9 TED Talks guaranteed to give you wanderlust

Ah, wanderlust. Mild symptoms include obsessive airfare tracking and uncontrollable daydreaming about tropical beaches during conference calls. Severe cases can cause reasonable people to cash out their 401(k) to buy a camper van and hit the open road.

These 9 TED Talks are guaranteed to ignite your need for travel. As a precautionary measure, we’ve included detailed warnings about the possible side effects of each video, but have your passport handy before you press play. Just in case.

Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo
This video may lead to: Moving to Bali to build a gorgeous, curvaceous, sustainable six-story bamboo mansion in the jungle.

How to prepare for your trip: Use bamboo skewers to construct an elaborate play structure for your cat.
Postcard quote: “The floor that you walk on, can it affect the way that you walk? Can it change the footprint that you’ll ultimately leave on the world?”

Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice cold water
This video may lead to: Packing a wetsuit and surfboard for a beach weekend in … Iceland.

How to prepare for your trip: Take a really cold bath. Outside. During a snowstorm.
Postcard quote: “In life, there are no shortcuts to joy.”

David Macaulay: An illustrated journey through Rome
This video may lead to: Boarding a plane for Italy with nothing but a sketchbook and a pencil.

How to prepare for your trip: Make detailed architectural sketches of the Olive Garden while sitting in the parking lot, waiting for your to-go order of manicotti.
Postcard quote: “Rome is a city full of surprises. We’re talking about narrow little winding streets that suddenly open into vast, sun-drenched piazzas. That amazing juxtaposition of old and new.”

Karen Bass, Unseen footage, untamed nature
This video may lead to: Stargazing from the highest peak in the Altiplano.

How to prepare for your trip: Take daily walks up the steepest hill in your neighborhood.
Postcard quote: “People often ask me, ‘Where’s your favorite place on the planet?’ and the truth is, I just don’t have one. There are so many wonderful places.”

Pico Iyer: Where is home?
This video may lead to: Putting your house on the market.

How to prepare for your trip: Duolingo.
Postcard quote: “For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul.”

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?
This video may lead to: Chartering a helicopter to drop you off in Siberia for a brisk ten-week stroll across Antarctica.

How to prepare for your trip: Walk to work. Walk to the grocery store. Walk to Maine. Walk back.
Postcard quote: “To try, to experience, to engage, to endeavor — rather than to watch and to wonder — that’s where the real meat of life is to be found.”

Rachel Sussman: The world’s oldest living things
This video may lead to: Flying to South Africa to sit under a 2,000-year-old Baobab tree and ponder.

How to prepare for your trip: Try to determine the age of things around you, from the trees on your block to the leftover meatloaf in the back of the fridge.
Postcard quote: “The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of our past, a call to action in the present and a barometer of our future.”

Vincent Moon: Hidden music rituals around the world
This video may lead to: Cashing out your retirement fund to tour the world in search of live music.

How to prepare for your trip: Open Spotify, search on “world music,” and play all of it.
Postcard quote: “I wanted to go somewhere else. I felt the need to travel and to discover some other music, to explore the world.”

Kitra Cahana, A glimpse of life on the road
This video may lead to: Renouncing traditional society, selling everything you own that won’t fit in a knapsack, and hopping a freight train bound for anywhere.

How to prepare for your trip: Attempt to barter for your next vanilla latte.
Postcard quote: “This is a different kind of American dream.”

Source: TED Blog