Wednesday, 30 April 2008

True Lies?

A former travel writer, Thomas Kohnstamm, has written a book called Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

As travel writers go, he was pretty crap by all accounts. Stealing other people research, getting freebies in exchange for writing good reviews, and sometimes not even bothering to go to the places he was writing about.

He told Australia’s Sunday Herald Sun newspaper: “[Lonely Planet] didn’t pay me enough to go to Colombia. I wrote the book in San Francisco. I got the information from a chick I was dating who was in an intern in the Colombian consulate.”

After all this lying, cheating and stealing, perhaps he will end up in journalist hell. But what would that consist of? 10-hour interviews with Joe Pasquale? Glamour shoots of Maggie Thatcher? A thousand page article on why he is so rubbish..?

Let us know what you think about Kohnstamn and his dubious antics in the name of 'journalism' over on our forum.

Over and out,

Tracks Editor x

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Tracks is back...

Good day to you trackers, or in the interest of our intrepid international readers across the trackersphere; Bonjour, guten tag, buen giorno, bon anniversaire und wie komme ich die besten am bahnhof.

It’s been a wee while since we paid a visit to our little piece of the blogosphere. Where have we been? You might well ask. Well we’ve been spending our Easter break getting out and doing work experience at all manner of other magazines, from The Guardian Guide to I-DJ, to Grand Designs to The Sunday Times Travel and even Seafood International. Why? Well we want to make Tracks the best shoestring travel magazine it can be, so we’ve been collecting all the experience, ideas and contacts we can get so we can pump them into Tracks and make it even better than it is already. “Is that possible?” We here you cry. Well it’s going to be difficult, but in true Tracks style, we’ll give it our best shot.

But enough about us. We want to know about your Easter escapades. Whether you went snowboarding in the Alps, or egg-hunting in Skegness, or simply discovered an awesome new mountain bike trail near where you live. We’d love to know about your experiences, bad or good, so we can spread the word.

Even more importantly, if one of the veritable smorgasbord of travel ideas we’ve suggested took your fancy – if you rocked Brighton, blagged your way into a swish nightclub (or Thai jail) or Wwoofed your way Devon – then we’d love your feedback. Was our advice useful? Were there things we missed out? Did we suggest a lovely English pub and it turned out to be an underground brothel? Whatever your experiences, please let us know.

All you need to do is join the conversation at the tracks forum, or email us at

In the meantime, check out our website for all the latest breaking news, features and practical advice from the trackersphere.

Until the next time,
Happy Tracking
(Deputy Online Editor)