“Wild camping’s chief cheerleader” – The Telegraph, (UK)
Adventurer Phoebe Smith likes to sleep wild - from caves to mountain tops, disused farmsteads and under giant boulders – if it's in a strange or extreme place she want to take her sleeping bag and experience a wild night out. She has seen her love of wilderness take her on solo adventures all around the world – from sleeping at Everest Base Camp, to portaledging in trees in the Bavarian Alps, spending the night on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and bedding down inside glaciers in Svalbard – the last stop before the North Pole.
She is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, presenter and broadcaster (specialising in adventure, walking, solo travel, gear and wildlife conservation). She is host of the monthly Wander Woman Podcast. 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 also Sleep Storyteller-in-Residence at Calm where her stories have been listened to over 15 million times and been narrated by Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Jerome Flynn, Bindi Irwin and Danai Gurira to name a few.
Phoebe is the author of 10 books to date including the newly released Travel Writer’s Field Guide, which was published by The Wilderness Conspiracy, a collective that she co-founded with Daniel Neilson and John Summerton. She also wrote Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper (a Guardian Bestseller), Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain’s Rugged Corners and the first guidebook to British bothies – Book of the Bothy.
Passionate about inspiring young people and helping those who don’t get to choose to sleep wild for fun, she is an ambassador for Centrepoint (the young people’s homeless charity). To date she has raised over £42,000 for them in her Extreme Sleep Outs.
In 2020 she will embark on an expedition with her teammate Dwayne Fields to complete a world first in Antarctica to raise money to take a group of underprivileged young people to the White Continent in 2021 through her #WeTwo Foundation.
Since 2016 she has been an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion for her work encouraging everyone into the great outdoors. She is an ambassador for the annual Big Canopy Campout (which supports the World Land Trust) as well as Wild Night Out. In 2019 she was made an official Scouts Adventurer.
She is also proudly president of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association.
“Phoebe is a splendid writer and an inspiring traveller” – Bill Bryson
Phoebe has begun her Antarctic-style first right here in Britain, while crushing stereotypes with each footstep. Teaming up with her polar teammate Dwayne Fields they have decided to work together to change society’s image of the typical explorer and crowdfund to take a group of young, underprivileged people to Antarctica in 2021. “For different reasons … Read More
Episode 5 of Phoebe’s Wander Woman Podcast “Beyond the end of the road” is now available to listen to online or download for free. In her monthly, audio travel magazine 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 … Read More
The outdoors. It’s everything that’s not ‘indoors’, so it should be something open and accessible to all kinds of visitors. In fact, outdoor experts have found that the outdoors hasn’t always been enjoyed to its full advantage by women. In 2020, that’s set to change as more women are embracing the benefits and dispelling stereotypical … Read More
We are delighted to announce that Phoebe has been named as Travel Blogger of the Year 2019 in the AITO Travel Media Awards, sponsored by Travel PR. At a ceremony in London, on October 15, 2019, Phoebe was presented with the award – for her Wander Woman Blog that she had written for the past … Read More
Episode 4 of Phoebe’s Wander Woman Podcast – ‘Walk the walk, talk the talk…’ is now available to listen to online or download for free. In her monthly, audio travel magazine 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 … Read More
Phoebe is pleased to report that on 10th October, 2019 she and her co-conspirator in adventure – Dr John Pike – successfully completed their Night Vision Challenge – a 300mile, nocturnal kayak around Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to raise money and awareness for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (for whom John is an emergency doctor). … Read More