Lifelines - `lonely planet'
The itinerant travelers' handbook.
Travelers Tony and Maureen Wheeler arrive in Sydney, Australia on Boxing day 1972, financially broke after a 6-month trip from Europe.
In 1973 they begin work on Lonely Planet Publications, the story of their London-Australia trip `Across Asia on the Cheap'.
The Wheelers spend the following year in South East Asia, in preparation for their second guide book in 1975, and are well on their way to becoming the legends they've become.
In 1974 I leave home for Africa and Europe, eventually returning to Melbourne. In 1983 I buy my first Lonely Planet - a noble yellow-bound volume of a guide book with the title `South America on a Shoestring', at the cost of $12.95.
But I'm distracted by the South Pacific for over 10 years, wandering with the now mandatory Lonely Planets on board, finally traveling to Easter Island and the Americas in 1998, my original much-loved yellow travelers' bible now in tatters and out of date, but taken along for the ride.
Photo: Gurus and Guides - Melbourne, Australia _ Ian Cochrane