Anthony Bourdain made a life of traveling the world and tasting food from every corner of it. And perhaps his most important legacy is the knowledge he gained — and shared — from countless cultural exchanges. You see, Bourdain wasn’t the average journalist. And his no bullsh*t attitude offered a refreshingly honest glimpse into the world of food and travel.
Throughout each of his adventures abroad, Bourdain took the time to sit down with the locals. He interacted with them, shared ideas, and had real, honest conversations. In turn, Bourdain inspired millions to do the same. And he will be missed.
In the wake of his death, we look back on 10 of Bourdain’s most memorable quotes about travel, food, and life.
1. On trying new things
Bourdain made it his mission to experience far-flung places, trying anything and everything along the way. So, it’s no surprise he often spoke about the importance of doing just that. After all, a life without new experiences would be a boring one, indeed.
In his book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, he wrote,
Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.
Next: Go out and seek new experiences.
2. On the importance of moving
Leaving your comfort zone is, simultaneously, one of life’s most terrifying and rewarding moments. Moving is scary, and it often comes with feelings of abandonment. That said, it opens your mind and forces change. And Bourdain’s thoughts on the matter? Well, he was all about living outside your element. He said,
If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.
Next: Don’t plan too much.