Women’s own Adventure homepage: “To travel is to take a journey into yourself”
Throughout history, women have had a hard time of it, when it comes to travelling; especially when compared to men. Often told that traveling was too dangerous for them, there was even a time when it was thought women shouldn’t wear clothing suited to travelling (thank you for challenging that, Annie Smith Peck).
These days, things are undoubtedly easier for female travelers, yet it can still seem daunting when you’re faced with so many uncertainties. To help get you pumped up, we’ve put together a list of some of the greatest female travelers the world has ever seen. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to take that trip and maybe become the next great female traveler!
Isabella Bird 1831 – 1904
Nothing could stop Isabella bird, not even the restrictive Victorian society she grew up in. She was one of the first to impress that women should travel. Not only did she become a household name in the 1890s, she was also the first female to be elected as part of the Royal Geographical Society.
Isabella was and is an inspiring female traveler. Without her, the gender landscape regarding traveling would probably be very different today.
Aimée Crocker 1864 – 1941
Aimée’s travels took her far and wide. She headed eastwards into Hong Kong and mainland China, paving the way for many adventurers and returning home with more than a few stories.
Her Bohemian and dangerous lifestyle is reflected in her travel writing. Nowadays, traveling is much safer, so hopefully you won’t end up on the receiving end of a murder attempt, as Aimée did more than a few times.
Head to Hong Kong to walk in her footsteps.
Harriet Chalmers Adams 1875 – 1937
Said to have travelled more than a hundred thousand miles, Harriet was no stranger to life on the road. She visited Asia and other places in the South Pacific and was the first female reporter allowed to visit the trenches during world war 1. She also helped to launch the Society of Woman Geographers in 1925.
If you want to walk in her footsteps, make sure to visit the Philippines, where she spent time between 1913 and 1914.
Junko Tabei 1939 – 2016
This Japanese woman should not be underestimated. As of 2008, she’s climbed the highest peaks in 56 countries. Despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, she kept going, keeping her promise that she would never want to stop, no matter what happened.
In 1992, she scaled Puncak Jaya in Indonesia and became the first woman to scale the highest peaks in all seven continents. Head to Indonesia and you’ll find yourself walking where she had.
Cassie De Pecol , 1989 –
You might have seen Cassie in the news recently. Why? Earlier this year, she finished travelling to all 196 Countries, in just 18 months and 26 days.
To top it off, she’s not just a traveler, she’s also an Environmental, Women’s Rights, and Peace Activist. She uses her traveling to inspire those around her and encourage them to follow in her footsteps. She says that a major goal of hers is to inspire young women around the world to step outside of their comfort zone and travel.
She’s been to literally every country in the world, so if you want to follow her footsteps, you’ve got quite a lot of choice.