Co-founders of Lonely Planet travel guide Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, with their book Across Asia on the Cheap in November 1973. Photo: Getty Images Co-founders of Lonely Planet travel guide Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, with their book Across Asia on the Cheap in November 1973. Photo: Getty Images
Co-founders of Lonely Planet travel guide Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, with their book Across Asia on the Cheap in November 1973. Photo: Getty Images

Lonely Planet story: how travel guide ruled before Tripadvisor and what’s next for founders

  • Lonely Planet has sold more than 145 million travel guidebooks but its fortunes turned in recent years with competition from websites like Tripadvisor
  • Co-founder Tony Wheeler reflects on the guide’s legacy and details his future plans, including writing more books and philanthropic projects

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Co-founders of Lonely Planet travel guide Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, with their book Across Asia on the Cheap in November 1973. Photo: Getty Images Co-founders of Lonely Planet travel guide Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, with their book Across Asia on the Cheap in November 1973. Photo: Getty Images
Co-founders of Lonely Planet travel guide Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, with their book Across Asia on the Cheap in November 1973. Photo: Getty Images
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