Travel Quote Tuesday | Don’t Indulge in Vain Wishes

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don’t let yourself indulge in vain wishes.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

I think all of us have a few daydreams that take the form of fantasies or wistful dreams rather than actual life goals. Some of mine include time travel and instantaneous teleportation, bionic body parts and cures to all illnesses, the ability to take photographs simply by thinking it, and several more esoteric ideas.

But of course, we have some things we wish for that are actual life goals or objectives, albeit some of them more realistic than others!

For us, a huge one is moving out of London to the countryside into a bigger house with a huge kitchen and a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, on a property with enough land to plant a fruit orchard and kitchen garden, not to mention build a pottery studio and an annex or standalone cottage we could rent out to holidaymakers. We are now working on making this a reality, rather than the “one day” reverie it’s been for nigh on two decades! We probably could have taken the first steps along this path years ago but we fell into the habit of thinking that “one day” couldn’t possibly be here yet. Now we’ve started, we’re deep into working out our must-have and nice-to-have criteria, and considering all the factors that will play into narrowing down the location, finding the right property and establishing the lifestyle we hope for.

Not all the goals we have on our lists are so grand; I want to have another go at learning Japanese; Pete would like to learn to play guitar properly; and both of us want to master wheel throwing pottery.

Is there a goal you have been holding onto for a long time, and can perhaps take a step or two towards making a reality?

Sally Lightfoot Crab in Galapagos Islands - “You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

A Sally Lightfoot crab on the shoreline of one of the Galapagos Islands.

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12 Comments to "Travel Quote Tuesday | Don’t Indulge in Vain Wishes"

  1. Karolína

    We wish you luck with your house, by reading the description it seems like a really nice idea. I hope you will enjoy the countryside and manage to get the house you’ve been dreaming of!
    My partner and I have many dreams, but one of them is to travel the world, or as many countries as we can but still have a place to come back to! So we are thinking of a house as well, we just can’t decide where to settle down 😛 We love so many countries and places that it’s almost impossible to choose one. Hopefully, we will think about it sometime soon and move forward!


    It’s so hard to decide where to settle down, but you are young and have a lifetime to decide, and nothing has to be permanent, you can always change your mind! Enjoy your life and hope you can fulfill all your travelling dreams!

  2. Matija

    It’s good when you went from the one day mentality to, let’s do it type of mentality, I wish you all the best, with getting your dream house and settling down, and enjoying life, hope to read some more about it in the future, and about the pottery studio 😀

  3. Rio

    Good luck with the move. I’d also love to learn Japanese one day. It’s something I’ve been putting off as I kept telling myself it was too hard. I really should enrol in a class soon.


    I did try a few years ago, I spent 5 months on it, which was 20-40 minutes at least 6 days a week (often 7) and I just didn’t feel I was getting anywhere… I need to find a different learning tool.

  4. Aisha

    I love this post so much, it launched me into a million thoughts about my own dreams – the attainable and unattainable ones. Now I feel refocused, thanks! Best of luck to you guys with the house as well as your other goals!

  5. Caro - Taste of Savoie

    What a lovely post, I love indulging in dreams and wishes and it is true some can be made into a reality with enough determination! I wish you all the best on your new home project it sounds an idyllic lifestyle choice to me!

  6. The Girl Next Door

    Only Rabindranath Tagore could convey such a wealth of meaning in such a few, simple words! This quote holds good with respect to travel, too, I think – for me, travel is worthwhile only when I have managed to immerse myself in the local food, culture, experiences and people. 🙂

  7. Heidi Roberts

    I have always wanted to fly – I used to have dreams where I could wave my arms and run and soar! My dream now is to spend as much time as possible in the Caribbean and really get to know it like a second home!


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