The Story

With 10 years as a copywriter and content manager under her belt, Wander Woman Thea decided to pursue her extreme, borderline obsessive passion for travel and struck out into the realm of travel writing. Boldly taking on multi-course meals and ambitious wine tastings at some of Cape Town’s finest establishments; waking up at sparrow fart to embark upon hours-long walks through the African veldt; enduring long haul flights, grumpy air hostesses, and constipation-inducing airline food; and achieving happiness and serenity in her ongoing travels around the world, this is Wander Woman Thea’s tell-all.

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Thea enjoys a job as a freelance writer for a beautiful lifestyle, leisure, food, travel, and wine magazine called Southern Vines. Through this, she explores the Cape and its numerous wine lands, game reserves, restaurants, and art galleries in pursuit of the best places to eat, drink, stay, and become inspired. With family in Seattle USA and Vancouver Canada, Thea frequently travels to North America and, thanks to a fatal travel bug affliction, to other parts of the world as well.

“Travel shouldn’t be seen as a luxury. It’s a necessity – as necessary as an education,” says Wander Woman Thea. “It’s the single greatest source of information you’ll ever tap into, not only about the world beyond your borders, but also about yourself. People who travel tend to be wisely humble, because they have seen how big the world is and how utterly beautiful it can be, but also how brutal and impoverished parts of it are. They have seen how the “other half” live and that your own problems and gripes are insignificant in comparison to the vastness, diversity, poverty, and greatness of our gorgeous blue planet.”

And now… the moment you’ve all been waiting for….

I finally speak in first person.

From travel tips, advice, and thrilling stories to green monster provoking pictures and gut-busting travel anecdotes, this page endeavours to connect with and satiate the curiosity and expand the minds of travel, wine, and food lovers from all over the world. My name is Thea Beckman, I’m Wander Woman Thea, and these are my travel stories.

Notches on my Travel Bedpost

After completing a Masters Degree in Science (specialising in ocean and atmospheric sciences) at the University of Cape Town, I moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I lived for close to two years. In that time, I developed an incredible tan, a fierce love of two-wheeler transport, an addiction to chilli, and a tolerance for absolute shit-hole accommodations. I also traveled the length and breadth of the country on the back of a motorcycle, tuk-tuk, train, car, elephant, and ox-wagon.

Other notches on my travel bedpost include:

Europe: Barcelona (Spain), Munich (Germany), and Paris (France); Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Vienna (Austria).

United States: New York City and Montauk (New York); Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Cruz, San Fransisco and Big Sur (California); Seattle and Poulsbo (Washington), Washington D.C.; Scottsdale, Sedona, and Grand Canyon (Arizona).

Canada: Banff, Canmore, and Jasper National Park (Alberta); Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Whistler, and surrounds (British Columbia).

Australia: Brisbane and surrounds (Queensland); Kiama, Coolangatta, and Sydney (New South Wales); Surfer’s Paradise (Gold Coast).

Southern Africa: South Africa (my home and a country I’ve travelled extensively); Maun and Okavango Delta (Botswana); Bulawayo, Hwange National Park, Matopos Hills, and Lake Kariba (Zimbabwe); Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, and Windhoek (Namibia)

Middle East: Bahrain, Dubai

Asia: Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, and Penang (Malaysia), Singapore, Vientiane (Laos)

215 thoughts on “The Story”

  1. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find your blog. It’s great! I love the humour and clarity in your writing, you’re definitely an inspiration 🙂

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    1. Where have you been odd organism? And why are you odd? Are we not all odd? We’re all different, so that would make us odd, wouldn’t it? Such philosophical thoughts and it’s not even 9am here. Thank you, my dear. I’m glad you’ve finally joined the family and I hope to keep you entertained 🙂

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      1. So deep! Haha I write about weird animals hence the odd organisms, but I definitely agree everyone’s a little odd anyway.
        Looking forward to it! 🙂

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  2. Hi Thea, I came across a lovely photo on your blog while searching for images of clouds / sky, to use in a non-commercial personal project… specifically, I was drawn to the second photo on
    http://whybecausescience.com/tag/atmospheric-science-2/ just after the header “What is Light”… may I find out how I may be able to use the image?

    That aside, I started reading your blog while trying to figure out how to contact you, and it has been quite entertaining! The one on dental health and bacteria poop was particularly memorable… Would you be keen to take on freelance writing work? Cheers!

