Hey! How are you doing? How difficult, fulfilling or anxious have these past few days been? I am sure we are all tired of finding new pitstops in our own house. Lying in bed until late mornings or sitting idle. Amidst all this, I am constantly daydreaming about all the great places I could be at. Perhaps against a backdrop of quiet meadows or maybe turquoise seas? Most of us have a constant need to relish and capture new places and a perpetual desire to travel. Keeping in mind, the pain we all travel enthusiasts are going through, here’s bringing you some relief for the wanderlust inside you.
I’ve always had a subconscious notion of Ted Talks being straight up motivational, but these discoveries somewhat changed that for me. As I was watching them I realized that these Ted talks were not just mere stories but rather perspectives on travel, ones we hardly ever appreciate. I am sure you won’t find every talk here to be relatable but trust me sure each of these has enough & more learnings stretching out not just to our travels but life in general.
So here’s presenting 7 such time worthy Talks that are bound to provide you all the richness in the days that you can’t travel and fill the void in your life. Hit the play button and feel the mental nourishment seep in.
1. The value of travel | Rick Steves | TEDxRainier
“Oh, Rick! Smell this cheese! It smells like the feet of angels!”
Says Rick Steves remembering many of his fascinating incidents while spending 4 months every year of his last 30 years living out of a suitcase. This one is a perfect start to your Ted Travel journey since it talks about thoughtful traveling, learning different cultures, contributing something of your own while absorbing the richness in theirs. He vividly points out how there are so many misunderstandings between people, and traveling is the way to bridge them.
He makes you realize that the human race shares beautiful dreams and people around the world will help you follow yours. Calling us culturally a part of one big embryo, he rightly quotes “Travel wallops my ethnocentricity”
2. How and why travel transforms you by Francis Tapon at TEDxFillmore
“Some of the answers to life’s most profound questions lie in the wilderness”
In the present world, most of us are running a rat race and setting up goals to reach success. We are in the constant process to churn out money, luxury, and great living! Francis Tapon, a Havard graduate, like his cohorts was leading this exact life. Constantly chasing the question “how to make a billion-dollar?” he found the true meaning of his life after he asked himself something different – what would you do if you had a billion-dollar?
A transformative journey of a travel author Francis where he asks you to commune with nature! If you are amongst those who love high terrains, long treks, and difficult hikes, you ought to listen to him. He is one of the world’s greatest hikers and wilderness heroes of our times. From making you realize how important perseverance is, to the solitude of being away from distractions, he covers it all. In this talk, he provides you the stimuli to hike your own hike.
Touching upon the much-needed issue of how to afford travel, Francis talks about living below your means, fulfilling your needs and prioritizing your wants. Learn from a talk that will transform you because you’ll fire neurons in your brain that you’ve never fired before.
3. How to travel the world with almost no money | Tomislav Perko | TEDxTUHH
“In 20 years, you would be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than you did”
Tomislav Perko, 29, is a travel writer, speaker and the man who travels with almost no money. Like most of us, he considered the world a dangerous place, was scared to go into the unknown. After the Global recession, Tomislav lost his career as a stockbroker. With no money and meaning, he finally realized that you don’t have to be brave to travel, all you need is a little bit courage to start. His adventures between points A and B are funny, inspiring, and most importantly patient.
A hitchhiker & a couch surfer, Tomislav makes you aware of a plethora of opportunities to fulfill your dream of travel. In all likelihood, you will not be able to see yourself in his world but his talk surely will transform your social attitude & the way you looked at travel.
Apart from his journeys, he also intensifies post travelling depression and ways to deal with it. Hop into the video to get your share of global-trotting advice and learn from his experiences.
4. Learn to travel — travel to learn: Robin Esrock at TEDxVancouver
“Those of us who travel are either running away or looking for something”
Often wondering how someone lands up in that perfect travel vlogging job? Sunning themselves and experiencing world-class treatments? Robin Esrock had many such questions in mind too. Now a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, he has visited more than 110 countries on seven continents and continues to write, blog, share, and film his ongoing adventures.
