Anyone with a gypsy heart, itchy feet, and an attraction to the open road will find Laurie Gough's account of her soul searching trip from Ontario to the Californian coast a delightful escape from the humdrum of everyday life. The reader is made to feel like an old friend, reading with envy this story of self-discovery and independence. Throughout the main story, Gough seamlessly weaves in anecdotes from her international adventures, which adds spice and serves to increase the readers appetite for more.
While reading the book, I couldn't help but reminisce about my own adventures and search my soul about my home and identity. Like great travel writers, Gough does not merely describe a trip or a place, she recounts a life experience from which a lesson is learned and new perspective is gained. Life is not merely about work and the occasional "microwave" holiday, it is about actively confronting our myopic views of our lives and the world around us.
If you're looking for a fun read or a read that stimulates introspection, I would recommend this book on both counts.
Thumbs up from me,