Bethany Hughes has been writing, speaking, and advocating for the importance of international connection through Slow Travel for over 20 years and across 22,000 human powered miles. Most recently, she created and led the Her Odyssey Expedition, a women-focused traverse of the Americas, connecting the story of the land and its inhabitants.
She grew up playing in and along the oceans and waterways of South and Central America, guided for the Boy Scouts of America, and taught on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, before running sled-dogs along the fjords of SE Alaska. Her first intentional, human powered trip was a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010.
She connected with TRAK Kayaks in 2018, while planning how to safely and respectfully navigate the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama. Having navigated in everything from the cayucos of her childhood to a variety of whitewater crafts as an athlete, TRAK kayaks uniquely fit the bill for a portable, durable, long-term vessel and connected Her Odyssey from Turbo, Colombia to San Carlos, Nicaragua.
Since completing the Her Odyssey expedition Bethany has focused on being a Slow Travel Storyguide; writing, meditating, paddling, sailing, and leaning into the flow of personal and collective healing.
Follow Bethany's continuing journeys on Her Odyssey, and on her socials: