“People don’t take trips…trips take people.” So said John Steinbeck, who knew a thing or two about travel. The Nobel Prize winner wrote about the hardships–economic, political, social–of Americans, picking up a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award along the way for a book you may have heard of: The Grapes of Wrath, the heartbreaking journey of a family during the Dust Bowl.
My favorite Steinbeck book is Travels with Charley: In Search of America. The ultimate road trip, Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, zig-zag across the country during 1962. Today’s quote is actually a paraphrase from that journey, when he writes:
“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless.
We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”
I think the shorter version sums it up quite nicely.
Plan as we will, each trip brings surprises, diversions, and discoveries. A true traveler embraces these…in fact, looks forward to them. Have you had an unexpected adventure? Tell us here!
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