In 2013, Pip cycled home from Malaysia to London, a journey of 10,000 miles through 26 countries! Once back in London she started to work for Red Bull as their Adventure Editor.
In 2016 Pip headed off on a 3,000 mile cycle, boat and plane journey exploring Brazil and Peru to raise awareness of the environmental issues in the region, Pip documented the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest with adventurer Reza Pakravan and shared more about it’s devastating effects on the indigenous communities. Pip started at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Atlantic, and finishing in Lima at the Pacific.
Pip loves going on challenges and pushing her body to the limits. In February 2018 Pip teaming up with fellow adventurers Laura Bingham and Ness Knight to take on a world first – paddling the entire length of The Essequibo, South America's third largest river, which flows for 1,014 km through remote jungle, and untouched virgin rainforest until it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
During the podcast we learn more about her life, the steps she has taken to get where she has. How the opportunities she has taken have come about and what she has learnt by going on these challenges in remote parts of the world.
Living in London
Being adventurous as a young child
Why home is not a place and it’s the people you are with
Being based in Germany and having family holidays around Europe
Not knowing what she wanted to do growing up
Following the structured path
Heading off to go travelling
Doing a Journalism Masters over in Hong Kong
Removing expectations from your life
What is was like living and studying in Hong Kong
Moving to Malaysia and deciding to cycle home to London
Planning and preparation for the big cycle ride!
Having 13 months to get home in time for Christmas
The biggest challenge while cycling
Why the challenge was more of a mental one
The magical moments on the trip
Preconceptions about certain countries
Why travel and talking is so important
Connecting with the locals
The realities of being on the road
Coming back to the UK and not having a plan
Travelling with her partner Charlie
Dealing with difficult situations while on the road
Transitioning back into real life
Applying to be Red Bull’s Adventure Editor
Getting itchy feet and wanting to go travelling again
How she gets her ideas for her next challenges and adventures
Why she focuses on what she is interested in
2016 challenge - traversing the Amazon via the Trans Amazonian Highway
The damage that gold mining does
What she leant most from the experience and why it comes down to the power of a community
Filming the challenge!
Heading out to the Amazon with Laura Bingham and Ness Knight
Saying yes to the opportunities when they become available
Planning and training for this adventure over 8 months
Family and friends reactions to her next adventure
Dealing with fears, how she overcome them and managed them before and during the trip
Often you can’t change the problem - but you can change your response to a problem.
Dealing with snakes
Working as part of a team with Ness & Laura - dealing with team dynamics
What she leant most about herself on this challenge and why it was about the ego!
#ExploreHappy and using social media in a positive way
Keep looking forward
Dealing with the adventure blues after coming back from the trip and talking about mental health
Heading off to Norway with the Marines
Final words of advice and top tips
Website - www.phillippastewart.com
Twitter - @Stewart_Pip
Instagram - @pipstewart
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