In honour of International Women’s Day I figured I would take the opportunity to honour some inspiring women who are either travelers themselves, or I’ve met while traveling.
Kate has been one of my best friends since 2005. We went to university together, where she was already living half way across the country. When she had the opportunity to pick up her life and go live in New Zealand to do teachers college, and then work – she did. And I followed! She’s been dabbling in the blogosphere – under the alias CanucKiwiKate – and is mere months away from a cross-Canada road trip with her boyfriend. She’s always been one of my main inspirations to go out and see the world, even before I knew what this blogging thing was!
Stephanie may not be a travel blogger, or even widely known in the travel blogging world, but she is one of the most incredible and inspiring women I have ever met, and I’m honoured to call her one of my best friends. We met in Western Australia in 2011 and have kept in touch ever since, taking any chance we get to visit each other – whether it be Sydney, New Zealand, or Hawaii. She is a wildlife warrior and constantly fighting to save the planet. She also works for an incredible non-profit called Camp Ohana – which is based in Kenya , and it was her describing the work they do with the communities in Kenya that really inspired me to check out Africa. She encourages and motivates me to be a better person – to encourage others to try ecofriendly alternatives to their everyday lifestyle choices.
The inspirational and delightfully honest, Toni, is the brains behind the amazing website Reclaiming My Future. Her writing has inspired me, angered me and made me cry. A truly talented writer, and beautiful human being, I am honoured to call her one of my best friends. She is down to earth, unafraid of speaking her mind, and doesn’t hide behind her online personality. She’s had lots of struggles to overcome, but each time comes out the other side stronger than ever. She inspires me to be a stronger person and to continue traveling the world and sharing my experiences.
I like to think of Rae as a badass defender of lions. I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside Rae when I volunteered at a lion conservation project called ALERT in Zimbabwe and to say that what she does is inspiring is to put it lightly. She is an advocate for the king of the jungle; she gives them a voice and is giving her all in the fight against the extinction of this beautiful animal. I am honoured to have been able to meet her and to see what she does – and hope to help in the fight any way I can.
Hannah- of Furtherbound - is no stranger of The Mellyboo Project – she was my first ever guest poster, and is actually heading up my redesign. I’ve been inspired by Hannah since reading her story about how she went from being severely in debt to living her dreams and traveling the world. Her positive outlook is inspiring and she has many tricks up her sleeve that can help any aspiring traveler learn to start saving their pennies. She’s now off on her round- the- world adventure with her partner, Lee, and loving every moment of life – sharing her beautiful adventures with her readers around the world.
No inspirational list would be complete without my little ‘sista’ Jaime. If there is anyone who has a deep respect for all women, and who continuously teaches me about the importance of the feminine spirit in the universe, it’s Jaime. We’ve known each other for 24 years and I affectionately refer to her as my gypsy sister. She has jetset around the world and documented it all in her beautiful film and photography work. She’s incredibly artistic and hugely inspirational. I only hope that one day we can travel the world together like the two free spirits we are!
Before I set off on my trip to Australia – the trip that really did me in, in terms of starting me off on a whirlwind life of travel – Alicia had been documenting her own working holiday in Australia. She showcased Australia in all it’s beauty, and it was her video documenting her Great Ocean Road Trip that solidified my plans. She’s gone on to not only be the brains behind her own blog, My Life Untethered, but is the Social Media Guru for Flight Centre and is one-half of the founding greatness behind Toronto Travel Massive.
While I could keep listing off all the amazing and inspiring women I’ve encountered in the real world or in the travel blogging world, I think at the end of the day we should simply take a few minutes today to remember and give thanks to all the women in our lives. To all the women and girls out there – continue to live your lives full of purpose, aim to achieve all your dreams – no matter how big or small- and know that you are a beautiful and amazing part of the universe.