Wander Woman: A Travel Podcast

Phoebe Smith

The Wander Woman Podcast frequently charts in 'Travel and Places' in over 13 countries around the world and, on all of Apple Podcasts, has been ranked #1,345 out of 500,000+. It is the first travel podcast to take on a magazine style - rather than the format of an interview – and has been listened to and downloaded in more than 72 countries from the UK to Australia and beyond, by tens of thousands of people. It has been selected as “Best of” travel podcasts by The Telegraph, The Guardian and The i newspaper, Globetrender and Tech Times - to name a few. Every episode, award-winning broadcaster, travel writer, author and photographer Phoebe Smith offers a behind the scenes journey to a different destination which features interviews with locals, audio clips and vivid descriptions to make the listener feel like they are there too - without having to leave home. The main ‘destination’ story weaves together her passion for finding off-the-beaten track places, undertaking quirky and unusual activities, discovering wild spaces in unlikely mass market destinations, watching wildlife and meeting the unsung heroes behind conservation efforts. Additionally the Wander Woman Podcast’s regular features are: * Wander Woman talks to… a celebrity interview (past guests include Bill Bryson, Cerys Matthews, Ed Byrne and Levison Wood); * Best Travel Gear for a life on the road - a review of a key piece of kit; *Travel Hack of the Month - the hard-won advice to help you get more from your travels; *Top 10 in Travel - a round-up of the best walks, destinations or activities to inspire your wanderlust; *Hidden Hero - an interview with an unsung travel pioneer; *Wander Woman of the Month - the traveller whose name is lost in the history books. Wherever you find yourself - come wander with her…

All Episodes

Join Phoebe Smith for a brand new season of the Wander Woman Podcast as this month she (in association with the Caravan and Motorhome Club) heads to Britain's Isle of Wight on a self-styled safari to go in search of this wild isle's Big – or maybe little – 5; discover how to find a wildlife tour operator or guide that is showing you animals in a responsible way with our regular Travel Hack of the Month; dust off your walking boots to climb one of the best walker's mountains in the world with Phoebe's Top 10 - no crampons required - guaranteed; journey with her to Alladale Wilderness Reserve to meet the man intent on bringing wolves back to the Scottish Highlands; stay comfy underneath your clothes with a good pair of technical underwear - thanks to our podcast partners Rohan; and Phoebe catches up with Emily Chappell, woman's winner of the Transcontinental Bike Race and ass-kicking author, to learn about the best places to discover on earth by two-wheels; and meet our Wander Woman of the Month – Kate Rice (in association with Destination Canada), a prospector who not only pushed the boundaries for women but also for mining in North America.

Sep 30

56 min 45 sec

Join Phoebe Smith as this month she sends her Wander Woman correspondent (and podcast producer) Daniel Neilson to the wild and remote Torngat Mountains - he went for polar bears and icebergs but found so much more.... (in association with Destination Canada); learn how to haggle like a pro in a souk with our Travel Hack of the Month, so you can ensure both you and the vendor leave with smiles on your faces; wanting a city break with some wilderness on the side? Our Top 10 looks at the best urban centres around the globe that offer an abundance of outdoor activities right on the doorstep; journey to South Africa to meet the group of street kids turning their lives around by learning to shoot with a camera rather than a gun; get shopping and beat the bugs with the best insect repelling shirts - thanks to our podcast partners Rohan; and Phoebe catches up with Olympic gold medallist and world record rowing champion Helen Glover MBE to find out how much travelling she got to do when competing and how life as a mum has changed her approach to exploring places; and meet our Wander Woman of the Month – Bessie Coleman, an aviator who not only pushed the boundaries for women but also for African Americans.

Jun 2020

50 min 15 sec

Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith as this month she takes the wheel and hits the road to follow Mexico’s Route 1 on a mission to prove that the Baja peninsula is the perfect place for a solo road trip. Get clued up with our Travel Hack of the Month to help you avoid getting stung by hidden costs when renting a car overseas; start planning for life after lockdown (in association with Destination Canada)with our pick of the quirkiest trips to take in Canada over the next 18 months and beyond; journey to Australia to learn about the colourful and bizarre annual mating ritual performed by cavorting cuttlefish; find out the ultimate trousers to wear on long-haul flights, train rides and bus trips thanks to gear experts, Rohan; and Phoebe catches up with comedian, outdoor lover and avid traveller Ed Byrne to find out why one adventure ending up making the headlines and which bit of kit he never leaves home without; and meet our Wander Woman of the Month – Ann Sayer, former vice-president of the Long Distance Walkers Association, who still to this day holds the record for fastest walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. 

