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The Tao of Travel

The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
Murphy's Rules of Travel

Some words of wisdom quoted from The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux.

Murphy’s Rules of Travel:

  • Choose your country, use guidebooks to identify the areas most frequented by foreigners—and then go in the opposite direction.
  • Mug up on history.
  • To travel in ignorance of a region’s history leaves you unable to understand the “why” of anything or anyone.
  • Don’t overplan.
  • It is important to travel light. At least 75 percent of the equipment sold nowadays in camping shops—travel clothesline, roll-up camping mats, lightweight hair dryers—is superfluous.
  • Cyberspace intercourse vitiates genuine escapism.
  • Don’t be inhibited by the language barrier.
  • Be cautious—but not timid.
  • Invest in the best available maps.