If you’re in need of a girls’ trip, grab your besties and prepare to set sail. A group of female scientists is looking for women to embark on a Round the World trip, a two-year sailing expedition that will travel 38,000 nautical miles. The trip will start and end in the U.K. and consists of 30 voyage legs, traveling to destinations all over the world, including Aruba, Tahiti, Cape Town, Iceland and more. It kicks off in October 2019 and runs through 2021.
The trip is organized by Exxpedition, a series of all-women voyages, the mission of which is to explore the issue of plastics, chemicals, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease.
According to the Exxpedition site, the trip is intended to bring together women who are passionate about protecting the ocean, and will give them the opportunity to see for themselves “the challenges we face from single-use plastics.” The women on this trip will, in the process, be contributing to important scientific research around issues of plastic-based pollution.
Exxpedition was founded by entrepreneur and ocean advocate Emily Penn. Their first voyage was a 2014 trip across the Atlantic, and subsequent trips have explored the Carribean and the Great Lakes. The group has completed 11 trips in total.
Applications for the first phase (October 2019–December 2019) are now closed, but phase two will open soon. You can check back on the site for more details or join the voyage announcement mailing list here. You do not need any sailing experience, and the company is looking for participants with a variety of skillsets, from cooks to scientists to artists. All crew members must contribute a set amount toward the costs of the trip. They must also pay for and arrange for their own travel two and from the boat.
“The plastic pollution challenge our ocean faces is a global one and it will take an inspired army of passionate, skilled and experienced people to tackle it,” Penn told Lonely Planet. “This is our biggest project yet and by far the most challenging. We’re looking for amazing women with a passion to protect our ocean to come forward to join us.”