29-Year-Old Wants To Become First Woman To Walk Length Of Americas

Bethany Hughes, 29, of Missouri has big goals, and one of them is to inspire others to pursue their own dreams.

According to The Associated Press, the daughter of Nazarene missionaries is not unaccustomed to international travel, but now she wants to set a travel record by being the first documented woman to walk the length of North and South America.

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The 5-year journey isn't just an extreme form of exercise. Hughes, who has previously hiked the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, wants her new 20,000-mile journey to involve spending time with people along the way to learn from them while also sharing her own desires for people to be educated and for women to have more opportunities, along with other social issues.

According to her blog, Hughes is just one month away from flying down to Chile to start her trip at the southern tip of South America and has done most of her own fundraising to cover her expenses along the way. She'll have an experienced traveling companion, Lauren Reed, on her trek through South America to help deal with the risks there.