If you’re in need of inspiration, TED Talks aren’t short of it for most topics – and they certainly aren’t lacking when it comes to travel. You could spend hours watching presentation after presentation, soaking up all the words of influential and interesting people from around the world. But we’ve got a few favourites; here are the essential TED Talks every traveller should watch and learn from.

1. Where is Home? with Pico Iyer 

“It’s such a simple question,” travel writer and author Pico Iyer muses at the beginning of his talk. But is it really? How many of us know exactly where we come from? As travellers, we often find ourselves feeling at home in the oddest of places, or if we’re on the road for a long time, perhaps we never feel at home at all. Join Pico Iyer in contemplation here.

2. Jimmy Nelson on photographing vanishing tribes

We published these photographs from Before They Pass Away – Jimmy Nelson’s gorgeous coffee table photography book. Here you can hear about the tales behind the pictures in his extremely entertaining, beautifully candid TED Talk. We challenge you not to be inspired by his passion for the people behind pictures.

3. Living the Nomadic Dream with Kitra Cahana

“There was a deep restlessness in me” – we can all relate to this. Here, photojournalist Kitra Cahana tells tales from her time following “the Nomadic Dream, a different kind of American Dream”, in which young Americans spend their lives travelling across the USA.

4. Find out why you should leave the house with Ben Saunders

This is pure inspiration to travel and excellent advice from a man who gets out of the house quite a lot – polar explorer Ben Saunders. “Growth only comes from challenge,” he say. So go on, get out!

5. A window into our weird and wonderful world with Karen Bass

National Geographic and BBC filmmaker Karen Bass has plenty of stories to tell. Here she shares some stunning footage – see the adorable bears at 2:15 – she’s shot over the years, and reminds us of what an incredible world it is that we live in.

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