As a traveler everyone believes that women should always grab a backpack, put on their heels and leave for their adventure. Traditionally its men in the world who set all the great records. Here today we would like to present 10 most inspiring women travelers who follow their dreams, became pioneers and went forward to discover the world. There are the women who inspire us to go out and see the real world.
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1. Nellie Bly – around the world in 72 days (1864 – 1922):
Nelly is the one who set the record of travelling around the world in mere 72 days in 1890 after she read Jules Verne’s “Around the world in 80 days.”She was the first brave and inspiring female journalist to travel the world. You can also read about her whole trip in her book “Around the World in Seventy-Two Days.”
2. Amelia Earhart – aviation pioneer and also a women’s rights activist (1897 – probably 1937):
Amelia Earhart in 1920 decided to become a pilot, it was a time when women were supposed to stay at home and their work was just to look after their children and cook. She was the first women who flew over the Atlantic Ocean and then finally in 1937 decided to fly around the world. But after she covered ¾ of her trip she disappeared and was not found till date.
3. Margaret Moth – War-Zone photojournalist (1951 – 2010):
Margareth was an Australian and New Zealand’s first camera person and often traveled to shoot war-zones for news. She was famous for her fearlessness and her charisma towards her job. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 but died in 2010.
4. Laura Dekker – youngest one to sail all around the world on her own (born in 1995):
Laura Dekker was the youngest sailor to travel when she was just 13 years old. She headed on the journey to Netherlands and England by herself. When she decided to travel her father thought that this would make her bold. Later at the age of 16 she declared that she would travel the world alone, there were many who tried to stop her but she didn’t and around after and year competed her journey. No one would have thought that she would do such a thing when she was just 16.
5. Annie Londonderry – first woman to cyclist around the world (1870 – 1947):
Annie Londonderry the 25 year old mother of three children headed for the journey around the world on her bicycle in 1895. She never had a bike before still she jumped for a challenge to travel around the world on a bike and to earn $5000 in 15 months. It’s also worth mentioning that her bike didn’t have any breaks! The challenge was supposed to test a women’s ability to survive of her own in which Londonderry brilliantly succeeded. After her journey she with her family moved to New York where she started to work as a journalist.
6. Junko Tabei – the very first woman who climbed climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits (born in 1939):
Junko Tabei, a Japanese women climber, she became the first women who climbed the Mount Everest in 1975 and she also became the first women who climbed the Seven Submits – the highest mountain on each continent. She slowed her climbing after (she’s 73, what else do you expect) and is now the director of Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan, working in an organization who takes care of the mountain environment.
7. Maureen Wheeler – Lonely Planet co-founder (born in 1950):
Maureen Wheeler, a born traveler who headed for an overland trip to Asia with her husband Tony in 1972. When their trip ended they were totally broke, but started to bombard them with questions then they decided to write a book about their journey called, “Across Asia on the Cheap”. This was the start of what is called the guidebook empire we all know very well.
8. Gertrude Bell – multi-talented pioneer traveler (1868 – 1926):
Gertrude Bell, an archeologist, writer, linguist, Red Cross volunteer, honorary secretary for the British Women’s Anti-Suffrage League and Arabist and all this in the beginning of 20th century. She also played an important role in the formation of Iraq as her documents were used in the beginning of 20th century.
9. Tina Sjögren – first woman to complete the Three Poles Challenge (born in 1959):
Tina, born in Prague but ended in Sweden when her family moved when she was nine. In 1983 she married a Swede guy and later migrated to New York. Both together (known as T&T) she out to be a record maker as she was the first women to climb Mount Everest and then reach both South and the North Pole, a challenge which is known in the world as “The Three Poles Challenge”. They were also the first to broadcast pictures live from the Antarctic Ice cap in 2001. In 1999 they also broke the record for the highest altitude recording at Mount Everest.
10. Rosie Swale-Pope – Running the world for cancer awareness (born in 1946):
Rosie Swale, after losing her husband to cancer, the Swiss-Irish women living in Wales decided to start jogging solo around the world on her 57th birthday. Her aim was to run for cancer awareness and raise some money for charity. Five years down, traveled around 20,000 miles, used 53 jogging shoes and with a broken hip, her mission was complete in 2009.