From the former CEO of renowned travel guide publisher Lonely Planet, a look at how travel can transform not only the traveler, but also the world.
When Daniel Houghton was just twenty-four, he took the helm of one of the world’s most iconic travel brands, Lonely Planet. This young visionary had to learn a lot, and fast—but luckily, the world was his classroom. In Wherever You Go, he shares his inspiring story of how constant travel opened his eyes to a greater diversity of experiences and perspectives than he could ever have imagined. He conducts in-depth interviews with other avid travelers—some professionals, some not—about how their own adventures have opened their minds and ignited other passions.
Houghton explores the growing trend of “mindful travel,” a term that embraces not only green practices and leaving a light footprint, but also intellectual curiosity and respectful observance of other cultures—and a focus on living in the moment rather than posting the perfect photo on social media. He shows how we can practice this mindset even on the local level, when traveling to a new restaurant or exploring a new neighborhood. Woven throughout are fascinating travel stories from luminaries such as Barack Obama, Airbnb founder Brian Chesky, and Jane Goodall—people for whom travel has become not just a pleasure, but a meaningful life purpose.
Daniel Houghton is the former CEO of Lonely Planet, one of the world’s leading travel media companies. He spent five years transforming the iconic, travel brand from traditional publisher to a well-balanced media company that grew sales of their traditional print guides while launching digital media platforms that engaged millions globally. In 2017, he was recognized as one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” who were changing the media industry. Lonely Planet was also named one of Fast Companies “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list in 2018. Previously, Daniel worked as a photojournalist and multimedia producer for a wide variety of clients which included The Seattle Times, the US Army, ABC, the Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers.