By Kristen Olsen | March 21, 2014 at 04:50 PM EDT | No Comments
I have to admit that I'm mildly obsessed with Ted Talks. I've learned about everything from psychology to economics to online dating through their short, but powerful videos. So I was browsing through the videos as usual when I came across this talk from Rick Steves, called "The Value of Travel". For the last thirty years, he has spent four months each year traveling, and here he discusses how it has changed and enriched his life:
I loved every minute of this talk. He gets a little political, and you may not agree with his views, but what I enjoyed was hearing his various experiences and what he learned from each one. Not only has he gained perspective on the world (he says travel has inspired him to become a better citizen of the planet), but he's been able to turn that perspective to his own life. Everything he learned while traveling has changed him. For me, the best part was when he explained how opening his mind has abolished his fear. After all, as he puts it, "fear is for people who don't get out much".