He talks about the time when he often kept daydreaming. Leading a life, he wasn’t living. It seemed quite irresponsible to quit a career and go do something irrational. With people around him finishing their “I regret” sentence with “not traveling more” he was exhausted with his mitigated routine. Until one day, an accident made him realize that we certainly not getting any younger. His engaging story with subtle humor will instantly tap your urge to start packing right away.
He ends mentioning two little words of Travel wisdom. Ones he wished he had before. Watch to find out what they are.
5. The art of stillness | Pico Iyer
After a great vacation or a life-changing travel experience, what exactly do we do with it? Is it to just lay frozen on our walls like pictures or drawn into essays and columns? Should the memory last for a day? A month? A year? The answer is no. The most important but neglected part of travel that we often tend to oversee is the modest inner journey.
“If I really want to change my life, I might best begin by changing my mind”
An enthralling talk embarking the journey of Pico Iyer, a British-born essayist, and novelist of Indian descent. Acclaimed travel writer, documenting ignored aspects of travel, he takes pride in living nowhere, emphasizing how we are constantly in demand of our own selves.
We have the experiences, but what we do with it is a question and Mr. Iyer profoundly teases that part of our sensibility.
“In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow.
And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention.
And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as ….?”
Watch to feed you inner curious being.
6. The real reason I traveled to 196 countries | Cassie De Pecol | TEDxMileHigh
Remember the time and effort it took you to plan your last vacation? Now imagine doing it 196 times and all on your own.
Cassie De Pecol is an American author, traveler, activist, and speaker. In 2017, she officially set a record under Guinness World Records in two categories: “Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries” and “Fastest time to visit all sovereign countries – Female” And not just breaking records, Cassie broke some prejudices too.
If you are one of those women who like to travel alone, enjoy a place at your own pace and spend quality time with none but yourself, then this is for you. This video is an inspiring story of a solo women traveler, who, despite the raw fears, decided to travel alone. And rest as they say is history!
Watch the video to know the real reason behind her expedition. You surely will realize what amount of respect and growth you owe yourself!
7. Open Road, Open Life: Andrew Evans at TEDxDanubia
“Travel is one of the greatest human freedoms ever”
Says Andrew Evans, a common man traveling 16000km by bus in 40 days to travel to his dream place – Antarctica. He opens the Ted questioning you with your one travel dream. If you are one of those who would choose to go on a journey instead of a tour, then this one is for you. This is a Talk that is almost a decade old, and hence, his encounters are a perfect window for the travel back then.
Unlike most travel writers who begin writing post-travel so to take the liberty of altering their stories and making them more palatable, Andrew wrote in real-time. He wrote his stories the way they were happening for he believed that the best stories are the true stories.
Hit play to witness one honest travel journey.
If you have reached this part of the article, I will assume that you enjoyed watching these amazing ted talks. As I watched them I couldn’t help but realise some underlying similarities across all of them. Talking about completely different issues, they are were united by a few comon beliefs
Here’s sharing those travel nuggets that we shouldn’t commit the sin of leaving unnoticed –
- Now is the Time– Take that small leap of faith. Indulge in something that you have never done before. Don’t wait for the perfect time or worry about having the means. Just do it. Now!
- People around the world will help you- Without even realizing it, most of us have a cynical attitude towards people. Travelling will make you realize that locals, though might fight among themselves, will always put their guests forward. They will take care of you, provide you with the right advice, and bring out their brightest smile.
- Trust your Gut– Amazing things lie on the other side of fear, all you need to do is trust yourself and your instincts. Anything can happen when you travel. Travel is bound to bring you dilemmas. Instead of getting stressed out, take that leap of faith!
- Get outside your comfort zone– If your heart isn’t skipping a beat all that often then you probably got traveling wrong! Explore a city in the craziest way possible. Go for adventures that create butterflies in your stomach. Push yourself to do new things, and push through those feelings of fear. This is where you’ll find magic!
- Don’t make an excuse – You can never fulfill your dream of traveling if you keep giving excuses. Affording travel is much easier than we believe it to be. By creatively planning out our travel and living under our regular means one can travel more. Stay in a hostel instead of a resort, hitchhike instead of renting a vehicle, eat local food rather than fine dining, etc. All you need to do is embrace the luxury of a simple life.