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Travel & TED Talks — A Perfect Pairing

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In this post we outline some of our favorite TedTalks that are perfect to listen to during the next time you travel.


Ideas worth spreading

TED Conferences is a media organization that sponsors TED Talks, where leaders in their respective fields talk about specific topic for 18 minutes. This compilation of mini talks forms TED conferences that are hosted worldwide.

Archived TED Talks are available online for free. With the charter “ideas worth spreading,” TED Conferences offers over 3,000+ clips across topics like business, education, science, law, conservation, and more.

How to access TED Talks

If you download the app on the Apple or Google Play store, you can make videos available offline.

Our favorite TED Talks

Sal Khan’s (CEO & Founder of Khan Academy): Let’s teach for mastery — not test scores

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.

Elon Musk (Founder & CEO of Tesla): The future’s building — and boring

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

Gwynne Shotwell’s (Chief Sales Officer at SpaceX): SpaceX’s Plan to Fly Across the Globe in 30 Minutes

What’s up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk’s pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX’s race to put people into orbit and the organization’s next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant rocket is designed to take humanity to Mars — but it has another potential use: space travel for earthlings.

Other TED Talks that make for great conversation starters

  1. Ink made of air pollution
  2. Are mushrooms the new plastic?
  3. How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods
  4. How language shapes the way we think
  5. The Future we’re building — and boring
  6. Try something new for 30 Days
  7. How Airbnb designs for trust
  8. How to live to be 100+
  9. Let’s teach for mastery not test scores
  10. Want kids to learn well, feed them well
  11. How an obese town lost a million pounds
  12. The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies
  13. The shocking danger of mountaintop removal — and why it must end
  14. SpaceX’s plan to fly across the globe in 30 minutes
  15. What really happens when you mix medications?
  16. What veterinarians know that physicians don’t
  17. This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly
  18. Why dieting doesn’t usually work
  19. Let’s pool our medical data
  20. Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE
  21. The difference between winning and succeeding

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