"For my part I travel not to go anywhere, but to go; I travel for travel's sake. And to write about it afterwards, if only the public will be so condescending as to read. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of life a little more nearly, to get down off this feather bed of civilisation, and to find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints." (Cevennes Journal, Robert Louis Stevenson)
I came across this wonderful quote by Robert Louis Stevenson. Born in Edinburgh in 1850 he is better known for his works of fiction- Treasure Island and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde- but he loved to explore and wrote several travel books. His first travel novel was about a canoe trip in Belgium and France.
I love his take on travel, the idea that you travel for the sake of it and not to reach a particular destination. Then you write about it. Travel takes you out of your comfort zone and may involve roughing it a little. He captures this philosophy with a beautiful choice of words. I hope that you enjoy the quote as much as I do.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle. Follow my blog on Facebook: