About Us

About Travelling Book Junkie

Here at Travelling Book Junkie, we love to travel and have, over many years now, incorporated our love of all things quirky and unusual into our travel style.  That doesn’t mean we don’t want to stay in luxury hotels, it simply means that we look for something special everywhere we go. 

For the last few years, we having been living and working in Italy, exploring much of the country while also working.  This has given us the opportunity to leisurely visit places rather than rushing during a two-week break. We have travelled from the north in Lake Garda to the south in Puglia and plan to settle in Tuscany for the next year, meaning we have plenty of time to investigate our surroundings. There are many places we want to visit including Saturnia, Cinque Terre, and Siena to name just are few. Of course, we will keep you all updated with our travels throughout the year as well us update our recommended reading lists. Our aim is to promote the lesser-known areas of Tuscany by both physically visiting as well as reading extensively about the region.  Therefore anyone wanting to live ‘la dolce vita’ in Italy needs to follow our travels during 2020.

We Know What We Like

We believe that whether you are travelling close to home or further afield each trip should be memorable. Something that you will never forget because it meant something special, or was distinctive in such a way that it stands out.

So, whether it’s pitching a tent somewhere or spending time in a quirky hotel we don’t have a preference, our aim is to simply find things that are different and unique.  This is often done whilst focusing on our second love – literature, which means that if a location has featured heavily in a book or relates to an author we want to visit; if we stumble upon somewhere to stay which has a literary theme attached it is added our bucket list.  Nothing is too outlandish to be considered which often makes for an interesting trip. 

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Travelling Book Junkie in Iceland

The People Behind Travelling Book Junkie

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Tam on the beach in Fuerteventura

Tam and Paul are a married couple that have been travelling the world together since 1999.  In 2015 they decided to start working abroad, after giving up their chaotic lives back in the UK. Now they have the freedom to travel to different countries for work during the summer months, although Italy is currently home, and explore further afield during the winter.

More About Tam

Tam is the main content creator at Travelling Book Junkie and the bibliophile. She openly admits that she hordes books and probably has more than she will ever be able to read, but cannot help herself. She is passionate about literature and never leaves home without a book in her bag.

She is known for traipsing around cities in search of local bookshops and literary trails and enjoys seeking out restaurants, cafes, and hotels that have been frequented by writers old and new. Never one for turning down a reading opportunity she is also well known for reading several books about each country or location before visiting – whether fictional or otherwise – as she vehemently believes it helps to further understand the climate of the area; culturally, historically, and politically, while also giving an insight into the people and their traditions.

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Paul on a train in Thailand

More About Paul

Paul is the David Bailey of the team – the person that does actually know how to use the camera and therefore the creator of most of the fantastic shots you see on Travelling Book Junkie.  He has been known to disappear off mid-way through a conversation, camera in hand, because he has just glimpsed what could be a great picture, out of the corner of his eye.  At other times, you will see him hanging off the sides of buildings, mountain tops or just about anywhere else hoping to capture a photographic masterpiece.

Paul is definitely the adrenaline junkie out of the pair, often signing up to complete activities that, given the choice, Tam would never agree to.  So if there is ever mention of paragliding, white-water rafting or anything else that your normal travel insurance policy wouldn’t cover you for it can be guaranteed that Paul has made the decision.

Travelling Book Junkie is a blog about sharing stories and insights from a couple that enjoys spending their time travelling the world.  It is hoped that for those that read this website they too will feel excited about the potential to travel somewhere new, perhaps staying somewhere they would not have previously considered or tried something they never thought they would.

And for those of you who prefer to travel from the comfort of your armchair… Do Not Fret

Travelling Book Junkie also contains a whole section dedicated to travel books – fiction and non-fiction – offering dedicated reviews (without any spoilers) so that should you wish, you can travel the world without leaving the comfort of your own home, or potentially gain inspiration for your next trip.

Welcome to Travelling Book Junkie, we hope you enjoy reading about our travels.

Paul, Tam, Travelling Book Junkie, About Us, Blog, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Tam and Paul on a trip to Lanzarote

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