My Favorite TED Travel Videos: Are you ready to get inspired?
I love TED Talks. They inspire me and challenge my point of view and they make me think about stuff I had never thought about before. So I decided to make a list and put together my most inspiring TED Travel Videos for you. Are you ready to get inspired?
Where is Home? by Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer’s TED Talk on Where is home, is by far my favorite TED Travel Video. He talks about how the simple question “Where are you from?” has turned into a quite complicated one for many of us. 220 Million people do not live in the nation of their birth, but have emigrated, fled or traveled to other countries. We are influenced by the cultural identity of our foreign partner, or parents, friends or coworkers and even if we never left our home, we become at home in those places as well, through them. Iyers talks about how home has turned from a physical place to something that we associate with a feeling or a person, rather than a place, or in his own words: “Home is no longer the place where you were born, but the place where you become yourself”. And while out times force us to move from one place to the next, from one goal to the next, from one thing to the next, we need to stay still to discover the path we want to take.
I recently became a US citizen and I have pondered the question of where I feel at home for a very long time. I have lived abroad for 10 years. Yet when I think of home, I think of Germany. But I also think of my husband and my family. I think of a warm and fuzzy feeling. What comes to your mind, when you think of home?
For more tolerance, we need more … tourism? by Aziz Abu Sarah
Can tourism promote peace? Aziz Abu Sarah, who grew up in Palestine, believes that by visiting other countries, interacting with the locals, and learning how similar they actually are to us, we can no longer hate them. The more we travel, the more open we become. The more we learn about the differences of other cultures, the more we see the similarities. The more we connect with people during our travels, the harder it is to build walls that separate us.
Open Road, Open Life by Andrew Evens
National Geographic explorer Andrew Evens takes 40 buses from Washington DC to fulfill his childhood dream of traveling to Antarctica. He distinguishes between Travel and Tourism and how the unexpected and inconvenient turn us into true travelers, as it leads to a unique rather than a predefined experience of a country. The adventures he experiences bring him closer to the countries he travels through and the people he encounters. Evens encourages us to go out and explore, even if it is risky and uncertain how it will turn out. He warns that “Technology and efficiency is killing our sense of wonder” and we risk losing our wonder, our exhilarating life story, because we want to control it. “Travel is one of greatest human freedoms” because it forces us to let go and trust, rather than cling to a fake sense of certainty and fear.
Why I’m Rowing Across the Pacific by Roz Savage
After 11 years as a Management Consultant Roz Savage knew this wasn’t the life she wanted to live anymore. For too long, she had lived according to the rules that she thought she needed to follow. One day, she had enough and jumped in a boat and rowed 3000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua. She shares the lessons she learned during her trip and how she was able to discover her own strengths and capabilities during this trip. Another important point that Savage discovered as she discovered herself, was that she needed to create her own happiness, rather than waiting passively for happiness to come to her.
The Value of Travel by Rick Steves
This TED Travel Video by Rick Steves is a true gem. Steves has traveled about 1/3 of his adult life, connecting to different cultures and nature all over the world as he explored and discovered his way around the globe. Travel uproots your believe system and challenges the things you accepted as basic truths. Steves challenges not only his believe system, but also fear. Fear is for people who don’t get out very much. He gives great examples how travel opens our minds and gives us an opportunity to learn about the story from a different angle, gain better understanding and maybe even find appreciation of what we had thought before. He is excited to learn from other countries and cultures, their different approaches to the same or similar problems and is inspired by the practical ways of handling them.
Learn to travel — travel to learn by Robin Esrock
Robin Esrock shares his story, how an accident was his wakeup call to travel around the world, something he had been dreaming about ever since he had returned from his backpacking adventure in his early 20s. In the beginning of his adventure, as all of a sudden he has the freedom to do whatever he wants, he feels paralyzed and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and opportunity, but then realizes how each decision is the right choice and “wherever you are, is where you’re supposed to be”. As he travels and explores countries and discovers that people are generally good and want to help you. They are proud to show you their corner of the world.
A Glimpse of Life on the Road by Kitra Cahana
Cahana, a TED Fellow and Photojournalist documented the life of today’s Hobo’s and Vagabonds all over the United States. As she followed these wanderous souls on their journey that never ends, in a world that not many ever get to see, she discovers their hopes, their dreams, yet also the hardship and discrimination that they face each and every day. Why do they choose a life on the road? What turns them off the path of a conventional life and choose a life living off of the crumbs of society?
