7 inspirational travel quotes from Anthony Bourdain


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Through his writing and television shows, Anthony Bourdain fearlessly explored the world through food and inspired fans to follow along. His career as a celebrity chef, travel television host and author captivated audiences and instilled envy the world over. In fact, he appeared to have it all.

But the journey ended all too soon for Bourdain. While in Strasbourg, France, for an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” he died by suicide at the age of 61. The network confirmed his death, though we may never know the details of Bourdain’s life that led to this end.

Though Bourdain will no longer offer us new footprints to follow, we can continue learning from his signature wit and wisdom. Here, we remember his adventurous legacy with some of his best advice on travel.

1. Travel Far

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel—as far and as widely as possible,” he advised in his book “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.” “Sleep on floors if you have to.”

2. Find A Walkable Neighborhood

“If I have a good base of operations, It will be someplace I can wander from, someplace I can walk around in a neighborhood that I like,” he shared in an interview with Money. “I don’t want to be in a resort. This is something I avoid absolutely… I want to find a hotel in the center of things … or in a neighborhood that has charm and character. The sort of place that I can walk to a cafe or a hawkers center and sit down and, you know, feel the place.”

3. Experiment

“[W]ithout experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund,” Bourdain wrote in “Medium Raw.”

4. Slow Down

“You can’t take it in, driving by stuff. That’s not satisfying,” Bourdain told Money. “Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch.”

5. Expect To Grow And Learn

In an interview with “Fine Dining Lovers, when asked how important it is for chefs to travel as much as possible, Bourdain said, “It’s the same with anybody else. I think you become a better person by travelling, and are more likely to empathize with other people.”

6. Be Willing To Experience The Bad In Pursuit Of The Good

“I’ve found that you’re not going to have the really great travel experiences if you’re not willing to experience the bad ones,” Bourdain told Business Insider. “If you don’t leave yourself open for things to happen to you, nothing really is going to happen to you, good or bad.”

7. Explore What’s Close To Home

“It’s also wildly exciting to be open to the unfamiliar, because it just might be delicious,” he shared with Cosmopolitan. “And I know not everyone can travel the world like I do for my TV show. But wherever you are, you can explore. One of the best things about this country is that it’s filled with people from somewhere else — you can travel the world without leaving your town.”

If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

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50 gorgeous lakes everyone should see at least once

50 gorgeous lakes everyone should see at least once

These days we’re all dreaming about traveling again. Why do you love travel? Is it about rare architecture or world-class museums? Food you’ve never tried before? Immersing yourself in a different culture? Or could it be about experiencing amazing natural phenomena such as animal migrations, gorgeous beaches…or hauntingly beautiful lakes? 

Some lakes shine in winter, and others in summer. Some are beautiful because of the simplicity of the surrounding landscape—while the beauty of others can’t be separated from the grand geological features surrounding them. 

Whatever your preferences, we feel certain you’ll find plenty of lakes on this list that you’ll want to put on your travel list.

Here are 50 photos of gorgeous bodies of water all around the world.

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When this nearly mile-deep lake freezes in the frigid Siberian winter (the ice is so thick you could drive a car on it), methane gas that rises from the lake’s floor creates gorgeous patterns in the ice.

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Located at nearly 18,000 feet above sea level—making this one of the highest lakes in the world—this beautiful alpine lake remains frozen for over six months out of the year.

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Yamdrok (which means “turquoise” in English) is a sacred lake to Tibetans. The long, slender body of water is surrounded by a beautifully austere landscape of hills and snow-capped mountains.


“Five Flower Lake” is located within the spectacular Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its crystal-clear waters reveal fallen tree trunks lying on the lake bottom.

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Nope, this isn’t photoshopped. Diablo Lake’s unwordly turquoise water is caused by suspended rock particles that sift into the lake after being ground up by surrounding glaciers.

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Looking straight out of a fairytale, this aquamarine lake in the Julian Alps is best known for the island in its middle (thanks, Instagram!), which is home to a centuries-old, red-roofed church.

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Gleaming Lake Pichola, surrounded by the city of Jaipur, is a man-made lake that was first developed in 1362 AD. Over the centuries, marble palaces and temples have been built around the lake and on its four islands.

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Gorgeous, circular Crater Lake is, yes, a lake formed in a caldera after volcanic activity. It’s one of the deepest lakes in the world — the deepest in the Western Hemisphere, in fact. The purity of the water and the beauty of the surrounding landscape make it one of the most stunning natural phenomenons in the United States.

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Lake Powell is a reservoir that, sadly, drowned spectacular canyon lands after a dam was built on the Colorado River. That being said, the tops of the canyons are still visible ,and myriad inlets make this a very intriguing and beautiful lake to explore.

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Colorful historic villas line the shores of Lake Como, and steep, forested mountains rise high behind them. The lake has been popular since Roman times as a retreat for artists and aristocrats.

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Quaint lakeshore villages and the snowy Swiss Alps reflected in its serene blue waters? Check. Lake Lucerne is another alpine wonder.

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You practically couldn’t throw a dart in Norway and not hit a spectacular lake, but Rossvatnet—which is Norway’s second-largest lake—offers a simple beauty made up of land rolling gently away from the lakeshore, and views of distant snowy peaks.

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Stunning Lake Tahoe, ringed by trees and surrounded by snowy mountains in the distance, is one of North American’s ancient lakes and has the distinction of being the deepest lake after Crater Lake.


Breathtaking in its scope and size, this great inland sea can be explored from many angles. In the winter, visitors trek to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where magnificent ice caves await them.

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Melissani Lake is located below ground level inside a soaring cave—like the cenotes of the Yucatan—and its impossibly clear waters are (of course) a popular tourist attraction.

