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9 Women Who Inspire Us to Travel Deeper

The Fearless Photographer: Maria de la Guardia
9 Women Who Inspire Us to Travel Deeper
We're continuously inspired by dedicated adventurers—those who travel the world, seek new perspectives, and commit themselves to experiencing life around the globe. These nine women are pushing the boundaries of what it means to travel fearlessly, motivating us all to follow their lead. Scroll through the slideshow to learn the stories of (some!) of the women who’ve inpired us to travel deeper.
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    The Fearless Photographer: Maria de la Guardia
    The Fearless Photographer: Maria de la Guardia
    Conflict photographer Maria de la Guardia has lived abroad for almost 17 years and has called a dozen countries her home. The fearless photographer documents human stories everywhere from Afghanistan to Sierra Leone, finding beauty and purpose in some of the most misunderstood corners of the world.

    Read her story
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    The Education Activist: Rebecca Ume Crook
    The Education Activist: Rebecca Ume Crook
    Rebecca Ume Crook—a dedicated young educator and explorer—documents her contributions to education in South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya through her personal Instagram, @stickylittleleaves, as well as the collective account @everydayeducation, which shares stories of educators and students around the world. She believes photography can be a tool to make education accessible to everyone—and is using social media to replace “likes” with awareness. 

    Read her story
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    The Record Breaker: Cassie de Pecol
    The Record Breaker: Cassie de Pecol
    Cassie de Pecol first caught our attention when she was on the brink of visiting all 196 countries in the world. Since then, she became the first American woman ever to do it—establishing herself as a barrier-breaking female adventurer. 

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    Courtesy of Cassie de Pecol
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    The Traveling Mother: Freda Moon
    The Traveling Mother: Freda Moon
    AFAR sent writer Freda Moon to Morocco on her first solo trip since the birth of her daughter. Her takeaway? “Being a woman in the world, traveling or not, does sometimes require bravery and strength,” she said. “And we are brave. We are strong.”

    Read her story
    Courtesy of Freda Moon
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    The Wandering Designer: Aza Ziegler
    The Wandering Designer: Aza Ziegler
    Aza Ziegler—a California-raised, New York–trained, and Los Angeles–based clothing designer—travels to gain inspiration and perspective for her clothing line, Calle del Mar. The wandering designer says her creativity is influenced by her travels—further proof that inspiration is everywhere.

    Read her story

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    The Hospitality Vanguard: Sonia Cheng
    The Hospitality Vanguard: Sonia Cheng
    Sonia Cheng is modernizing the world of hospitality for the contemporary traveler, and she’s doing it exactly her way.

    Read her story
    Photo by Paul Docaser
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    The Intuitive Instagrammer: Annapurna Mellor
    The Intuitive Instagrammer: Annapurna Mellor
    Annapurna Mellor travels the world with a purpose—to connect with people. The Manchester-based writer and photographer has been following her own advice since she embarked on a trip to Kathmandu to climb the mountain she was named after: “The most rewarding trips I’ve had—the travels that I remember the most and have the best photos and stories from—are from times that I have followed that intuition.”

    Read her story
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    The Avid Ambassador: Christine Amorose
    The Avid Ambassador: Christine Amorose
    Christine Amorose, a New York-based blogger, photographer, and AFAR ambassador, fell in love with travel in the most classic of ways: with a trip to Paris. Since then, she’s been all over Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean and spent three months solo backpacking in Southeast Asia.

    Read her story

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    The Dame Traveler: Nastasia Yakoub
    The Dame Traveler: Nastasia Yakoub
    Nastasia Yakoub founded Dame Traveler, a women’s travel blog, as she recovered from a back injury and dreamed of adventure. The goal of Dame Traveler, she says, is to “exemplify strength, fearlessness, and courage” and create a community for female travelers around the world to share stories, inspiration, and advice with one another. 

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    What’s Next . . .
    What’s Next . . .
    Courtesy of Sarah Buder