Adventurer Alison Teal has traveled to more than 40 countries, earning her the nickname Indiana Jane. Growing up with parents who were wildlife photographers, she started her adventures at 2 months old! This adrenaline junkie, has been on wild adventures in more than 40 countries across the globe, earning her the moniker of the real-life Indiana Jane.
Travelling to far flung reaches such as Syria, Tibet and the Maldives, the 30-year-old blonde beauty, from Hawaii, has even kissed a cobra – which she credits for saving her life thanks to an ancient Moroccan tradition. Growing up with wildlife photographer parents, it was almost a guarantee that Alison would become an adventurer herself, after being toted along on their constant travels.
The real life Indiana Jane: Alison Teal is a 30-year-old adventurer who has travelled to more than 40 countries worldwide
Long-time surfer, Alison, reveals that one of her most memorable adventures was teaming up with a wild Peruvian pro surfer.
She has built rafts out of recycled bottles and she usually travels via paddle board and surf board whenever possible.
From climbing the Grand Canyon (pictured) to kissing a cobra snake, there’s very little that the adrenaline junkie won’t do.
While trekking the globe, Alison has made plenty of animal friends – like this camel, which she rode in the Rajasthan desert.
Alison admits that she experienced a “homeless version of home-schooling”: learning her lessons in bizarre spots such as on the back of a llama or in a tent in a blizzard on Mt. Everest. Her parents, David Blehert and Deborah Koehn even opted to lecture while on a camel safari across the Rajasthan desert.
‘When I was two-months-old, my parents took me with them on their first ascent and ski descent of Ausangate, the highest peak in Southern Peru,’ she said.
It was my first ‘family outing’ and since then, my life has been a whirlwind of high adventure.
Alison first began travelling with her parents at just two months old and, as a child, made plenty of friends with local animals
Alison was home-schooled her entire life and credits indigenous people with teaching her survival instincts.
An avid surfer and swimmer, Alison has practically grown up in the ocean and enjoys snorkeling with dolphins.
She’s visited the far reaches of the globe, including Syria, Tibet, the Maldives and Arizona’s Grand Canyon (pictured).
As a youngster, Alison lived out of a backpack and only saw the inside of a school room for the first time while on the high slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal.
She was seven years old.
Instead, her closest friends were the lush wildlife she came across and the indigenous children who helped shape her future survivalist instincts and love of living ‘off grid.’
Her friends were wildlife and indigenous children which all helped shape her future survivalist instincts and ease of living ‘off grid’.
As a youngster, Alison lived out of a backpack with her adventure photographer parents – and now, she’s also gone behind the lens.
From Hawaii (left) to the Grand Canyon (right), Alison is never shy when it comes to taking on waterfalls or paddle-boarding through rapids.
Alison is as green as they come – often opting for eco-transportation and other means of preserving the natural world.
The adrenaline junkie revealed that one of her most memorable moments was her discovery of an ancient burial in Peru. She added:
In 2008 I teamed up with wild Peruvian pro surfer ‘Octopus’ for a surf adventure down the desolate coastline. While searching for a secret surf break we discovered an ancient burial in the sand dunes as the pre Incans buried their elite at the top of the dunes near the ocean. The mummy inside was laden with his possessions for the afterlife including a solid gold nose piece in the form of a surfer and a carved wooden paddle inlaid with precious stones.
Then and now: From her first trip up Ausangate in Southern Peru (left) to a surfing adventure in Costa Rica (right), Alison is always moving.
Green, yet glamorous: Her signature pink surfboard is made of soy and her bikini is crafted using recycled plastic bottles.
In Dominica, the adventurer went swimming with horses as they galloped through the clear water near the sandy shore.
During her travels, Alison was lucky enough to happen upon a 3,000 year old pre-Incan mummy – one of the world’s first surfers!
Alison has also conquered the popular US TV show, Naked and Afraid, which is broadcast on Discovery, developing a legion of followers.
During a trip to Marthas Vineyard, Alison was blown away by the amount of plastic waste covering the elite area’s beaches.
Now Alison, who has also conquered the popular US TV show, Naked and Afraid, on Discovery, is dedicating her time to preserving the natural world. She uses social media to document her work tackling pollution and other major global issues and has a legion of followers.
And while she can usually be spotted wearing pink, she’s as green as can be – even making her trademark pink bikinis from recycled plastic bottles. Her latest adventure saw her return to the Maldives where she was sent for the show in hopes of helping to clean up the area.
Alison takes her surfboard everywhere – including on a horseback adventure through the mountains of New Zealand.
In Bali, Indonesia, the passionate eco-traveller even managed to make a few friends in the sacred Monkey Forest.
She said: ‘During my ‘Naked and Afraid’ challenge in the Maldives, I was overwhelmingly shocked by the amount of plastic trash covering the uninhabited, picturesque island.
‘This was only one island. I couldn’t bear to imagine what the other 1,200 islands looked like, covered in trash.’
When it came time to leave the island, Alison and her team made a raft out of bottles. As she paddled to the rescue boat, she wore that she’d come back and do something about the plastic situation.
‘Almost everything I own is pink,’ she adds. ‘To me pink represents my passion for life, protecting the earth, and keeping everything fun.
‘My pink surf boards are ‘Green to the Core’ – made from recycled coffee cups and other Styrofoam – and I wear pink bikinis made from recycled plastic bottles.’