“I want to know that I have experienced everything that I can and to know that I have chosen how I live my life. I want a life like no other. I want to be one of those ‘how does she do it’ people. I want a life of extraordinary tales. Every step I take gets bigger but I had to start off with one baby step; things don’t just happen, you work up to them step by step. ”
Laura Bingham (23) is a British adventurer, having travelled extensively in her early adulthood, Laura, who speaks fluent Spanish, ditched conventional English life to live in Mexico teaching English and helping a jaguar conservation project for the Mexican government.
In 2014 she make the bold decision to attempt to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. With zero experience she blagged her way onto a 38ft trimaran, alongside two sea-faring blokes and a cat called Cuba. The passage took two months, with an enforced week stop-over in the Azores because of dangerous weather conditions (had the boat been caught in the heart of the storm it would almost certainly have been destroyed). Laura was on the night shift (midnight to 4am at the helm of the boat) was witness to some extraordinary sights: numerous whales, several pods of dolphins, nights full of impossibly bright stars, and many sharks.
In 2016 she set off to attempt to cross an entire continent without any money – completely human-powered. Laura is raising both money and awareness for Operation South America, a charity that looks after homeless or abused girls and young women in Paraguay. Laura hopes that by travelling with no money she can begin to catch a small glimpse of a life without financial or social stability. A life entirely dependent on the kindness of those around her. Having started on the Pacific coast of Ecuador in January on a push bike, at the time of writing she had just entered Paraguay (having cycled across the Andes mountain range three times – once in Ecuador and twice in Peru). She has eaten left-over scraps of restaurant customer’s plates, rummaged through bins, and foraged in garbage tips in search of edible food trash. She arrived in one piece having crossed an entire continent without using any money.
Laura currently lives in Leicestershire and is married to fellow explorer Ed Stafford, they have a son born June 6th 2017 called Ranulph James Stafford.