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About Us

The Wanderlust Women is an initiative born out of the need to normalise Muslim women exploring and being visible in the great outdoors. We are a hiking and adventure group that provides like-minded women with the space, knowledge, and skills to traverse green spaces with confidence.

 

We are mission-driven, and we want to see women gain confidence in using their new-found or re-ignited skills to explore their homelands and beyond. We want to see more Muslim women in outdoor spaces. It’s a community, a safe space, and a place where we can all connect back to our roots, being God-centred as well as healing from past experiences-all through nature.

 

 

 

The Wanderlust Women's vision in the outdoors is focused on healing and fostering a connection to faith, community, and sisterhood. Through representation and inclusivity, our aim is to break barriers and empower women to embrace the wonders of nature.

 

We have a vision that is centred around representation, inclusivity, and visibility for Muslim women. We are here to stay; we are here to break barriers and stereotypes placed upon us; and we are here to change what others misconceive as the typical walker, hiker, and mountaineer. The stigma attached to Muslim women and the BAME communities is not only harming them but society at large, and having experienced and faced barriers placed upon her by others in these spaces, Amira has made it her personal life mission to change the perceptions people have of Muslim women in the outdoors through the work we do here at The Wanderlust Women.

 

If you’ve read this far, the question now is: will we see you on our next adventure?

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Meet The Wanderlust Team

Amira

Founder

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Amina

aka right hand woman

Hi, my name is Amina - the Wanderlust, not to be mistaken for Amira the Wanderlust (our founder) but we do come as a pair so wherever you see Amira, I will be closely behind. After all, I’m known as the “Right Hand Woman”. I have been a volunteer with Wanderlust since day dot. I have always had a passion for hiking and the outdoors and now I have a community of amazing women to share this with. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity and want to give back to others while keeping our faith at the core of what we do. Finally, I love trying new things and showing that Muslim women are adventurous and have a place in the outdoors.

 

Best known for:

- making sure everyone is ok,

-becoming friends with everyone esp cats

-trying to adopt a pet from our travels 

Ayisha

I’m Ayisha and I’m all about compliance and a bit of maintenance on side. Have fun, but not too much fun. A proclaimed introvert (the awkward one) you’ll find me where it’s dark, cold and gloomy.

I first joined the Wanderlust Women in 2022 abroad and I’ve been following Amira around the world ever since. I’ve literally graduated to stalker status.

The Wanderlust Women has been a safe space for me and a place I can call home. I am honoured to be a part of this tribe and welcome all those who are in need of acceptance, purpose and healing through adventure and the outdoors. 

aka compliance
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Tyra

Hi, I'm Tyra -  Logistic and the Entertainer. When you join us on our trips.. you will know why.


I started hiking with the Wanderlust Women in 2022, at a time when I questioned my identity and purpose. I've always enjoyed being in the outdoors, challenging myself physically and mentally, while also reflecting on Allah's beauty and creation. I joined the Wanderlust Women in Jan 2024, because I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much strength at the most difficult time in my life. The sisterhood, that empowers Women, challenges them and supports them flourish.

aka logistics and the entertainer

Habeebah

Salaam people, I'm Habeebah. I'm 21 years old and as Amira likes to remind me "one of the gen zs". 

 

What attracted me to TWW were the values this group represents. I have felt welcomed with warmth since the very beginning(on my first trip) and that is how I'd like others who join us to feel. To the many beautiful souls I've met and learned from, it has truly been a blessing and to those who have yet to join us for a trip, I hope TWW is somewhere you feel empowered as I have. 

 

aka Gen Z
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Najma

aka mama wanderlust

Hello I’m Najma, my journey with the wanderlust women began two years ago. At the time I was pursuing my fitness and love of the outdoors, and I was seeking like minded women to share this with. 

In 2022 I went on my first group hike, marking the beginning of a journey that led me to trek mountains in three continents and share heartfelt conversations over my home made chai with numerous courageous and inspiring women.

 

The wanderlust women have become a real anchoring force in my life, I know I will always have women who will encourage me to fulfil my sense of adventure connecting me with my faith. 

 

I’m looking forward to supporting your journey and lending a listening ear over a cup of chai as you grow and experience this community for yourself. My advice would be just go for it, book that hike/trip don’t talk yourself out of it, you won’t regret it.

Warm regards,

Mama Wanderlust.

Maya

Hey there, I'm Maya! From the early days of hiking with Amira during lockdown, I've been part of The Wanderlust Women journey for many years now. As a passionate sunset chaser and bucket lister, I've always treasured the outdoors.

The concept of Muslim women coming together to explore, conquer new heights, and shatter barriers resonates deeply with me. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this community.

 

Our intentions are pure, our message is simple.. this is a movement I can't wait to see how far across the globe it spreads! 

aka marketing 
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Trailer I AM CAPABLE : The Wanderlust Women, a Muslim hiking group, go wild swimming for first time.
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Trailer I AM CAPABLE : The Wanderlust Women, a Muslim hiking group, go wild swimming for first time.

