Adventure reminds us that we are fierce, independent and self-sufficient. Adventure also takes us back to nature, and as women, our connection with nature is undeniable - we need it to ground ourselves, re-connect and re-set.
One minute I was out running trails lost in my familiar backyard with the edges of my comfort zone safely surrounding me, the next, at the door labeled adventure racing, it swung wide open in front of me, exciting and beckoning.
People often ask me if I ever get frightened photographing wild animals. The answer is “no”. I have stood next to black bears while they fished for salmon. I have remained absolutely still while wild horses galloped straight towards me. No, being out in the wild doesn’t scare me. What really terrifies me is surgery.
Do you understand it now ? You empower others when you empower yourself. It requires you to build a bank of trust every day, not with other people, but with yourself. Each and every day… remember this!
When we build a strong team around us, we not only inspire and motivate but we also role model behaviours that show others an alternative path to exercising solo, one where the success and celebration are magnified due to having shared the journey.
As one who’s completed numerous Oxfam 100 km Trailwalkers in the past, I can vouch that the reality is so much richer than the marketing promises. When you dig deeper you find that there’s lots more to this than just walking 100kms and raising some money.
“Boogie boarding!?” I hear you say, “I can do that! Don’t you just grab an esky lid and catch some wash into shore?”
Four times World Champ Body Boarding Champ Lilly Pollard tells us there is so much more to the sport than that.
When this city girl met her action-adventure husband there was always going to be a clash of ideas as to what constitutes a great way to spend a weekend. So when my seven-time-Antarctic-expeditioner UN-post-disaster-first-responder husband suggested a six-hour rogaine using just a map and compass to navigate our way around a state park three-hours drive from Melbourne I wasn’t immediately on board.
In following our hearts and souls out to the trails, to the mountains, to the ocean, or to the extremities of our capabilities, we are paving a new road of movement. We represent what happens when we tune into our authentic selves and say ‘yes’ to the adventures we are yearning for and when we show up in these spaces and be visible, we are proving what we already know, we can achieve anything.
A weekender is sometimes all we need to find ourselves again – but what if you never wanted to come home? This is what happened to Lisa Murphy and her husband. Here are some of her tips on how to live the nomad life...
"Surfing tends to take itself pretty seriously, and women’s surfing carries the extra burden of not only having to be serious, but also be sexy. 'Pear Shaped' is a tip of the cap to the people who shrug off the unique challenges of surfing and choose to go anyway."
Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise gutsy girls - girls who skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women with this Ted Talk from Caroline Paul.
One thing I hear a lot of amongst would be adventuresses, is that they can’t afford to buy the ‘right gear’ to start training for their adventure, or they think they have to have all the gear and equipment before they even start. This is not the case! You certainly don’t need a full kit of technical gear to get started.
When it comes to getting outside, let’s face it, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate the kids. Across the globe however, the once relatively obscure hobby of Geocaching is breaking down some of the barriers associated with getting our little millennials, and their families, exploring new places together in the great outdoors.
When we challenge ourselves outside our skills and possibly our personality and beliefs, we can become uncomfortable. Escaping that comfort zone though is all about understanding that the benefits can be high, failure is mostly limited and that it is purely fear that holds us back. By changing the way you think, getting uncomfortable can have a number of benefits for you.
Sometimes it’s not the actual challenge of the adventure that stops us from undertaking it, but rather getting to the start of the adventure. You talk yourself out of it before you’ve even seriously considered the idea. In most cases it’s hard to know where to start, and when thought of in its entirety, can be really overwhelming.
Exploring the outdoors with my kids is a fairly new phenomena, it's not really a surprise that they are only just warming to the idea. In theory they are keen, in practice there is an awful lot of complaining, so much in fact that at one stage I contemplated ducking off the track and disappearing into the wilderness never to be seen again.
It’s no secret that I am passionate about promoting the journeys and stories of adventurous women. It is indisputable that we draw inspiration from the endeavours of others, and this inspiration is often the catalyst for growth and goal setting in our own lives. Recently, however, I can’t help but notice a tendency within myself and others to leap into adventures that were perhaps someone else’s dream, not our own.
There it is again, the Instagram post screaming ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’. Often accompanied by some incredible photo of a woman hanging off a cliff or staring wistfully off across a desert plain. Yet my adventures look somewhat different.
You know her, you've seen her. The woman standing alone with her back to camera, in a wide landscape of incredible grandeur. The face-less female who's been popping up in our Instagram and Pinterest feeds for the last couple of years, causing us to stop in our tracks and ponder for a moment.
Two years ago, after extensive reporting on the issues facing returned service men & women, ABC journalist & reporter Kumi Taguchi had the idea that running can, at times, bring new perspectives to life. In March the Soldier On 5km weekly run is launched.
