I recently stumbled upon a video in my Facebook newsfeed, and my friend’s tagline ‘I hope I don’t come off like this’ going with it, drew in my attention. In the video a girl, who has just returned from another exotic destination, visits her friend’s home and meets two of his friends. While they question her about why she travels and how she’s even able to afford it (‘her dad invented YouTube’), she bangs out one inspirational travel quote after the other. From ‘Travel leaves you speechless and makes you a storyteller’ to ‘Travel is the one thing you buy that makes you richer’ – all the classics are there. One of the guys buys totally into her talk, and books a flight to Bali for the weekend, but the other girl isn’t having any of it – for her, she is just a rich girl, who thinks everybody can just embark on a lifetime of travels. Obviously bored of the conversation – or running out of travel quotes – she turns around to ‘board a first class flight to Madagascar’. The camera zooms in on the spot where she just used to stand – where she left behind two perfect foot prints.

‘Eat, Pray, Shut Up’ – that’s the tag line the website hosting the video used to introduce it. You can see it here.

While I seriously hope that I never come across like the girl in the video to any of my friends, I also have to confess that I am definitely one to bang out such travel quotes – at least on social media. They are simply inspirational, and I just wish life would actually be that easy. It’s not though – usually bills win over plane tickets when it comes to what to spend my last pennies on, and I travel for distraction more often than for fulfilment. Eventually, some of these travel quotes – and really most other wise sayings – are just empty words. Nobody ever tells you the truth.

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So, the truth is, it’s not about how far you go, or how frequently you travel; how awesome your posts on Instagram look, or how exotic the destination was. Instead it’s really just about going at all! Jumping in your car (or a train or a bus), choosing a direction and just leave. Forget the empty quotes, and find your own wisdom on the road.

To spread this message even further we have partnered up with the car make Nissan, who have just launched a campaign to introduce their new Nissan Juke, a car made for those who are spontaneous and on the lookout to find their own truths about life. Part of this campaign is this website where you can choose your own inspirational travel quote to share with your friends – with the difference, that you get to say the honest truth. From ‘Even Google Maps can’t show you the way in life’ to ‘Rather than reading quotes on your laptop – go out and write them yourselves’ – these are some of the brutal truths of life. Finally someone says it.

You can choose from 26 quotes and 26 different backgrounds, and share your wisdom with the hashtag #klappezu, which means something like ‘shut up’ in German. The entire campaign is in German, but you can still use the hashtag to share your own quotes even if you don’t speak German. Here is an inspiration from us:


What is your ultimate travel truth?

*powered by Nissan

This is a post by Kathi Kamleitner.

Kathi Kamleitner was a regular contributor at Travelettes from 2013 to 2019. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she packed her backpack to travel the world and lived in Denmark, Iceland and Berlin, before settling in Glasgow, Scotland. Kathi is always preparing her next trip – documenting her every step with her camera, pen and phone.

In 2016, Kathi founded Scotland travel blog WatchMeSee.com to share her love for her new home, hiking in the Scottish Highlands, island hopping and vegan food. Follow her adventures on Instagram @watchmesee!