There are many examples of the pithy travel quote that are often shared around online. These lines are usually written by famous authors from a time when travel was very different: when travel really was about the journey and when travelling off the beaten track was easy.
But how would these quotes look if written in 2010? Would Robert Louis Stevenson or Mark Twain make the same observations now as they did in their time?
I suspect that they would view the modern world very differently, and their timeless quotes would infact have a more modern feel to them. I’ve listed 10 suggested amendments to some of the best known travel quotes, to make them suitable for a 21st century audience.
1. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a hastily uploaded picture of a plane at the departure gate”
2. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I tweeted my followers to ask which I should take”
3. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely gives us material with which to brag to our friends on Facebook”
4. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a tweet stating where you were last seen alive”
5. “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. The blogger sees what will fit neatly onto his new WordPress template”
6. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. Do not despair however; you can still call yourself a travel writer”
7. “It is not the arrival that matters, but how many new Facebook friends you add during your journey”
8. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect when turned into an impossibly euphoric blog post”
9. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. He just knows how far away he is from his next wi-fi fix.”
10. “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. Either way, they’ll make good blogging material”
A nod to Brave New Traveller for their 50 most inspiring travel quotes of all time post, from which much of the above has been mangled together.