In 2016, desperate for a drastic change, Bex Band decided to walk the length of Israel with her husband: a 1000km trek including a dangerous crossing through the vast Negev desert. She'd never done anything like it before and the experience changed her life, building back her confidence and self-esteem. Three Stripes South tells the story of this transformative adventure – battling heat, exhaustion, self-doubt and prejudice – and the new life Bex built for herself when she got home, founding the Love Her Wild women's adventure community.
‘Lacking confidence is something that a lot of women can relate to' says Bex. ‘For me personally, it began at school with undiagnosed dyslexia and bullying. This fed into my adult years where I found myself in a vicious cycle of unhappy jobs and bouts of depression. I had low self-esteem and a belief that I really wasn't capable of achieving much in life.'
Fast forward to today and Bex has transformed her life, tackling gender inequality in adventure travel, and championing women in the outdoors through regular talks, blogging and leading women on adventures all over the world. Nominated for multiple awards for her work advocating women in adventure, her story is an inspiration.
Bex Band is an adventurer and conservationist who, through her blog, speaking and organising expeditions, wants to inspire more people to go on adventures to realise their potential and re-connect with nature. Her passion for adventure began when she decided to hike over 1000km the length of Israel, despite being both unfit and inexperienced.
Noticing a gender imbalance in the outdoors, Bex launched Love Her Wild, a women's adventure community. Providing support and opportunities, the community has taken over 1000 women on adventures around the world.
Bex has been recognised by Business Leader as one of the UK's top 30 inspirational entrepreneurs and was award the Next Generation Award by Enterprise Nation. For her work advocating women in adventure she has been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award and was given ‘Legacy Maker' status on the San Miguel Alternative Rich List.