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The time to enjoy a European tour is about three weeks after you unpack.

Author: George Ade (1866-1944)

Profession: American Humorist, Playwright

The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.

Author: Fred A. Allen (1894-1957)

Profession: American Radio Comic

My favorite thing is to go where I have never gone.

Author: Diane Arbus (1923-1971)

Profession: American Photographer

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

Author: Richard Bach (1936)

Profession: American Author

I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.

Author: Brigitte Bardot (1934)

Profession: French Film Actress

For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

I have just been all round the world and have formed a very poor opinion of it.

Author: Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961)

Profession: British Conductor

In America there are two classes of travel -- first class, and with children.

Author: Horace Benchley


The traveler, however virginal and enthusiastic, does not enjoy an unbroken ecstasy. He has periods of gloom, periods when he asks himself the object of all these exertions, and puts the question whether or not he is really experiencing pleasure. At such times he suspects that he is not seeing the right things, that the characteristic, the right aspects of these strange scenes are escaping him. He looks forward dully to the days of his holiday yet to pass, and wonders how he will dispose of them. He is disgusted because his money is not more, his command of the language so slight, and his capacity for enjoyment so limited.

Author: Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

Profession: British Novelist

I have been a stranger in a strange land.

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

What childishness is it that while there's breath of life in our bodies, we are determined to rush to see the sun the other way around?

Author: Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

Profession: American Poet

Should we have stayed at home and thought of here? Where should we be today? Is it right to be watching strangers in a play in this strangest of theatres?

Author: Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

Profession: American Poet

Modern tourist guides have helped raised tourist expectations. And they have provided the natives -- from Kaiser Wilhelm down to the villagers of Chichacestenango -- with a detailed and itemized list of what is expected of them and when. These are the up-to-date scripts for actors on the tourists stage.

Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)

Profession: American Historian

Not so many years ago there was no simpler or more intelligible notion than that of going on a journey. Travel --movement through space --provided the universal metaphor for change. One of the subtle confusions --perhaps one of the secret terrors --of modern life is that we have lost this refuge. No longer do we move through space as we once did.

Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)

Profession: American Historian

The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.

Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)

Profession: American Historian