7 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Travel

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

Whether you are a globetrotter, an occasional traveler, or planning to take your first trip overseas, these TED Talks on travel will give you some serious wanderlust. Or at the very least, it will make you start thinking about setting out more to unfamiliar destinations and experience life in all its glorious moments while on the road.

Ann Morgan: My year reading a book from every country in the world

Highlights: A reading journey that aims to read one book from each country across the globe. And a call for people to consider reading translated works of foreign authors and the perks one gets from doing it.

Aziz Abu Sarah: For more tolerance, we need more … tourism?

Highlights: As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”. This talk touches on how a simple thing as traveling – of being a tourist, interacting with people from different cultures and background can diminish hate and perhaps even foster more understanding.

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

Highlights: An explorer’s take on why people should go outside. Not because it is a perfect world out there. But because despite the unpleasantness and not-so-good things that happen at times, much of what life is about may be found out there.

Hugh Evans: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?

Highlights: An uplifting talk about what makes a global citizen and how global citizenship can spark and impact change.

Kitra Cahana: A glimpse of life on the road

Highlights: A photojournalist’s look into the nomadic lifestyle of people constantly on the road and who have made vagabonding a way of life.

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

Highlights: A talk that makes you think of what truly makes a home in a time when a growing number of people living in countries other than their own. It also reflects on the happiness that comes with traveling, and how standing still creates tranquility.

Vincent Moon and Nana Vasconcelos: Hidden music rituals around the world

Highlights: A compelling story of a journey that captures the music and rituals rarely seen.

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