rachel-rudwall-card“When people answer no before they’ve really gone, ‘Why am I so afraid of this?’ then they shut out these moments to connect with other human beings and with their own life and their own path that they will not get again. So any time that I’m given an opportunity as one tiny human being on a really big planet to experience something beautiful but potentially frightening or challenging, any time somebody says, ‘Will you go with me on this journey?’ I hope that I’m enough to say, ‘Yes.’”

Rachel’s Bio: If you want to know what it’s like to climb Kilimanjaro, paraglide with a hawk (a.k.a. “parahawk”), ice climb while simultaneously shooting a PBS show, or SCUBA dive the continental divide in Iceland, Rachel’s the woman to ask.

Rachel has always been an explorer, from the days of youth running barefoot through Ohio’s forests, to the present day scouring the globe for stories that need telling.

Rachel has traveled six continents, lived in three countries and journeyed through nearly 60 nations. As TV Host, Producer, EMMY-Nominated Camera Operator, and Social Media Influencer, Rachel regularly drops herself into faraway lands to relate their stories to outsiders. She has worked in every stage of TV production, from development and pre-production to field and post. She is also skilled with numerous editing systems, digital cameras and gear.

Rachel has had countless global adventures, ranging from work as TV host for ABC’s FABLife and HLN‘s Vacation Chasers, to digital host for Travel Channel and Mashable, and from brand influencer for BMW and Chase Bank, to producer on top-rated shows like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men. As a result of her extensive travel experience, Rachel has been a featured travel expert and explorer in content for Travel + Leisure, ABC, AFAR Media, Yahoo!, HLN, Expedia, American Airlines, Marie Claire Magazine, MSN, Verizon, Cathay Pacific, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, and many more.

This episode is perfect for: Anyone looking to do anything that’s bigger than them, or seeking transformation from their curiosity and the world.


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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.