About

We all have vastly different experiences in life and in the outdoors, but we connect over meaningful expression and feeling inspired by time spent outside.

She Explores is committed to creating a space where others’ voices are amplified. Since our founding in 2014, we have featured more than 500 women’s stories, voices, photographs, and artwork. We’re always on the lookout for how the conversation about and between women is changing, for voices that still aren’t being heard, for what’s next in the outdoor industry and environmental world, for discussions that are hard to start but important to have, and for stories that reveal we are not alone — even in our private journeys.


The Podcasts

She Explores Podcast: Interviews, narrative stories, and listener submissions make up a tapestry of over 80 episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.

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Women on the Road Podcast: Honest experiences of life on the road, told from the perspective of women who’ve lived them firsthand. Whatever you drive, and for however long, this is a podcast for those drawn to road travel. Interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener voice submissions range in topic from helpful tips to get started to the inspirational experiences that get and keep us out there. Hosted by Laura Hughes.

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The Team

Gale Straub

Gale Straub

Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Podcast Host & Producer

I founded She-Explores.com in 2014 as I headed out on a long road trip with my partner. I wanted to create a space where women could share their stories, photographs, and artwork of their experiences outside and on the road. Two years later, I decided to deepen the conversations that were happening on social media and through essays by launching She Explores as a podcast. It’s been so fun to connect with people through this intimate medium.

Today, I oversee editorial content, produce She Explores, co-produce Women on the Road, manage She Explores social media and help coordinate brand partnerships with Laura.

 


Hailey Hirst

Hailey Hirst

Digital Content Editor

My journey with She Explores began on Instagram. I followed along and read the blog avidly before applying for a summer internship in 2016. At that point I was on the road too (albeit part-time) on a long-distance motorcycle trip with my partner. That summer passed and my motorcycle trip ended, but my work here continued and it’s an incredible treat to work more closely with writers these days.

I currently work on cultivate our website content, digital collaboration, and pitch inquiries. I also design products, graphics, and contribute to our visual branding.

Interesting in working with me on a digital feature? Find out more about how to tell your story here.

 

 


Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes

Women on the Road Podcast Host & Co-Producer

Photo by Miriam Subbiah

Before Women on the Road was a podcast, I joined the She Explores team as a volunteer, taking on a variety of community and content-driven projects. I originally found She Explores because of the online “Women on the Road” interview series Gale Straub started as she took a yearlong road trip with her partner in a Sprinter van. I was about to begin my own road travels and was drawn to this community in a big way, so it’s almost surreal to be co-creating a podcast that shares its name and spirit.

In addition to hosting and co-producing the Women on the Road podcast, I contribute writing and photography, manage Women on the Road social media, and coordinate many of our brand partnerships.

 


Consistent Contributors

New to the team!