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Jess is the creator and editor of Books and Bao and is passionate about sharing her travel tips with others, and capturing those perfect moments.
There are those who start a journey with a rigid plan, and those that wing it. Jess blends those attitudes together, understanding that, to see the most of a place, you must do your research. She’s passionate about travel, photography, and writing.
Jess left her hometown of Swansea in 2011 and proceeded to live in every corner of the UK, graduating with an MA English while working in several coffee shops, and journalism jobs before finally admitting to herself that home, no matter how big, is always too small.
She moved abroad in 2014, finding a new home in East Asia, although she still can’t stay in one place long. She hopes to inspire others to make the jump to get out, dig in, and explore.
Will Harris was once asked why he doesn’t simply take vacations and visit places for a week, and this question lies at the heart of his exploring and his writing.
Never satisfied with just seeing a place, he reads the literature, learns the language, studies the history, and explores what is off the beaten track.
Will became a high school teacher in the UK in 2012, but was immediately dissatisfied, and so (after meeting Jess at a job interview) used his career as an opportunity to jump ship in 2014 (with Jess). Since then he has lived in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul. East Asia is the place he calls home, but he will never be done learning.
Will writes about the books of Books and Bao, examining the literature of a place and how the authors have used the art of storytelling to reflect the world and the culture around them.
Will believes that reading a culture’s literature is the fastest way to find its heart, and here he aims to pass on what he deems to be the most valuable literature, and occasional biographies and travel stories, to you.