To Travel is to Live

To Travel is to Live
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We believe this quatrain by Hans Christian Andersen truly expresses our philosophy of travel, especially the third line that says, “To roam the roads of lands remote.” I did some research for the origin of this quote and haven’t yet nailed it down. I read in one place that this poem is from “The Snow Queen,” and yet other sources say it is from The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography. I did a Google text search of the latter but found nothing. If you can shed light on the origin or publication of this lovely poem, please share it with us in the comments section below.

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.

—Hans Christian Andersen


  1. Peter J Blankenheim

    “To travel is to live”, that is what I searched to find you. Travel was a new experience for Hans at the time. He raved about the “Clouds, no wait, those are hills! I’ve never seen hills like that!”
    This is the first I’ve heard of the rest of the quatrain.
    Aside: Was he the one who pronounced Copenhagen with an ‘aaaahhhh’. That is the German pronounciation. Denmarkians prefer ‘hagen” ( ‘aaayyy’)

    • Howard Blount

      Hey Peter! Thanks for your insight on the Hans Christian Andersen quote. I am afraid I do not know whether he initiated pronunciation of Copenhagen with a short “a.” I would think as a Dane he would know how to pronounce it correctly.


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