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Who is Wander Woman?

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 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.

Introducing the Wander Woman Podcast, in association with Rohan

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.

Episode 1 – Wild waters run deep

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.

Episode 2 – Off the rails

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.

Episode 3 – Have you ever been enchanted?

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.

Wandering minds

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

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