Emily Witt

Cause: UN Women
Adventure: UN Women’s Trek for Rights in Nepal
Social: @keysandopenmind

As our Adventurer of the Month, Emily has scored herself a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher! To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What motivated you to take on your Inspired Adventure?

I had planned to do some volunteer work in Nepal a few years ago with my partner, but unfortunately that opportunity fell through. I was on Inspired Adventures’ mailing list having donated to a friend’s Ride for Rights a couple of years ago. As I have always been interested in issues surrounding women’s rights, when I saw the email advertising the Trek for Rights, I thought it was an opportunity too good to miss to both see this beautiful country and do something to help women less fortunate than I am.

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead? Have you ever been to Nepal before?

I’ve only ever been to North America and Western Europe before, so I’m expecting to experience a healthy dose of culture shock. I think I will come out the other side the better for it, though. Fitness-wise, I am feeling good. I am doing a lot of hikes around Canberra that I’ve talked about doing for ages. It’s great to finally have the push to get out there and do them.

What have been some of the highlights of your Inspired journey so far?

It has been wonderful witnessing people’s generosity. I had several people donate things for me to use as prizes in raffles, and seeing the donations come in from far and wide had been wonderful. In November 2017, I held a high tea with about 25 friends and colleagues, and we raised over $600. It was a wonderful afternoon and people were so generous. I even had a woman who wasn’t part of our group come over to buy raffle tickets!

"I’m also starting to feel more confident in myself after seeing how successful some of my events have been"

Do you have any tips for other people currently training for their Inspired Adventure?

I do recommend seeing a personal trainer or an exercise physiologist and setting out a solid training plan. My physiologist is really familiar with the local area (and coincidentally has also hiked Annapurna before!) so she is able to make really specific recommendations for me and I am feeling the benefits of that already.

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?

I’m really feeling at my best at the moment thanks to the additional exercise I’m getting. I think I’m also starting to feel more confident in myself after seeing how successful some of my events have been.

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

Go for it! It took me a while to psych myself up to register, but nearly a year on, I don’t regret a single thing and I can’t wait to be in Nepal.

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