Thursday, November 5, 2015

By Pamela MacNaughtan / Savoir Faire Abroad
Female travelers have been
kicking butt and taking names for years, even if bank notes and passports
don’t always recognize their contributions.
They’ve circled the
globe, climbed mountains, explored space, and inspired movies — and in
many cases they were the first of their gender to do so.
But how many have you
heard of? It’s time we hear more! As a female traveler, I’ve
done a little research into my fellow women of gumption, and am happy to
introduce you to these ten amazing female travelers.
1.
Jeanne
“Jean” BaréAn artist’s rendition of Jeanne Baré
dressed as a sailor, dating from 1817, after her death.
(Photo: Public
Domain/Wikimedia Commons)Jeanne Baré was the first woman to
circumnavigate the world; however, when she embarked on her journey back in
1766, she did so dressed as a man.
Jeanne went undercover on Louis Antoine de
Bourgainville’s ship Étoille with her employer, botanist Philibert
de Commerson, and she managed to stay undiscovered until the expedition
arrived in Tahiti, where it’s said that the locals were quick to
realize that she was a woman.
What went down onboard after that is a bit of a
mystery, but she was put in seclusion, and had a baby nine months
later.
Jeanne and Philibert were left on Mauritius, but after giving the baby
up for adoption, she eventually returned to France, completing her
round-the-world journey.
It’s a fascinating story.
This is a great book
about Jeanne Baré.
2.
Alice Huyler RamseyAlice Huyler Ramsey with her
auto.
(Photo: Bain News Service/Wikimedia CommonsAlice Huyler was the
first woman to drive across the United States.
On June 9, 1909, 22-year-old
Alice, along with three of her girlfriends (two sisters-in-law, and another
friend, none of whom could drive), drove 3,800 miles from Hell’s Gate
in Manhattan to San Fransisco.
It took them 59 days.
You can read more about
her here.
3.
Baroness Elise Raymonde de LarochePortrait of famous French
aviatrix Baroness de la Roche on July 1, 1919, taken after she broke the
world’s record for altitude reached by a
woman.
(Photo: Bettmann/Corbis)
Baroness de Laroche, born Elise Raymonde
Deroche to a plumber, was the first woman in the world world to receive a
pilot’s license.
Dubbed the Baroness by aviation press of the time, she
received license number 36 of the International Aeronautics Federation, issued
by the Aero-Club of France.
In 1913 she won the Femina Cup for the longest
non-stop flight.
It was more than four hours in length and awarded by
Aero-Club of France.
4.
Freya StarkBritish explorer and travel writer Freya
Stark (1893–1993) at her home in Asolo, Italy, circa 1950.
She is
wearing traditional Persian dress and holding a dagger acquired on her travels
in the Middle East.
(Photo: Graphic House/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
In the
early 1930s Freya Stark traveled into Persia (now Iran), exploring remote
villages and interacting with locals, her book The Valleys of the Assassins:
and Other Persian Travels was published in 1934, and immediately captured
the hearts of readers.
Dame Stark was by far one of the best travel writers of
her time, and when she passed away at 100 years of age, she merited a
three-column obituary in The New York Times.Related: Explore Now: Practical
Tips for the Solo Female Traveler
5.
Gertrude BellCirca 1900: English
archaeologist and traveler Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
(1868–1926).
 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A world
traveler, Gertrude Bell had a knack for languages and during her adventures
she become fluent in Arabic, Persian, French, and German.
Gertrude was also a
mountaineer, and she conquered a number of peaks in Switzerland.
During World
War I she played a role in guiding troops through the desert, creating maps of
the safest route for them to take, and enabling the British to capture
Baghdad.
Gertrude is an absolutely fascinating and inspiring woman.
I read a
book on her life a few years ago, and I have loved her ever since.
6.
Isak
Dinesen, a.k.a.
Karen BlixenBaroness Karen Blixen (aka Danish writer Isak
Dinesen) (1885–1962) shows off a stylish hunting trophy in Copenhagen,
January 2, 1958.
Her new coat has the skin of a leopard she killed during a
visit to Africa some years ago.
(Photo: Bettmann/Corbis)
Out of Africa
was made famous by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, but the film
wouldn’t have been made had it not been for Karen Blixen, the woman who
wrote about her life in Kenya after arriving in 1914 to look after a coffee
plantation.
Blixen (who used the pen name Isak Dinesen) had married her
cousin, Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke, but shortly after arriving in Africa they
separated and she ran the coffee farm for ten years before returning to
Denmark around 1931.
This is one headstrong and gutsy woman!Related: The
Unofficial Solo Female Traveler’s Manifesto
7.
Junko TabeiMrs.
Junko
Tabei (L), 35, stands against the background of the southern wall of
Mt.
Everest with Nepal’s Sirdar Ang Tsering. Two weeks after the
picture was taken, the two reached the summit of
Mt.
Everest.
(Photo: Bettmann/Corbis)
A Japanese mountaineer, Junko
Tabei was the first woman to climb Mount Everest; she reached the summit on
May 16, 1975.
The climb was not without its perils: While camping at 6,300
metres there was an avalanche, and Junko and her team were buried
alive.
Thankfully, Junko was dug out by her Sherpa guide, and a week and a
half later she became the first woman to summit Everest.

