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by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange


Tom Brosnahan is a travel writer, travel guidebook author, photographer, website developer, and founder of the Travel Info Exchange, Inc.

After graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in history (1967), Tom Brosnahan joined the Peace Corps and went to Turkey to teach English.

During his Peace Corps service, he learned to speak modern Turkish fluently, and spent his weekends and vacations traveling throughout the country. To his surprise, he found no proper guidebook to this beautiful, fascinating land available in a major series in the United States. Tom wrote his first guidebook as a Peace Corps project meant to fill this gap and to publicize Turkey's attractions.

The book, Turkey on $5 a Day, was accepted for publication by Arthur Frommer in 1970, and went through seven revised editions, finishing asTurkey '92-'93 on $40 a Day.

Tom returned from Peace Corps service and entered graduate school, anticipating a doctoral degree and a college teaching career in history. He studied Ottoman Turkish and, after passing his doctoral exams, was granted a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, and went to Istanbul for 15 months' research in the Ottoman archives reading musty but fascinating legal documents.

Upon his return to the United States in 1976, Tom Brosnahan realized that a career in travel writing and photography was more promising than one in academia, so he left the university to devote himself to writing, photography and consulting full-time.

His 36 guidebooks for various publishers cover Belize, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New England, Tunisia and Turkey, with nearly four million copies in print worldwide. Some have been translated into more than ten languages. His Lonely Planet guidebook to Turkey, through the first seven editions which he managed, was the best-selling guide to that destination, with nearly a million copies in print in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Hebrew. In addition, he was the author of Lonely Planet’s Istanbul City Guide, Turkey Travel Atlas, and co-author of the Turkish Phrasebook.

Tom Brosnahan has been a Contributing Editor to Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, and has had many articles and photographs published in leading magazines and newspapers such as Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph (London), Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, BBC World, Journeys, Odyssey, Travel Life, and other publications.

He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including ABC's Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, Anthem, The Connection, and on the Travel Channel.

He has given lectures at the American Turkish Council's annual conference, the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, and other organizations and businesses.

Tom has been a consultant on tourism, public relations and travel information architecture to Arriva World Tours, Burson-Marsteller, Discovery Communications, GCI Group, Globus and Cosmos, Hill and Knowlton, Nabila Tours & Cruises (a division of Naggar Travel Group), Orion-Tour, Pacha Tours, Quincentennial Foundation, Sterling-Rice Group, Strategic Interactive Group (now Digitas), Travel in Style, the Turkish Embassy, the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, and Tursem Tours International.

The Travel Info Exchange, his initial online travel information project, won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award in 1994.

He is the founder and principal of theTravel Info Exchange, Inc., a travel information architecture and content consultancy, and developer of travel and other websites.

Tom has been a Director of the Society of American Travel Writers, and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.

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