There Are No Foreign Lands. It Is The Traveller Only Who Is Foreign

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”

To me, this travel quote says that all the lands of the earth belong to us all. It is only when you go there and see the different ways in which people live that you may be ‘foreign’. But really, it’s just self-talk, it’s just a feeling you get when you’re somewhere new.

The Quote Source

This travel quote was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the book ‘The Silverado Squatters’. This book is Stevenson’s travel memoir of his two-month long honey with Fanny Vandegrift and her son, to Napa Valley, California. The trip took place in 1880.

During the trip they first went to Hot Springs Hotel, but were unable to afford the fees. So they spent their honeymoon in an abandoned three-storey bunkhouse at an old mining camp called ‘Silverado’. They ‘squatted’ in the bunkhouse for two months of the summer.

What This Travel Quote Means To Me

This travel quote says, to me, that we should not see other countries as ‘foreign lands’ and as somewhere far away and unvisitable. The earth can be travelled by every human that wants to. But you must realise that when you arrive you are a ‘foreigner’, at least until you immerse yourself.

When you arrive at a new place, you will quickly see the differences in how people live, their cultures and traditions. Until you accept these and immerse yourself in the culture, you will be a ‘foreigner’. But it is not the land, or country, that is foreign. It is you. The traveller has come over and must realise that they must make the effort to be accepted.

The world is there for everyone. It is all connected. The lands are not foreign. They may be different, but not foreign. It is the traveller that enters the country that is foreign.

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Author Bio: Nat

I’m Nat, the backpacker behind natpacker. From the UK, I was bitten by the travel bug during a round the world trip in my early twenties. Since then I have been determined to see as much of this world as possible. My passion for travel led me to start up this blog, partly to record my adventures and partly to inspire others to travel.

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