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LONELY PLANET

ABOUT LONELY PLANET
& ITS PRODUCTS

Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler wrote their first book after an overland trip from England to Australia in 1973. So many people asked them where they went and how they did it that they decided to write a book about it. That book, Across the Asia on the Cheap, became an instant local bestseller and Lonely Planet was created.

Lonely Planet publications are designed for adventurous, independent travellers. The guides assume travellers know how to get their luggage off the carousel and follow the philosophy "don't worry about whether your trip will work out. Just go!" The guides cover the must-see spots but also encourage travellers to get off the beaten-track and really get to know the place and people they are visiting.

Lonely Planet built its reputation covering Asia, Africa and Latin America yet today it covers the entire globe with over 400 publications. These include guidebooks, phrasebooks, walking guides, videos, travel literature and atlases and maps. And while the company started out producing guidebooks for budget travellers, the books today include a range of options so that travellers can get the most out of their time and money, whether they're travelling on a shoestring or an expense account.

One more bit of Lonely Planet history -- where the Lonely Planet name came from. It's from a line in "Space Captain," a song by Joe Cocker and Leon Russell from the album "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." The actual words from the song are "lovely planet" but Tony Wheeler heard "lonely planet" and liked it and the rest is history.

LONELY PLANET REFERENCE GUIDES

Know before you go - these pre-departure guides answer questions, alleviate concerns and educate all travellers.

Travel Reference - advice about when and how to plan your own worldwide adventure.

LONELY PLANET GUIDEBOOKS
SERIES   AT A GLANCE
Shoestring Guides Continents and regions

The original Lonely Planet series: for budget- and value-conscious travellers with more time than money.

An extensive range of sights, accommodation, activities, restaurants and nightlife designed for practical use while travelling on the road

  • Detailed planning and itinerary information
  • Special sections on responsible travel, health, culture and lifestyle
Country and Multi-Country Guides Country, multi-country

For travellers with a sense of adventure and explorationn and interested in seeing the best sights and getting off the beaten track.

These guides are comprehensive, with thousands of detailed listings, reviews and recommendations.  Inspirational highlights and detailed planning sections.

  • An extensive range of sights, activities, accommodation, restaurants and nightlife designed for practical use while travelling on the road
  • Comprehensive maps, even to small towns.
  • Full-color front section, color sections throughout
Regional Guides Regions

For travellers who want to immerse themselves in the culture of a region.

Greater depth to popular regions within countries.  These guides get you under the skin of a region -- its cuisine, markets, culture and nature

  • Extensive planning information with an itineraries chapter and a thorough Getting Started section
  • Full-color gatefold map with regional driving routes
  • Information for driving and travelling with a family
  • Small section of full-color images
Discover Guides Country and city

The full-color, image-laden Discover guides get you straight to a country's highlights - perfect for travellers with limited time.  These guides are good planning guides but other series guides are better for taking along.

You'll experience the best of a country with these easy-to-use guides. You'll get you straight to a country's unmissable highlights with itineraries, best-of lists and insider secrets.

  • Easy-to-use structure so finding information is easy
  • Full color highlights, including maps
  • Highlights-focused: reveals the must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences
  • Itineraries organized by region, theme and length of trip
  • Caters to all budgets
  • 'Best of' lists
  • Local experts provide insight on major attractions
Best Trips Regions

Travellers looking to get the most out of region-based travel.

Road trip guides packed with 50 to 70 short trip itineraries. Covers the must-see sights and activities as well as unique experiences through local and expert recommendations.

  • Trip itineraries are split by geography but also by theme (e.g., route, food and drink, outdoors, history & culture, offbeat and city)
  • Guides are narrative-driven, like feature-style magazine articles, which pull together points of interest
City Guides City

For city explorers who wants lots of options to get the most out of a city and feel like a local.

Extensive coverage to give travellers local knowledge with detailed information on history, culture, pre-planning shopping, eating nightlife and accommodation

  • Full-color pull-out map
  • Comprehensive, full-color maps throughout
  • Small inspirational color section
LONELY PLANET LANGUAGE GUIDES
Chat with locals or order dinner in over fifty languages with these practical, pocket-sized phrasebooks.
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