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.
PLANET REFERENCE GUIDES
Know before you go - these
pre-departure guides answer
questions, alleviate concerns
and educate all travellers.
Reference - advice
about when and how to plan
your own worldwide adventure.
||AT A GLANCE
||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
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
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
||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
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
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
PLANET LANGUAGE GUIDES
|| Chat with
locals or order dinner in over
fifty languages with these practical,