Lonely Planet: the history of the most famous tourist guide in the world among anecdotes, hilarious tales and journeys made by 20-year-olds.
Lonely Planet: the history of the most famous tourist guide in the world has been made known, and with it also many anecdotes. First of all, the name.
In fact, in fact, Lonely Planet, which every year identifies the best places to visit and gives advice for traveling, it should be called Lovely. The reason why it did not work out was explained directly by Tony Wheeler, founder with his wife Maureen of the publishing house bearing the same name as the guide.
He says that while they were thinking of the name they were listening to Space Captain, whose initial words are just “Once I Was Traveling Through The Sky”. Actually, only after they realized that Joe Cocker said ‘lovely planet’, but by now the name had been chosen. And so, in 1973, they gave life to the first detailed volume of Lonely Planet, a travel guide do-it-yourself aimed at penniless twenty-something globetrotters, which bore the title Across Asia on the cheap.
It is therefore clear that the history of Lonely Planet is directly linked to that of the Wheeler spouses, who after having met on a London bench, began to travel around the world, arriving to visit as many as 160 countries. And their passion has immediately turned into a full-time job. Because of their first trip was organized for pure pleasure, the second one had the precise objective of seeking information and creating a guide. Already from the beginning, the Lonely Planet guides contained information on vaccinations and transport, as well as historical notes and suggestions for itineraries.
Over time, the Lonely Planet has changed, and today it also recommends hotels and restaurants for more affluent people, who can then leave with some extra money in their pockets. But the intent remains always one, the original one: to recommend destinations and trips to those who can not afford to pay hotel or travel with a lot of money in tow.
There are many who decide each year to buy Lonely Planet guides for their travels.