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Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
- Kurt Vonnegut

I have lived my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Tourism is like a fire you can cook you meal on it or it can burn your house down.
- Asian proverb

People don't take trips. Trips take people.
- John Steinbeck

Nothing, above all, is comparable to the new life that a reflective person experiences when he observes a new country. Though I am always myself, I believe I have been changed to the very marrow of my bones.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Letters from Italy

Why be where you are who you are when you can just as easily be somewhere else behaving differently?
- Michael Ventura, Letters at 3AM

How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards.
- Dicho

Wherever you go, there you are.
- Buckaroo Bonzai

Many people come to look. Few actually see
- Local guide, Monte Albán (conversation, 2002)

It was not certain that Britain existed until I went there.
- Julius Cesar, Gallic Wars, quoted by Ursula K. Le Guin in Dancing at the Edge of the World

Should I go or should I stay now?
- The Clash

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay XII, Art

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ever travel and see someone who looks like someone you know?
- Conversation

Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet ... I'm off to join the Development Set
- Ross Coggins, The Development Set

Because tourism is an industry, by definition it is market-oriented and must sell a product. In the case of 'ecotourism,' that product is the environment, and in the rush to get a competitive advantage over rivals, many tour operators run roughshod over natural environments and traditional economies and cultures. Uncontrolled numbers of tourists led by unscrupulous tour operators are quickly destroying the natural areas around the world.
- Valerie Barzetti, Parks and Progress: Protected Areas and Economic Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

You can't get there from here.
- R.E.M.

Things are speeding up here at the end.
- Slacker

Not all who wander are lost.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
- Mark Twain

No vacation goes unpunished.
- Karl Hakkrarainen

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Suddenly, it becomes a subversion of progress to assert the common-sense principle that communities exist for the health and enjoyment of those who live in them, not for the convenience of those who drive through them, fly over them, or exploit their real estate for profit.
- Theodore Roszak

Ecotourism, is far from being a fringe activity. It should not be regarded as a passing fad or a gimmick, or even as a secondary market niche, but rather as one of the trump cards of this industry of the future, i.e. tourism. And for a simple reason: it is crucial to the problem of developing a balanced, sustainable and responsible tourism sector.
- Fransesco Frangialli, World Tourism Organisation.

It's not the big leap, but the small step that makes the journey.
- Popular saying

Legally, the Huaorani can do nothing to stop the exploitation of oil in their territory. The oil companies should at least offer the respect of avoiding the dumping of oil and garbage into their rivers or hunting and removing live animals from their homes. If any ecotourism project is to be successful, the oil companies have to play an important role guaranteeing the protection of the environment.
- Randy Smith, Crisis Under the Canopy

I bought into the dream that I could go to Jamaica as a package-deal tourist and have a profound experience with local people. In fact, I did have a deeply profound experience, but it was not the type for which I was searching.
- Deborah McLaren, Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel


Every American has come or is a descendant of people who come from another part of the globe. Certain Indian myths notwithstanding, the human species began its journey far from either sides of the Western Hemisphere. ... As a nation, we are the children of those who tried to solve old problems with a new place, and that may be why the first writing about America comes from explorers and why other travelers' accounts have flourished for half a millennium.
- William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways


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