My Top 5 TED Talks on Travel


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized, subject to certain rules and regulations.

I have put together a list of some of my favourite TED talks on travel. I hope you find them as enjoyable and informative as I did.

  1. Deep travel – Connecting on the road and in life: Judith Fein at TEDxSanMiguelDeAllende (2013)
    Judith’s talk is my favourite TED talk so far and speaks a lot of wise words of advice with amazing stories.Judith Fein is an award-winning travel journalist who has contributed to more than 100 publications. She is an acclaimed speaker and workshop leader, and is also the author of “LIFE IS A TRIP: The Transformative Magic of Travel” and the new “THE SPOON FROM MINKOWITZ: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands.” She is the Executive Editor and co-founder of the popular and much-respected group travel blog Your Life Is A Trip. Judith’s website with her photojournalist husband Paul Ross is Global Adventure.Her TedX talk “Deep Travel” is about why authentic interaction is the best way to travel. But how do you get beneath the surface and have meaningful, memorable, and unique travel experiences? How can you be a peacemaker, goodwill ambassador and deep traveler every time you hit the road?


  2. How to travel the world with almost no money | Tomislav Perko | TEDxTUHH
    With Tomislav’s help, there’ll be nothing stopping you from travelling…Many people daydream about traveling the world, but all of them have the same excuse – lack of money. Tomislav, after traveling the world for years with almost no money, shows how it is possible for everyone to do the same, if they really want to.Tomislav Perko, 29, is a travel writer from Croatia. After a career of a stockbroker, broke because of the financial crisis, he hits the road and turns it into his home. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, couchsurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way.Five years later, he publishes a book “1000 Days of Spring” and goes around giving lectures about what it means to live on the road. Find out more on his website.


  3. Through the eyes of others — Travel | Fabian Sixtus Körner | TEDxUniversityofNicosia
    Fabian Sixtus Körner has an insatiable appetite for life. He is an Author, Designer, Traveller and “Addict of the Good Things in Life” and has shared his experiences at TEDx University of Nicosia. Fabian spent two-and-a-half years travelling to all of the world’s populated continents, where he worked as an architect, designer and photographer in exchange for nothing more than room and board. In 2012 he returned to his native Germany, where he published an account of his experiences.Fabian is a multidisciplinary creative enthusiast and doesn’t stick to one profession. After fashion design, architecture, graphic design, photography and documentary movies he wrote a book about his travels. Stories of Journeyman was published in 2013 and has become an international best-seller and has since been translated into different languages. Fabian resides in Berlin (when not travelling).


  4. I’m home: How 10 years of travel helped me find belonging. | Phil Cha | TEDxUW
    There’s always a reason for us not to go travelling, but sometimes we just have to ignore these and just go for it to help us find ourselves.In this engaging talk, Phil Cha describes his decision to drop everything and travel the world while he was still in medical school. See how this path not frequently taken turned into a path of finding for the serial martial artist and marathon runner and the surprising takeaways at the end of it all

    Phil Cha was your standard student on the path to medical school. When he graduated from undergrad, however, he decided to learn more about people before becoming a physician. What followed was a decade long adventure that included a marathon on every continent and martial arts around the globe. During this time, he realized how identity is simply the product of collaboration.


  5. How traveling shapes your personality: Gulhan Sen at TEDxFatihUniversity
    It is impossible to go travelling and to come home the same person you were before you left. I learnt this after many of my trips, but especially after travelling to World Youth Day in Spain in 2011.Gulhan Sen, a Turkish presenter & producer well known for her TV travel show “Gulhan’in Galaksi Rehberi”, talks about how travelling shapes personality and makes you aware of the distinction between given & chosen identities.

    Gulhan Sen talks about her experiences gained through her travels and explains how travelling helped her realize the “given identity”.


    There are many other TED Talks out there, so there’s no need to stop with the small few that I shared. Keep searching and find your own favourites to  reflect on and share your thoughts with the world.


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