Four Woman Who Will Make You Want To Travel Far And Wide This Year

“Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars – to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording – all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can, I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…” – Sylvia Plath

Being able to travel the world is a dream for many and for most women it has always remained just a dream. It’s not really a welcoming space for women and there are many dangers they have to deal with along the way. But times are changing and some women have decided that enough is enough. They’re embracing their love for adventure and taking the world by storm in the process. In 2019, here are the stories of four inspirational women who prove that the world is ours for the taking.

Cassie DePecol

At a young age of 27, Cassie has achieved something truly legendary. She is the first woman to have set foot on all 196 countries existing today and as if that wasn’t enough, she did all of this by herself. Moreover, she’s also done all of this in record time making her the fastest person to have gone around the world and earning her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.  She began her journey in July of 2015 and by February of 2017, she had already visited 193 countries.

Cassie hopes that her story will serve to break the stereotypes that people in the USA have about other cultures and make them more tolerant and understanding. Besides her travels, she’s also writing a book on her experiences, training for Ironman race, and giving motivational speeches. She’s a dedicated runner who works hard to stay in shape no matter where she is in the world. Her running is also a way for her to go off the road so she can interact with more people and learn from them. This year, she has started her own project, Her International, which funds women entrepreneurs working on ideas that are ecologically sustainable.

Ellen MacArthur

Ellen Patricia MacArthur is truly an inspiration for people across the world. She started sailing when she was just four years old and by the time she turned eighteen, she had already become a Yachtmaster. She has been unstoppable in her journey to become one of the most renowned sailors that the world has ever seen and she has set several records. Her most impressive achievement came in 2005 when she sailed alone around the world breaking Francis Joyon’s record of nine months. It was at the end of this voyage that she became the youngest woman to be named Dame Commander of the British Empire.

Even after she entered retirement in 2009, MacArthur didn’t stop being amazing. She launched the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the following year and has since been working to achieve a circular economy by reducing wastage and making optimal use of all resources. Earlier, she also set up the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in 2003 and the organization still works to help youngsters between the ages of 8 to 24 to gain confidence as they recover from cancer.

Alysia Kezerian

When she was studying at the University of Oregon, Alysia Kezerian took every opportunity to go on new adventures with her friends and her family. But in August of 2015, she was hiking on the Misery Ridge Trail when she had a fall that changed her life. It took over five hours for the team of rescuers to get her help and despite surgeries and rehabilitation, Alysia was told that she would have to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.  

Even as she was falling, Alysia couldn’t help but think about how beautiful that mountain was. The memory of this thought helped her to see that finding beauty in everything is what life is about. She now has a page on Instagram called ‘Wheelies Around The World’ where she regularly posts pictures of her travels. Alysia has no intention of letting her wheelchair keep her from seeing the world and since her accident, she has taken trips to around twelve countries including London, Edinburgh, and Vienna.

Sarah Marquis

Sarah’s life as a traveler began when she was just eight. With only her dog for company, she decided to go stay in a cave for a night without letting her parents know about it. After that first taste of adventure, there was no looking back. When she was in her twenties, she lived in the Kahurangi National Park for a month. She truly lived off the land as she didn’t take any food with her and this whole experience brought her closer to nature.

Nine years ago, she started what was to be a solo walk of three years from Siberia to Australia. The route was long and dangerous and she suffered many obstacles along the way. But even when she had to hide her identity and pretend to be a man, she didn’t let anyone stop her. Her book ‘Sauvage par Nature’ in 2014 beautifully describes her adventures and she was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year that year.

These women serve as symbols of freedom for all the other women in this world who aspire to achieve more in their lives. Do not let anything stop you. Not only traveling, but even for little things in life, women think a lot. Be dauntless and take that step girl! The world will always try to stop you but you shouldn’t stop.

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/travel/a26016001/inspiring-adventurous-women-chloe/