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What are your favorite quotes about local travel?

A lot of tourists have a consumer attitude — what can I get, instead of what can I learn. We have to put aside our own cultural biases and learn as much as possible from the people we visit. I find that if you stay long enough, learn the language, you get a sense of who locals are as people.
– Clay Hubbs, publisher of Transitions Abroad, quoted in Rethinking Tourism

I’m betting the local is more powerful, that the healthy growth on the forest floor is more important than the rot in the canopy.
– David Brooks, Are we on the path to national ruin?

Developers on the whole tend to look at success modeled in other cities and then import them rather than trying to figure out something fresh that makes sense for their particular situation. You really have to look at the local conditions and ask what makes sense in terms of quality of life.
John Meunier , Urban Planning and Climate Change

Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

Creating local ambassadors helps lure new residents and businesses to a city. For almost anyone assessing a place’s liveability, a place filled with people who are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable gains an instant edge. Marketing a city in such a way that it stands out in the crowded market place always comes down to people – it is people that makes a city more liveable and ultimately more desirable to visit.
– Skye Grove, Destinate

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