The company started in the early 70s after founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler traveled from London through Asia and on to Australia. It is now the world's leading travel guide publisher.
On their Youtube page you can check out lots of travel videos like this for some free travel guides:
(video: Lonely Planet: A Sick Bag Tour of Asia with Howard Ralley)
Lonely Planet has a strong online presence, with LonelyPlanet.com attracting over 5 million unique users per month. In addition to destination content, travel features and user generated content, the website also features an online shop. The online shop stocks the entire Lonely Planet catalogue and ships globally.
Check out their online shop for over 600 titles in English covering every corner of the planet. Guidebooks are also published in a many other languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese.
The Lonely Planet catalogue includes:
- Country Guides
- City Guides
- Activity and Theme Guides
- Phrase Books
- Travel Literature
- Diaries, Calendars, and gift products
Follow this link to get a useful encounter guide (value $12), of any city you want when you make a purchase from lonely planet.
Bangkok Encounter Guide
Unique itineraries and highlights that help you make the most of a short break. Local experts give the insider's take on Bangkok's very best sights, restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Crumpler BagFollow this link to get a free Crumpler bag with your purchase.
Crumpler bags are made by the Aussie company Crumpler and they make pretty expensive and nice quality bags usually valued over $100.
Get a free laptop bag or a backpack for school with a purchase from Lonely Planet
For when you need brainstorming, get a free bluelist with your purchase.
Follow this link.
Bluelist 2008, Lonely Planet's take on the world's trends, the hottest destinations, experiences and journies.
Need some inspiration for the year ahead? They've put together a tasty selection of the most interesting cities, countries and regions.
Need some quick tips:
The top picks of 2008 so far have been Armenia, Bhutan, Eritrea,
Bluelists aren't just about where you can go - you can bluelist experiences, events, an eccentricity - whatever stood out on your travels. What about the eeriest places to sleep behind bars, or where to see and feel the heat from the most volatile volcanoes? The greatest film festivals around the globe? China's quirkiest sports?