Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Travel is my Education

 

010516_2129_writersquot1I wish you and yours a very happy and, most importantly, healthy new year!

This is my first contribution of 2016 to Silver Threading’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday and Ronovan WritesBeWoW (Be Writing on Wednesday). I am writing it while sitting in the waiting area of St Pancras International railway station about to board the Eurostar to travel under the sea to Paris, Gare du Nord. In the next month, I will also travel to Barcelona, Utrecht (Netherlands) and Naples (Florida).

I have always loved travelling and have been lucky enough to travel to around eighty countries in my life. I love to immerse myself in the huge variety of cultures, languages and cuisines that abound in this wonderful planet of ours. The differences are there to explore and to celebrate. But I have discovered that the similarities outnumber the differences.

People who use the differences to fuel conflict, hatred and fear between peoples should pause to reflect and maybe they could come together to understand, to tolerate, and to celebrate the wide variety of cultures, languages and cuisines, as I do.

Life is an adventure!

By sitting in a corner, drowning in media stories and fermenting like a bucket of effluence, one can only hope to turn bad. We should go out and explore. That is why I like the following quote from Mark Twain so much.

Twain Quote

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
Mark Twain

During my extensive travels, I have met many people who are simply aghast that I have chosen to visit some of the places that I have been to.
“Weren’t you scared?”
“Isn’t that such a dangerous place?”“Gosh! You could’ve been killed”
…. are some typical reactions that I have encountered.

Listen! Everywhere is dangerous. Anything could happen at any time. I am sitting in a railway station in London. In 1973, I was in another railway station in London until I ran to catch my train at the last minute. When I arrived at my destination, I found out that, five minutes after I ran for that train, a bomb went off in the cafe where I had been enjoying a coffee. Three people were killed. I am as much in danger sitting here, right now, as I am in any place on the planet.

A tornado could rip through here any second. My train might crash. I will not live in fear. I would have a horrible life.

We should not believe everything we are told about countries, cities and villages that we have never visited. We should go out and find out for ourselves.

Hence my second quote for this week.

Street Market Quote

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
Aldous Huxley

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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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9 Responses to Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Travel is my Education

  1. Excellent quotes and a wonderful way to live your life! Happy Adventures!

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  2. Now that is what I call living life to the fullest! I couldn’t agree with you more! Have fun and safe travels. I wish more people lived their lives according to your quotes. It would be a much better place! ❤

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  3. Great blog post. My travels are limited now but once I retire I plan to hit the open road, airplane and ship! I want to see the world!! That is one of the wonderful things about blogging. Via my blogs I’ve met people from all over the world so this gives me friends to meet and places to stay once I begin my adventures!!

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  4. jazzytower says:

    I love the way you are ‘ going around the sun’, sampling EVERWHERE. I ve had my go around a couple times before. Used to work for an airline and pretty much did it for free. Now I have matured and I’m ready to to start again:) Loved your quotes, especially to 2nd one:)

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  6. This is so true, Lance. Great quote. I love to travel. 🙂

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