8.
Barbara
HillaryBarbara Hillary © with some Russian friends at Borneo Ice
Camp.
(Photo: Barbara Hillary)If you’re looking for a travel pick-me-up
look no further than Barbara Hillary, the first African-American woman to
travel to both poles.
When she skied to the North Pole in 2011, Barbara was
75.
Seventy-five! Four years later when she journeyed to the south pole, she
was 79.
This is one inspiring lady.
Did I mention she is also a cancer
survivor? Yep, she is.Related: I’m Crazy Enough to Bike to the South
Pole
9.
Robyn DavidsonPortrait of traveler and writer Robyn
Davidson.
(Photo: Daily Mail/Rex / Alamy Stock Photo)In 1977 Robyn left
Alice Springs, Australia, with a dog and four camels.
Why? She had decided to
walk 1,700 miles across Western Australia.
The journey, as you may imagine,
was not an easy one, but she did it.
I’ve watched the movie about
Robyn’s trek, as well as read her book, Tracks, and I love her defiant
strong nature.
She is an inspirational female traveler.
10.
Valentina
TereshkovaSoviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, in
front of the Vostok capsule, June 1963.
(Photo: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty
Images)
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman — and civilian
— to go to space.
Selected out of hundreds of applicants, she piloted
Russia’s Vostok 6, solo, into the stars in June 1963.
She was 26
years old.
Valentina orbited the earth 48 times before returning to earth
three days later.
After her foray, Valentina earned a doctorate in
engineering, and later went into politics.
Valentina carried the Olympic flag
at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.WATCH: Behind
the Veil: What Life Is REALLY Like for Women in the Middle EastLet World
traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
 
By Pamela MacNaughtan / Savoir Faire Abroad Female travelers have been kicking
butt and taking names for years, even if bank notes and passports don't
always recognize their contributions.
They've circled the globe, climbed
mountains, explored space, and inspired movies — and in many cases they were
the first of their gender to do so.
But how many have you heard of? It's
time we hear more!.Out of Africa was made famous by Meryl Streep and Robert
Redford, but the film wouldn’t have been made had it not been for Karen
Blixen, the woman who wrote about her life in Kenya after arriving in 1914 to
look after a coffee plantation.
Blixen (who used the pen name Isak Dinesen)
had married her cousin, Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke, but shortly after arriving
in Africa they separated and she ran the coffee farm for ten years before
returning to Denmark around 1931.
This is one headstrong and gutsy
woman!Related: The Unofficial Solo Female Traveler’s
Manifesto
7.
Junko TabeiMrs.
Junko Tabei (L), 35, stands against the
background of the southern wall of Mt.
Everest with Nepal’s Sirdar Ang
Tsering. Two weeks after the picture was taken, the two reached the
summit of Mt.
Everest.
(Photo: Bettmann/Corbis)
A Japanese mountaineer,
Junko Tabei was the first woman to climb Mount Everest; she reached the summit
on May 16, 1975.
The climb was not without its perils: While camping at 6,300
metres there was an avalanche, and Junko and her team were buried
alive.
Thankfully, Junko was dug out by her Sherpa guide, and a week and a
half later she became the first woman to summit Everest.

8.
Barbara
HillaryBarbara Hillary © with some Russian friends at Borneo Ice
Camp.
(Photo: Barbara Hillary)If you’re looking for a travel pick-me-up
look no further than Barbara Hillary, the first African-American woman to
travel to both poles.
When she skied to the North Pole in 2011, Barbara was
75.
Seventy-five! Four years later when she journeyed to the south pole, she
was 79.
This is one inspiring lady.
Did I mention she is also a cancer
survivor? Yep, she is.Related: I’m Crazy Enough to Bike to the South
Pole
9.
Robyn DavidsonPortrait of traveler and writer Robyn
Davidson.
(Photo: Daily Mail/Rex / Alamy Stock Photo)In 1977 Robyn left
Alice Springs, Australia, with a dog and four camels.
Why? She had decided to
walk 1,700 miles across Western Australia.
The journey, as you may imagine,
was not an easy one, but she did it.
I’ve watched the movie about
Robyn’s trek, as well as read her book, Tracks, and I love her defiant
strong nature.
She is an inspirational female traveler.
10.
Valentina
TereshkovaSoviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, in
front of the Vostok capsule, June 1963.
(Photo: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty
Images)
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman — and civilian
— to go to space.
Selected out of hundreds of applicants, she piloted
Russia’s Vostok 6, solo, into the stars in June 1963.
She was 26
years old.
Valentina orbited the earth 48 times before returning to earth
three days later.
After her foray, Valentina earned a doctorate in
engineering, and later went into politics.
Valentina carried the Olympic flag
at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.WATCH: Behind
the Veil: What Life Is REALLY Like for Women in the Middle EastLet World
traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
 
By Pamela MacNaughtan / Savoir Faire Abroad Female travelers have
been kicking butt and taking names for years, even if bank notes and passports
don't always recognize their contributions.
They've circled the globe,
climbed mountains, explored space, and inspired movies — and in many cases
they were the first of their gender to do so.
But how many have you heard of?
It's time we hear more!

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