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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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The Benefits of Travel

The Big Idea for Sunday, June 01, 2014

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page," said the philosopher Augustine of Hippo. Travel expands the mind and inspires creativity. It can lead to great discoveries and innovations.

In business, here's one famous example. A trip to Italy inspired Howard Schultz, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks, to purchase the young coffee company and infuse it with Italian touches. How has travel inspired you?

Today's big idea looks at the benefits of travel and how to optimize your vacations.


  1. 1 Grab Your Passport
    Sam McNerney Moments of Genius
  2. 2 Actual Family Fun
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  3. 3 Viva la France
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  4. 4 Go Like a Pro
    Steven Mazie Praxis

The Benefits of Travel

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