Welcome to Reading the Book Travel

Discovering the world just off the beaten track

Hi! I’m Jill, a British blogger who has been exploring the world for two decades, visiting over 70 countries on 6 continents. I have a passion for unusual travel, whether that is visiting a popular destination in the off season, or discovering those places that most people have never heard of, let alone considered visiting.

Does that sound like you? Then join me as I explore the world just off the beaten track!

Travel History

Travel is a privilege that I never take for granted. I’ve been lucky enough to explore the four corners of the globe – come along for the ride!



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Huts in Indian village

Travel and COVID...


Reading the Book Travel explores every part of the world – so what happens when a pandemic hits? Well, we make our discoveries closer to home! As a UK-based blogger, I rarely have enough time to check out the charms of my home country. As the world gets back on its feet, expect more content from the United Kingdom, and share my discoveries of my birthplace in person or online!

Considering solo overseas travel but don’t know how to plan your holiday? I share my top tips for arranging a successful solo adventure! | How to plan an international trip | Vacation planner | Go travel | Planning a vacation checklist | Planning a Europe trip | How to plan a trip | Planning travelling | Cheap international flights | Airline connections | First time solo travel | Lone traveller | Airport taxis | Airport taxi service | Visa services | Best travel sim card
Four perfect half day trips from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina! | Day trip from Mostar | Mostar tour | Dubrovnik to Mostar | What to see in Mostar | Mostar day trips | Day trip to Mostar | Mostar day trip | Mostar day tour | Bosnia day tours | Bosnia and Herzegovina day tours | Things to do in Mostar | Visit Mostar from Dubrovnik | Mostar visit | Dubrovnik day trips | Blagaj | Medjugorje | Pocitelj | Kravice waterfalls | Kravica Falls | Things to see in Bosnia and Herzegovina

My Travel Highlights

It’s almost impossible for me to pick my favourite destinations, not least because I’m an eternally positive traveller who embraces the beauty and the craziness everywhere I go.

Cities like London and Paris always pull me back, while Rio de Janeiro, Taipei and Seoul hold a special place in my heart. But here are 3 countries which are some of the most special for me.

My top 3 destinations

1. India

More than just the Taj Mahal, India is a vast country with many different landscapes and cultures. Rural Tamil Nadu is a spiritual gem, while Gujarat’s deserts and wildlife are awe-inspiring. There is so much to see here.

2. Bosnia & Herzegovina

Rarely has a country surprised me as much as Bosnia & Herzegovina. From the history of Sarajevo and the picturesque streets of Mostar’s old centre, to tumbling waterfalls, ancient castles and religious shrines, there is so much to discover.

3. Madagascar

The wildlife documentaries on TV only tell half the story of wonderful and blighted Madagascar. A huge island with a culture and fauna all its own, together with spectacular landscapes, unspoiled beaches and bumpy roads, it’s a country which is hard to shake off.

Steps at Varanasi