Women throughout history have boldly gone on solo adventures around the world. These pioneers were courageous, travelling alone at a time when there was neither encouragement nor safety.
The women who made history by travelling solo broke social expectation. They refused to sit back and be denied adventure when they wanted to step aboard a train or a steamship, or jump into a horse’s saddle. Whether they were travelling to show the world that women could, or because their sense of adventure transcended the boundaries that were being imposed on them, they made travel a priority. They faced obstacles and adversity as they travelled, went on adventures unheard of during their time, broke records and used pioneering modes of transportation.
Here’s a closer look at some of the most influential heroines in travel history. Their journeys around the world, when all odds were stacked against them, are inspiration for women everywhere!