Gina 28, from Sweden has a passion for travel and adventure, and for pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. Her goal is to “Escape the Ordinary”. Over the past few years, that is what Gina has done!
On May 14th 2016 Gina left Sydney on a bicycle, with everything she would need to be self sufficient as she cycled 2,700km up the east coast of Australia to Cairns, where she stayed for 2 months.
In early 2018 Gina decided to take on her first big solo winter expedition, skiing 60 days from North Cape to Jäckvik in Sweden, having never skied before. Since then she has gone on to cross Lake Baikal in Siberia (Russia), 692 km over 14.5 days - Going solo from South to North and most recently she did the NORGE PÅ LANGS a 3,000km walk over 3.5 months, from the southernmost point in Lindesnes to North Cape the northernmost point of Norway.
During this episode, Gina shares more about her early life, how she got into adventure, how she picks future challenges and what she has learned on the way. Gina also provides top tips and advice to motivate and inspire you as you go after your next challenge.
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Who is Gina
Growing up in Sweden around horses
Why she decided to enter the world of adventure
Leaving school at 16 and starting to work with horses in a professional capacity
Getting into Thai boxing and trail running
Being inspired by podcasts
Not being excited by work anymore
Starting to look for a new challenge in her life
The process behind getting more adventure in her life
Deciding to cycle the East coast of Australia with her now ex boyfriend
Spending 3 months living in the mountains
Dealing with injury
Starting to be scared when riding horses
What she would do differently on a big cycle trip
Where the idea came from for the ski expedition
Wanting to see more of her own country
Having no experience in skiing
Deciding to start at North Cape - the northern most point in Sweden
Starting 3 week later than planned due to delayed equipment and bad equipment
Doing the challenge solo and unsupported
Walking for days in a whiteout
Not being able to make any mistakes while in the extreme cold
Think 3 x before you act
How this challenge changed her life going forward
Thinking about happiness
Moving back to Norway
Meeting a new man!
2019 - Hiking across Lake Baikal in Siberia
Dealing with the extreme cold in Siberia
The importance of good quality gear
Getting to the start of Lake Baikal
Dealing with feelings of loneliness
Deciding on the next big challenge
Travelling with her partner and a dog!
The amazing moments
Dealing with winter storms
Final words of advice
Website - https://www.ginajohansen.com
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