Salak is one of five people in the world to receive q 2005 National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer Award. She has travelled solo to almost every continent, visiting some of the world's remotest or most inhospitable places, including Madagascar, Borneo, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She cycled nearly 800 miles across Alaska to the Arctic Ocean; she was the first person to kayak solo 600 miles down to West Africa's Niger River to Timbuktu, a trip recounted in her nonfiction book, The Cruelest Journey. Salak has been selected by The Library of Congress for their "Women Who Dare" publications, which highlight the world's top women explorer and leaders3
With no doubt, this woman is an example to follow; She clearly didn't waste time in her life. She has done so many things... and she is still enjoying life doing what she wants.