Some good ideas, some not so great. I wanted to find info on hidden gems, little-known or little-visited places, must-not-miss places, etc. There is some of that, but there wasn't a lot of detail, and many of the ideas just weren't appealing to me (personal taste). Good idea, so-so execution.
Go Here Instead: The Alternative Travel List offers travel enthusiasts off-the-beaten-path recommendations to replace some of the world’s more popular and crowded venues. It treats readers to rich details and a visual symphony of sights that will have you rethinking your entire travel bucket list!
There are far too many wonderful places on this beautiful, blue marble we call Earth to ever see all of its amazing wonders. While many of us have a “must-see” list in mind, Go Here Instead encourages readers to reconsider those cliche hotspots in favor of exploring a few lesser known (though every bit as spectacular) destinations.
With more than 100 alternative travel ideas, Go Here Instead offers suggestions for:
— Ancient and Historical Sights
— Festivals and Parties
— Great Journeys
— Architectural Marvels
— Natural Wonders
— Art and Culture
— Captivating Cities
Complete with suggested activities, dining, and accommodation for each destination, the book provides a holistic view of what your travels could be. If you’re already crossed off some of the more popular destinations, this book may just inspire a second (or third) visit!
With a heavy focus on written content, Go Here Instead is probably best suited for our more mature readers (10+). However, the photography included in the book brings travel to life for readers of any age.
Don’t get me wrong I may still go to the big name places but this is a cool guide to the little known places too. This would make a great gift!
If you like to travel, Go Here Instead is for you!
The pictures are incredible! The ideas are great!
I love the concept of the book. For example, everyone has heard of the spectacular cherry blossoms in Japan, but you may want to consider seeing hydrangeas in the Azores (Portugal) instead. Go Here Instead provides a mini globe with the location of the suggested destination. But if you have your heart set on Japan, you might want to consider a smaller city than Tokyo. If you are going to Portugal, it suggests airports and a couple tips for planning your trip. And if this is something you would like, also think about Tulips in Turkey or Wild Rhododendrons in Nepal.
Your bucket list will be overflowing after perusing Go Here Instead.
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review Go Here Instead in exchange for an honest review. Also many thanks to the authors (several participated in writing this book) and DK Eyewitness Travel. the publisher.
My only wish for this book is that it had more US destinations. US definitely is well represented in Go Here Instead. But with covid and the purchase of an RV, we are prioritizing exploring the US.
Wow! I really loved this book. Travel is amazing but finding the hidden gems just makes it that much sweeter. This book will help you do that. Beautiful pictures and great tips to help build your next off the beaten path vacation z
Thank you DK Eyewitness for the review copy of Go Here Instead. This book offers some interesting alternative ideas of places to visit if you want to avoid the overcrowded tourist destinations.I have actually been to a few of these places and they were definitely worth the visit.
This review was originally published on NetGalley.com. I was given an ebook freely by NetGalley and the book’s publisher in return for a voluntary and honest review.
This book is made for those of us who want to see all the fascinating things around the globe, it’s also for those of us who enjoy armchair travel and it’s also for those of us who don’t need to every famous place because we hate crowds spending too much money or can’t travel to every destination.
The book breaks up the locations by; Ancient and Historical Sites, Festivals and Parties, Great Journeys, Architectural Marvels, Natural Wonders, Arts and Culture, and Captivating Cities.
For Example how they do it. Instead of going to Stonehenge where there’s massive crowds and you can’t get up close to the stones so instead goto Avebury a small village about 20 miles north to a much larger hedge that allows to to touch the stones and not fight everyone to see them.
It’s a beautiful book with a ton of pictures with a nice clean layout. A real joy to read.
A book of unique travel destinations. I loved the photographs and illustrations. Though the suggestions weren't always equal to the more popular site, they would be great for travelers looking for alternate destinations that aren't so busy. As someone who loves to travel, but not big crowds, I really liked the idea of this book.
Thank you DK for providing this ARC. All thoughts are my own.
As a consummate traveler (100 countries and counting), I was delighted with this beautifully illustrated book of travel alternatives. Definitely found some new ideas (added to upcoming trips already!) and some definite must dos! Travelers are back in droves and it can really take away from the experience. I'm fortunate that I've sern a lot of the more popular sites so will add many of these places before they, too, become popular!
