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Life Lessons from the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country: Lexie Alford (Transcript)

Lexie Alford at TEDxKlagenfurt

Following is the full text of Lexie Alford’s talk titled “Life Lessons from the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country” at TEDxKlagenfurt conference.

TRANSCRIPT:

We are having the wrong conversation about our comfort zone. The phrase “getting out of your comfort zone” is thrown around so much today online and in motivational quotes that it’s begun to lose its meaning.

And this is because we don’t clearly understand what our comfort zone is, and it seems counterintuitive to leave it because it’s where we feel the most safe.

It also sounds like we’re sugar-coating something that we don’t want to talk about, which is fear.

Let me tell you a bit more about my story and how fear has played a role in it.

I come from a family of travelers. My mom started a travel agency when she was younger than I am now, and growing up they never left me behind when they went on their adventures.

I graduated early and got a degree from community college by the time I turned 18. And at that time I had traveled to around 70 countries. This was the point in my life where people began to ask me the most intimidating question that you can ask a young person: “What are you going to do next?”

And in attempt to answer that question, I began by asking myself what I was most passionate about, which has always been traveling, and how to make the most out of the cards that I was dealt, which was how much travel experience I’ve had at my age.

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