To Boldly Go – Great Women & Great Adventures
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Celebrating adventurous movers and shakers whose determination uplifts women
Another World Adventures is a women-owned and run business. In the adventure world that’s quite unusual! Our mission to inspire and enable people to realise their travel dreams is made easier by the stories and achievements of many incredible women past and present whose trailblazing efforts to lift women up must be celebrated! From tour leaders, travellers or members of the communities you visit we love celebrating them every day.
Today on International Women’s Day, March 8th, I wanted to share some ways women whose legacy has changed the world of travel in inspiring and positive ways.
5 women who changed the way we travel
Nellie Bly – “I said I could and I would. And I did.”
You’ll know the story Around the World in Eighty Days but did you know that an American journalist circumnavigated the globe in 1890 to turn fiction into fact? Not only was she the first to do it in this timeframe, but she nailed it in 72 days and was travelling solo for most of the journey.
Bessie Coleman – “The air is the only place free from prejudice.”
The first woman of African-American and Native American descent to hold a pilot’s license in 1921. At the time no flight schools in America would admit women or Black Americans, so she travelled to France instead.
Junko Tabei – “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is most important.”
Edmund Hillary is a familiar name as the first man to climb Everest. But in 1975, Junko Tabei was the first woman to summit the mountain. And she didn’t stop there conquering the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on all continents as the first woman in 1992.
Lhakpa Sherpa – “I climb for all women.”
She’s climbed Mt. Everest nine times, the most summits by a woman, but spends most of her time moving between her job as a dishwasher at her local Whole Foods and her home in Connecticut, where she raises her three children. Lhakpa is no stranger to overcoming major challenges: Growing up in Nepal, she wasn’t allowed to attend school with her brothers and, like other sherpa girls, was never encouraged to climb; and her marriage to ex-husband George Dijmarescu, another climber, ended after years of abuse. With no driver’s license, she walks two miles to work each day. Yet she never gave up. She seems to know no limits, even climbing 29,029 feet eight months after giving birth.
Break down the cultural barriers of traditional tourism with these exciting all-female adventures.
It should go without saying that we believe travel is for everyone. But in some countries, there are things mixed-gender groups just can’t do. What if, as a female traveller in Iran, you could head down to the beauty salon with your female leader and get your hair done? The hijab comes off and there’s a real chance to connect. Or you might prefer to learn how to make traditional Indian food at a home-cooking class in Jaipur, a country where in parts women still rarely get the opportunity to work.
One of our operators runs some wonderful women’s expeditions – they’re all about breaking down barriers, fostering discussion and creating immersive local experiences for women that are ordinarily off limits on other group departures. More than that, they provide local women employment through locally-led experiences, while also supporting women-owned and operated businesses in our supply chain.
Hi I’m Larissa, Founder of Another World Adventures. Welcome! If you’re planning an adventure you’re in the right place. Get ready to discover epic travel inspo and a collection of hand-picked trips from my trusted network of experienced adventure experts. Think unusual destinations, expeditions, slow, solo and sustainable travel and epic journeys on land and at sea! Ever got a question? Just get in touch, I answer every enquiry myself. Enjoy!