"As soon as I saw you I knew adventure was going to happen."
Here at Travel Play Live, we have a passion for Adventure in all its variations. We believe that a woman doesn't need to wait till she "looks good" in lycra to get on a bike, climb a mountain, tackle a race or face her fears. Here you will find stories on women who have looked adventure in the eye and said 'lets go!'
We can’t tell you how much it makes our hearts swell with pride to read about, tell the stories of and support the daughters out there blazing trails for the next generation.
There is nothing too elegant about true exertion. We know this yet many of us have terrible trouble with our expectations around our race photos…Of all of the things that have the potential to ‘undo’ us, it’s the sight of ourselves.
With a little shake of his head, he proceeded to challenge everything I thought I knew about ‘skiing’. He offered up a place where you could have a powder run every run, a place with no crowds, no lift lines, no hole in the back pocket, a place called the backcountry.
The inspiration for some of John Muir’s writings stemmed from here, the corner of Alaska I now find myself in, known for its diverse terrain, soaring mountains, deep forests and abundant promise of raw adventure.
Our addiction to our devices, to social media, to the every shudder, vibration and ping of our phones is real and it’s an epidemic. Yet our world, as challenging as it is beautiful, has more colour than pixels could ever show, more connection than any social media and offers more adrenaline than any video game. So lets learn to log off and live!
“Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage. Tell me how vulnerable someone is willing to be, and I’ll tell you how brave they’re willing to be.” Brene Brown
Sitting in the snow and over the coming days these are the lessons I have learnt from my 'failure' on Elbrus.
Leah is a 15 year old rock climber from NSW who has been climbing since age 10. She has always had an urge to climb, from a very early age she would scale tall trees which later led to rock climbing with her dad. She started competing in climbing competitions in 2015. We are proud to be apart of helping her achieve her olympic dreams.
I am privileged to see women keeping cultural practice alive, especially when we see young women following their grandmothers’ spirit and being positive examples to their communities, by awakening the spiritual strength in cultural practices, creating the inspiration for women to follow their dreaming. Being ‘on country’ with these ladies is truly amazing.
Choosing winners in the Adventures For Change Category was a real challenge, but to say that this project inspired us personally is an understatement. Meet Helen Smith and Lisa Edmonds, two totally epic women forging a path not just for women, but anyone who questions their ability to seek out adventure.
Competition in our Under 18's category was so fierce, that we just couldn't choose, so we gave it to two amazing young women. So, with out further ado, meet Eve Dowley 17yr old Australian snowboarder from NSW who is working hard to follow her dreams.
Meet Olivia Page and watch her winning submission for the TPL Women's Adventure Grant Film & Photography Category. Her project is to guide an intrepid all-female rock climbing team deep into the steep and remote north of Fiordland National Park in New Zealand.
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".
Bringing her passion for the outdoors and change together, Frances Antonio adventurous dream was born. This April she will be hiking the 769km Camino Frances, the main pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain, raising money and awareness for One Girl along the way andsharing her journey along the way.
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.
What are the key things to focus on when preparing for trail running adventures? Read on, they may help you find that inner confidence needed for when you are pushing your limits too.
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.
So what is success when it comes to endurance events? For Hanny Allston success is not a result that she finds, on the finish line but rather an experience she undertakes during the journey to the summit.
Go ahead be adventurous. Be awesome. Be determined. Be strong. Be daring. Be committed. Be what you want to be. But define your own summits. Even if they’re more like other people’s base camps.
Meet Vivienne Smith, a young Aussie video producer with her own production company specialising in outdoor and adventure sports films. We talk to Viv about how the best work gets done when men and women work together as a team rather than compete against each other.
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.
Heroes come in many forms. For us they are adventurers. Women who are shining the spotlight on something they passionately care about and using the positive power of adventure to catalyst change.
Here are five incredible Australian women who deserve our attention, particularly passionate about Mental Health. Women who, although they may be a little shy in saying so, are changing the world for one person each step they take or pedal they push.
Julie and three of her friends - all busy mums with families, decided to take on the Oxfam 100km Trailwalker. The whole experience had it's ups and downs, challenges and triumphs, but ultimately taught them a lot about themselves and the challenges involved in an event that some deem 'just a walk'.
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.
Camping unites us to our outdoor passions and a well-equipped campsite keeps us outside for longer enjoying all the benefits the outdoors has to offer. Angela Armstrong has some ideas for camping well if you are new to the outdoors so you’re comfortable every time you venture out.
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.
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.
Looking for something off the beaten track? Here's a unique bushwalking escape located in the mountains of Brisbane Forest Park. Expect stunning rock pools, fun rock-hopping and lush surrounds in Brisbane's semi-secret oasis
It may seem like the classic "I quit my job to travel" millennial story but read how Jennah-Louise forced her fears into submission and started a new life that took her to Nepal via Kenya and India and you might just recognise yourself in there somewhere