In a world that has largely been male dominated since inception, there has been only an unnoticeable scope for women to make their mark. However, through the millenniums there have been female personalities who managed to broke the shackles and achieved some really extraordinary feats in their lifetime. They all came from different walks of life, nationalities, age and, financial background. But they had one thing in common; determination.
The same determination and passion has been shown by women when it came to taking adventure trips or heading for a breathtaking expedition. Whether alone, or with a group, female travelers have been leading the graph of globe-trotters years on year.
On this International Women’s Day, we will take a look at 5 such inspiring female personalities from around the world who were simply in love with travel adventures, which motivated them to achieve some incredible feats.
Popular as the American aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. It was her love and passion for flying that led her to achieve this rare feat at a very early age of her life. In the year 1928, Amelia completed her transatlantic trip in roughly 21 hours flying between Newfoundland and Londonderry. Though, this was not the only flying record which Amelia set. She has several other extraordinary achievements in her name; including, the first woman to fly solo above 14000 ft as well as the first person ever to fly solo between Hawaii and US mainland. No wonder she still remains an inspiration and icon to many women adventurers.
For Ann Bancroft, it was her fascination for the challenging trips which led her to achieve many of the “First to”; including the first women to reach North Pole on Foot (and dogsled). Leaving her teaching job behind, Ann joined the group of North Pole expeditioners to complete this feat in 1986. Later, she also became the first woman in the world to ski across Greenland as well as the first woman to cross both polar ice caps to reach the North and the South Poles.
It’s one thing to summit the highest mountain peak in the world but doing it twice in the shortest period of time is an adventure of a different level. Hailing from the northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, Anshu Jamsenpa is the first and only woman in the world to make a dual ascent of Mt. Everest within a span of only 5 days. Yes! ONLY 5 DAYS. The Indian woman mountaineer set this world record of fastest double ascent in a single climbing season in 2017.
A young, but enthusiastic, traveler from the United States, Cassie Depecol is the fastest (both male and female) to step foot in every single sovereign nation in this world. DePecol completed this feat of traveling through 196 nations in just 18 months and 26 days. At the age of 27, she’s also the youngest to achieve this feat.
One of the recent times’ female record breaker, Juliana Buhring, is best known to be the fastest woman to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle. The British-German cyclist, covered more than 29000 kilometers on bike in just 152 days. Absence of sponsorship, lack of support and, traveling all alone could not break Juliana’s spirit to take this extraordinary journey. During her entire journey, Buhring crossed 19 countries through 4 different continents; all on a bike saddle.
It is such extraordinaire stories of passion, determination, hard work, challenging limits, and being fearless that shows the true face of women empowerment. And, while, these were just 5 extreme explorers who broke the social barriers of gender stigma, there are many more such women personalities that have given this world some serious adventure goals.
On this International Women’s Day, DaveToTravel would be honored to pay respect to such inspiring female travelers and adventurers who have changed the way the world looks at traveling.