To Hellholes & Back by Chuck Thompson This is one of the most humorous travel reads that has come across our desk in a long time. Chuck Thompson decides to visit what he perceives to be four scary “hellholes”: Congo, India, Mexico City and as he says, “perhaps most terrifying of all”, Disney World in Florida. The book is chock full of memorable witty quotes that will leave you hunched over laughing especially the chapters on India and even more so if you have ever traveled to India. His stories are scattered with expletives, crazy stories, unusual situations and interesting characters.
This all makes for a very entertaining read. Chuck is American and it is also interesting to read some of his observations regarding America’s perception abroad. In the end, he survives these four destinations and his reflective comments indicate none of these destinations was in actuality as scary as his original perception.