With it being International Women’s Day I couldn’t resist writing a post about my favourite women explorers. On 8 March each year we celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across the globe. It’s crazy to think there was a time when, as women, we were restricted in our travels for one reason or another. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore but, for many women, this hasn’t always been the case. However, the following women have all excelled in their travels, breaking boundaries, records and glass-ceilings!
Here are my top five female explorers who are thoroughly inspirational:
- Amelia Earhart
No list of female travellers would be complete without Amelia Earhart. Not only is she one of the most famous explorers but she is also one the most mysterious after she disappeared on a flight over the Pacific. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as well as the first person to navigate the Atlantic and Pacific. In addition to setting many records and writing several books, Earhart also championed women’s rights. She was a key player in forming an organisation for female pilots as well as being a member of the National Woman’s Party. She was a strong, confident and completely ground-breaking. A true inspiration.
To learn more about Amelia Earhart head over to https://www.ameliaearhart.com/
- Cassie DePecol
More recently, Cassis DePecol became not only the first woman to visit all 196 countries in the world but she also the fastest person to do so. In essence, she holds the title of being the most travelled woman in the world. Whilst travelling from country to country she also promoted Peace through Tourism talking to students and dignitaries on how tourism can be a mediator between peace and conflict and a way to build friendships and relationships amongst nations. DePecol is a traveller with a message to us all to be kind and peaceful on our journeys.
To learn more about Cassie DePecol head over to http://cassiedepecol.com/
- Ellen Macarthur
Ellen Macarthur is someone who I remember seeing on the news when I was younger. Coming into prominence in 2001 for placing second in the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world race at just 24. Macarthur also broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. During her successful career she has attempted and broken several records which makes her truly inspiring. She is a reminder that if at first you don’t succeed, try again.
To learn more about Ellen Macarthur head over to http://www.ellenmacarthur.com/
- Nellie Bly
Originally from Pennsylvania, Bly started out as an investigative journalist. Not content with writing about gardening and fashion she penned hard-hitting articles on poverty, police corruption and women’s rights. After moving to New York, she became the first female war correspondent during the First World War. However, it was her trip around the world for which she became the most famous. Bly completed her trip in 72 days beating the record of Phileas Fogg. She even had her adventure turned into a board game!
To learn more about Nellie Bly head over to https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/nellie-bly-the-intrepid-journalist
- Jade Hameister
One of my favourites on the list is Jade Hameister who aged just 12 she trekked to Everest Base Camp. This is not her only achievement, in 2016 she became the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree. The following year she traversed the Greenland icecap unsupported and unassisted- the youngest woman to do so. She completed her polar quest in 2017 when she set a new route to the South Pole. Hamesiter is an example to any young adventurer, proving that being young is no barrier.
To learn more about Jade Hameister head over to http://www.jadehameister.com/
I hope you have been inspired. Remember it doesn’t matter how big or small, it’s all adventure!
Who is your travel inspiration? Who would be on your list of top female explorers?