I AM CAPABLE TRAILER After experiencing injustice when hiking in the English countryside, Amira Patel decided she wanted to help create a safe space for Muslim women outdoors. She founded her own group, the Wanderlust Women. During lockdown, Amira found a love of wild swimming: it was a place of stillness, in which she could connect to God, yet she always swam on her own… until now. For the first time ever, Amira is joined by two other women to swim together in the beauty of the Lake District. Summaya and Sham are apprehensive upon arrival; it is a big thing for them to be stepping out the box of what is deemed to be normal for Muslim women. After the initial shock wears off, they experience the transformative effect of cold-water immersion. They form a powerful sisterhood, finding strength in one another’s bravery in helping to breakdown the stereotypes and boundaries that exist. This is a film made by an all-woman crew, about women. The film was made for my final submission for my Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking from UWE. Produced and Directed by Roxy Furman Main Camera Katie Wardle Underwater Elizabeth Streeter Additional Photography Roxy Furman Laura Pennafort Cornelia Lee Editor Roxy Furman Colourist Amy Beton Visual Effects Cornelia Lee Music Rosa Di-Finizio Sound Design Galan Fyr Contributors Amira Patel Shamaila Begum Summaya Raja The Wanderlust Women Special Thanks to My Mentor Laura Howard #IAmCapable #TheWanderlustWomen #AmiraPatel #FemaleFilmmaker
Amira the Wanderlust - The Muslimah mountaineer - Introduction
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Amira the Wanderlust - The Muslimah mountaineer - Introduction

Welcome to my channel! My name is Amira, and I am a Muslimah mountaineer who is passionate about travelling the world, breaking barriers, and paving the way for Muslim women. Through my solo travels, I aim to challenge misconceptions and show the world the beauty of different cultures and places. Join me as I climb mountains in each country, breaking free from the ordinary and living life like a true traveler. As a mountaineer and adventurer, I thrive on exploring unknown places. Solo travel has taught me valuable lessons, allowing me to discover my true self and embrace the diversity of our world. Living like a traveler has given me a unique perspective on life, constantly pushing me to step out of my comfort zone and experience new things. Through my expeditions, I aim to inspire others to push their limits and embrace the thrill of conquering their own mountains. As a Muslim woman mountaineer, I face unique challenges and misconceptions. Through my YouTube channel, I hope to break down these barriers by showcasing the beauty of my faith and culture. By sharing my experiences, I aim to educate and inspire others to embrace diversity and foster understanding. As a female adventurer, I am also dedicated to empowering women in the world of adventure. By documenting my solo travels and mountaineering expeditions, I hope to inspire other women to follow their dreams and overcome societal barriers. Together, we can shatter stereotypes and pave the way for more women to pursue their passions fearlessly. Thank you for being here. You can follow me on my adventures below Socials Website: https://www.thewanderlustwomen.co.uk Instagram : @amira_thewanderlust @the.wanderlust.women TikTok : @amirathewanderlust123 Like Comment Subscribe Peace and love
The Alps Road trip - Stories of a Muslimah hiker and adventurer
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The Alps Road trip - Stories of a Muslimah hiker and adventurer

Welcome to my channel! My name is Amira, and I am a Muslimah mountaineer who is passionate about travelling the world, breaking barriers, and paving the way for Muslim women. Through my solo travels, I aim to challenge misconceptions and show the world the beauty of different cultures and places. Join me as I climb mountains in each country, breaking free from the ordinary and living life like a true traveler. In this video we travel across the Alps , Munich, Innsbruck and the Dolomites. As a mountaineer and adventurer, I thrive on exploring unknown places. Solo travel has taught me valuable lessons, allowing me to discover my true self and embrace the diversity of our world. Living like a traveler has given me a unique perspective on life, constantly pushing me to step out of my comfort zone and experience new things. Through my expeditions, I aim to inspire others to push their limits and embrace the thrill of conquering their own mountains. As a Muslim woman mountaineer, I face unique challenges and misconceptions. Through my YouTube channel, I hope to break down these barriers by showcasing the beauty of my faith and culture. By sharing my experiences, I aim to educate and inspire others to embrace diversity and foster understanding. As a female adventurer, I am also dedicated to empowering women in the world of adventure. By documenting my solo travels and mountaineering expeditions, I hope to inspire other women to follow their dreams and overcome societal barriers. Together, we can shatter stereotypes and pave the way for more women to pursue their passions fearlessly. Thank you for being here. You can follow me on my adventures below Socials Website: https://www.thewanderlustwomen.co.uk Instagram : @amira_thewanderlust @the.wanderlust.women TikTok : @amirathewanderlust123 Like Comment Subscribe Peace and love

The Wanderlust Women Films

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