Tony and Maureen Wheeler met on a park bench in Regent`s Park and married a year later. For their honeymoon, they decided to attempt what few people thought possible - crossing Europe and Asia overland, all the way to Australia. It took them several months and all the money they could earn, beg or borrow, but they made it. And at the end of it all, they were flat broke… and couldn`t have been happier.
Urged on by their friends, they stayed up nights at their kitchen table writing, typing and stapling together their very first travel guide, "Across Asia on the Cheap".
Within a week they`d sold 1500 copies and Lonely Planet was born. Two years later, their second journey led to "South-East Asia on a shoestring", which led to books on Nepal, Australia, Africa, and India, which led to… you get the picture.
Lonely Planet has gone on to become the world’s most successful travel publisher, printing over 120 million books in eleven different languages. Along with guidebooks and eBooks to almost every destination on the planet, Lonely Planet also produces a range of gift and reference titles, an award-winning website and magazine and a range of digital travel products and apps.
In 2013 Nashville-based media company, NC2 Media, acquired Lonely Planet from BBC Worldwide. BBC Worldwide had first acquired a share in the company in 2007 before becoming sole owners in 2011.