The Most Famous Adventurer: Exploring the Legends and Impact

Choose the adventurer you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Dec 10, 2023 10:36)
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your voice matters! Today, we're taking you on a thrilling journey to discover the "Most Famous Adventurer" of all time. With countless fearless explorers and awe-inspiring trailblazers to choose from, this is your chance to make history by voting for your favorite or suggesting a missing daredevil. Will it be the legendary Indiana Jones or the intrepid Amelia Earhart? Perhaps the fearless Sir Edmund Hillary or the unstoppable Laura Dekker? The choice is yours! So, strap on your boots, grab your compass, and dive into the action as you embark on this epic quest to help us create the ultimate ranking of the world's greatest adventurers. Cast your vote now and let the adventure begin!

Who Is the Most Famous Adventurer?

  1. 1
    He was the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, in 1953.
    Sir Edmund Hillary in other rankings
  2. 2
    He was a French naval officer, explorer, and conservationist who co-invented the Aqua-Lung, a device that allowed divers to stay underwater for extended periods. He is also known for his documentaries about marine life and underwater exploration.
    Jacques Cousteau in other rankings
  3. 3
    She was an American aviation pioneer who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
    Amelia Earhart in other rankings
  4. 4
    Christopher Columbus
    Sebastiano del Piombo · Public domain
    He was an Italian explorer who is credited with discovering the New World, although he actually landed in the Caribbean islands. He made four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, opening the way for the widespread European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
    Christopher Columbus in other rankings
  5. 5
    Marco Polo
    Salviati · Public domain
    He was a Venetian merchant and explorer who traveled extensively in Asia and documented his experiences in his book "The Travels of Marco Polo". His descriptions of China and the Mongol Empire were influential in shaping Western perceptions of Asia.
    Marco Polo is a popular game played in a swimming pool, primarily enjoyed by children and young adults. It is a combination of a tag and hide-and-seek game.
    • Number of players: At least 2 players
    • Objective: The 'Marco' player closes their eyes and tries to locate and tag the other players ('Polos') by calling out 'Marco'. The 'Polos' try to avoid being caught and respond with 'Polo' when called.
    • Gameplay: The 'Marco' player navigates the pool by listening to the sound of the 'Polos' responding 'Polo'. The 'Polos' can move around and change positions to avoid being caught.
    • Tagging: The 'Marco' player has to tag one of the 'Polos' to switch roles. If a 'Polo' is tagged, they become the next 'Marco'. The game continues until players decide to end it.
    • Rules: The 'Marco' player must keep their eyes closed at all times. 'Polos' cannot leave the pool during the game. The 'Polos' can't remain silent for an extended period or use deceptive tactics to confuse the 'Marco'.
    Marco Polo in other rankings
  6. 6
    Roald Amundsen
    AnonymousUnknown author · Public domain
    He was a Norwegian explorer who is best known for being the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911. He also led the first successful expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage.
    Roald Amundsen in other rankings
  7. 7
    Ernest Shackleton
    George Charles Beresford · Public domain
    He was a British explorer who led three expeditions to the Antarctic. His most famous expedition was the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, during which his ship "Endurance" was crushed by ice and he and his crew were stranded on the ice for months before being rescued.
    Ernest Shackleton in other rankings
  8. 8
    Neil Armstrong
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    He was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
    Neil Armstrong in other rankings
  9. 9
    Thor Heyerdahl
    uncredited · Public domain
    He was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer who is best known for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947. He and his crew sailed across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft to prove that ancient South Americans could have made similar voyages.
    Thor Heyerdahl in other rankings
  10. 10
    Alexander von Humboldt
    Joseph Karl Stieler · Public domain
    He was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer who traveled extensively in South America and other parts of the world. He made important contributions to the fields of botany, geology, and climatology, and his work influenced Charles Darwin and other scientists.
    Alexander von Humboldt in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous adventurer

  1. The level of achievement
    Adventure can mean different things to different people. Some adventurers may have climbed the tallest mountains in the world, while others may have explored the deepest oceans or trekked through impenetrable jungles. Therefore, the level of achievement in their quests could be a key factor.
  2. The level of risk
    Adventurers often put themselves in harm's way to achieve their goals, and some take on more risk than others. Those who have faced more danger or overcome more challenging obstacles may rank higher in terms of fame.
  3. The impact on society
    Some adventurers may have made great discoveries that have changed the world, while others may have inspired people to pursue their own adventures. The impact they've had on society could be a key factor.
  4. Popularity and recognition
    Some adventurers may be more well-known than others due to their popularity in the media or the attention they've received from the public. This could be a factor in ranking their fame.
  5. Legacy
    The impact an adventurer continues to have on society, even after their death, could also be a factor in ranking their fame.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous adventurer. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or adventurer is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 124 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each adventurer once every 24 hours. The rank of each adventurer is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous adventurer

Adventurers have always captured our imagination, from the daring explorers who ventured into the unknown to the intrepid mountaineers who scaled the highest peaks. But who is the most famous adventurer of all time? It's a question that has been debated for decades, with no clear answer. Some might argue that it's Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who is credited with discovering America, while others might point to Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Still, others might argue that it's Amelia Earhart, the trailblazing aviator who disappeared while attempting to fly around the world. Regardless of who you believe to be the most famous adventurer, there's no denying that these intrepid individuals have inspired countless others to seek out their own adventures and explore the world around them.

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