A beat-up old car, a few dollars in the pocket and a sense of adventure. That’s all Tony and Maureen Wheeler needed for the trip of a lifetime, across Europe and Asia overland to Australia. It took several months, and at the end – broke but inspired – they sat at their kitchen table writing and stapling together their first travel guide, Across Asia on
the Cheap. Within a week they’d sold 1,500 copies, and Lonely Planet was born.
Founded by the Wheelers in 1973, Lonely Planet has gone on to become the world’s leading travel media company, inspiring and informing travelers across the globe. Our expert writers go in search of the best experiences, sharing award-winning travel information in more than 145 million guidebooks printed so far – covering almost every destination on the planet – as well as on lonelyplanet.com, on social channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in our Guides and Trips apps and in this magazine.