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 conservation efforts and grills a travel celebrity. Come wonder with her…

Episode 4 – Walk the walk, talk the talk…

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 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.

Stargazing on the Wukalina Walk © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 1 – The Wukalina Walk

Up until the 1970s even in the history books the aboriginal people who once lived in Tasmania were said to have been ‘made extinct’ by the Europeans through disease, displacement and death. But for many years now it’s been proven that it wasn’t the case and now a growing community of descendants from the indigenous population has created the first aboriginal owned and operated walk in Australia – the Wukalina Walk. Tracing bushland, beach and the Bay of Fires, it takes hikers on a journey to the past, to the land and into themselves. Phoebe joins the young and inspiring guide Carleeta to walk the walk…

The wonderfully passionate Carleeta, guide on the Wukalina Walk in Tasmania © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 2 – Bagging a bargain on your flight

Save money on the cost of your plane ticket – and perhaps consider using the cash to off-set your carbon – with Phoebe’s travel hack of the month. From checking your cookies to splitting your trip, get the lowdown right here.

Flying is freeing but how about a new perspective on bagging a bargain… © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 3 – Hidden Hero: Professor Peter Harrison

We’ve all seen the headlines – the Great Barrier Reef – the largest living organism on the planet is in trouble. Climate change is causing rising sea temperatures which stresses the coral leading to bleaching events. As the foundation of all the building blocks of the underwater eco-system saving it from dying is vital. Phoebe meets the man who has worked out how to capture egg and sperm aka ‘sex soup’ and do a kind of IVF to help save the reef.

Looking down on the Great Barrier Reef from above © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 4 – Top 10:  Most awe-inspiring natural phenomenon

From the aurora borealis to butterfly migration, shooting stars and the midnight sun, Phoebe recommends 10 of nature’s most amazing spectacles. Be prepared to be dazzled…

The magical aurora borealis © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 5 – Wander Woman’s Guide to… Waterproofs (in association with Rohan)

We all hope the sun shines when we travel, but the reality is it won’t always – that’s where a quality waterproof comes in. Phoebe talks hydrostatic heads, the benefit of 3 layers and why you need a stormflap in her monthly session of gear geekery. PLUS you can get a 10% discount on your Rohan gear with an exclusive code for Wander Woman listeners revealed in the podcast.

This month’s Gear Guru section Phoebe talks… waterproofs © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 6 – Cerys Matthews

Phoebe took Cerys on her first wild camp and guided her three children to the roof of Wales – Snowdon. As her new book – Where the Wild Cooks Go – come out, Phoebe grabs a glass of wine and chats to her fellow Wander Woman about her recent trip to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, why we’re all a little more disconnected from nature than we were as kids and why she now won’t go anywhere without her duvet (puffa) jacket.

On the roof of Wales – Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park – with Cerys and her kids © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 7 – Wander Woman of the Month – Emma ‘Grandma’ Gatewood

Hear the story of the traveller whose name you should know but probably don’t, simply because of her gender. This month it’s Emma Gatewood aka ‘Grandma Gatewood’ who at the young age of 67, back in 1955, decided to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail (from Georgia to Maine), alone, wearing canvas trainers and rough sleeping.

The Appalachian Trail (aka AT) is the stage for our Wander Woman of the Month © Phoebe Smith

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