Two writers from the travel publisher Lonely Planet are set to recreate the original journey taken by the guide’s co-founders in 1972, to celebrate its 40th birthday. The original trip led to the start of the world-renowned travel guide, after the co-founders, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, published the first ever Lonely Planet issue following an adventurous holiday to Asia in the 70’s.
The original 1972 journey started in London when the twosome travelled to Sydney in a cheap minivan with only a few pounds to their name. A year later Lonely Planet’s first ever guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, was published and the travel guide was born.
Now two writers from the guide’s magazine are planning to follow the same 10,000 mile route the Wheelers took across Europe, Asia and Australasia. Oliver Smith and Christa Larwood plan to recreate exactly the journey that was taken just over 40 years ago while taking suggestions on what to do next from readers via social networking sites.
“I’m really excited to see how the trip turns out, travel has changed so much since 1972, with new destinations emerging such as Myanmar and others, like Afghanistan, no longer open to tourists,” said Tony Wheeler, Co-founder of Lonely Planet. This is a great way to celebrate the heritage of Lonely Planet by recreating how it all began but with new technologies and ways of travelling for the 21st century. For me, Lonely Planet has always been about the journey, so it’s great to still be out there on the road 40 years later.”
The two writers will use mobile phones and video equipment to document the trip. Blog entries and videos of their epic journey can be found on the Lonely Planet’s website under its “Across the Planet” section.
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