10 Quotes About Traveling the World That Will Make You Sell Your House (Read at Your Own Risk)

Wondering what it’s like to travel the world?

Nervous to take the leap to new countries, different languages, and unfamiliar cultures?

Unsure of what to expect or when is the right time?

So was I…

So were we all…

But here are some quotes that inspired me and my wife to sell our house and move to Europe in just one month.

Maybe they’ll do the same for you.

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1. Henry Thoreau

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

– Henry Thoreau

2. Wolfgang Mozart

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.”

– Wolfgang Mozart

3. D.H. Lawrence

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, undying life will rush in.”

– D.H. Lawrence

4. Pat Conroy

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

– Pat Conroy

5. Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sales. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

6. Aldous Huxley

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

– Aldous Huxley

7. Charles Cooley

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.”

– Charles Cooley

8. St. Augustine

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine

9. Pico Iyer

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

– Pico Iyer

10. Helen Keller

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

– Helen Keller

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Our home for the last month (Ortygia, Sicily). On to Portugal next. 🙂

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What I Learned from Driving in Sicily for the Weekend

Google “driving in Sicily” and you’ll be bombarded by results telling you that you’ll (at best) be scared as hell and (at worst)… well, die in some crazy car wreck.

This last weekend, I rented a car in Sicily.

Sicily isn’t exactly… civilized about the way that they drive.

Stoplights are a suggestion.

Stop signs are a joke.

And using your blinker is for the weak.

There’s really only one rule to follow: do whatever you want and be clear about it so that everyone else can adapt accordingly.

As one of our tourist guides said in Rome about Italian drivers when crossing the street, “Don’t run — it confuses them.”

For our purposes, it’d be more like, “Don’t be wish-washy — you’ll die.”

With that in mind and not having driven a manual since high-school, I talked my wife into dishing out the extra $100 it’d cost for an automatic. The argument was something like, “Babe. We can either pay $100 more or we can die in a fiery car accident — what do you prefer?”

Persuasive AF.

Anyways, shaking in my boots, we walked to the car rental place and the worker says, “Ah yes. Perfect. There’s only one problem — we don’t have any automatics. We only have manual cars.”


“Only one problem.”


Well, Mr. Car Rental Italian m8, we now only have two problems.

You’re making me drive a manual.

And I haven’t driven a manual since high-school…

I flushed white and swallowed my fears — everybody dies, right? Yes, I actually tell myself this when I get scared.

My wife smiled.

She’s a daredevil.

So we left. I killed the car once trying to put it into reverse and then off we went with my confused feet shuffling like a tap dancer on a trampoline.

But… we made it.

Despite my fear, despite unclear Italian driving laws, despite having not driven a manual since high-school…

And despite that I didn’t really want to get behind that damn wheel…

We did it.

And while that’s a small win, it’s a win nonetheless…

A win that proves you can do it, too — it being whatever you currently think you can’t do (build that business, stop that bad habit, or travel the world with your family).

You can.

But will you?