CHARLOTTE, NC, December 31, 2017 — As another year fades into the pages of history and a new year begins, it is always a good time to reflect upon recent bygone days and recall the blessings of life. Particularly, to consider, what living with ALS means.

Two Years Post ALS Diagnosis

Since being diagnosed with ALS nearly two years ago, one of my personal struggles has been to understand just exactly what is meant by the phrase “quality of life.”

Fireworks over the Tower Bridge in London (wikipedia)

In a sense “quality of life” for me, anyway, is a bit of an oxymoron because ALS has allowed me more time to travel. More time to reflect on the world as I know it and wish to perceive it. Time to savor precious moments with family and friends that used to escape me.

Living with ALS  has put me in a position to experience life in a deeper, richer and more meaningful environment than ever before.

Not that my disabilities have been fun or easy to overcome, but rather, in a strange and interesting way, they have forced me to slow down and enjoy the time I have had and the life I have remaining.

The passion to travel uninterrupted

For more than half of my life travel has been my passion.

My goal continues to be to visit one hundred or more countries during my lifetime. This year I added eight new destinations,  despite living with ALS, which is probably a personal annual record. At that rate, I could reach my goal in less than three years.

The white facades of Santorini, Greece (

Over the years I have met many people who share my wanderlust spirit and equally as many who could not care less about venturing beyond our borders.

Images of the world captured through travel

Two more of my “quality of life” enjoyments are great quotes and photographs of the sites and sights I have been fortunate enough to experience.

And so, on this final day of 2017, I would like to share 25 of my favorite travel quotes along with pictures of some of the magical places I have been fortunate enough to have experienced at least once and now and then, on multiple occasions.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I cherish sharing them with you.

Wishing you a Happy, Joyous and Prosperous New Year.

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All in a day’s work in the rice fields of Bali (Bob Taylor)

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”Anonymous

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Prayer wheels in Nepal (Bob Taylor)

“Adventure is worthwhile.”Aesop

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Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England (wikipedia)

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”Anonymous

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Cabanas on Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos (Bob Taylor)

“Oh the places you’ll go.”Dr. Seuss

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Hotel San Pietro on the Amalfi Coast in Positano, Italy (hotel san pietro)

“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” Chuck Thompson

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Chateau de Canisy beckons, Normandy, France (Bob Taylor)

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”Mark Twain

Angel Falls from below in Venezuela (wikipedia)

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” Seneca

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Sydney Opera House at night, Sydney, Australia (wikipedia)

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”James Michener

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The Cliffs of Moher in the Republic of Ireland (Bob Taylor)

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.”Clint Borgen

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Lair of the leopard South Africa (John Lasater)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”Mark Twain

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Mayan ruins at Xunantanich in Belize (Bob Taylor)

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Thailand’s ancient capital at Sukothai (wikipedia)

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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The symmetrical Taj Mahal in Agra, India (Bob Taylor)

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”Robert Louis Stevenson

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Sunset at Santorini, Greece (wikipedia)

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” Eugene Fodor

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Dome of the Rock in Old Jerusalem, Israel (Bob Taylor)

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” Sir Richard Burton

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The rose-red rocks of the Treasury at Petra, Jordan (wikimedia)

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”Gustave Flaubert

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Salzburg, Austria’s architecture captures the imagination (wikipedia)

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”Lawrence Block

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Copper domed roof at the Rock Church interior in Helsinki, Finland (wikipedia)

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”Wendell Berry

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The Matterhorn dominates the view at Zermatt, Switzerland (wikimedia)

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”Anonymous

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Metro stations in Moscow, Russia are art museums (wikipedia)

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”Neale Donald Walsch

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Mont St Michel becomes an island twice each day in France (wikipedia)

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”Chief Seattle

Colorful Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal outside of Lisbon (Estoril Tourism)

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”Ibn Battuta’

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Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia (wikipedia)

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten

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Fireworks light up the sky in Rajasthan, India (India Today)

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”Susan Sontag

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Castle of Chillon on Lake Geneva outside Montreux, Switzerland (wikipedia)

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”Anna Quindlen

And never forget that no matter what “life itself is a journey.”

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.

He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime

Read more of Travels with Peabod and Bob Taylor at Communities Digital News

Read more of Bob’s journeys with ALS and his travels around the world

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