Confession time: I hate inspirational quotes. Hate. Them. Seeing nigh-on meaningless words pasted in fancy fonts on
“Travel makes one modest.” – Gustave Flaubert.
Yeah, that’s a STRAIGHT UP LIE. People love to show off all of the beautiful places they’ve been to – myself included. It’s only natural. Social media it’s definitely part of it, but people enjoyed relaying their
“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen.
There are plenty of people for whom travel is not a priority. I’m not denying its many wonders, but happiness comes from so many other places: friends, family, hobbies, pets… You don’t have to travel in order for your life to be fulfilling or interesting.
“Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.”
This isn’t from any particular author that I can gather, it’s just one of those quotes that pop up on Instagram and Pinterest over and over again. Quitting your job on a whim just isn’t realistic for many people, but the main reason I hate this quote is
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.”
You know how Marilyn Monroe didn’t actually say most of those corny quotes that are attributed to her? Yeah, chances are Muhammed didn’t say this either. It’s not in the Quran and just started appearing on the internet in the late 90s (damn right, I did my research).
It’s hard to believe that so much ignorant privilege can actually appear in one sentence. Yes, travel is a learning experience. It can teach you many things that you can’t learn in the classroom, but being
To travel is not to live. DO tell me how educated you are. Ok, ok, rant over. Seriously though, next time you post a quote about travel, please try not to sound like a dick.