We’re pretty lucky here at Inspired Adventures to cross paths with some amazing people. Turia Pitt is one such woman.
Turia’s life was turned upside down when she was caught in a bushfire while running an ultra-marathon in the Kimberley. After an intense (and ongoing) recovery period, Turia has become an ambassador for Interplast, a charity which exists to provide medical training and free rehabilitation surgeries to people throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Turia is an author, athlete, motivational speaker, engineer, and to us here at Inspired, a true adventurer—having trekked the Great Wall of China in 2014 and soon to conquer the Inca Trail.
With so many adventures ahead, we caught up with Turia to talk all things travel…
What is your earliest adventure memory?
We didn’t have a television when we were young, so naturally all we wanted to do was watch TV! We would climb up a tree onto the roof of our house, then jump from the roof of our house to the roof of our neighbour’s house. We’d then watch the neighbour’s TV through their skylight.
What is the one thing you can’t travel without?
My iPad. I’m an avid reader and I love that it lets you travel with a thousand books.
What is your favourite international destination?
Probably the island of Nuku Hiva—it’s within the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. There’s not much there and you really feel like you’re away from everything and at the end of the earth!
What do you do to settle into a long flight?
I find it really difficult to sit still on a flight. So I try to break it up: watch a movie, have something to eat, go for a walk around the plane, read a book, listen to a podcast, have something to eat (I take snacks), watch a movie… You get the idea…
How does fundraising adventure travel differ from a holiday?
People are constantly asked to donate money so the key to fundraising is thinking outside the box in order to do it differently. It can be really challenging… But that makes it more rewarding when you go on the adventure.
What destination surprised you the most?
Mongolia. Gers, yaks and grass dot the landscape for as far as the eye can see. The local people love playing games, especially wrestling, and they have a deep reverence for Genghis Khan.
If you could only visit one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Huahine in French Polynesia. Great surf, great fishing and a really cool chilled out island vibe.
Suitcase or rucksack?
Sailing or surfing?
Book or iPad?
Today or tomorrow?
I like them both!
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