6:30pm – Monday, May 24 on ABC1
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson’s guest is an adventurer who believes ‘everywhere is in walking distance… if you have the time’.
Paula Constant has walked more than 12,000 kilometres across eight countries in Europe and Africa. She’s walked further across the Sahara Desert than any other expedition.
It all started when Constant and her husband, Gary, decided to break out of the conventional ‘nine to five’ routine and have one last adventure before settling down and starting a family.
Before the walk began in 2004, Constant had no expedition or adventure experience, and was working as a primary school teacher in London, where she lived with Gary for several years.
The walk took over three years to plan and save for.
But, when their relationship fell apart en route, Constant chose to keep going for thousands of miles.
Constant reveals why she refused to give up on her dream trek, how she coped with the hazards and hardships along the way, and went on an unexpected journey of self discovery.