May 2020

57 min 53 sec

Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith as this month she heads to north Iceland, to a small town called Husavik, which was the former whale hunting hub and is now the country’s capital for whale watching. There she trials a trip with innovative company North Sailing which now offers a carbon neutral experience with silent electric boats; learn how to make a travel movie on your smartphone that people will actually want to watch with the Travel Hack of the Month; find your happy place with one of the most calming destinations to visit in the world with Phoebe’s regular Top 10 in Travel; meet Sylvia Cloutier (in association with Destination Canada), the Canadian woman who is ensuring that the Inuit cultural tradition of throat singing is passed on to the next generation after nearly being lost when the missionaries arrived; find out why you need a rucksack that packs down tiny on your next trip thanks to gear experts, Rohan; and finally Phoebe catches up with her polar teammate and the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole, Dwayne Fields, to find out how he turned his life around from the streets to the peaks; and meet our Wander Woman of the Month – Ada Blackjack – the female Robinson Crusoe who survived on a remote Arctic island when the British expedition she was on went wrong.

Apr 2020

54 min 10 sec

Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith as this month she stays in Britain to undertake a 300-mile kayak around the British waterways to highlight how easy it is to have an adventure close to home as well as to help her co-conspirator in adventure Dr John Pike raise money and awareness for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance; find out how to create your own home-grown expeditions with her hard-won travel hack; tour the isles, forests, mountains and coast of the UK as Phoebe reveals the top 10 British Escapes to take this year; meet Barrie Gilbert the man who was mauled by a grizzly bear and then became one of the biggest campaigners to protect them (in association with Destination Canada); find out why a pair of normal looking jeans - with hidden tech built in - could be all the leg wear you need on your next trip, thanks to gear experts, Rohan; and finally Phoebe catches up with her friend travel author and legend Bill Bryson to find out where he's been, where he's going and what makes a good travel writer; and meet our Wander Woman of the Month - Mary Anning - who wandered the British coastline to support her family by collecting fossils almost single-handedly bringing tourism to the Jurassic Coast.

Jan 2020

51 min 20 sec

Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith as this month she takes a cargo boat along Quebec's isolated Lower North Shore, in Canada, a place that relies of a ship to deliver goods and people between 12 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 - and explains where to see them; 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 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.

Nov 2019

42 min 3 sec

Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith as this month 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; find out how to buy a waterproof for your travels thanks to gear experts, Rohan; find out where the wild cooks go with Cerys Matthews – ex-Catatonia frontwoman, BBC Radio presenter and author of a brand 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.

Oct 2019

53 min 35 sec

Join Wander Woman Phoebe Smith 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 meet our Wander Woman of the Month - Wanny Wolstad - the first female trapper in Svalbard.

Jul 2019

51 min 40 sec

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 - but found truly captivating stories outside 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 (a place where many from on women undertaking adventures), whet your appetite for slow travel with the best train rides in the work, discover how a travel skirt could be more of use than you think (in association wit Rohan), old skool explorer Benedict Allen bears his soul (and a little more...)  in a store cupboard when he meets Wander Woman, and learn about our Freya Stark, our Wander Woman of the Month, who mapped parts of the Middle East before any other Europeans had even ventured there.

Jun 2019

41 min 48 sec

Wander with Phoebe Smith as she explores Florida’s wild west - diving for fossilised shark teeth, swimming with manatees, birdwatching close to the city of Sarasota and seeking out the Sunshine State’s iconic alligators - well away from the theme parks. Learn how to sleep well on a long haul flight, meet a former political prisoner in South Africa’s Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held, discover the world’s best close encounters of the wildlife kind, how to buy the perfect travel hoodie (in association with Rohan), hear about Lev Wood’s ongoing mission to find some downtime and learn about our Wander Woman of the month - Katherine Routledge who helped us understand the origins of the Easter Island moai.

May 2019

50 min 19 sec