Being an adventurer conjures up thoughts of a life of excitement discovering new cultures and people.

But like comedians who are sometimes the darkest of souls when not entertaining, travelling constantly can be mentally challenging.

And for award-winning travel writer Phoebe Smith, it did just that and led to her have a major re-think while doing the thing she loves best, exploring.

Phoebe was on an assignment to walk the most famous pilgrimage in the world, Spain’s Camino de Santiago, when she suddenly lost her way spectacularly.

Quitting her job and long term relationship, Phoebe headed back to her childhood home in North Wales to rediscover herself and get the answers to the tricky questions we all ask ourselves, as to what is the point of it all.

Walking equally spiritual trails, Phoebe attempted to conquer her demons and her book Wayfarer tackles serious problems from losing her mum as a teenager to surviving toxic relationships.

It’s a travel and lifestyle book cleverly thrown into one, as Phoebe skilfully weaves together her story with those of countless travellers past and present who have plodded gently along as they try to work how to live life.

The book shows how the great outdoors and a bit of time taking in the world peacefully can do wonders to solving the conundrums.

Phoebe holds back no barrels and is refreshingly honest in her writings which in themselves must be therapeutic and the 320 page book is tender and observant and one you don’t want to put down.

It displays Phoebe’s genuine love for nature and the outdoors, and her poetic writings have you wanting to reach for the hiking boots and step out for your own adventure and soul searching.

As an adventurer, travel writer, broadcaster, photographer, presenter and speaker, Phoebe is a brilliant wordsmith in her own right and Wayfarer certainly touches a nerve.

And it’s indicative of Phoebe’s determination to reset which has helped her write 10 other books and be the co-founder of #WeTwo Foundation, a charity which empowers underprivileged young people through carbon negative expeditions. Phoebe also hosts the Wander Woman podcast and is Sleeps Storyteller-in-residence at Calm.


Published: 28th March 2024
UK Price: £16.99
ISBN: 978-0-00-856652-4
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320 pages

Wayfarer: Love, loss and life on Britain’s ancient paths
By Phoebe Smith
Published by Harper North

Wayfarer is available to buy at Waterstones, Blackwells, HarperCollins and Amazon.

Author Bio:

Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.

Book image courtesy of Harper North and Phoebe Smith and top image by sallycadore from Pixabay

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