Welcome to Offbeat Destinations!

Hi! I’m Jill, a British blogger who has been exploring the world for more than 15 years, 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’s Offbeat Destinations!

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

Welcome to OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS

Hi! I’m Jill, a British blogger who has been exploring the world for more than 15 years, 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’s Offbeat Destinations!

Discover these Offbeat Destinations, or browse the menu to find your dream trip!

Cyprus in winter: why it’s the best time to visit!

Cyprus in winter: why it’s the best time to visit!

The eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a popular holiday destination for European travellers. Boasting a hot, sunny climate, a long coastline and a status as EU and Eurozone member (in the south and west of the island, at least), its beaches fill during the...

Taipei to Taroko Gorge: Taiwan’s marble mountains

Taipei to Taroko Gorge: Taiwan’s marble mountains

I set out from Taipei early in the morning. My base in Taiwan's capital city was in the far north of the country, but Taiwan is absurdly easy to get around. An extensive rail network takes you all over the country, but I had a specific destination in mind that...

Ile de Goree Senegal: Discovering West Africa’s slave heritage

Ile de Goree Senegal: Discovering West Africa’s slave heritage

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...

Crossing the river: a day trip to Uruguay

Crossing the river: a day trip to Uruguay

I am more than happy to admit to two borderline obsessions of mine. Firstly, I have always enjoyed poring over maps. In my childhood I had a world atlas which I would spend hours flicking through, daydreaming of the travels I didn't even know I would be able to make...

One day in Tirana: Taking the Kotor to Tirana bus

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...

Bukhara to Tashkent: Night trains in Uzbekistan

Bukhara to Tashkent: Night trains in Uzbekistan

It's quarter to ten on a Wednesday night, and I'm standing on a station platform in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. I'm here on a trip-of-a-lifetime, bucket-list kind of adventure - and that's saying something for someone who travels as much as I do. But for many years now I've...

Discover these Offbeat Destinations, or browse the menu to find your dream trip!

Cyprus in winter: why it’s the best time to visit!

Cyprus in winter: why it’s the best time to visit!

The eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a popular holiday destination for European travellers. Boasting a hot, sunny climate, a long coastline and a status as EU and Eurozone member (in the south and west of the island, at least), its beaches fill during the...

Taipei to Taroko Gorge: Taiwan’s marble mountains

Taipei to Taroko Gorge: Taiwan’s marble mountains

I set out from Taipei early in the morning. My base in Taiwan's capital city was in the far north of the country, but Taiwan is absurdly easy to get around. An extensive rail network takes you all over the country, but I had a specific destination in mind that...

Ile de Goree Senegal: Discovering West Africa’s slave heritage

Ile de Goree Senegal: Discovering West Africa’s slave heritage

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...

Crossing the river: a day trip to Uruguay

Crossing the river: a day trip to Uruguay

I am more than happy to admit to two borderline obsessions of mine. Firstly, I have always enjoyed poring over maps. In my childhood I had a world atlas which I would spend hours flicking through, daydreaming of the travels I didn't even know I would be able to make...

One day in Tirana: Taking the Kotor to Tirana bus

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...

Bukhara to Tashkent: Night trains in Uzbekistan

Bukhara to Tashkent: Night trains in Uzbekistan

It's quarter to ten on a Wednesday night, and I'm standing on a station platform in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. I'm here on a trip-of-a-lifetime, bucket-list kind of adventure - and that's saying something for someone who travels as much as I do. But for many years now I've...

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