“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 2019 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 2020 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
Episode 2 of Phoebe’s Wander Woman Podcast is now available to listen to and download. 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 every month. Episode … Read More
In May 2019 Phoebe heard about a scheme being piloted to charge people to wild camp in some of the UK’s National Parks. It was done quietly, without much hoopla, under the guise of ‘opening up’ our protected outdoor spaces for more people. Of course by doing this the opposite was actually true. That’s because … Read More
So you’ve been lulled to sleep by Phoebe’s Exploring Easter Island ‘Sleep Story’ on the Calm app – now read about the adventure behind it in her article Amid the Moai. As part of her ongoing role as Sleep Storyteller-in-Residence, every month she writes a blog for calm.com telling an otherwise untold story about her … Read More
Phoebe was in Estonia last month for The Times. While there, the tourist board made a short video about experiencing a traffic jam – the Estonian Way. It’s well worth a look to see a behind the scenes glance of Phoebe in action and – more importantly – the spectacular bog scenery in Kõnnu Suursoo. … Read More
Phoebe is always keen to share the stories of fellow Wander Women and was utterly captivated in Easter Island when she uncovered the story of British Victorian lady Katherine Routledge. It was her tireless interviewing of Rapa Nui elders that allow anthropologists and archeologists to know as much as they do about the culture that … Read More
Phoebe has just visited Australia covering an exclusive world first for the Telegraph. Arriving in Heron Island in south Queensland she was the first British journalist to experience a submarine trip to visit the reef. She shared the scUber (a partnership between the state in Australia and the ride share company Uber) with pilot Erica … Read More