There should be a word for the act of traveling and telling or collecting stories. Stories, like people, were never meant to be static. They’re fluid, changeable and ring a different truth from place to place.
In the last week alone, I’ve heard stories full of potential. Like my Korean co-teacher, a coin collector, who’s spent hours researching the old coins and their stories (more about that later).
Traveling, much like reading or storytelling, is also about searching for a sense of self. When everything around you looks, smells and feels different from everything you’re used to, do you recognise your self? When the familiar is stripped away?
Here are seven of my favourite quotes on travel and storytelling:
To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. – Freya Stark
Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta
I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there. ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Travel far enough, you meet yourself. ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to. ― Thornton Wilder, Our Town
I read; I travel; I become. ― Derek Walcott
This picture – taken in Busan’s Bookstore Alley – is everything. This girl has the right idea. (The title of the book is 도서관 or Do Seo Guan, which means library):
What are your favourite quotes on reading, writing, travel, etcetera?