Waking up in a strange city is one of the most pleasant feelings in the world.
— Randi

Traveling

by Stephen Dunn

If you travel alone, hitchhiking,
sleeping in woods,
make a cathedral of the moonlight
that reaches you, and lie down in it.
Shake a box of nails
at the night sounds
for there is comfort in your own noise.
And say out loud:
somebody at sunrise be distraught
for love of me,
somebody at sunset call my name.
There will soon be company.
But if the moon clouds over
you have to live with disapproval.
You are a traveler,
you know the open, hostile smiles
of those stuck in their lives.
Make a fire.
If the Devil sits down, offer companionship,
tell her you’ve always admired
her magnificent, false moves.
Then recite the list
of what you’ve learned to do without.
It is stronger than prayer.

I felt as though I was standing in a doorway to myself, decoding how to enter. […] for a moment I stepped into wonder, a clearing without threshold, full of breath.
— Soraya Peerbaye
Build your intuition.
— Alison
Let the moment burn.
— Kina Grannis
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
— Zadie Smith
Missing Japan because I miss the feeling of losing myself in the unfamiliar. I can come and leave and not a single thing will change. I owe no responsibility there.
— Cricket
The moment when we completely let go in the most scary, overwhelming way is when everything happens […] That bone-deep acceptance of your life – whatever it looks like – is when doors start to open and an opportunity presents itself. When the slump happens, when the fear kicks in, I’ve experienced the cycle enough times now to know something glorious will happen. It’s like a riptide – you just have to wait it out and let it take you back to shore. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the 30 years I’ve lived on this planet, it’s that you should swim parallel to the shore, people.
— Taylor Schilling
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
— Maya Angelou
If good happens, good; if bad happens, good.
— Tao Te Ching
Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
— Leonardo DaVinci
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
— Virginia Woolf