Once While Travelling

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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 28, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 408 pages

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, their budget-conscious travellers guide provided knowledge 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  - 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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User Review  - mwhel - LibraryThing

In retrospect Wheeler makes it sound like the Lonely Planet endeavor, although it came to fruition only slowly and with a lot of hard work, was an inevitable eventual success. In reality there must ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

In mid-1972, Tony and Maureen Wheeler set out on a yearlong trip around the world, with the intention of getting the travel bug out of their systems. After following the 'hippie trail' from England across Asia to Australia, they recognised the need for a new sort of travel guide to suit the new breed of laid-back, independent travellers.

More than thirty years later, they are the owners of one of the world's largest, most successful and best-loved independent travel publishing companies. Lonely Planet Publications has offices on three continents, with 400 employees, 250 writers, more than 600 titles in print and annual sales of over six million books. Tony and Maureen Wheeler live in Melbourne

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