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    Ever since company founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler stapled together their first guidebook after an epic trip across Asia, Lonely Planet has put travellers at the heart of everything we do, informing and inspiring them with trusted content for print and digital from experts who visit every destination.

    Mobile

    Our beautifully designed, easy-to-use mobile apps put the breadth and depth of Lonely Planet’s travel content in the palm of your hand.

    Print

    We publish travel guides, ebooks, phrasebooks, a range of gift, food and children’s titles, and a magazine.

    Online

    Our award-winning website gives you the tools to plan your next trip: in-depth information on destinations; inspiring ideas on what to see and do; the Thorn Tree forum to connect with other travellers; and travel guides and other products in our shop.

    Responsibility

    Lonely Planet believes that responsible travel can be a force for good. As a company, the only thing we want to do more than explore the world is protect it for future generations of travellers.

    Our story

    The story of the world’s most iconic travel guides begins with Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s overland odyssey from London to Australia, an adventure that prompted them to publish their first guidebook – Across Asia on The Cheap – and found Lonely Planet.

    1973

    The Wheelers publish their first book – Across Asia on the Cheap – and the brand is born after Tony mishears a mention of a ‘lovely planet’ in Joe Cocker’s song ‘Space Captain’.

    Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler holding a copy of their first book, Across Asia on the Cheap.

    1975

    Two years later, the Wheelers’ second major journey leads to the publication of Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, a title still going strong today.

    1981

    India – Lonely Planet’s most ambitious title to date – appears for the first time.

    1984

    The first US office opens in Oakland, California.

    1991

    The first edition of USSR is published… just as the Soviet Union collapses.

    1994

    Lonely Planet TV show airs for the first time and attracts a cult following.

    1995

    Lonely Planet’s website goes live, followed shortly after by the Thorn Tree travel forum.

    The intro to the original Lonely Planet television show, which first aired in 1994.

    2004

    Lonely Planet's landmark title, The Travel Book, appears for the first time and becomes a bestseller.

    2008

    Lonely Planet magazine launches in the UK.

    2010

    100 millionth guidebook printed (Australia).

    2011

    Launch of Lonely Planet’s first children’s books.

    2013

    Lonely Planet celebrates its 40th anniversary.

    2013

    Lonely Planet’s email newsletter database reaches 1 million.

    2014

    Lonely Planet's Best in Travel campaign, our annual pick of the best destinations for the year ahead, reaches its 10th anniversary

    2015

    Lonely Planet launches a US version of its magazine, the 12th international edition.

    2016

    Lonely Planet’s combined social media community reaches 10 million.

    2017

    Lonely Planet launches Mobile app “Guides” reaching 1 million downloads and covering 100 cities and counting.

    Work with us

    Every single person at Lonely Planet lives and breathes travel, which explains why we’re so passionate about encouraging others to explore every day. If that sounds like you, check out some of our opportunities below.

    Become a contributor

    Lonely Planet works with the best writers, photographers and content creators in the world of travel – and we’re always looking for talented freelance contributors.

    Our people

    “Working with such a talented team, every day is a learning curve at Lonely Planet. I’ve been able to take on some exciting opportunities in a wonderfully supportive and positive working environment and love coming into work to tackle the next challenge! “

    MARIA MCKENZIE

    Social Media Manager – London

    “Working with such a talented team, every day is a learning curve at Lonely Planet. I’ve been able to take on some exciting opportunities in a wonderfully supportive and positive working environment and love coming into work to tackle the next challenge! “

    MARIA MCKENZIE

    Social Media Manager – London

    “Working with such a talented team, every day is a learning curve at Lonely Planet. I’ve been able to take on some exciting opportunities in a wonderfully supportive and positive working environment and love coming into work to tackle the next challenge! “

    MARIA MCKENZIE

    Social Media Manager – London

    Press

    As the world’s leading travel authority, Lonely Planet can provide expert comment and advice for travel and business media. Find our latest news and releases below, as well as contact details for our press offices around the globe to arrange interviews with our worldwide team of destination experts, receive details about the business or request images and review copies.

     

    Latest releases

    • Lonely Planet announces plans to provide curated recommendations through Apple Maps

      JUNE 20

    • Lonely Planet announces plans to provide curated recommendations through Apple Maps

      JULY 19

    • Lonely Planet announces plans to provide curated recommendations through Apple Maps

      JULY 19

    Contact us

    Americas:

    pressusa@lonelyplanet.com

    (+1) 510-250-6400

    EMEA:

    pressuk@lonelyplanet.com

    (+44) 0 203 771 5144