Traveling can be such a personal endeavor, a way of discovering the world and yourself and sharing those experiences or keeping them tucked away. For those who love to travel, it’s curiosity that drives the will to explore completely unknown backdrops, plunge into entirely new cultures, mark paths through uncharted territory, and evolve for those experiences. These five travel pioneers each have boundless love for exploring but accomplish their dreams in their own unique ways, exhibiting immense courage, inspiring wanderlust, and above all, testing the boundaries within themselves.
5. Jessica Watson
Growing up on a 52-foot cabin cruiser for five years of her life clearly had a huge impact on Australian Jessica Watson’s life—and ambitions: she was one of the youngest people ever to have sailed around the world over 210 days unassisted and without stopping. During the five years aboard her family’s boat, Watson was home schooled by her parents and took sailing lessons for years along with her siblings. Her plan began taking shape when she was just 12 years old. She began devising the plan to sail around the world with her hero at the forefront of her thoughts: she had always admired Jesse Martin, who, at the age of 18, completed the same journey and became the youngest person to have taken on the feat. Watson left Australia in October of 2009 and successfully returned seven months later.