Benny Lewis, a man from Ireland who has spent the past 8 years of his life globe-trotting and learning 10! different languages (including American sign language) is probably the biggest inspiration I have had in a while. I have never idolized someone as much as this guy. I mean honestly, traveling the world and learning the languages just to be able to learn the cultures and make connections with people so unlike yourself? That is an ideal life. To be able to travel without a penny saved, to have that kind of courage...what a cool guy!
Check out his website and TED speech: