One thing that I love about The Digital Nomad Girls Community is its ability to bring women together from all over the world. Women empower women, I truly believe and love that saying. That being said, today we are going to share 10 of the most badass female explorers to help spark your wanderlust!
Next time you are debating whether or not you should book that ticket, get on that plane, or see that country, remember these women and let them fuel your next adventure!
10 Female Explorers
1. Lady Hester Stanhope
First up when talking about adventure and wanderlust filled lives… We have, Lady Hester Stanhope. This woman is a bit wild, she left England behind at the age of 33 to travel throughout Turkey, Greece, France, and Germany. However, in route to Egypt, she gave up all of her womanly belongings, donned men’s attire and took off into the desert. She even was able to convince the Ottoman’s to let her excavate the ruins of Ashkelon, where she found a headless marble statue that she then ordered to be crushed to bits…
2. Jeanne Baret
Secondly, I want to share with you the first woman to sail around the entire world! In 1776 one Miss Jeanne Baret had to disguise herself as a man in order to get on a ship and see the world. Jeanne was a botanist who wanted to explore the world right alongside the men, so she became the personal assistant to Louis Antoine de Bougainville. During these years she called herself Jean Baret and a decade later she had become the first woman to sail around the entire world.
3. Kira Salak
Up in number 3 we are celebrating Kira Salak. She was not only the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea but she also cycled from Alaska to the Arctic Ocean and kayaked solo from the Niger River Timbuktu. This woman is absolutely killing it! She is an American writer and adventurer, having written a few books about her adventures. She also writes often for National Geographic.
4. Gertrude Bell
Gertrude Bell is an easy inspiration for everyone. As an English writer, she inspires all through her travels. She volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II and afterward went into a career in politics. Gertrude helped shaped the world today as we know it. She is best known for her travels in Greater Syria, Arabia, Jordan and Iraq where she not only explored but also mapped these regions as they are now recognized.
5. Mary Kingsley
Next, we have an inspiring European woman who traveled to parts of West African when most women wouldn’t even walk the streets of London alone. Mary Kingsley started traveling at the age of 30 when family members that she was taking care of passed away. She headed to West Africa, being the first European to enter Gabon.
6. Marin Minamiya
Marin comes next! This 19-year-old student became the youngest Japanese person to climb Mount Everest! She has also reached both North and South poles and since climbed the highest peaks on all 7 continents! Talk about inspiring… I can barely be motivated to walk up the stairs these days… 😉
7. Barbara Hillary
And one of the biggest badasses EVER. Barbara Hillary was the first African American woman to reach the North and South Pole.However, what makes her expedition truly amazing is that the lung cancer survivor was 79 years old when she reached the South Pole in 2011. Hillary is now inspiring other women as a motivational speaker, as she should be! Wow!
8. Suzanne Al Houby
Next, we have one of my favorites! This badass was the first Arab women to hike all 7 summits. Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian-born adventure lover. Suzanne is an avid traveler and explorer, a humanitarian, and an environmentalist with an affiliation and a keen support to few charity organizations. She is the founder and the CEO of rahhalah explorers which specializes in adventure travel and she encourages kids all over the world to get off their phones and get into the mountains.
9. Valentina Tereshkova
Next up we have Valentina Tereshkova. Valentina was the first woman to ever enter space. Her love for space was solidified when she circled the Earth 48 times in 1961. You know if there was a one-way exhibition to Mars, she’d be the first one on board. Valentina was born in central Russia and left her career in textiles to pursue a life in space!
10. Cassie De Pecol
Lastly, we are just going to dub her the travel queen! Cassie De Pecol not only became the first documented woman to travel to every to every sovereign nation, but she was also spreading love and peace around the world as she went. If no one else inspires you to travel, Cassie should.
This 27-year-old spent 2 years traveling to every sovereign nation, getting valid documentation of her travels while also collecting water samples, visiting schools, and teaching of peace as she went. I encourage you to follow her adventure, you won’t be disappointed.
These women are definitely going to spark your wanderlust and hopefully, they will inspire you to push yourself to the limits, try new things and explore new corners of the world. Never let people tell you that you can’t do something because you are a woman! Do it anyway, and better than they ever could have. Then the women of the future will be including you in their inspiring posts! Most of all, just don’t be afraid to chase your dreams, no matter how wild they might seem.
A Happy International Women’s Day on that note!!
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