Don’t Eat the Puffin (Born to Travel Bk 1) by Jules Brown

Travel writer, dream job, right?

Well no one told Jules it would mean eating puffins, getting shouted at by waiters, falling off a husky sled, and crash-landing in Iran.

Come along for the ride in a series of hilarious, heartfelt travel memoirs that lift the lid on a travel writer’s life.


My Review

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review – thank you Jules!

Don’t Eat the Puffin is a wholesome and witty collection of travel anecdotes taking us from Ghana, where Jules (or should I say Thursday) was born, through Huddersfield where he lived as a child and off via Europe to a scary, unexpected plane landing in Iran, and on to USA, Canada and China, finally ending up in New Zealand. Many surprising details are included – I didn’t know you could see seals in Norfolk in such abundance and will definitely file that away under “things to do once travel ban is lifted and I can get back to England”. I did know that Loch Ness is mostly disappointing and that there are many better locations to visit in Scotland.

I enjoyed the description of Jules’ touristy trip to Boston, MA. I live in the suburbs and can attest to many occasions of hearing shouts of “The British are Coming!” whenever anyone local overhears our accents. I also enjoyed the handy guide to being pulled around Canada at ground level by huskies. Keep your mouth closed – I wonder why that might be? 💩😱🤢. This chapter had me giggling and having to explain why to my perplexed family members.

The thought of traveling by wire over a river in New Zealand to get to the hotel had my mouth hanging open in awe!:

“…a bit of old wire strung between two poles, from which dangles a rudimentary cage with a bench – one that swings in the wind high above a churning river. You bang a gong to attract someone’s attention, and over comes the contraption which has bicycle pedals set into the floor, “for when the power fails.” You climb in – there’s just room for two – and away you go, swaying gently and resisting the temptation to yell profanities into the two-way radio provided for emergencies.”

Captain Cook’s story was interesting – my mother-in-law lives near Great Ayton and we often visit Whitby when staying with her in Guisborough.

As a result of reading this book I have added a fair few places to my “would like to visit” list and a couple to my “would like to eat here” list and even some to my “don’t bother going here” list. Maybe you will too! If you want to find out whether or not Jules ate the puffin, you will have to buy this book!

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About the Author

I’ve been a pro travel writer for over 30 years, writing Rough Guides and other stuff, and living in places from Sicily to New Zealand. You might even have had one of my guidebooks along for the ride in your travel bag – in which case, happy to have helped!

Guidebooks are great – they’ve kept me in work for a while! – but I’ve realised that all my travels over the years have been a search for something else. That’s partly what’s behind my latest book – ‘Takoradi to the stars (via Huddersfield)’, which I’ve billed as ‘travels from heart and home’. If that sounds like the sort of thing you’d like to read, then we’re going to get along just fine. 

I also blog at www.julestoldme.com, sharing travel stories, travel-writing tips, videos and inspiring destinations – see you there, and happy travels.

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