Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism

[Book Review] Hilarious. One of the funniest travel (in the ‘hedonism on tour’ genre) books you’ll ever read. The story of the author’s travails, and then successes, while traveling around Brazil putting together the Lonely Planet Brazil guidebook.

As a nice side benefit, Kohnstamm’s book confirms all of your worst suspicions about how little time, resources, and care publishers, even well-off ones like Lonely Planet, take when assembling guidebooks. Having suffered through a fair share of Lonely Planet books (still, for all of their problems, the least worst guidebooks on the market), I confess to a very pleasant round of schadenfreude while reading the book and imagining Lonely Planet’s reaction.

Many thanks to Kohnstamm for sacrificing his chances of writing future guidebooks in order to publish this one.


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