Based on the cover and the blurb I had high expectations. I really liked 'Swimming with Dolphins', but after finishing it I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. First of all, I didn't really like the characters. Especially Reece was just mean, and I noticed right away she wasn't as nice as Julia seemed to think (they are best friends). Then the two guys: Luke and Ciaran. I couldn't understand why Julia liked Luke! Ciaran, Reece's boyfriend and Julia's ex-boyfriend, was much nicer, but only during the last parts of the book. As I didn't like Luke, I didn't like the way he was with Julia during several times of her journey. That way, she didn't meet many new people. I love reading about people travelling and this book is no exception. I loved to read about the things Julia does and sees on her journey and the destinations really seemed to come alive.