Two years ago, schoolteacher Bex Band decided to do something a little different. “I’m not an outdoors person, and I was completely unfit, but I decided I was going to trek the length of Israel,” she says.
“My husband and I were saving for a house deposit, but we decided to go and do this trip instead. It made no sense, but I couldn’t get the idea out my head.” The 1,000km yomp ended up transforming Bex’s life. “It was incredible,” she says. “I’d never put up a tent or backpacked before. But the journey stripped down everything in my adult life – all the stress. I fell in love with the simplicity of just having that headspace.”