My Favorite Travel Quote

This pretty much sums it up for me…

A subject to which few intellectuals ever give a thought is the right to be a vagrant, the freedom to wander. Yet vagrancy is deliverance, and life on the open road is the essence of freedom. To have the courage to smash the chains with which modern life has weighted us (under the pretext that it was offering us more liberty), then to take up the symbolic stick and bundle, and get out! The healthy wayfarer sitting beside the road scanning the horizon open before him, is he not the absolute master of the earth, the waters, even the sky?… His estate has no limits, his empire no law. No work bends him toward the ground, for the bounty and beauty of the earth are already his.

To have a home, a family, a property or a public function, to have a definite means of livelihood and to be a useful cog in the social machine, all these things seem necessary, even indispensable, to the vast majority of men, including intellectuals, and including even those who think of themselves as wholly liberated. And yet such things are only a different form of the slavery that comes of contact with others.

– Isabelle Eberhardt

  • How true, how true! Very well said! Glad to see there are more of us in the world. Happy to have discovered your blog!
    Hello, my name is Shannon, it is nice to meet you.

    Take good care.

  • Your travel-life is incomplete if not visited India

  • I loved this quote so much I looked it up. Here’s the full piece it is from: http://spunk.org/library/writers/eberhard/sp000201.txt

    Thanks so much for introducing me to it Jasmine :)

  • Isabelle Eberhardt is a bad ass nomad, I highly recommend the Oblivion Seekers of which this quote comes from

  • I added the book to my Amazon wishlist. thanks. The quote is always applicable… even though she lived 100+ years ago. When did you come across this quote? I ask because not only can such profound quotes be relatable, but they can prompt a shift in a person’s whole perspective. Were you directly inspired by the author/quote to travel long-term, or is this a newer find?

  • Honestly it’s been so long I can’t remember, but I’m pretty sure I found it after traveling.