I find myself writing down little notes each time I pick up the magazine. These favorite travel quotes from Condé Nast Traveler’s Editor in Chief, Pilar Guzmán, are usually most of the them.

Favorite Travel Quotes from Condé Nast Traveler's Editor in Chief

Having been a subscriber to CNT for years, it’s a magazine I’ve long gone to for travel. Meaningful travel with joy-filling stories lift off the pages and most importantly, inspire me. It’s hard not to be enamored my the photos and words of this monthly magazine. (For the record, this is not sponsored).

Every issue, there’s one page titled, “Letter from the Editor.” I head here first and for good reason. Pilar Guzmán releases potent words in an introduction to that month’s issue, and I’m always mesmerized. How she says so much in so little, pulls me in and forces me to think outside of my normal perimeters.

So without saying anymore, here are some of my favorite travel quotes from Condé Nast Traveler’s Editor in Chief. You can find all of her beautifully written articles here.

Favorite Travel Quotes from Condé Nast Traveler’s Editor in Chief…


“It’s in these discomfiting moments of almost losing ourselves that we find, ironically, our deepest faith in humanity—and in ourselves.”

“Today I think a lot about those travel experiences that simultaneously repel and compel us to dig deeper, to work through initial discomfort or loneliness. Put another way, I’ve come to realize it’s only when we feel a little lost ourselves that we’re truly ripe for a certain kind of vulnerable interaction.”

“Something about the slow unfolding of time at sea—with the perennial horizon almost as a metaphor—took us back to an age when we’d imagined we’d sail on like this forever.”

“Consciously or not, what we travelers are seeking nearly every time we board a plane is the feeling of foreignness.”

“We travel for the thrilling (and sometimes uncomfortable) disorientation of losing ourselves in a new culture where things look, taste, and sound different, and to understand ourselves freed from all of our familiar constructs.”

“And we know that we become better, smarter, more compassionate, creative, entrepreneurial, and competitive both in our individual lives and in the world when we learn from the different people and places we’re lucky enough to experience up close.”

“…we are interested in the way a place, in all of its ineffable complexity, beauty, and sometimes darkness, tugs at us and calls us back, much like human relationships do.”

“Experience has no expiration date.”

“We know from your often poetic encomiums in this survey that you’ve celebrated many important milestones and memorable winter breaks in these devastated areas, and have been lastingly transformed by the their otherworldly turquoise waters and kind and welcoming people.”

“Nostalgia sparked a conversation about our shared lifelong wanderlust, the places we have yet to visit, and the bittersweet sense of a foreshortening future at middle age.”

“While we may have moved from American Express Travelers Cheques and postcards to Apple Pay and Facebook Live, what doesn’t change is the way in which walking into a medieval hilltop town square in Liguria at the golden hour, or diving through a pristine wave in Sumba, reminds us how lucky we feel to be alive, and changes our perception of time.”

“Except, of course, when we travel. While we may have moved from American Express Travelers Cheques and postcards to Apple Pay and Facebook Live, what doesn’t change is the way in which walking into a medieval hilltop town square in Liguria at the golden hour, or diving through a pristine wave in Sumba, reminds us how lucky we feel to be alive, and changes our perception of time.”

“Thirty years later, we still believe that the very best kind of travel comes when we are armed with the right information, itineraries, on the ground intel—and, yes, technology to move through the world with a confidence that allows for serendipity.”

“But it is only in stepping outside of our comfort zone, permitting ourselves to move toward something we can’t quite picture, that we allow for the slow unfolding of memories in the making—and, yes, for that horizon line to inch back just a little further.”

“Those of us who live for our next trips dream about places long before we’ve ever been there, and often mourn them on departure.”

“In a publication that celebrates discovering ever more remote destinations around the world, it’s often the car and train rides, or long walks (such as those between tiny villages in southwestern Wales), that define an adventure in hindsight.”

— Pilar Guzmán


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