Book Review: Whever You Go by Daniel Houghton


Browsing the travel section at a book retailer led me to request this book from my local library. While I wasn't disappointed with this book, I must say the subtitle is as misleading as the premise for writing. 

In Wherever You Go, Daniel Houghton explores the topic of travel through brief memories of his own work with Lonely Planet and his personal travels as well as through the interviews of well-travelled friends and acquaintances. The lessons conveyed in this book are not from Houghton himself as he depends more on the experiences and words of others to drive his text forward. 

It lacks clarity and cohesion. Half of the text reads like a gift book you would pick up in the discount section of your favorite book retailer, while the words of the "expert" travellers are drowned as subtext-- even though they brighten the prospects of the text as a whole. 

There is very little about "sustainable" and "mindful" travel. What is provided is cliché and sometimes redundant. There was minimal mention of the footprint left by travelling as well as the element of reflection. It would have been very simple to ask a few questions in the interviews about these topics, but ultimately, the elements of the subtitle were placed on the back burner in favor of accolades and resumés. 

This book is not for critics, nor is it as bad as the reviews on Goodreads entail, and I wouldn't dismiss Houghton's words for mere folly. He has many redeeming elements in his book that allows readers to reflect on the current pandemic and cutoff of travelling.

I would recommend this book to those with wonderlust and a desire to leave as soon as this moment in history becomes a remedied syndrome of the past. 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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