Baba Lena Erkhova, a 90-year old woman who lived her dream of traveling around the world and proved with her actions that age is just a number when it comes to fulfilling dreams.
Lena Erkhova who passed away last year and survived an abusive relationship with her husband and escaped World War II, dedicated the last few years of her life exploring the world. Lena was originally from the central Russian city of Krasnoyarsk and rose to fame in 2016. Her world tour began on her 83rd birthday when her friends urged her to begin the journey of a lifetime. Soon enough, she crossed off all her dream destinations from her long list.
On 83rd birthday, Lena's friends sent her to a travel agent and got her passport prepared. This was the beginning of Lena's amazing travel journey that was definitely not her last. The grandmother once revealed in an interview, "My friends asked me why I never went traveling. They told me, ‘You have the money.’ And I thought, ‘Why not?'" Her story first went viral when she met young Russian tourist Ekaterina Papina in Vietnam. Ekaterina, who was amazed by the old woman's spirit, helped her start an Instagram account. "I was on holiday in Vietnam. I was having dinner when I heard Russian and I saw that an old lady was trying to tell the waiter that her soup was too spicy," the tourist explained. "I helped her and it turned out she came to Vietnam on her own and we made friends. I was surprised by the way she was so adventurous in her thinking and how clear and bright she is at her age."
Lena who was the mother of a daughter and grandmother of two kids lived a life where she suffered from domestic abuse. Her husband was an alcoholic man who became very violent and would often attack her and her daughter.
She would pay for her travels by saving her pension, among other methods. She also used to grow flowers and sew in order to fund her journeys. Though she passed away due to cancer in 2019, her journey still inspires many of us. To many Lena's life is proof that when there is determination and will then no power can stop one from living their dreams.