Lisa Ling: Travel Is The Best Education

I never knew much about Lisa Ling except for two things. She was on the View. Her sister was held hostage in North Korea. My visit to the LA Times Travel Show, a few months ago, I wanted to focus on the speakers. It was an amazing event filled with booths featuring countless states and countries. For the adventurous types, there was a rock climbing wall, a zipline, and a never before seen repelling wall. No adventures for me, except for Lisa Ling’s lifelong adventure.

She Got Jokes

Ling had the room in stitches with her opening jokes. She shared Oprah is even nicer in person. She also shouted, “I did not star in Charlie’s Angels!” Hilarious. She was genuine, energetic, and a terrific speaker.

Not Your Average Traveler

She chronicled her journalist career. At the tender age of 18, she was thrust into war torn Afghanistan. She experienced things we can only dream of. I wouldn’t be doing her justice if I tried to water down her gripping stories. She did remind everyone to look at the world with an open mind and without our Americanized glasses on.

Our America

She also shared her new project from the Oprah Winfrey Network, Our America. Ling tackles hard-hitting subjects right in our own backyard. Some of the clips literally made me laugh and cry at the same time.

Final Thoughts

I loved her theme that travel makes you more educated, worldly, and a better person. I have a new found respect for Lisa Ling as a journalist, as a speaker, and most importantly, as a human being.

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14 Responses

  1. krantcents says:

    I try to take a major overseas trip every other year. I love to travel and see different countries, cultures and enjoy the food. I think I learn a lot and I appreciate the U.S. more.

  2. Love this! Traveling is extremely important to me for some of the reasons you list here. One caveat is to always make sure you can afford the trips before taking them. It’s great to experience the world, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to dig yourself into crazy amounts of debt. Everything in moderation until one day you can blow the lid off your travel dreams and see whatever you wish! 🙂

  3. Lisa sounds very interesting to say the least. I actually never heard of her before this post. I have plans to do a lot more traveling and agree that traveling just makes you a better all around person. I think people take too many things for granted and travel will open your eyes or at least should.

  4. Hunter says:

    I like this post Buck. Plus, I think Lisa Ling is an amazing person too, very real. I’m just inspired from all the travel shows and expos you are able to attend…makes me want to pack my bags and travel somewhere exotic.

  5. ShortRoadTo says:

    As a person born in the United States, the great thing about traveling the world is the ability to see “real” history. Historical in this country means 300 years old. Historical in other countries means 2000 years old.

  6. Theriz26 says:

    I agree with that. Because meeting people and their culture and way of life is the best. Because you become more aware of what they’re going. Life is all about learning. So be it.

  7. I would totally agree. I am quite the world traveler and in my journeys to date I have learned invaluable knowledge about the world around me. Not only do I see things differently after each trip but I also learn a lot about myself. To me, travel is how you learn about life, yourself, and everything in between.

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