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(Tips on Travel and Vacations for the Retired and Semi-Retired who want to retire early and to retire happy)

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Travel Tips for Your Retirement Years

Travel is a great teacher, regardless of your retirement age. Traveling in your retirement years can enhance your life significantly because it provides an elevated degree of freshness, stimulation, and pleasure not encountered in your everyday routine or normal retirement actiivities.

No matter where you travel, you can always learn something new. Travel can have as much significance as the importance of money in retirement and where to retire.

Of course if you want to travel extensively, you will have to spend your money wisely when you retire.

Here are some quotes relating to travel to put travel in proper prospective:

Visits always give pleasure: if not in the arrival, then on the departure.
— Edward Le Berquier

If you look like your passport photo, in all probability you need the journey.
— Earl Wilson

Not he who lived long knows, but he who traveled much knows.
— Turkish proverb

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.
— Saint Augustine

The fabric of my faithful love
No power shall dim or ravel
Whilst I stay here- but oh, my dear,
If I should ever travel!
— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.
— Leigh Hunt

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.
— Vita Sackville-West

A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.
— Jean Cocteau

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
Mark Twain Quotes

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Be the hero of your adventure. All travel is inner travel, because wherever we are, we are processing our experiences internally. Remind yourself that you are the hero of all your journeys, and that all your travel in the outside world is really travel inward, toward ever higher spiritual consciousness.
— Joseph Dispenza (author of The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery)

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
— Miriam Beard

The longer you travel to view an eclipse, the greater the chance of cloud cover.
— Unknown wise person

Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever I travel I like to keep the seat next to me empty. I found a great way to do it. When someone walks down the aisle and says to you, "Is someone sitting there?" just say, "No one — except the Lord.
— Carol Leifer

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air. . . . It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog's life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
— George Bernard Shaw, Letter, 17 Oct. 1899, written while on a six-week Mediterranean cruise aboard the S.S. Lusitania.

Retirement Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.
— Anne Sophie Swetchine

They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind.
— G. K. Chesterton

I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this — we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
— Hilaire Belloc

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.

— Charles Kuralt

I've learned that the secret of growing old gracefully is never to lose your enthusiasm for meeting new people and seeing new places.

— Unknown wise person

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
— Paul Theroux

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.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
— Oscar Wilde

Travellers never think that THEY are the foreigners.
— Mason Cooley

I travelled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea;
Nor England! did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
— William Wordsworth (1770-1850), English poet. I Travelled Among Unknown Men (written 1801, published 1807).

In America there are two classes of travel- first class and with childen.
— Robert Benchley

Travelling is the ruin of all happiness. There's no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.

— Fanny Burney, English novelist

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
— J. B. Priestley


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