Remember when TEDx Talks were the educational videos of the future?
Like others, I watched tons of TEDx Talks when I was a senior in college, trying to swallow all this incredible information without being overloaded.
While there are all sorts of educational video resources scattered throughout Netflix, YouTube, and TikTok nowadays, here are five best TEDx Talks for travel inspiration.
Francis Tapon: How & why travel transforms you
In 2007, he became the first person to do a round-trip backpacking backpacking the Continental Divide Trail. In this talk, Tapon discusses how travel can be a catalyst for transforming your life, and it’ll certainly motivate you to want to travel as much as you can before it’s too late.
Rick Steves: The value of travel
Rick Steves is like the God of travel to most Americans.
After spending 4 months a year for the last 30 years living out of a suitcase, Rick Steves reflects on the value of mindful travel. From Iran to El Salvador, Steves talks about why spending so much time and money away from home has widened his worldview, enriched his life, and made it clear to him that, “Fear is for people who don’t get out very much.”
Lexie Alford: Youngest person to travel to every country in the world
Lexie Alford was 21 when she broke the Guinness Book of World Records when she traveled to every single country in the world (yes, all 196).
By the age of 12, she had already visited 70 countries with her parents (more than what most people see in their entire life). Alford shares her stories from around the world to inspire others, especially women, to get out of their comfort zones to stimulate personal growth.
Lavinia Spalding: The importance of travel writing
Award-winning food and travel writer Lavinia Spalding encourages audiences to become travel writers and speaks about the power of travel stories. She discusses how the art of storytelling contributes to global understanding and change.
Pico Iyer: Where is home?
Renowned travel writer Pico Iyer discusses the true meaning of “home” in this inspirational talk. He talks about why so many people are living in countries that they didn’t grow up in (*raises hand*) as well as the peacefulness of standing still in bustling lifestyles.
TEDx Talks are incredible ways to get a few minutes of inspiration into your day. There are even TEDx podcasts (and TEDx SHORTS, 10-min. bursts of wisdom) out there to help you listen along while you WFH.
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