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I’m Jill Bowdery, a British blogger who has been travelling for more than 15 years, visiting 65+ countries on 6 continents. I love to travel both solo and with groups, and to discover the cultures and peoples of the countries I visit. And I love to share a good story or two along the way!

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Kiev metro: How to use it, and the stations you MUST visit!

Kiev, capital city of Ukraine, is a bustling metropolis with plenty to see and do. But how do you get around the city and make the most of your visit? Luckily, the Kiev metro is one of the greatest in the world - cheap, easy to use and with a wealth of beautiful...

What to do in Kiev in winter: The perfect 3-day itinerary

Kiev (or Kyiv), capital of the vast nation of Ukraine, is a city which has hit the headlines in recent years for many reasons. From the fall of communism in the 1990s to the recent tensions with Russia over the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, the city has had a...

The best day trips from Kiev: Visit Uman, central Ukraine

Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, is a wonderful destination in its own right. But what if you’ve run out of things to do in Kiev, or just fancy checking out some other places to visit in Ukraine? To really get a feel for a country, I love to take a day trip outside...

The ultimate Christmas lights tour in London

There’s nowhere quite like London as Christmas approaches. Grand department stores, historic churches and elegant streets are thronged with locals and visitors alike; but it is the Christmas lights for which the city is particularly renowned at the festive season. If...

One day in Tirana: Taking the Kotor to Tirana bus

If you’re visiting the small Balkan nation of Montenegro, you will likely be focussing your trip on the popular coastal towns of Kotor and Budva. But if you fancy something a little different during your stay, why not take a day trip to Albania’s capital, Tirana?Drita...

Unusual holiday destinations for Christmas in the USA

The holidays are fast approaching, and you fancy doing something a little different this year. Maybe you're a US resident who doesn't want to travel overseas; or maybe you're visiting the United States and would like to experience a true American Christmas with a...

Reading the Book Travel

Reading the Book Travel inspires travellers of all ages to head just that little bit off the beaten track.

Via a mixture of solo travel and small-group adventures, discover unusual and less-visited destinations from every corner of the globe. Reading the Book Travel is not about scaling mountains or taking risks, it’s about exploring those everyday places that will open your eyes to the wider world.

The world is a book – and those who do not travel read only a page.

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