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Here at Travel Play Live, we love it when brands get behind women in adventure and we are really proud to support this great #shemovesmountians campaign from The North Face . The North Face are honoured to support driven female athletes in Australia and New Zealand, and work with them to achieve their outdoor ambitions".
Some of the best moments in my life have stemmed from my love of bodyboarding; whether it was travelling to compete on the world tour or when I was living in my car travelling around Australia searching for waves. My love of the ocean opened up a whole lot of other unforgettable experiences.
Right from the beginning Travel Play Live has been supporting women in the sport of Body Boarding and we just had to introduce to you our home-grown talent. Millie Chalker has taken to the sport like well, a fish to water and she is now being mentored by another of our favourites, Australian champion Lilly Pollard.
There is a new narrative out there, when it comes to adventure. It's one of diversity, passion, triumph, and change and that is a reason to celebrate being an outdoor woman in Australia!
Polish-born Agata Bogusz was always destined for life in the water. But it wasn’t until a scuba trip in Egypt in 2008 that she discovered freediving. The Polish record holder is now based in Bali, with a mission to share the benefits of freediving with others.
It is easy to get caught up in life, put off what you really want to do and take things like your health for granted. When Melanie Chatfield, at the age of 20, was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa that results in blindness, she decided that to see the world in a new way was her only option.
There was only one way, one answer, if I was to live free of the fear of regret of never having taken the shot I had to attempt my biggest challenge yet. To be the first Australian women to row the Atlantic or any ocean solo and unassisted.
Paddling the Nile, was never going to be an easy feat. Yet Sarah Davis has set her heart on becoming the first person to paddle the length of it. She tells us, 'Like all expeditions, getting funding is challenging. It seems to be a shrinking resource in a growth area, as more people undertake some incredible expeditions for many worthy causes'.
Only a few years ago she couldn't get out of bed, today 30-year-old Amy-Nicole Peters will get out of her tent and continue her 6000km+ self-supported odyssey across Australia by bike, to show us that anyone can take on a challenge and make a difference.
Ang Roan knows that the challenge of her solo cycle is nowhere near the challenge that people of the LGBTIQ community experience on a day-to-day basis, in terms of the struggle to be accepted by society and in some cases their peers and family.
When it comes to Mental Health, the outdoors can play a key role in healing. Despite setbacks Ebony Hoiberg still hopes to walk across Australia, but at the moment is taking her recovery step by step, just like she hikes trail.
In our continuing series for Mental Health Week, we caught up with Jenae, who was diagnosed with Postnatal Depression three weeks post birth of her second child. Like most who suffer, her journey to recovery has not been smooth.
The Mental Health road to wellness is much like a mountain path. A whole lot of ups and downs, sublime moments of walking delight or sweaty sweary heart-breaking climbs.
“I’ve often seen women be so competitive with each other in a negative way, a destructive way. People who support each other will always be more successful.”This support for others is what drives Sam to cover such unimaginable distances.
What do Africa, Russia, Australia and one day soon Antarctica have in common? Kate Leeming has ridden her bike across them. After speaking with her, I was inspired. Upon reading her book Njinga, I was excited to bring you her story.
She’s an Australian Champion climber, a bouldering champion, and an international athlete who cites Spain as her favourite place to climb. She’s the youngest person to ascend a grade 31, and a grade 32/33: She’s Angie Scarth-Johnson, and she’s twelve years old.
More people had walked on the moon than completed the entire 1700 kilometre Great Himalayan Trail…until an ordinary Sydney mum took it on. Heather Hawkins came “out of recovery” from her Coogee home to meet with Tracey Croke and share her amazing story.
Kyrgyzstan, a mountain bike, Soviet-era maps, and a few pack horses for support -- the ideal journey for Tracey Croke. With adventures in Afghanistan and Ethiopia behind her, a ten-day trip across Kyrgyzstan’s remote Talas mountain range was right up Tracey’s alley.
She conquered Kokoda at eight and was attempting Everest when it was struck by an avalanche in 2014 and the 2015 earthquake. But on her third attempt in 2016, Alyssa Azar successfully summitted Mt Everest, becoming the youngest Australian ever to summit the mother of all mountains
When an injury dashed her Olympic dreams, she spent the next 20 years in mourning - searching for the exhilaration and happiness she had enjoyed as an active kid. On the precipice of turning 40 she stumbled upon a marvel which transformed her life. Meet the woman behind Wild Women on Top and Coastrek
One of Australia’s leading female rock climbers, Monique Forestier, has successfully climbed an Australian Grade 34 (or 8c+) route at Oliana, Spain, becoming the first Australian female to do so.
We are extremely lucky in our line of work to be connected with some truly inspirational women. Cherie Horne is one of the best trekking guides in the business! We caught up with Cherie as part of our All Aussie Adventuress series of interviews.