Once While Travelling: The Lonely Planet Story

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Founders of the phenomenally successful publishing company Lonely Planet, Tony and Maureen Wheeler have produced travel guides to just about every country across the globe.Lonely Planet Publications was born in 1973 when the Wheelers self-published a quirky travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap. This was quickly followed by what soon became the backpackers' bible, South-East Asia on a Shoestring. Going boldly where no other travel publisher had ventured, they catered for a new generation of independent, budget-conscious travellers long before the advent of mass tourism.Once While Travelling: The Lonely Planet Story is a unique mix of autobiography, corporate history and travel book. It traces Tony and Maureen Wheeler's personal story as well as the often bumpy evolution of their business into the world's largest independent travel publishing company. Above all, their memoir reveals the spirit of adventure that has made them, according to the New York Daily News, 'the specialists in guiding weird folks to weird places'.

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User Review  - siri51 - LibraryThing

Began well with the story of setting up the company - then became rambling - needed a good editor to get more coherence. Maureen’s voice was too intermittent - her views were different to his and I ... Read full review

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

A very, very average book. The better half is the last half where at least Tony can indulge in a story or two, although even those are for the most part quite dull. Otherwise, there seems to be an ... Read full review

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