Welcome to Reading the Book Travel

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!

Reading the Book Travel was established by Jill, a British blogger who has visited more than 60 countries over 6 continents.

Welcome to Reading the Book Travel

I’m Jill Bowdery, a British blogger who has been travelling for more than 15 years, visiting nearly 70 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!

Latest posts from Reading the Book Travel

Taking a River Gambia tour: the ultimate Gambian experience

I’m on a converted peanut boat in the middle of the Gambia river, exploring the less-visited side of this beautiful West African nation. Crossing over the border with Senegal yesterday at Farafenni, we entered one of the most stable countries in Africa but also one...

The best Cuba destinations for first time visitors

Cuba is one of the world's greatest anachronisms. A tropical island with a Caribbean coastline, lying just 90 miles off the coast of the United States, it is one of the world's last communist countries. This former playground of Hollywood's rich and famous has a faded...

The magic of the Ganges: Evening aarti at the Varanasi ghats

Post first published in February 2017; updated February 2019 Evening is falling, and I am in a boat on the Ganges. We are at the Varanasi ghats, the broad promenade leading down to the river, and have made our way downtown by cycle rickshaw, pedalled through slums and...

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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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