A comic rogue who seems to have modeled his life and prose on Hunter S.Thompson's… I could not get enough of the most depraved travel book of the year.

The New York Times, read full article


—The New York Times Book Review, read full review

The colorful adventures of a budding travel writer in Brazil… a wonderfully picaresque journey through the vibrant Brazilian landscape… Readers will relish the countless stories of the author's misadventures, but Kohnstamm brings more than just anecdotes: He offers a solid understanding of the mechanics of the travel-writing industry and a unique ability to illuminate that world to readers. Notable for its spirited prose and insightful exploration of the less-romantic side of travel writing. Kohnstamm is one to watch.

—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), read full review

"Thomas Kohnstamm’s raw portrayal of life as a young, broke travel writer in South America… A must-read for any backpacker—future, past, or present."

— Outside, read full article

Kohnstamm is nobody's model travel journalist, except maybe Hunter Thompson's… [he's the] sudden enfant terrible of his field… Do Travel Writers Go To Hell? is the best-written, funniest book of travel literature since Phaic Tan.

—The Philadelphia Inquirer, read full review

A guidebook writer reveals the truth about his trade, in detail that will shock and awe.

— Outside, read full interview

The shot heard 'round the travel world…

—The Washington Post, read full article

It's Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, but with tourism… [Lonely Planet CEO] Ms. Slatyer made Mr. Kohnstamm's book sound dangerous.

—The New York Observer, read full article

[Kohnstamm]'s the first to blow the whistle on the travel industry's dirty little secret.

—T Magazine, The Moment blog, The New York Times, read full posting