A trek across Asia on the ‘hippie trail’ of the early 1970s led Tony Wheeler to write the very first Lonely Planet guide and the New York Times to describe him as “the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travellers.” Tony’s new book Dark Lands is a follow up to his travels along the Axis of Evil in Bad Lands.

End of an Era?

Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications, remembers the fun early days of travel guide writing, but says they're not over yet.