Today is International Women’s Day. Not only is it a time to look forward and work towards equality of the sexes, it’s a time to celebrate all the amazing achievements of womankind.

There have been some truly inspirational female travelers in history alongside the guys. From Nellie Bly who decided to go around the world in fewer days than Jules Verne, and published ‘Around the World in Seventy-Two Days’ when she made it. Such sass. And Jeanne Baré: the first woman to circumnavigate the world, and she did it all disguised as a man.

Fearless women have accepted life without boundaries for centuries, and it’s time for us to do the same. Here are ten reasons why you should travel the world (or a small section of it, at least) as a strong, independent woman in 2016.

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