It is on the road that I develop extra senses and the hairs on my arms stand up and say “Sana, don’t go there”, and I listen.

Its when I safety pin my money to my underclothes and count it a million times before I go to sleep,

It is on the road that I am a poet, an ambassador, a dancer, medicine woman, an angel and even a genius.

Its on the road that I am fearless and unstoppable and if necessary ball up my fist and fight back.

It is on the road that I talk to my deceased parents and they speak back

Its on the road that I reprimand myself, and set new goals, refuel stop and begin again.

It is on the road that I experience what freedom truly is.

It is my travel that has transformed me making me a citizen of the world. When my humanness, compassion and affection are raised to a new level and I share unconditionally.

When I travel I arrive empty and leave full.

“I am not afraid to create my queendom.’ Jill Scott

“Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient, we must be actively engaged.

What are you doing for the global heart?” Dalai Lama

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”. t.s. eliot

The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do”. Leontyne Price

There is nothing worse than starting a trip! The last moments are earthquake and convulsion and the feeling that you are a snail being pulled of your rock – Amelia Earhart

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.” Earl Wilson

“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy”. Sir Richard Burton

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” ~ Anais Nin

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”. Susan Sontag

“As you set out in search of Ithaka, pray that your journey be long, full of adventures, full of awakenings. Do not fear the monsters of old… You will not meet them in your travels if your thoughts are exalted and remain high, if authentic passions stir your mind, body, and spirit. You will not encounter fearful monsters if you do not carry them within your soul. if your soul does not set them up in front of you.” Constance Peter Cavafy, 1894

“Wanderer, there is not path, you lay a path in walking.” A. Machado

“Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Emerson

“If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room.” J. Howard

“I am fully committed to the liberation of the human spirit and I will start with my own.” Maya Angelou

“There is no use in walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” St. Francis of Assisi

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickerson

“On Thursday, she woke up and realized she had forgotten the definition of the “impossible”. She decided it must not have been important!” T. Harrington

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.” Earl Wilson

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” Anais Nin

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickersoon

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” G.K. Chesterton

“Today I savor my ability to build faith in the unseen.” G. Toole

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been and travelers don’t know where they are going.” anonymous

“I am committed to what it means to be deeply human, to achieve the next stage of our evolutionary journey as citizens of the planet.” M. Williamson

“Global Heart Vision: To balance and guide the further evolution of humanity as steward of our planet and all its inhabitants. We envision a world in which we live and grow as One Global Family that respects and honors the interconnectedness of all life. As a global community of inspired individuals caring about each other and the entire planetary family thereby bringing the gift of active compassion and kindness to the world.” Kathy Hearn

“My memory is certainly in my hands. I can remember things only if I have a pencil and I write with it and I can play with it. I think my hand concentrates for me. I don’t know why it should be so.” Dame West

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again and in this interdependence produces the highest form of living. The dream was always running ahead of me –to catch-up, to live fore a moment in union with it, was the miracle”. Anais Nin

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home whereever I find myself.” Maya Angelou

“An odyssey is a long, often exhaustive and exhilarating transforative journey”. Breathnach

“The earth’s center is drumming louder, telling us to hurry, to see more, to see it all.” M. Gregory

“They can be like a sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can do for a field.” St. John of the Cross

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore.” Andre Gide

“I think best with a pen in my hand.” H. Bell

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

“On writing. I love the swirl & swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” James Michener

“Two vacations a year can cut a person’s risk of heart attach by 50%. 34% of American workers do not use all of their vacation time. Americans take less time off than citizens of any other country in the industrialized world”. M. Dougherty

“Writing. I love the swirl & swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.’ James Michener

“How can I be lost? I’m right here on planet earth”. T. Johnston

“The road is my asylum, a resting place for my soul”. R. Young

“We do not write to be understood, we write to understand”. Cecil Lewis

“Anyone who survived childhood has enough to write about forever.” F. O’Connor

“I must frankly own, that if I had known, beforehand, that this book would have cost me the labour which it has, I should never have been courageous enough to commence it.” Isabella Beeton

“Write to taste life twice.” Anais Nin

“I navigate the planet with a fork and a pen.” A. Peters

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” Arnold Toynbee

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