Freya Stark

British travel writer (1893-1993)

Dame Freya Madeline Stark DBE (31 January 1893 - 9 May 1993), was an Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer.

Freya Stark in 1923


  • One can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it into a healthy private pattern of one's own and I suppose that is the difference between travel and tourism.
  • To awaken quite alone in a strange town, is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
    • Baghdad Sketches
  • There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
    • The Journey's Echo (1963), p. 161.