She Explores

Inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and besides.


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The Latest


Archipelago of Gothenburg, Sweden

Allemansrätten: the right for all people to freely wander the wilderness and nature reserves.

Allie Middleton took full advantage of "Allemansrätten" while studying in Sweden this summer.

Longer light ->


Sarah Uhl

A commercial and fine artist, Sarah Uhl is carving a niche within the outdoor industry. She is also passionate about creating "art in the wild" and is sharing those stories via her portfolio site.

"Distilling the magic in wild places"-> 

Women on the Road

Hinturland: Sophie Lee

After being raised as a nomad in the African bush, it's only natural for outdoor guide Sophie Lee to live on the road as an adult. She and her partner mainly work with disadvantaged youth, and their life in a Sprinter Van gets them closer to the mountains.

On the road in the United Kingdom ->


Creatives on the Road

We interview Alison Turner and Amanda Sandlin, two creatives who often travel solo in their vans. Their stories are unique, and the lessons learned are transferrable to a variety of life experiences.

Maintaining a creative practice ->

Stay Equipped

The First Camera I Loved

Melanie McKay reviews the SuperSampler from Lomography. It's the kind of camera that lets you have fun because it is all about movement and serendipity. It's like film to the 4th power.

Read Melanie's review ->


Dani Opal: Graphic Designer/Fine Artist

Dani treads the line between graphic designer and fine artist. She has a love for all the texture and geometry found in landscape, and her work highlights that in a beautiful way.

Crossing lines ->

Women on the Road

Donielle Stevens: Leave No Trace

Donielle wanted a job that took her on the move. For the past three months, she's been training people on Leave Not Trace principles and seeing the country.

How she makes it work -> 


The Best Parks That Aren't National Parks

With the help of some experts, Kat Carney pulls together a list of great parks around the United States. With all the talk of the National Park Centennial, she wanted to highlight some stellar parks that don't happen to be National Parks.

Plan your next trip ->


Episode 4: Origin Story

Curious about how She Explores got started? Thinking about starting your own creative venture? The latest episode of the She Explores podcast covers our backstory and might just leave you inspired.

Listen here ->



Scottish Highlands

France native Virginie Chabrol loved Scotland so much that she found herself returning again and again. Finally, she made Scotland her home and was pleased to find that she had not lost her sense of wonder for the place.

Somewhere in the Highlands ->



Nic Annette Miller: "All I Can Do"

Woodcut artist Nic Annette Miller realizes the interconnectedness of her art and depression, but it isn't until she takes a long road trip that she puts her new headspace into practice in real-life.

"There is fear when speaking the truth, but it's a shame when it's withheld" ->



How Art in Nature Heals: A Glimpse into Eco-Art Therapy

Learn how cultivating an intentional practice can have transformative effects. Laura Hughes interviews art therapist Megan Bixel.

The healing benefits of fresh air ->

Women on the Road

Outside Found Alyssa Pelletier

Alyssa and her fiancé Will didn't decide to build out a school bus into an RV overnight. It was a series of small steps that brought her to where she is today.

Learn more in the interview ->

Photo by Becca Skinner

Photo by Becca Skinner


Episode 3: "Being Here": How the Outdoors Make Us Feel

Interview with adventure writer Hilary Oliver about her short film "Being Here." It's all about how the outdoors make us feel, so we also invited listeners to submit their thoughts.

Listen to Episode 3 ->


On Connecting Outdoors

"Being outside is good medicine—a natural escape from the walls that close in on us."

Kathleen Morton on the benefits of respectfully connecting outdoors in our digital age->



Emily Kelley | Land & She

Emily Kelley is an illustrator who rediscovered her artistic potential through a trip to Oregon. Uninspired by her graphic design day job, she now creates sustainable illustrations full time.

See more of Land & She ->


Never Road Weary: A Continental Motorcycle Trip in 8 Parts

Hailey Hirst traveled 20,000 miles on a motorcycle - but she didn't do it all at once. Learn how Hailey and her boyfriend traveled in short bursts to accumulate one big adventure.

"Each leg was fresh" ->


Micro Adventure: How Much Can You See in One Week?

Kat Carney and her friend Jess OBryan drive and camp from Birmingham, AL to San Diego, CA. In doing so, they prove that it's possible to see and do an incredible amount in a week-long vacation.

Follow along ->


Alone in a Crowd

Hallie Rose Taylor writes about the "ethical paradox" faced by lovers of the outdoors. We seek solitude, but our parks and public land wouldn't exist without the public.

Contemplation and practical advice ->


Episode 2 - On Fear #2: Human Powered Travel

Interview with Julie Hotz, a filmmaker and photographer who spent the summer of 2015 bike-packing and backpacking across the American West. 

Listen and see ->


Redwood Regional Park: Oakland, California

Vivian Chen loves that there is a redwood oasis within the urban area of Oakland, California. Discover her favorite place to take friends for a "coffee date."

Miles and miles -> 


Sprinter Van Buildout: A Pseudo How-To

Kris Holbrook walks us through the building out her Sprinter Van into her workplace and home. An honest and funny look at the practical (and emotional) steps.

Step 1: Clear Out the Van ->

Stay Equipped

Parks Project: Apparel with a Purpose

Help support our National Parks by purchasing apparel that is well designed and gives back to the parks they are inspired by. 

"Leave it Better Than You Found It" ->  

Women on the Road

Eva And Jordan Go

Eva Griffith and her boyfriend, Jordan, are traveling the states on a mission to see every National Park. A Texas native, Eva hadn't done too much camping before this. Learn from her, 8 months in.

What a way to see America ->


Black Balsam Area of Pisgah National Forest, NC

Since Clare Healy moved to the Southeast, she's been pouring over maps to find her next backpacking trips. She shares her discovery of the Black Balsam area near Asheville, NC.

Beauty that makes you go quiet ->

Tandem Trekking Lindsey


Interview with a Thru Hiker

Lindsey Elise of Tandem Trekking is a a self described "backpacking fiend." She's hiked the AT and we caught up with her before she left for the PCT to gain some insight on both the psychology and nitty-gritty of thru hiking. Lindsey's articulate voice paints a dynamic picture of thru hiking.

On hitting the trail, again ->

Women on the Road

Home Sweet Van Juliana

After just four months of dating, Juliana and her boyfriend Richmond decided to build out a Sprinter Van together and travel the American West. Learn about the growing pains of moving into a Sprinter and their inspiration for the buildout.

Meet Juliana ->

Stay Equipped

"A Woman's Guide to the Wild"

A review of the new guide by Ruby McConnell, released today for purchase. 

Your complete outdoor handbook ->

Road Trip

Desert Camp

Jules Davies & Chelsea Parrett are housemates and creative collaborators. They recently road tripped to nearby Joshua Tree to do a photoshoot and attend Desert & Denim.

Lessons learned on the road ->


How to:

Save Money on the Road

Tips from Gale Straub for how to cut costs camping, eating, driving, etc. on the road. 

A little goes a long way ->