I do, you do – we all like to travel! Even if it means only to visit a place nearby your town. The feeling is incredible, and it makes us want more, even though the intensity of the wish to travel is different for every person.

Although we think of traveling as a great escape into the unknown, sometimes what we’re missing to start planning an individual trip and make the first step out of our comfort zone is a little bit of drive and motivation. We are people, and it often happens that we get caught up in our daily routines, forgetting how doing something else for change can impact our lives and make them better. That is why, from time to time, you should take a break from whatever dull stuff you seem to be doing and find a way to explore and daydream.

Some people like to read quotes; some prefer watching documentaries about certain destinations, others tend to read specific books about cities in the world, while I feel delighted when I listen to Ted talks about traveling.

If you haven’t heard of them, even though they are famous all over the world, Ted talks are speeches on different topics that are organized during a TED Conference. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design and it is a conference held in various cities throughout the whole world. When it comes to the speeches, the slogan of TED says it all: “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Check out the best TED talks that will make you wanderlust:

  1. Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

A recent speech from this year by Chris Burkard, a surf photographer, even though he’s saying in the statement that he’s not even sure if that’s a real profession. Chris presents many photos and videos, tells the story of his life and his passion and will encourage you to be and do whatever you love to do in life. His aspirations will shock you, as he’s searching for the coldest waters on earth to surf and take photographs.

Watch the video: www.ted.com/talks/chris_burkard_the_joy_of_surfing_in_ice_cold_water

  1. Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature

Karen Bass, an ambitious filmmaker, discovered her passion for traveling at the age of 7. She’s opening her heart to express the following, said in her own words: “I’m a fortunate person. I’ve been privileged to see so much of our beautiful Earth and the people and creatures that live on it”. Karen reveals the beauty of exploring the world as it is, not as we have heard of.

Watch the video: www.ted.com/talks/karen_bass_unseen_footage_untamed_nature

  1. Pico Iyer: Where is home?

Pico Iyer opens up and tells his life story, connecting the story to the topic associated with the question: where do you come from? Even though he’s Indian, he has never spent a day living in the land of his origin, which is how he explains that home is not something concrete but rather a feeling, a person or something entirely abstract. In his speech, he also uses the famous quote: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in­ looking with new eyes.” He also states that where you come from is not as important as where you’re going. This speech will provoke you to travel to find yourself and to find a home.

Watch the video: www.ted.com/talks/pico_iyer_where_is_home

  1. Roz Savage: Why I’m Rowing Across the Pacific

This courageous woman will give you goosebumps with the speech about her incredible journey. She had crossed the Atlantic by herself and had completed the biggest challenge by becoming the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. During her speech, she reveals many details about her journey, and she explains the consequences and threats to our fascinating planet with the increase of pollution problems and climate changes. She is also the founder of a movement called “Eco-Heroes.”

Watch the video: www.ted.com/talks/roz_savage_why_i_m_rowing_across_the_pacific

  1. Francis Tapon: How and why travel transforms you

At that point of life when you think you have everything you need, you might ask yourself if that’s as far as it gets? Well, Francis Tapon also came to this point in life when he had everything he needed, but still, there was something missing; the meaning of life. In his speech, he reveals that he decided to quit his job at Microsoft to do what he would have if he had a billion dollars – TRAVEL THE WORLD. That’s when his life started changing and becoming more and more attractive.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Bd8pNYH8A

  1. Andrew Evans: Open Road, Open Life

Andrew Evans talks about his dream to visit Antarctica and how he managed his journey to his dream land, even though everyone was telling him that he couldn’t make it. He also points out the differences between a traveler and a tourist, stating how much better is to be a traveler rather than a tourist. This speech will inspire you never to stop dreaming and never quit on getting to your favorite destination in the world, no matter how far it is. He says that when you look at the map of the world, and you see that you have both your hometown and your dream town on that map, then it’s possible to get there. The place is not on the moon; it’s actually on your planet.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?t=225&v=n5pZ-poLyOw

  1. Robin Esrock: Learn To Travel – Travel To Learn

Robin Esrock will teach you how to travel, saying that people mainly regret not traveling more in life. He goes back to a certain unpleasant life event that he calls the awakening, saying that we’re not getting any younger and if the world isn’t going anywhere, we most certainly are. He says that even though bad things are not okay to happen, we need those kinds of wake-up calls to remind us of our biggest desires. He will encourage you to believe in your decisions and to think that wherever you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?t=571&v=S0TemlxiMdw

  1. Tomislav Perko: How to travel the world with almost no money

Through his experience, Tomislav will explain to you how to travel on a small budget and still have an enjoyable trip. Humorously, he will give you many lessons on how to hitchhike, how to meet new people and where to spend the night. It is a truly inspiring, funny and useful speech.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7vmHGAshi8

  1. Vincent Moon and Naná Vasconcelos: Hidden music rituals around the world

This speech will have you thinking about the possible combination of technology and the road itself. To travel is not only to see things but also to hear and experience them. Plus, the world is rich with extraordinary and unique sounds. The final part of the video is a performance by Naná Vasconcelos, a musician that Vincent Moon discovered during his trips.

Watch the video: www.ted.com/talks/vincent_moon_and_nana_vasconcelos_the_world_s_hidden_music_rituals

  1. JD, Jackson, and Buck Lewis: On Traveling and How to just DO IT

This is the best family you’ll ever see! A father and his two sons have been traveling for a while, not just to see the world but also to help the people in need. They will try to inspire you to travel, experience the world and make it become a better place. They have even made their foundation called Twelve in Twelve, and it’s about raising awareness so that we can help people around the world.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?t=647&v=KgAPxq9-T9o

Having just one afternoon in the company of your hot coffee and these TED talks can change the way you perceive traveling, helping you overcome your fears of losing something to proceed your dreams. Some of them might stress you, scare you or even disgust you, but they will make you feel delighted and motivated. They might even make you leave your town immediately.

One thing is for sure; these TED talks are here to inspire you to live your life better!


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