I don’t mean to sound like a kill joy but if you want to give me that badge, I’m happy to wear it. I’m talking about inspirational travel quotes. You know the ones which are perpetually blasted over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram such as:
‘Not all that wander are lost’ or ‘Life is like a book and those who don’t travel read only one chapter’. Seriously, I’m sick to death of reading this rubbish every time I turn on social media. Some of them are so obvious, I’m sure a unicorn commits suicide every time these inspirational time bombs explode, and some just make no sense.
The humble Travel quote
I get it, we had to move on from Forest Gump’s ‘Life is like a box of chocolates blah blah blah…’ but when we go as far to use philosophical musings such as ‘We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment’ we’ve gone too far. The last time I checked, we travel because it’s lots of fun and yes, we learn a lot about ourselves, the world and those that dwell within it, but it is essentially just a bloody good time. I don’t travel for distraction, thats why we have Game of Thrones; a distraction from the real world and travel doesn’t fulfil me in the same way that crack cocaine might to an addict. Yes, I love it, and couldn’t imagine my life without it (hence the travel blog), but the messaging on this quote is either too obvious or sickly sweet.
But please don’t get me wrong, I’m not averse to a decent travel quote such as this little gem from David Attenborough – “I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.” It’s thoughtful, intelligent and makes sense. Plus old Davey boy is a legend and saw the world before most tourists, and certainly long before Levison Wood laced up his first pair of walking shoes.
I also like this quote because it is true and doesn’t enduce a gag reflex when I reach the punchline, ‘I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.’ – Mark Twain
Then there is this little mind-numbing excretion which I saw on a fellow bloggers website ’You travel not only to see the world, but to see yourself’. Ok, yes it is true but it is also too much! If I wanted to appear open-minded and into the spiritualism of travel I would nod my head and say “Oh yeah totally, I can see that”, but again, I do want to reiterate my point before, travel is really fun and judging by how popular the likes of Instagram and Facebook are, this quote should be amended to ‘You travel not only to see the world, but for others to see how much fun you’re having on social media’.
I really think we need to start back at the beginning when looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses. Perhaps with something simple like ‘Travel is fun, I like travel’ or ‘Travel makes me rich, but it also leaves me broke’.
I’m going to leave you with my own personal travel musing and feel free to judge me and snigger in my general direction….ahem….’Until I travelled, I never had any interest in doing so, now it’s all I think about’.
Ladies and gentlemen, rant over…I rest my case.