The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Urge to Be Someplace Else

“When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked.”

–John Steinbeck. Travels with Charley.

(If you want a book that will make you desire to go, go, go–this is the one.)


11 comments on “The Urge to Be Someplace Else

  1. Darlene
    September 14, 2016

    I found that age just made me more eager to go places!

  2. wesmaynard
    September 14, 2016

    This is exactly what I needed to read. Thanks!

  3. Jeff Walker
    September 14, 2016

    Hooray! You’re reading it! I came across a Word document in which I had saved 3-4 pages of quotes from this book back in 2012. I thought about sending them to you in the hopes you’d do a post just like this one.

    And then BOOM…here you are. 🙂

  4. Maureen Sudlow
    September 14, 2016

    I assure you senility won’t do it either… 🙂

  5. joannerambling
    September 14, 2016

    Some of us never get rid the of urge to travel, me I didn’t have it till 2010 now I love to travel

  6. Duncan Campbell
    September 16, 2016

    Love it. There is absolutely nothing like travel for feeding a stagnant soul.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 16, 2016

      Of course, it leads to even more hunger, more restlessness–like reading a beautiful book makes one want to hide away and keep reading. 🙂

  7. Wonderful reference and wonderful book recommendation. Have a great week.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 18, 2016

      I just finished it this week, and I found I’d really been savoring it. I was so disappointed to get to the end. I had to turn off the little note in my kindle that told me how far it was until the end of the book. 🙂

  8. lifeinasinglepicture
    September 19, 2016

    A beautiful piece of writing. Makes me want to travel more.

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