Beautiful pictures and enlightening descriptions of places to go instead of more famous (and often overwhelmed by tourists) options. It's a place to start for those who want to explore off the known path a bit. The problem I have with it is that many of it's substitutions are far apart or don't necessarily meet the initial desire. If you're not set on a particular place (or even continent) then these suggestions of "just as good" may work for you but if you want to find areas within a destination or equal substitutions, this is probably not the place to start. If you want a list of lesser known but still wonderful places this may be for you.
Great book for anyone who enjoys reading about less-traveled locales
A nice change of pace from the usual
I love the concept of Go Here Instead. This travel book tells you less-crowded places to go where you can have a similar experience to overcrowded tourist destinations. While this is a great thing for a world traveler who has already visited the common hot spots, I don't think a first-time traveler to any of these areas would want to "go here instead" (e.g., if you go to England you have to visit Stonehenge before other standing stones or if you come to the USA Philadelphia isn't going to give you the same experience as NYC).
Recommended for world travelers looking for less obvious places to visit.
I have always loved DK Eyewitness for travel guides and this one lived up to their previous standard for sure! Built on a great idea, this book focuses on giving alternatives to over-visited locations and events around the world. Broken down into Ancient and Historical Sights, Festivals and Parties, Great Journeys, Architectural Marvels, Natural Wonders, Art and Culture, and Captivating Cities, the book lists commonly visited events/locations and provides at least one (sometimes up to four) alternatives that give the same vibe, along with pictures and a description of what about the alternative site ties in with the "original". Another nice touch is that there is a little section for each location that tells you the best time of year to go to the over-visited locations if none of the alternatives fit your fancy. One aspect that could be seen as a positive or a negative is that the alternatives are not necessarily local to the "original" - they may be in another country or even on another continent. For that reason, this is better used in planning trips than finding an alternative that is local to where you are already planning to travel. This serves as a great resource book for planning your bucket list, especially if you want to be able to go to places that are not so busy with other tourists.
This book offers great alternatives for world travellers who might be open to exploring some stunning locations that don't always make the Top 10 lists of destinations . Broken into subcategories that allow just about everyone to find something that interests them, this book would make a wonderful gift for a seasoned traveller and great inspiration for the armchair enthusiast.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A fantastic self-proclaimed “alternative bucket list” featuring breathtaking photography and descriptions of alternatives to the most popular tourist destinations across the world. Categories are broken into: ancient and historical sights, festivals and parties, great journeys, architectural marvels, natural wonders, art and culture, and captivating cities. I just wish there were more United States based locations featured - guess I’ll have to be an armchair traveler for now!
Thank you DK Eyewitness Travel & NetGalley for the electronic review copy of this wonderful book. This book is fantastic and an absolute must have and must read for anyone who loves to travel or is just thinking about it. This alternative list of worldwide places to visit is broken into sections (Best Ancient & Historical Sites, Best Festivals & Parties, Best Natural Wonders, etc) each of which is accompanied by gorgeous photos, maps, best times to visit, and other helpful tips. It would make an amazing gift.
a very fun and informative book about locations that may not get as much press and attention but are phenomenal locations to visit. Gorgeous photos and informative text. Definitely a great resource.
I enjoy reading and learning about big city (or tourist destination) alternatives because it allows the audience to expand their knowledge of the world. Not only did I enjoy the pictures, but I enjoyed the additional context of the alternatives provided.
What a fantastic travel resource! This book explores lesser-known alternatives to iconic sites around the world that offer a similar experience, either in architectural style, historical context, etc. but that, for whatever reason, tend to get overlooked in favor of the usual places people visit. Not only is this a helpful guide for trip planning, but it's also just fascinating reading about amazing places to see in the world.
This features excellent photography and substantial background information about each place. There are useful travel tips for the best way to access the proposed site, and advice if you still want to visit the more common destination as well. This would be a great gift for travelers--it's given me lots of ideas for future trips!
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Gorgeous photography, fascinating places. This book had a lot to offer readers! I found the write ups a little short at times, but it only made me more excited to research the destinations later.
Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.