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  3. I really like your blog. I’ve made some other comments on it but I’m worried they come off, er, let’s say ‘debate-ly’. I just wanted you to know it’s only because you’ve compelled me to ask, to argue and to clarify. I actually really like what you’re doing here. Hope I’ve made that clear now 🙂

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    1. Oh gosh, no! I LOVE readers to challenge me and each other. You should see some of the debate that has raged over articles I’ve written in the past – “We are Star People” in particular since it challenged the fallacy that we were created in 7 days by some omniscient being. And, at the end of the day, the people who ask questions and challenge entrenched belief are who become our species’ most important intellectual pioneers. So there. You have full license to be as “debate-ly” as you wish 🙂

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  4. Excellent blog, very nice writing style, easy to read, funny, love it.
    I don’t really like “”Combating stupidity since 2012”, the word “stupid” gives me an odd feeling of repulsion, although I do admit to use it sometimes.

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    1. Perhaps it should be “ignorance?”… I too am repulsed by stupid people, hence my valiant effort to combat stupidity 😉

      It is all very tongue in cheek though. If you’re sensitive, you’re probably going to find something on this blog that you’ll get sensitive about, so here’s to having a healthy sense of humor!

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  5. I like your voice. It’s fast, crisp, honest, and a little badass. As if I’m in a room with you and hearing your monologue. I love sciences too, but I didn’t study it as a degree. I do, in my spare time, read Stephen Hawking’s books written for normal people and Youtube videos about black holes and relativity. I don’t always understand everything. But it helps me put my existence into perspective in the grand scheme of the universe, especially when the going gets tough.

    Following you now. Meaningful blog you got!

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    1. Haha! “Normal people”. I have to agree though… scientists can be terribly dry and boring. The lack of interest in the sciences is a travesty considering the answers (and healthy perspective) it provides. But, I blame that on the way scientists have approached communication with the public. Hopefully that changes with far more accessibled information sources such as TED talks and blogs like this one. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your glowing comment. I hope to post again soon, so stay tuned!

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      1. Looking forward to your new material! I love TED too. Makes science all the more digestible and approachable. Not all scientist are that bad. Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking do a decent job. I agree that science should be the basis for dispelling a lot of the unhealthy concepts and fallacies of society!

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  6. Your blog kicks my blog’s ass. Your writing is way better than mine. Your photos and artwork are great, too! Alright, enough compliments already. Keep up the great work! Now you have ruined my weekend because I have a lot of posts to read from you.

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      1. I’d like for you to pitch your own ideas. Take a look at the following criteria: http://www.fusionviralvideo.com/authors-seeking-contributing-writers/

        Obviously it must be science related and you should know that I’m FASTIDIOUS about grammar and spelling. Images must also be copyright savvy and must be fully referenced. Maybe put together a test blog for me and we’ll go from there! If it’s good, I’ll send it on to my business partner who runs the website.

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  7. I feel like I’ve been living under a rock, and really missed out on your blog till now! Whew, why on earth did it take me so long? I don’t know. I really enjoy your interesting and funny posts, and like your writing style. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    1. It’s a luxury though! Let me tell you, it’s taken a lot of hard work and some incredible serendipity to get here. I’ll let you know when I’m raking in millions and hanging out with Ellen DeGeneres, because that’s when this dream will officially have gone nuclear.

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  8. Hi there, i love the way you write, you seem like you think a lot and deeply so its something i ca definitely relate to, i will be looking forward to reading more 🙂

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  9. I gotta second Lubna’s comment from above – it seems like you’ve managed to actually live your life, in the active sense. What I like best about your blog (and I like your blog a lot!) is that it doesn’t come across as though you’re really reaching for something to write about: your writing is informative, entertaining, and manages to make science easy to understand even for us non-scientific types. Looking forward to reading more!

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      1. Bookmarked – thanks for the link and the heads up! I’ll change the link on my “links page” as soon as I get the chance. One question: does your new online home have a URL for RSS or Atom feeds?

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  10. Hey Thea, bit late on following likes on my blog to sought out like-minded in mass of billions. Honestly speaking I already pressed the “Follow” button as soon as I encountered word resembling “Science” in title. I am “religious” person and science is my God. Of course you adopted great writing style. Having magnetic force to make others follow. Strong force is better word as magnetism is weaker when compared to molecule level 🙂
    Love your posts.

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  11. Hi! I can’t believe I just found your blog! It’s fascinating and you’ve gotten me hooked on your post :). Your posts are fascinating and has definitely filled in those boring hours! (I checked out your new website too!)

    On another note, I’m a hs student that has just started a science blog too in and was hoping you could check it out! (and perhaps even press the follow button). It would mean a lot to me!

