Feed Your Wanderlust with These 6 Inspirational Talks

Daydreaming about adventure? Restless with wanderlust? Wonder what it would be like to sail around the world or curious about indigenous peoples of the Amazon?

Us too. Here at Carpe Diem we’re always looking for ways to fuel that desire to explore.

That’s why we’d love to introduce you to these TED talks. Fair warning: you might need to clear out your schedule for the rest of the day because they can be seriously addictive. We love crowding around our laptops and watching them with friends, or downloading them to listen to on long bus rides or airplane rides, or even while we bike and walk to work.

Here are six of our all-time favorites.  We think they’ll inspire you on your own journey of discovery.

1) Roz Savage: Why I’m Rowing Across the Pacific

Rowing a small boat? Solo? Across three oceans? Yeah, we think Roz Savage is pretty amazing – but her reasons for rowing are even more inspirational. Listen to this adventurer and environmental activist talk about her expedition.

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2)  Pico Iyer: Where is Home?

In addition to being a favorite author of ours, here Pico Iyer inspires us by addressing the complexities of finding a sense of home when your identity straddles national boundaries.

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3)  Alastair Humphreys: Think Small

Founder of “Microadventures,” Alastair Humphreys talks about his 5-year bicycle trip around the world.  It all started with the simple act of walking out the front door – something every single one of us can do if we are down to start small.


4) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Nigerian novelist and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a favorite of ours. In this powerful talk, she reminds us of the vital importance of being open to new perspectives and discovering different ways of viewing the world.

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5) Kitra Cahana: A Glimpse of Life on the Road

This photographer has spent her career documenting nomadic lifestyles. Here she inspires us to re-examine our perceptions of the vagabound lifestyle and what it really means to live with wanderlust.

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6) Wade Davis: Dreams from Endangered Cultures

We had to include Wade Davis.  This anthropologist, adventurer, and ethnographer has found his way into our hearts and minds through his many books, articles, and talks.  He has traveled the globe forging relationships with marginalized peoples and here gives a passionate plea to help protect Earth’s incredible human diversity.

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