When you hear the word globetrotter, what comes to mind? Teen kids are probably not the first thing, but these 7 have completed risky expeditions across oceans and polar ice caps! Setting record-breaking trips, they are an inspiration to their fellow teen explorers. Let's talk about them!
1. Mason Andrews
In 2018, the 18-year-old circumnavigated the world solo. He flew over 22 countries on the 76-day solo flight to bring awareness to MedCamps of Louisiana. Andrews took the trek around the world in his family's Piper PA-32 Lance. The trip raised more than $33,000 for the charity.
2. Parker Liautaud
At the age of 19, he became the youngest person to reach both the North and South pole. He has participated in three expeditions to the North Pole since he was 15 years old. In 2013 he completed the Willis Resilience Expedition, which is a 349-mile trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. AND he broke the previous record by almost 4 days when he reached the South Pole. Now that’s impressive!
3. Mike Perham
At 17 years old, he became the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation around the world. At only 14, he set the record for crossing the Atlantic. How inspiring is that?
4. Laura Dekker
The New-Zealand-born Dutch sailor made headlines in 2009 when she announced her plan to sail the globe, single-handed. However, a court objected to the bid and prevented her from departing. But, she decided to set sail anyway and became the youngest person to do so. It took her 123 days to sail around the world! Impressive, not recommended, but we are very impressed with her diligence!
5. Rob Gauntlett
The teen became the youngest Briton to scale Everest when he reached the top in 2006. He even celebrated his 19th birthday on the mountain. Then, the next year
He became the first person to complete a pole-to-pole human-powered voyage through the Americas. Sadly, in 2009 he died in a climbing accident at 21 years old.
6. Rachel Flanders
In 2008, at the age of 17, she arrived in Antigua after crossing the Atlantic in a 4-woman rowing boat. She became the youngest person to row across the ocean. She set the Guinness World Record for her trek!
7. Geordie Stewart
Set out to climb the highest peak on each continent, also known as the 'Seven Summits' at only 17 years old. After, he served as an army officer for 5 years before leaving on his solo cycle around the world! It took him 430 days to cycle across 4 continents.
Would you want your little one becoming one of these teen explorers?