I absolutely adore and swear by these travel quotes for two reasons:
- They are all true (as stereotypical as they might sound) and
- They are actually helpful in planning a trip
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910, was a zealous traveler. His travels inspired him to write some of the best known to the world and popular novels and short stories, such as Roughing It, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and of course our favorites of all times - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Some of the places he visited in America were the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, the Mormon community in Salt Lake City, and Virginia City, Nevada. Twain also traveled to San Francisco, California, which inspired him to write a quote about San Francisco weather: “The Coldest Winter he ever spent in his life, was a Summer in San Francisco,” with which I completely agree as I’ve never felt colder in the summer than the way I did in San Francisco all through summers of 2000 and 2001. It truely speaks to most of people who have been to or lived in San Francisco.
Following the Equator was Twain’s fifth and final travel book. His 1895-96 journeys - from Paris, across the United States, through the South Pacific and Australia, to Sri Lanka and India, around Africa and to London - resulted in his last travelogue. Not as well-known as the above-mentioned The Innocents Abroad, Following the Equator nevertheless endures for his observations on the world.
Check in with me next week on the next 15 Travel Quotes of the Day, featuring quotes by Lao Tzu, a philosopher of ancient China and a central figure in Taoism.