December 16, 2022 12 min read
As the year comes to a close and we enter 2023, many of us will be thinking about our new years resolutions. For a lot of us, this may include spending more time outdoors, doing more exercise, and taking on some adventures. Adventures can often seem daunting and unattainable for the everyday person, however this doesn’t have to be the case!Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or someone who wants to step up your adventure game, we’ve rounded up the wonderful advice given to us throughout the year by adventurers who we had the pleasure of interviewing. Whether your adventure aspirations are big or small, we hope to inspire your 2023 adventure endeavours!
Alice Morrison is a traveller, adventurer and modern-day explorer who has been described as the ‘Indiana Jones for Girls.’ Alice was the CEO of a company and after losing funding Alice was forced to close the company down. Rather than being crushed by this experience, Alice decided to embark on adventures she never had time for in the past, including the Tour d’Afrique, a 100-day, 12,500km bike race from Cairo to Cape Town, and the toughest footrace on earth - the Marathon des Sables. This involved 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara.
Girls on Hills is Scotland’s only guided trail running company designed for women, by women. They empower women with the confidence and skills necessary to break free from the road and take their running into the mountains, regardless of fitness, age or experience. Co-founders Keri Wallace and Nancy Kennedy offered some great adventure tips.
Check out the courses Girls on Hills have to offer via their website at www.girlsonhills.com.
Pip Stewart is an adventurer, journalist and presenter who’s no stranger to pushing both mental and physical barriers. Pip has cycled halfway around the world, recently completed a world-first kayak journey through the Amazon with fellow adventurersLaura Bingham and Ness Knight, and survived a flesh-eating parasite.
The grandfather-of-four turned 80 years old in April 2020 and made it his mission to climb all 282 Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet) in 1200 days. Now, just over two years later, Nick has bagged his final Munro with more than 150 friends, family and supporters who walked with him on his final ascent. Along the way, he’s been raising money for Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society after his beloved wife Janet was sadly diagnosed with both Alzeimer’s Disease and Osteoporosis.
Laura Kennington has built a hugely inspiring career in endurance adventures and encouraging people to push their own limits. She is a huge believer that diving into something is the best approach and she quite literally dove into her career in adventure starting with a spontaneous cliff dive in America. Taking on over 13 crazy challenges cycling, swimming, running and kayaking in the last 8 years Laura has had to battle to overcome her inner ‘gremlins’ who like to tell her she is destined to fail.
Laura Bingham is a natural-born adventurer, author, and explorer who left home in her teenage years to explore what the world has to offer. Amongst many other remarkable expeditions, Laura has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, cycled across South America with no money, and most recently successfully led the world’s first expedition to locate the source of the Essequibo River in Guyana.
Lizzie Daly is an adventurer, explorer, and wildlife biologist whose passion to protect our wild spaces and care for our oceans has led her to conduct research and make wildlife films all over the world. Lizzie grew up in Wales — an outdoor lover's paradise — and that is what sparked her curiosity for the outdoors.
Megan Hine is a survivalist and adventurer whose unique set of skills has taken her to remote corners of the world leading expeditions, presenting TV series and even consulting Bear Grylls on all things survival.
Northern Irish Adventurer Leon McCarron has trekked across the world’s most incredible destinations, cycled from New York to Hong Kong, ridden a horse across Argentina, and that’s just scratching the surface.
Charlie and Jess fromThe Travel Project, foundedAchievable Adventures, a UK movement focused on altering the adventure space. They aim to break down the barriers preventing people from embarking on adventures, by creating a wide spectrum of UK-based adventures, where they head out on trips to inspire you and show you how to make the most of your spare time.
Alice Keegan fromAdventure Girls Club andSarah Gerrish fromWonderful Wild Women started these adventure communities, both aiming to inspire women and bring down the barriers that prevent women from realising their full potential and going on outdoor adventures.
Thank you so much for reading, we hope you have inspired you! We wish you all the very best for 2023.
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