Phoebe Smith - Award-winning travel writer, photographer, presenter and broadcaster.
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Wander Woman, aka Phoebe Smith, is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, presenter and broadcaster (specialising in adventure, walking, camping, solo travel, gear and wildlife conservation), as well as contributing editor at Wanderlust.
She is also Sleep Storyteller-in-Residence at Calm.com where her stories have been narrated by Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and Jerome Flynn to name a few. She regularly writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times (of London) and is a correspondent for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.
She is the author of 10 books including the Travel Writer’s Field Guide, Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain’s Rugged Corners and the first guidebook to British bothies – Book of the Bothy.
Phoebe’s Wander Woman Podcast is an audio magazine that tells the tales from behind the scenes on her adventures as a travel writer. It weaves together her passions for finding off-the-beaten-track adventures, wild spaces in unlikely destinations, wildlife encounters and the unsung heroes behind conservation efforts.
Every month she will take you somewhere different.
The Wander Woman Podcast is a monthly audio travel magazine from award-winning writer, photographer, broadcaster and adventurer Phoebe Smith. Join her life on the road as she takes you to off-the-beaten track places, reveals wild spaces in unlikely destinations, discovers the world’s best wildlife encounters and meets the unsung heroes behind conservation efforts, plus every episode she grills a travel celebrity.
· #34 in the UK on Apple Podcasts*
· #1345 in the USA (out of 500,000)
*at time of publishing.
Wander with Phoebe as she explores Florida’s wild west, well away from the theme parks. From diving for fossilised shark teeth, to swimming with manatees, birdwatching close to the city of Sarasota and seeking out the Sunshine State’s iconic alligators.
Also in this episode; learn how to sleep well on a long haul flight, meet a former political prisoner on South Africa’s Robben Island, discover the world’s best close encounters of the wildlife kind and gen up on ‘how to buy’ the perfect travel hoodie.
Plus, hear about Levison Wood’s mission to find some downtime and learn from our Wander Woman of the month - Katherine Routledge – who helps uncover the secrets behind the giant stone Moai on Chile's Easter Island.
Wander with Phoebe Smith as she travels by sidecar, train then tuk-tuk between Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. She went to experience the classic Blue Train - a meandering and luxurious railway ride - and found truly captivating stories outside of its carriages.
Learn how to beat the dreaded jet lag with Phoebe's hard won travel hack of the month, meet the pioneering first female scuba dive instructor in Jordan, whet your appetite for slow travel with the best train rides in the world, discover how a travel skirt could be more of use than you think (in association with Rohan), old school explorer Benedict Allen bears his soul (and a little more...) in a store cupboard when he meets Wander Woman, and finally - learn about Freya Stark, our Wander Woman of the Month, who mapped parts of the Middle East before any other Europeans had even ventured there.
Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith in episode 3 as she goes bog hiking in Estonia – a far cry from the stag parties and football hooligans usually associated with Tallinn.
Learn how to pack like a pro with her hard won travel hack, walk this way as she reveals the best long distance paths in the world, meet Dr Guy Stevens – the man trying to save manta rays in the Maldives, find the perfect gloves for your travels thanks to Rohan, go underground with author of new book Underland, Robert Macfarlane, and last but not least, meet Wander Woman of the Month – Wanny Wolstad, the first female trapper in Svalbard.
Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith this month as she goes walking with the ancestors in Tasmania - a place where, until the 70s, all of the aboriginal people were said – incorrectly - to have been wiped out; find out how to get the best deal on a flight for your next trip with her hard-won travel hack; prepare to be awed as Phoebe counts down the top 10 natural phenomena in the world and where to see them; meet Professor Peter Harrison who talks sex… on the Great Barrier Reef, in a mission to save the coral.
Plus, find out how to buy a waterproof for your travels thanks to gear experts, Rohan; discover where the wild cooks go with Cerys Matthews – ex-Catatonia frontwoman, BBC Radio presenter and author of a new cookbook; and meet our Wander Woman of the Month – Emma Gatewood – the first and oldest woman to complete the USA’s Appalachian Trail back in the 1950s.
Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith this month as she takes a cargo boat along Quebec’s isolated Lower North Shore, in Canada, a place that relies on a ship to deliver goods and people between twelve remote communities; find out how to stay on the road for longer with her hard-won travel hack; open your mind as Phoebe reveals the top 10 most mythical creatures said to roam the earth; meet Roberto Klabin, of Brazil’s Caiman Ecological Refuge, as he tells how he’s trying to save the Pantanal’s jaguars; find out which is the best travel top for your next trip, thanks to gear experts, Rohan; hear why Australia truly got under the skin of light artist Bruce Munro – creator of the Field of Light in Uluru; and last but not least, meet our Wander Woman of the Month – Bertha Benz – who undertook the world’s first road trip and was vital to the forming of the largest car makers in the world.
Phoebe takes the Bella Desgagnes to explore the isolated communities of Quebec’s Lower North Shore
© Phoebe Smith
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Have you tuned in to one of Phoebe’s podcasts? If so, we’d love to hear what you think. Is there a particular topic you’d like Phoebe to cover? Perhaps you can relate to one of the features, or maybe you’ve travelled to one of the destinations mentioned. Tweet us @rohantime and @PhoebeRSmith using the hashtag #WanderWoman, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WeTwo – Seabirds to South
Phoebe, together with fellow adventurer-explorer and UK Scout ambassador Dwayne Fields, wants to show that anyone – from any background, sex or race – can make their wildest dreams come true. The duo is on a mission to engage young people on the topics of climate change, wildlife conservation and epic adventures. In November 2020, they are aiming to complete a world first in Antarctica. They’ll walk from Beckner Island’s colony of emperor penguins to the South Pole, unsupported and unassisted.
But, there’s more.
They intend to take a group of underprivileged young people to Antarctica the year after, in 2021 on a specially chartered expedition ship through their #WeTwo Foundation.