Sian Anna Lewis is a renowned magazine editor, writer, speaker and presenter based in Bristol, UK. She's the amazing woman behind the award-winning travel blog — The Girl Outdoors. It was created for individuals who are in need of a little adventure in their lives. Featuring several topics like travel, sport, photography, outdoor style, and gear reviews, the blog has captured the interest of numerous outdoor fanatics. Hence, it earned several prestigious awards like Travel Blog of the Year 2018, Travel Blog of the Year 2015 and Outdoor Blog of the Year 2014.
Sian always finds pleasure in climbing mountains, waking up in a tent or searching out somewhere to go for a swim. For her, it's like a happy pill!
Get outside and be proud of yourself for trying new things, for getting fit, for giving it a go. If this girl can, anyone can.
1. Have you always been fond of going on outdoor adventures or did someone influence you to go and explore the great outdoors?
I've always loved the outdoors, and remember camping in the garden and woodland family walks as a kid, but most of my exploring has been in my adult life. It's never too late!
2. We know you're into wild camping. Can you tell us how is it different from regular camping, and how to get started with it?
Wild camping is the fine art of sleeping in a tent far from campsites, civilization and often any other people. Wild camping isn't legal everywhere, so you need to do your research carefully, carry all your kit in and out with you and leave no trace of your visit. If you're a beginner camper, try camping in a cosy campsite a few times first. If you'd like to try wild camping, have a read of my guide to camping solo.
3. You wrote a book "The Girl Outdoors". Can you tell us more about it?
My book is a bit of a beginner's bible to all things outdoors, travel, wellbeing and adventure, and aims to give a helping hand to anyone keen to try a new sport, travel abroad or get out camping, hiking and exploring more.
4. You've explored many beautiful places in the world. Which ones are your favorite destinations and why?
There are so many! I loved Greenland's wild untouched beauty, and the Indian Himalayas are an incredible place to hike. But I always love coming back to the UK - it's an incredible place to explore, and we're lucky to have so many beautiful national parks. I especially love the Scottish Highlands and the Hebridean islands.
5. Any advice or tips you can give to all the women out there who are still hesitant to travel on their own?
Take small steps to build your confidence. Try going away for a weekend somewhere close to home before you plan a huge adventure. Don't let fear stop you from taking the adventures you've dreamed of - get the right kit, get prepared and go. You won't regret it.