Aloha Wanderwell: Meet The World’s Most Widely Traveled Woman

Rare | 8/19/2019 | Moriah Gill
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The Wanderwell Expedition was led by Walter Wanderwell. The point of the Wanderwell Expedition was actually a competition to travel the world by car in his customized Ford Model T against another team.\r\n\r\n



, she was, actually, the first woman to drive around the world! The journey started in and ended in Nice, across 4 continents and 43 countries.\r\n


Have you ever heard of Aloha Wanderwell? Well, to some, she was known as the female Indiana Jones who decided to make a name of herself by exploring the world at no cost. At a time that women were socially seen as housewives and not much more, there were no educations, no starting business, no round the world trips. But she did it. At the age of 16, she set out to follow an urge to explore the world and life the way not many ever will.

Who is Aloha Wanderwell?

Canada - Idris - Hall - Life - Trajectory

Born in Canada in 1906 as Idris Hall, her life trajectory started early when her mom married a British army reservist, Robert Hall. They traveled around Europe, Belgium, and France before she attended boarding school in Nice. Inspired by reading her fathers collection of boyhood children’s books during her childhood she felt the call to adventure. In 1922 she did the equivalent of what we tell people not to do on Craigslist now (at least that’s what I’m imagining) and she responded to an ad in The Riviera edition of the Paris Herald.

It called for “Brains, Beauty & Breeches- World Tour Offer For Lucky Young Woman. Wanted to Join an Expedition.” The Wanderwell Expedition was led by Walter Wanderwell. The point of the Wanderwell Expedition was actually a competition to travel the world by car in his customized Ford Model T against another team.

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“The Cap”

As exciting as the whole situation was, there were a few problematic elements. For starters self-titled “The Cap”, was a seafarer recently jailed in the United States under suspicion of being a spy. He and his wife, Nell were leading the Wanderwell Expedition in support of his organization, Work Around the World Educational Club [wawec]. The Captain Walter Wanderwell and Nell split, he had to find a...
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