Traveling Women To Inspire Your Wanderlust During Women’s History Month

Women History's Month - Traveling Women to Inspire Your Wanderlust

There is a lot of talk about travel women today. Those who are traveling in groups and those taking off on solo adventures. Women from all generations are increasing their travel today.

But what about the traveling women who were taking adventures around the globe decades and even centuries ago?

In honor of Women’s History Month, take a look at these women travelers and adventures from across history to inspire your wanderlust!

Featured image to inspire traveling women was taken by Luke Price

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane

Better known as Nellie Bly is best known for being one of the pioneers of investigative journalism. On top of that, after being inspired by the book Around the World in 80 Days, she took off on her own round-the-world trip and beat that. She was the first woman to travel the globe in only 72 days. You can even read her book “Round the World with Nellie Bly”. Learn more about her here.
Nellie Bly in Poland

Aimee Crocker

A railroad heiress, Aimee Crocker was known for living life outside of the boundaries for women of her time. From outlandish parties to traveling to the “Far East”. In her 1936 memoir, “And I’d do it Again”, she details stories from being given her own island from a Hawaiian King to being poisoned in Hong Kong.


Not only did Sacagawea play a major role in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, she did all of this while caring for her two-month-old son. Traveling from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. While she may not have been the traditional “guide” talked about in our history books, she was a vital interpreter and resource for the expedition. Without her presence along the journey, it is would have traveled peacefully and successful to the West Coast. Read more about her here.

By Leonard Crunelle (1872-1944) sculptor, photographer Hans AndersenOwn work for the photo., CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Amelia Earhart

One of the best-known women explorers who continues to inspire our wanderlust to this day. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. After this, she continued to push boundaries in both her flights and activism. She was a Read more about her here.

Bessie Coleman

Another groundbreaking female pilot. Bessie Coleman was the first African-American and Native American woman to hold a pilot’s licenses. She was so determined to become a pilot, that she saved up enough money to travel to France where she was able to attend flight school as a woman. She then came back to the U.S. and became a successful air show pilot. Unfortunately, she died at the age of 34 in a flight accident. Learn more about her here.

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Annie Londonderry

A Latvian immigrant to the U.S. that was born Annie Cohen Kopchovsky. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle. The adventure came out of a wager that no woman would be able to complete the task. Having only started riding a bike a few days before her trip Annie was able to prove them wrong. Read more about her here.

Junko Tabei

The most current of our traveling women. Junko was born in Japan in 1932, was a groundbreaking mountaineer. She began mountain climbing at the age of ten. She was the first woman to reach the top of both Mount Everest and all Seven Summits. She continued breaking records into her sixties on top of working to advocated for ecological issues. She passed just last year. Learn more about her here.

Junko Tabei

Jeanne Baret

From 1766-1769, Jeanne joined an expedition to circumnavigate the globe. She did this by disguising herself as a part of the all-male crew as “Jean. While she was eventually discovered, she eventually made it back to France. This endeavor led her to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Read more about her story here.

Women to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Throughout history, traveling women have been breaking barriers and stereotypes to explore the world. Now it’s your turn to take off and travel.

If you’re interested in joining a community of today’s inspiring women traveler’s make sure to sign up for Lioness Travel to meet other women travelers near and far.