Travel Quote Tuesday | John Steinbeck

“Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.” ~ John Steinbeck

Perhaps best known for his novels and short stories, John Steinbeck also wrote several non-fiction titles including his travelogue, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, in which he portrayed a road trip he made with his poodle Charley, in 1960.

The short quote above is most commonly shared, but it’s worth reading the longer version below to really appreciate how accurately Steinbeck captured one of the most wonderful aspects of travel – the memories made and cherished for a lifetime.

“…many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. I remember a man in Salinas who in his middle years traveled to Honolulu and back, and that journey continued for the rest of his life. We could watch him in his rocking chair on his front porch, his eyes squinted, half-closed, endlessly traveling to Honolulu.”

I’ve always said that a great trip gives me three periods of joy – the anticipation that builds up during the research, planning, booking and waiting period, the wonderful experience of the trip itself, and the pleasure of recounting and reliving the memories for years and years to come.

“Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.” John Steinbeck

This image of sun rays hitting the surface of a pond was taken in Abbotsbury Gardens, in Dorset.

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11 Comments to "Travel Quote Tuesday | John Steinbeck"

  1. Yukti

    I loved this quote as for some of the places I really feel in such a way that I am still there. Sometimes, I say to my friends that my soul is wandering there and I am physically present here. I don’t know why this happens but when I close my eyes, I feel and smell the air of that particular place. Loved this thought as it is very much connected to me.

  2. Soumya Gayatri

    This is a lovely quote. And definitely speaks of what I have always gone through after my trips and long after that. The mind never ceases to wander. Especially after I have visited ruins of any kind. I just feel like I have left a piece of myself in those places.

  3. Nicole Anderson

    Places that we get excited about and plan to go to because they hold great significance for us will always be special. Assuming that our expectations are met or even exceeded while we are there, then the place(s) never truly leave us. I guess that is just a fabulous benefit of travel that way in that it stays with you always.

  4. Annick

    So true! And I agree with your three periods that a trip adds joy to. The memories, good or bad, last a lifetime and certainly enrich our experiences. I can’t imagine not traveling and I’m so grateful that I’m able to enjoy it.

  5. Daniel

    This is a wonderful quote I can totally relate to it. some trips leave a lasting impression not just in minds but in our way of lives. Memories both, good and bad, last a lifetime and certainly enrich our experiences. Thank you for sharing

  6. amar singh

    Some great works by a great laureate I must say on travel. I certainly take back a piece of the place as a memory personally which last for a lifetime. Thanks for sharing this great piece of work .


    Absolutely right… And as bloggers, we actually relive it many times..again and again, every time someone comments, everyone someone shares our post. Isn’t it wonderful to not have these travel memories fade away!

  8. Danik

    This quote is so true. Got to keep the travel memories alive otherwise whats the point of traveling. THats how I see it.

  9. Judy

    The quote is what I feel about traveling to places. I feel rather than being touristy vibes, travel is much more. Totally loved the capture the photo matches the quote aptly.

  10. Sandy N Vyjay

    John Steinbeck is a personal favourite and this quote of his is very close to the heart. Indeed one travels long after the physical part is done. As you have mentioned people travel multiple times to the place that they visit on the wings of their imagination.


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