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  12. Stumbled here thanks to Freshly Pressed, and I’m so glad I did!!! You are way cool and I’m enjoying everything I have read so far! Looking forward to your next post (will you still be updating this or will you be working solely on FVV?) 🙂

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    1. Oh gosh, I am really between worlds at the moment. FVV has become somewhat problematic for me because the other contributors are a bunch of numbskulls who post garbage about religion. While I was hoping for the science side of FVV to really shine, it’s hard to do that under two feet of horse shit. I’m considering transferring all my blogs back to Why? Because Science, cos AINT NOBODY GOT TIME!

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  13. Outstanding writing. Combatting stupidity is indeed a worthy cause but if one is stupid
    it is highly unlikely that individual would benefit from reading your sight as they are…wait for it…
    stupid 😉

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    1. Whoa man! That’s like totally amazing! It’s like, if you’re stupid you can’t be combatted… because your stupid.

      Whatever it is you’re smoking, I want some (unless it’s crack) 😉

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  14. for real science is crazy but not well appreciated in the bloging sphere, is it because of its complexity, no because people think science blog is not fun bit common i see you are bringig humour from science.

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  15. I just created my blog, so I’m really new to the blog world and publications. I came across your blog by searching for blogs to follow and I’m glad to see that there’s already someone else in the other side of the world who had already the same concept than me. (Science and unfounded beliefs). I like your blog and the way you write, it seems so professional. Hope mine will be like yours or maybe better lol. English it’s not my first language, as you can noticed it. I live in Montréal Québec Canada and french is my frist language, nevertheless i can speak english fluently but the wirtting is not as well as my speaking so my blog will be in french.
    Feel free to visit my blog and encourage!

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    1. Ah-ha! But you see an important component of my blog concept is also humour… and as long as you fight the good fight against ignorance, I greatly encourage you to strive to be better than Why? Because Science!

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  16. Everyone in my family is worried I am going nowhere with my life because I studied science, but not to be a scientist, but because its well, interesting.
    I’m not well overly brilliant or anything, all I have ever wanted to do is travel and write.

    Right now, I am going through a major existential decide-your-career-or-die-broke-on-the-street crisis.
    Mainly because I can’t explain to anyone what I want.
    Then I find, someone has literally lived my dream life.
    You are what I want to be.
    I hope I manage to become half as amazing, and even a quarter as funny as you.

    Here is to hoping.
    Your blog is amazing.
    So are you.

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    1. This comment literally made my day… actually, you almost made me cry. But only a little, because my soul is black inside (kidding). To hear that someone is going through what I go through every day is comforting. It’s not always easy. I just turned 30 and I still don’t know what I really want to do with my life, but I guess that’s something you figure out every day you’re alive. There is money to be made in writing, so I urge you to apply to become a freelance writer on sites like freelancer.com and odesk.com etc. This lifestyle will enable you to travel, especially if you manage to earn dollars or even British pounds. I wish you all the luck, courage and perseverance – you’ll need all of them in bucket-loads, but the rewards are incredible and they’ve enabled me to pour my heart into this blog.

      If you ever need any advice, you know who to ask!

      P.S. I shared your comment to my personal Facebook page, because it means so very much to me 😉

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  17. Hi Thea! You’re blog is truly refreshing and inspiring! I love it! I am 17 years old with a passion for science as well, and recently created a science blog called: keepinupwithscience.wordpress.com I was wondering if you have any tips or tricks to really develop! and also, I was hoping you could take a look at my blog!!

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    1. Hey Olivia!

      I am so sorry I’m only responding now so many, many moons later. I’ve been on a hiatus writing the official Why? Because Science book! I’ve taken a quick look at your blog – looks great! And I see you’ve fleshed it out nicely. If you have any questions, I’m happy to advise. Otherwise, just keep at it, post lots of pictures, and make sure to add those metatags so that Google can find your blog!

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  18. What happened to the Science blog? I obviously don’t read it every day, since I just noticed that it stopped, but I miss the content. Have you gone on to a new life? What could turn out to be more interesting than this one?

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    1. Dear Valdez, I have been writing the Why? Because Science book! And it’s soon to be self-published. Sorry for only responding to your comment now… it’s taken me a loooong time to get my act together.

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  19. I was looking through some cool science quotes and came across this one: “Scientists say that the world is made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. They forgot about the morons….”

    Immediately reminded me of your blog!

    Obviously in reference to your tagline. In retrospect maybe it’s not exactly the right thing to say…

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  20. I do love your blog, the way you write and the humour, and I find some of your posts deeply thought-provoking. Thank you.
    One small question, some of the comments are fantastic too, is there a reason I cannot ‘like’ them as well?

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