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Travel quotes from ten great minds

Tuesday December 17, 2013

At WST, we’re fortunate enough to have spent time exploring some of the world’s most fascinating educational sites in order to design fulfilling school trips. Locations like the battlefields of the Somme, Shakespeare’s Globe and Washington’s Air and Space Museum have a lot to teach students, but educational travel doesn’t end with the attractions themselves.

Encountering new, unusual environments challenges students of all ages to go beyond their comfort zone, imparting life skills that will come in useful for the future. Travel allows individuals to better understand both the world around them and their place within it, as the following quotes from some of history’s greatest minds demonstrate.

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page,” Saint Augustine.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes,” Marcel Proust.

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience,” Francis Bacon.

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

“Travel teaches toleration,” Benjamin Disraeli.

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and un-trodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey,” John Hope Franklin.

“I am a passionate traveller, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education,” David Rockefeller.

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted,” Bill Bryson.

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover,” Mark Twain.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world,” Gustave Flaubert.

What do you think is the most important thing students can learn from experiencing life away from home? Share your thoughts with WST on Twitter or suggest another inspirational quote for our list.