Travel Quotes

[While writing the book HOP STOP & GO, a travel memoir, I decided to give a relevant quote at the start and the end of each chapter. I searched some ancient proverbs and created some quotes of my own. Here are some of them.]


“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

“Certain things catch your eyes, but pursue those that capture the heart.” – Indian proverb

“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” – Chinese proverb

“If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.” – Traditional Proverb

“Sometimes you may find only two choices in the menu, take it or leave it.”- Anon

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”- Anon

“Collect only memories, not things.” – Anon

“Life is too short to drink bad wine.” – French proverb

“After a journey, refresh the body with bath, refresh the mind with tea.”- Japanese Proverb

“The wise traveler keeps returning to his home.”  – African Proverb

“At the table with family and good friends you tend to become younger.” – Italian Proverb

My own creations…

“Mobility along the latitudes and longitudes of the world helps brighten one’s attitude.”

“Use your feet while traveling. It keeps you down to the earth and there are no parking problems.”

“The best moment for a traveler is when he stumbles upon something that gets permanently etched in the mind.”

“Too perfect a place can sometimes be monotonous.”

“When you travel, strangers can become friends once you cross the barriers of inhibition.”


USA – Friendly Airport of the 70s


Friendly Airport – Circa 1978

My introduction to USA started with several business trips to Tulsa during late 1970s, often with office colleagues. Our American colleague Steve and his family became very good friends in course of time. One thing that strikes a visitor to USA is the helpful and friendly disposition of the people. Read More »

Checklist and Tips for Traveling Abroad

Utpal K Dutta

It is always good to have a handy checklist for your travel packing. The best place to stick it is the inside of your wardrobe door or in your travel documents folder – some place you would definitely access while preparing for the journey. Here is a checklist at the end of this narrative in tabular form, categorized into groups. Though it is tuned towards international travel, it is helpful for domestic travelers too.Read More »