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
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
Located a short ferry ride off the coast of the capital, Dakar, Goree Island in Senegal is a world apart. Discovered in 1433 by the Portuguese (although presumably known to the Senegalese far earlier), the island was initially named Palm Island for the number of palm...
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...
Africa. A vast continent of 54 individual countries, each with their own history, culture and identity. A place of mystique and wonder, of poverty and enterprise, of bustling cities and incredible wildlife. How do you know where to start exploring this exotic (and...
Solo travel is one of the most exciting and empowering things you can experience. The rush of heading off on your own, free of anyone else to please and able to go wherever you like, can fill you with a sense of adventure and possibility. But solo travel is also a...
Australia: The Land Down Under. It's the dream destination of travellers of all ages looking to enjoy sun, surf and a cold beer or two under the Antipodean sun, but there is so much more to this vast and varied country than meets the eye. So which are the best holiday...
Madagascar is a remarkable country, famous for its unique flora and fauna and incredible natural beauty. But a visit to this huge island, off the southeast coast of Africa, will show you so much more. One of the many interesting facts about Madagascar is that its...
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...
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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So you’ve done it. You’ve bought the ticket - you’re off to London for Christmas and New Year! But if you’re going to head to the UK at the festive season, you need to do it right. How can you celebrate Christmas and New Year in London like a native? What are the best...read more
This post was originally published in May 2017. It's a Saturday morning, 31 December, and the sun is blazing in a blue sky as I strap on my snowshoes. I'm in the small town of Szczawnica in the far south of Poland, close up on the Slovakian border, and I'm about to...read more
For me, one of the most rewarding things about travel is the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife I could never see at home. In this post I share some of the most memorable - and unusual - animal experiences I have had on my journeys around the globe. What has...read more
Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the heart of Europe’s Balkan region, has a chequered history and a wealth of highlights to discover. But one of the most unusual places to see in Sarajevo is hidden high up in the mountains behind the city. Left over from...read more
The Balkan country of Bosnia and Herzegovina attracted the world’s attention in the mid 1990s for all the wrong reasons. At the breakup of socialist Yugoslavia, ethnic tensions broke out between Serbians and the Bosnians of this small nation, leading to years of what...read more
Nestled in the heart of the Balkans, the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina has had a recent history which was nothing short of tumultuous. Host to the incident which started the First World War (namely the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in...read more
This post was first published in August 2017 It is really important to me to learn about everyday life in the countries I visit. It doesn't matter whether the country is affluent or impoverished, I want to see behind the tourist veneer and get a glimpse into how...read more
If you are extending your holidays in Sweden 's sparkling capital, Stockholm, or are looking for something a little different for your next visit, consider a weekend trip to the southern archipelago - one of the most beautiful Sweden tourist attractions and one of the...read more
Not many visitors make it to Gujarat, the most westerly state of India, perched on the western point of the diamond that roughly represents the shape of the country. A "dry" state (alcohol is banned, although foreigners can buy it for consumption behind closed doors...read more
The Polish capital, Warsaw, is an up and coming destination which is finally starting to get noticed. Combining a rich history with affordable prices, it's a great place for a city break. If you're on a budget (or even if you're not), check out this guide to getting...read more
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.
What readers are saying:
“Lovely blog and you have really traveled all over the world. The photos are wonderful and loved reading about your various adventures.”Raghav Modi
“Amazing stories from interesting countries – a different kind of blog and totally worth reading!”Anna Kovacevic
“Excellent stories and photos! I love digging into your guides and getting inspiration on places to add to my bucket list!”Jim Jones