Lonely Planet began in the early 1970s after founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler completed an overland journey from London through Asia and on to Melbourne. That trip resulted in the first ever Lonely Planet guidebook - Across Asia on the Cheap - and laid the foundations of the world's leading independent travel publisher. The Company is still based in Melbourne today, though many of it's activities and offices have spread across the world.
Tony and Maureen are still the proud owners, still on the road, and still finding the time to continually push the boundaries of travel publishing. Read the tale or plot the changing face of South-East Asia on a Shoestring: