I like to listen to TED Talks every now and then because there are a lot of speeches related to a lot of fields and I feel like from every of them I can learn something new or to learn how to analyze the problem or the topic from a different perspective. For those you do not know, TED Talks are a series of global conferences supported by an American nonprofit association, the Sapling Foundation, to disseminate the ideas they consider that are worth promoting.
Today I want to share with you five speeches which I find inspiring and which can inspire you either to start traveling, either to reconsider the reasons why you are doing it. It might take you some time to listen to all of them, thing which maybe you don’t want to do on a Sunday, but you can do it any other time. Sometimes I listen to them while I have some free time, but in most of the cases I do it when I am cleaning, or preparing some food or when I am walking on the street and I don’t feel like listening to music.
1. Ben Saunders – Why bother leaving the house?
Ben is a 40 years old explorer but also a motivational speaker and he is best known for his North Pole and South Pole expeditions. He is trying to make people leave the comfort of their homes and start to travel the world because as he says, “that’s where the meat of life is, the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days”.
2. Hugh Evans – What does it mean to be citizen of the world?
Hugh Evans is a 34 years old humanitarian focusing on reducing extreme poverty in developing countries. He is trying to encourage people to do something for the less fortunate ones while they are traveling and to be the voice of the people they meet along their journey who can’t stand up for themselves.
3. Pico Iyer – Where is home?
Iyer is a 60 years old essayist who writes for Time magazine and who also publishes regularly in Harper’s magazine, The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. He promotes Proust’s idea that the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new sights but in looking with new eyes because after you are able to see everything with new eyes you will be able to understand what surrounds you and see everything from a different point of view.
4. Dame Ellen MacArthur – The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world
Ellen MacArthur is a 41 years old sailor who broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe. As Hugh Evans, Ellen also promotes traveling as a form of understanding the world we live in and as a form of becoming aware of how we can make the world a better place because, as she says, the decisions we make today affect what’s left for tomorrow.
5. Kitra Cahana – A glimpse of life on the road
Kitra is a 30 years old documentary photographer who dreamed about living on the road since a very young age, being scared of having a life dictated by routine. She documented the life of the wanderers who live the so called nomadic dream.
These are just a few of speeches that I recommend. You can find many more on TED website. I think sometimes all we need to get inspired to hit the road are a few words coming from the right people. I am a supporter of travels during which you observe what surrounds you and how people live in other parts of the world. I am a supporter of travels during which you see, understand and try to find solutions that can be implemented to solve problems faced by different communities.