“Spend time with people. Be respectful and don’t take people for granted. Help where you can. Spend money locally.”
Sarah Outen is an adventurer, author and speaker. In November 2015 she completed her very impressive London2London:Via the World expedition. During this mega adventure Sarah rowed, cycled and kayaked a total of 25000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere! When I first heard about Sarah’s human-powered round the world journey I was so impressed with this incredible physical achievement. But after learning more about Sarah and her expedition I realised that there was so much more to it than the physical challenge aspect.
I got to ask Sarah a few questions about her world circumnavigations:
You rowed across the Indian Ocean and looped the world using a rowing boat, a bike and a kayak. Where does your love of adventure come from?
I’ve always been curious and always loved being outside. As a teenager I realised how much I enjoyed journeying through landscapes and seascapes.
How did the London2London expedition evolve? What made you decide to take on such a huge challenge?
I rowed solo across the Indian Ocean in 2009 and that gave me both the inspiration and the confidence for another journey.
What did your friends and family think when you were planning a human powered world circumnavigation?
Everyone has always been very supportive though I know at times I have caused them a lot of worry, too.
What were the main parts of the preparation phase?
Logistical, financial, physical, emotional – it was a huge mission to get ready to go. And there was the personnel side, too – I built a team to help make it happen.
What was the biggest challenge you faced along the way? How did you cope?
Picking up the pieces after my rescue from the Pacific in 2013 was really challenging. Mentally, physically, financially – it was so tough to just survive and get back to the start. I found help and pieced things back together, bit by bit.
What were the top three highlights of your world circumnavigation?
Getting engaged in 2013, meeting people and encounters with wildlife.
Where is the best place you have woken up during your journey?
The ocean on a bright, calm, clear day. It is magic.
How would you sum up your life philosophy?
Make the most of it and be kind to yourself, the world and others.
What do you think is the best way for adventurers to ‘give back’ to communities they pass through?
Spend time with people. Be respectful and don’t take people for granted. Help where you can. Spend money locally.
What advice would you give to anyone who dreams about doing something adventurous and take on a big challenge but is afraid to take the leap and actually do it?
Find out what you are afraid of and then counter it. Be Ok with being afraid – it’s normal and healthy. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
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