Does anyone remember what it was like to travel abroad? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
I’ve been very happily holidaying around Ireland in my caravan (when Covid restrictions allow), however, if this had not been the case, I’d be having very itchy feet by now.
So when Sue Bavey asked me to be part of this cover reveal, I read the book description and was instantly intrigued. It was almost as if I’d been transported back to when I was 18 and InterRailing around Europe was all the rage. I don’t know if the “kids” do this anymore, but back in the early ’00’s it was a right of passage.
I didn’t actually go in the end – I went to Canada for a gap year instead, but I’ve always been very jealous of my friends who did go – horror stories of dingy hotels and food poisoning aside. From the title alone, it sounds as if it wasn’t all rosy for Jules Brown either and I’m looking forward to having a laugh at all the things that went wrong.
(I’m hoping it might make me feel better that I didn’t go too 😂)
If anyone else feels like they could do with a laugh or wants to travel vicariously through someone else, this might be the book for you!
Here is the cover – and it looks pretty amazing. I can practically feel the heatwave!!
Title: Not Cool – Europe. By Train. In a Heatwave
Author: Jules Brown
Relaunch Date: June 10th 2021
Print Length: 201 pages
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, veteran travel writer Jules Brown 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.
A tale of relaxing train rides to famous tourist destinations and guidebook sights? Not so much. All aboard for an offbeat travel adventure with a very funny writer seriously in danger of losing his cool.
I took my first solo trip around Europe when I was seventeen, and I’ve been travelling and writing professionally since I published my first travel guide – to Scandinavia – in 1988. Since then I’ve eaten a puffin in Iceland, got stuck up a mountain in the Lake District, crash-landed in Iran, fallen off a husky sled in Canada, and got stranded on a Mediterranean island. Not all of those things were my fault. You can read about my travelling life in my memoir, Don’t Eat The Puffin.
I wrote Rough Guide travel books for over thirty years, but now that I no longer have to copy down bus timetables for a living I don’t really know what to do with myself. So I come up with ridiculous ideas for trips and then write about them, which is where my 9-city, 9-day, 9-country trip came from – that’s covered in Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave.
I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.
You can find out more about me and my books at my publishing website, www.trustmetravel.com.
I also blog at www.julestoldme.com, sharing travel stories, travel-writing tips, videos and inspiring destinations – see you there, and happy travels.