Where the experts holiday: Jini Reddy, travel author

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Jini Reddy, author of Wild Times – a new title showcasing extraordinary experiences connecting with nature around Britain – talks travel

What do you like to do on holiday?
Currently as little as possible! Anything that involves slow time in nature, or time in quiet coastal spots.

Where did you last go?
Sri Lanka, on a retreat. It was on the southern coast, in an environmentally protected area, overlooking a pristine beach. And not a soul around!

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Do you know where you’re going this year?
Well, we’ve reaching the latter part of the year. I’m off to a bothy on Exmoor tomorrow – to disconnect and spend some quiet, alone time.

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?
Difficult question and impossible to offer one favourite alone – it’s often a subjective thing. I adored the wild landscapes in Namibia, particularly the Skeleton Coast area, The locals in Iran were kind, thoughtful and deeply hospitable. I grew up in Canada, so I have a soft spot for Montreal.  One of the places I’ve most enjoyed closer to home is the Isles of Scilly. And coastal Northumberland. And I’m fond of Dorset. Oh, yes and I always enjoy travelling in Sweden! Especially stopping for a ‘Fika’.

Which destination to you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
I’d quite like to experience the wilds of Iceland.

How do you plan your holiday?
Quite honestly, most of the travel I’ve done has been work-related of late. Ordinarily, a combination of guidebooks and whimsy. I don’t over plan. I believe in being open, trusting and seeing what unfolds (to a degree.)

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How often do you go away?
It varies. Last year I spent a period of five months travelling across Britain, researching more unconventional experiences connecting with nature  for my new book Wild Times (out 1 October;Bradt Guides.)

Who do you travel with?
Often, I travel alone. I’m comfortable in that space.

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
I’d like to see more nature-focused UK travel – but experiences that encourage us to use our whole being to connect with the wild, not just observing wildlife or birds. Because after all, we’re nature too. We’re all part of the community of species.

Thanks Jini!

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Jini’s new book, Wild Times – hailed by 
Stephen Moss (naturalist, author and broadcaster) as “a wonderfully quirky and imaginative series of wild encounters, guaranteed to put you back in touch with nature” – is out now. Even better? Bradt Travel Guides is offering Just About Travel readers a special 20% discount on copies of Wild Times. To claim your discount, purchase the book at www.bradtguides.com and enter code WILD20 at checkout. Offer valid until 31 December 2016.

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