- 1 / 10The Fearless Photographer: Maria de la GuardiaConflict 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.
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- 2 / 10The Education Activist: Rebecca Ume CrookRebecca 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.
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- 3 / 10The Record Breaker: Cassie de PecolCassie 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.
Learn more about herCourtesy of Cassie de Pecol
- 4 / 10The Traveling Mother: Freda MoonAFAR 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.”
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- 5 / 10The Wandering Designer: Aza ZieglerAza 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 storyPhoto by Charlotte Fassler
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- 7 / 10The Intuitive Instagrammer: Annapurna MellorAnnapurna 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.”
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- 8 / 10The Avid Ambassador: Christine AmoroseChristine 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.
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- 9 / 10The Dame Traveler: Nastasia YakoubNastasia 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.
Find inspiration from more female adventurersPhoto by @gogetsomesoul
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