Why Bother Leaving the House & To the South Pole and Back by Ben Saunders
These are two of my favorite Ted Travel Videos: Ben Saunders is a Polar Explorer that has quite a few adventures on his back already. He crossed the Arctic on skis all by himself, a feat that has never been accomplished before. Saunders also followed the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton on his Nimrod Expedition and Robert Falcon Scott on the Terra Expedition, both of which were unsuccessful, and walked to the South Pole and back to the coast of Antarctica. Or as Business Insider put it so eloquently: “Two Explorers just completed a Polar Expedition that Killed everyone last time it was attempted”. He answers the question, whether it is still worth going outside, when everything already has been discovered, every mountain already has been climbed and every corner explored.
TED Travel Videos: Why Bother Leaving the House
TED Travel Videos: To the South Pole and Back
These are my favorite TED Travel Videos, full of inspiration and dreams, hopes and truths that I wanted to share with you. Do you have any favorite TED talks that inspired you?
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I didn’t get a chance to make it out for any of these in person, so I’m glad you shared! Some really great and powerful messages about travel.
Great videos, Rick Steves is my favorite! Inspiring and thought provoking observations.
Thanks for putting these all in one spot so I can binge watch.
It’s time to binge watch all of these!
Great collection of inspiring videos Maria. I really resonate with that first one “where is home?” though I really think my “home” is wherever I’m happen to be at the time 🙂 That’s why traveling is so much fun!
I loved that one as well. It is one of my favorites. I have lived abroad for 10 years now and the question of “where is home” or “where are you from” really gets to me. Home has become so much more than a place. Can we have 2 homes or even more? It definitely isn’t an easy question for many of us.
Thanks for sharing! These are going to be great to watch and get excited about my next trip 😀
Maria, this is one lively website. Nice work! I’m actually bookmarking it & coming back to spend more time and watch more videos.
Thank you Roy, I appreciate your feedback and I am glad you enjoyed the TED Talks about Travel. Looking forward to having you stop by again soon 🙂
As a Londonder (British) born to Greek Cypriot parents and raised in a Greek household, the Where You’re From totally resonates. Most of my friends in Suburbia London growing up have the same problem, mainly as a result of being 2nd generation with the 1st dominating home life.
Seems like some amazing presenters you have here. I will not lie i did not watch them all . i do believe any positive message that can be delivered through travel is a good one, I often say we travel with our kids so that they can experience other cultures and people’s that will hopefully make them more adaptable and excepting adults
Well, you’ve killed my night for me. I’ll be watching these and getting inspired for a while!
I didn’t realize there were TED travel talks. I’ll be back to watch them all.
I just bookmarked this post because it’s so awesome! I love watching these kinds of inspirational videos. The last one I watched was by the Prime Minister of Bhutan. It just brings out such a positive feeling when watching these videos. Thanks for sharing!
What a great list of inspirational TED Talks. Have not had the chance to watch them all, but will be saving this to come back to it later. I do love Pico Iyer and in particular the question “where are you from.” Great resource. Thank you.
This is one of my dreams — to do a TED talk! Thanks for compiling this! Saving it so I can have a reference. Maybe one day, one of us will get the chance to do it!
Great collection of videos – so inspiring! The Where Is Home really resonates with me – I left the UK at 21 and haven’t really been back (the occasional visit, but nothing longer than 3 weeks!) and I’ve always been on the opinion that home is where my bag is 🙂
Love this list! You’ve definitely highlighted the best in inspirational TED travel videos. Why Bother Leaving the House was my personal favorite 🙂
Great compilation! I’ve only watched one but I’m definitely interested to watch these inspirational TED speakers.
What an awesome post! Truly inspirational and a great way to perk yourself up and keep your travel juices flowing. I really agree with Robin Esrock: “Wherever you are, is where you’re supposed to be”
I love TED but haven’t been to a TED talk yet, I tried to volunteer in Vancouver but alas they were full up with helpers. I’ve not seen some of these talks before, that’s my afternoon planned then 🙂
Great videos! If these don’t inspire yiu to travel and make a difference, I’m not sure what will! Thanks for sharing!
I’m going to come back and watch more of these videos. So inspiring. I really enjoy TED talks. I feel like you may have just given me a new obsession with travel talks!
I love that you shared this list with us – I’m bookmarking this page so I can listen and review their concepts from time to time. For me home is a physical place and feeling.