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Travel books and guides by Jules Brown

Travel writing, memoirs, guidebooks, how-to guides

This is the guy who writes the books

Jules’ travel writing is funny, inspiring, quirky and always engaging

Mark Ellingham, founder of Rough Guides

A fantastic read for anyone who enjoys travel.

5-star Amazon review

Don’t Eat the Puffin

It’s the job of his dreams.
Get paid to travel and write about it.

Only no one told Jules that it would mean eating oily seabirds, repeatedly falling off a husky sled, getting stranded on a Mediterranean island, and crash-landing in Iran.

The exotic destinations come thick and fast – Hong Kong, Hawaii, Huddersfield – as Jules navigates what it means to be a travel writer in a world with endless surprises up its sleeve.

Add in a cast of larger-than-life characters – Elvis, Captain Cook, his own travel-mad Dad – and an eye for the ridiculous, and this journey with Jules is one you won’t want to miss.

A joyous book you will read in one sitting.

5-star Amazon review

Never Pack an Ice-Axe

You’d think a long-time travel writer would have some great travel tips. You’d think.

Jules learns about travel the hard way, whether it’s setting out on his first European hitch-hiking adventure, writing about offbeat destinations for Rough Guides, or braving the shouty waiters of Naples on the hunt for the world’s best pizza.

Not everything goes according to plan – what happened in Bali stays in Bali – but during a life in travel, Jules has racked up enough useful tips to fill a book. Just not this book.

Hit the road with Jules – from Scotland to the South Pacific – and you’re guaranteed a great story, a good laugh and an occasional heartfelt sob. As long as you don’t listen to his advice, you’ll be absolutely fine.

Travel writing

Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave

A laugh-out-loud train journey across Europe with a travel writer who should know better.

Inspired by the budget InterRail trips of his youth, Jules thought he’d try and visit 9 cities in 9 countries in 9 days. Sadly, that wasn’t his only mistake.

It soon turned into a hot and steamy adventure (no, steady on, not that kind) by rail across Europe, taking in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Liechtenstein, Zürich and Milan.

Travel writing at its very best … I will be a fan from here on.

M.A. Blackburn, Amazon review

Chanced upon this … brilliant and wonderfully funny book.

Lucy, Amazon review

Travel guides

Montenegro: a Trust-Me Travel Guide

The new travel guide to the beautiful Balkan country of Montenegro – the hot destination you didn’t know you wanted to go to. This great read by a trustworthy travel writer puts you in control of your adventures, with inspiring features backed up by personal one-to-one advice – it’s the travel friend you’ve been looking for.

Montenegro is an amazing place and Jules has really nailed it with this guide. You’d be mad to leave home without it!

Martin Dunford, author of the original Rough Guide to Yugoslavia

Your pocket friend to Montenegro. Jules only includes places he has visited and has no paid reviews. And you know what, I trust him.

Lisa, Amazon review