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.
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.
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.