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The largest lake in Chile is the keeper of a spectacular secret. The lake’s wave action against marble cliffs on its shores, over millennia, has carved out truly breathtaking caves, columns, and other formations that visitors can explore on commercial tours or by kayak.

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The limestone bottom of this lagoon, located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, turns the water a hauntingly clear turquoise. The lake is fed by the Yucatan Peninsula’s extensive underground rivers, which give rise to the cenotes that have made this part of Central America a destination for adventure-seekers.

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Glacier-fed Lake Louise is a milky turquoise, and the surrounding mountains—as seen from luxury hotel Fairmont’s Chateau Lake Louise—make the alpine lake impossibly gorgeous.

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This deep, high-altitude lake in the Andes is home to floating islands made out of reeds by indigenous residents. Its deep blue creates a striking effect against the surrounding arid hills.

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Micro-organisms in the water turn Lake Hillier in Western Australia into a startling opaque pink, and salt in the water dries into a shining white crust along the lakeshore.

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Crystal-clear Hanging Lake, in Glenwood Canyon, is a travertine lake fed by waterfalls. The delicate landscape is visited in summer, but can be dangerous in winter.

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The backdrop to this long, Z-shaped lake is the jagged and snow-covered mountain range called The Remarkables, which lends the scenery an air of rugged drama.

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Clear, turquoise-colored Torch Lake is nearly 20 miles long, and very popular in the summer with outdoor enthusiasts.

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Another unwordly turquoise lake that’s fed by silt from glaciers. Garibaldi is surrounded by magificent, snow-covered peaks in the distance, and hills that rise steeply from the lakeshore.

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Fed by underwater springs, Deer Lake is known for its nearly unbelievable clarity and the shifting colors of its waters. The lake is studded with islands, where wildlife can be seen.

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This fresh water lake’s clarity, and the white silica-sand beach surrounding it, are stunning. The lake sits above the water table, so it is filled with rainwater only—making it too pure to support any life forms—which only adds to the lake’s eerily pristine appeal.

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You could get lost in this enormous, island-studded body of water. People flock here to fish and boat in the summer, or ice-fish in the winter.

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Located in Nepal’s spectacular Shey Phoksundo National Park in the Himalayas, Phoksundo Lake’s brilliant turquoise waters are surrounded by jagged glacial mountains.

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Like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park. Rugged landscape and surrounding mountains make this alpine lake a photographer’s dream.

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This lake, which formed in the crater of an extinct volcano, turns a brilliant blue during Australia’s summer months. During the winter, its color is more muted, and scientists are still not sure why.

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Located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, this clear turqouise lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The area is rich with wildlife such as bear, caribou, and moose.

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The Grand Tetons are some of the most breathtaking mountains in the United States. Delta Lake, located within Grand Teton National Park, is another meltingly beautiful “rock-flour”-fed turquoise lake.

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The serenely beautiful Borovoe, located in Burabay National Park, is ringed by lush forests and striking rock formations. A circular inlet in the lake makes for a dramatic photo-op.

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The second-oldest freshwater lake in the world (after the ancient Lake Baikal), and also the longest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika boasts beautifully clear water that can show, in different areas, the sometimes-stunning rock formations beneath.

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Dried salt formations in and around the lake and the austere beauty of the surrounding Negev desert make the Dead Sea stunningly beautiful (and yes, it really is a lake, not a sea). It’s almost impossible to swim beneath the surface due to the lake’s high saline content.

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Bayous and sloughs, punctuated with submerged bald cypress trees and rafts of Spanish moss, make this lake a mysterious place for exploration. The wetland is protected by an international treaty.

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Located within the Nakuru National Park in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is widely known for the vast flocks of flamingos that feed on the lake’s abundant algae.

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Lake Champlain, which straddles the border between the US and Canada, is notable for the islands within it. Stacks of gently rolling hills add to its air of serene beauty.

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Maroon Lake, located a short drive from Aspen, is a mountain lake that sometimes perfectly reflects the distant Maroon Bells peak in its waters.

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Atitlan is a Sierra Madres crater lake, and it’s the deepest in Central America. Three volcanoes preside over one side of the lake, while small towns and villages hug the lakeshore on the other, making for impossibly beautiful photo ops at every turn.

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This government-protected “little sea” is a haven to nearly 200 bird species, and the lotus flowers that bloom from February to March drape the water with pink.

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Deep, clear Sebago is dotted with beautifully sandy beaches and is surrounded by forest. Visitors come here year-round to swim or to cross-country ski in a serenely beautiful landscape.

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Dam-created Lake Martin is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. Rocky, tree-covered formations rise directly out of the water in places, making this a beautiful place to explore.

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The Lake District in England is known worldwide as a destination for lake aficionados. Derwentwater is one of the largest in the district, with a serene landscape that highlights the forested hills of Cumbria.

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Huge freshwater Lake Okeechobee is as shallow as one could expect from a lake that’s a gateway to the magnificent Everglades. Visitors come here year-round to traverse the surrounding Florida National Scenic Trail.

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One of the few lakes in Hawaii, Lake Wa’ia’u is located inside the cinder cone of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea. The contrast between its blue water and the unforgiving volcanic landscape that surrounds it is stunning.

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Pehoe Lake, located in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, is an unwordly crystalline body of water that reflects the jagged peaks of the surrounding mountains, which seem to rise up directly from the lake.

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Maligne Lake is another alpine lake—this one located in Alberta’s Jasper National Park—that boasts vivid turquoise waters that reflect the jagged glaciers around them.

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Lake Coeur d’Alene was formed over 10,000 years ago by floods that ripped through this part of the country. Today, it’s a dam-controlled body of water that is beloved in summer for its beaches.

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Reknown for its many delicate travertine waterfalls, the conjoined Plitvice Lakes (located within a national park) are soothing and translucent.

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