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For two decades Sarah Woods has travelled non-stop, circumnavigating the globe in several directions and clocking up over 1-million kilometers along the way. She has travelled all the continents and navigated many of the world's most iconic landscapes. She is a veteran of jungle treks and wildlife conservation expeditions and an early pioneer of Giving Something Back and responsible travel. Now based in the UK again, Sarah is a regular travel expert/contributor to daytime TV and BBC radio, and she has written extensively for more than 70 magazines worldwide, including National Geographic, Wanderlust, BBC Wildlife, Wild Travel and Traveller. She works closely with Europe's biggest wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and the International Travel Alliance.
In Panama's rain-soaked Chiriqui highlands, she navigated seemingly impassable trails with a machete to reach Quetzals with resplendent jewel tone plumage. Sarah sought the native wisdom of the indigenous Embera deep in the Darien Jungle in order to encounter the world's largest and most powerful birds of prey, the elusive Harpy Eagle. Using razor-sharp talons to hunt and kill sloths and monkeys with deadly precision, these mammoth, winged dinosaurs hide a lesser-known, softer side: devoting great care to raising their young for the first two years of their life. Seldom seen in the wild, Sarah struggled to demystify the fear-riddled legends and superstitions that earned the Harpy Eagle its name from early explorers. Sarah's voyage taught her much about the rich glories and mesmerising spectacle of the natural world and also its challenges and dangers. She met the albino 'moon children' of Kuna Yala, swam in the Panama Canal, encountered left-wing guerrillas at the heart of Colombia's five-decade conflict, and witnessed the Amazonian shape-shifting beliefs of the jungle afterlife. Sarah survived landslides, crash landings, mammoth floods and culture clashes in mysterious untrodden lands, learning much about aspects of herself from the incredible wildlife and tribal peoples she encountered - arguably her biggest journey.
A trip around the world, played out to the most eclectic soundtrack, discovering hidden musical gems along the way. From mosh pits to cabarets, Berlin's beatnik band haunts to Korea's peppy k-pop clubs, from visiting the infamous Dollywood, to tracing Freddie Mercury's childhood in Zanzibar, The 50 Greatest Musical Places of the World has something for music fans of all genres. Discover the places where iconic songs were written, groups were formed, music legends were born and extraordinary talent is celebrated.
Imagine freewheeling through tufted French vineyards, scaling the rocky, cloud-topped tracks in the Himalayas or rattling past whitewashed sugar-cube houses in narrow Spanish valleys. From surviving the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales to tackling truly hair-raising descents in rural Cuba, the sheer variety of routes in The 50 Greatest Bike Rides of the World will have you reaching for your bicycle clips, helmet and gloves. Sarah Woods tells tales of scenic single tracks, switchback climbs and routes newly discovered from around the world, each with valuable tips and details to satisfy every cycling enthusiast. It's time to get those panniers packed and sprockets checked and to climb into the saddle.
If you've ever dreamed of completing an epic car journey, The 50 Greatest Road Trips is for you. Packed full of the most exotic, exciting and iconic road trips across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa, it showcases the ultimate in car adventures. Sarah Woods is a veteran of road-tripping, having driven the iconic 19,000-mile route from North America to South America's tip, completed several dusty voyages in the Australian outback and scaled towering Saharan sand dunes in a 4x4. Readers are sure to feel the urge to climb into an old Chevrolet, crank up the tunes on the stereo, flick the sunroof open and settle back for one heck of a ride on the open road ...
The National Geographic Traveler: Vienna guides you to the better- and lesser-known sights of one of Europe's most popular cities. In between, you'll discover the cultural and natural treasures Vienna has to offer.
This is a guide to around 50 of the most beautiful and historic spa destinations in Europe, taking in day spas, getaway spas and medical spas. Unlike so many spa guides, this title focuses on destinations with natural spas, where wellness treatments have been a part of the heritage and culture for hundreds of years. From Bath to Budapest, The Spa Lover's Guide examines the fascinating history and curative powers of the spa towns, explaining what makes each special and giving detailed information on individual venues and the range of treatments on offer. It includes Feature boxes that give essential booking and price information. As well as spa treatments, a range of suggestions for things to do in the local area are given for each historic destination.
In this book, award-winning travel writer Sarah Woods answers the question she is asked several hundred times each year: 'how do I become a freelance travel writer?' She offers practical advice on turning the dream into reality and shares her tips on contacts, hard work, and the best way to attract a healthy dose of luck. In this book she: - Guides would-be authors through the pitching process and the publishing maze; - Offers guidance on crafting a mission statement and building a brand; - Provides writers with the tools to maximise their experiences - and their incomes; - Looks at how to foster long-term relationships with editors and publishers; - Provides a guide to the world-wide market for those writers who want to maximize earning potential and writing outlets all across the globe; - Includes tips and advice from many of the UK's finest travel-writing talent, editors and publishers, plus sample travel articles. Contents: Introduction; Thank You; Dedication; 1. Travel writing: fact or fiction?; 2. How to get started; 3. Boosting sales; 4. Building a brand; 5. Expanding your market; 6. Developing your business Appendix 1: Glossary; Appendix 2: Directory; Appendix 3: Travel writing samples; Index.
'When life is sweet as treacle and sugar and honey, why can't Sunday lunch be perfect? When you've got everything you thought you wanted, how come you still want more? In their mock Georgian house on an exclusive estate, Rob and Hattie are preparing Sunday lunch for friends and neighbours - but all is not going to plan. Their seemingly cosy world of comfort and safety is about to explode. Visible is an unexpected and provocative comic drama following in the tradition of Carboard Citizens' work on the edge. The company's roots in the forum theatre and experience of working with homeless people give it a socially innovative and distinct theatrical voice. Visible is a co-commission by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cardboard Citizens, and opens at the Soho Theatre in April 2006. Oberon Books also publishes Sarah Woods' plays Trips, Cake, Grace, and Soap.
An imaginative account of six Birmingham housemates on a night out, searching for love, excitement and one infallible business idea, encountering more than they ever thought possible. Bold, funny and technologically astonishing, Trips was performed at Birmingham Rep in February 1999 as part of a new plays season.
With George Monbiot, Paul Allen and Peter Harper. Have you got what it takes to get to zero carbon? Our expert panel set one average family the task of eliminating their carbon footprint... and living with the consequences. Originally broadcast in March 2009. Starring Kate Ashfield, Don Gilet, Poppy Lee Friar, Ryan Watson, Malcolm Tierney, Jonathan Tafler, Janice Acquah, and Stephen Hogan. Producer/Director: Jonquil Panting.