Living Abroad: A Bit of Humor

by Miss Footloose

Miss Footloose has a collection of quotations related to living the expat life and travel abroad and hopes you might find in the selection below a bit of comfort, wisdom and humor to sustain you in your daily struggles.

The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. — Marcel Proust


I traveled a great deal all over the world, and I got along pretty good in all these foreign countries, for I have a theory that it’s their country and they got a right to run it like they want to. — Will Rogers


I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. — Bill Bryson


Cannibal Special

Cannibal Special

Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary.             —  Oscar Wilde
If you look like your passport picture, you’re too ill to travel. — Will Kommen
I am pleased the Ministry of Culture is protecting the morals of the expatriate bankers and their girlfriends. — Mick Jagger


Fork in the Road
If you come to a fork in the road, take it. — Yogi Berra
When one realizes that one’s life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels. — Edward Dahlberg
It’s an amazing country. Nearly everyone who lives here is an expatriate. It’s like a fairyland. — Pan Howell (Must be Dubai…?)


Two of the greatests gifts we can give our children are roots and wings. — Hodden Carter
The further one goes, the less one knows. — Lao-tzu
Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages. — Dave Barry


The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Catalan bookstore owner in Macondo
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The Proust quote has always been my favourite, and it’s in my manuscript [which I’m having a tough time editing due to family duties].

Great quotes! Travel does broaden the mind.


Loved everyone these quotes and as an expat I can relate to all of them.

Enjoyed those! A good smile to start my Sunday morning. 🙂

It’s an amazing country. Nearly everyone who lives here is an expatriate. It’s like a fairyland. — Pan Howell (Must be Dubai…?)

Dubai’s population consist of 80+% expatriates from 200 different countries!

YES!! Spot on! 🙂

Here in Cayman, in the Caribbean, we are plagued with a strong anti-expat sentiment that is fostered by all the local politicians. Native-born ethnic Caymanians are protected against foreign competition in the private-sector workforce, and the effect of that protection is that they don’t feel the need to become educated, or to learn anything about the outside world. In several blogposts and newspaper columns over the years I have declared my partial solution as follows. Give every school-leaver $1000 cash, a backpack, and a one-way air ticket around the world good for 12 months. When they come back – if… Read more »

What a lovely collection! My own favourites:
Not all those who wander are lost – J. R. R. Tolkien
Unpack your bags and plant your trees – Charles Frame (advice to Ruth Reken from her father about living a full life wherever you are)


Love these….you can’t beat travel…it’s the best education

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