A trek across Asia on the ‘hippie trail’ of the early 1970s led Tony Wheeler to become the founder of Lonely Planet; writing the first Lonely Planet guide which resulted in the New York Times describing him as ‘the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travelers’. From the hippie trail he’s continued along the adventure-travel trail, the low-cost-carrier trail, the Eco-travel trail, the gap-year trail, the Amman-junkies trail, the China trail and no doubt there’ll be a few more. His own interest in edgy travel led to his recent books Bad Lands and Dark Lands.
Tony is currently working on his next book, The Great Airline Bazaar. In the spirit of Paul Theroux’s classic of train travel, The Great Airline Bazaar sees Tony travel from London to Melbourne entirely by low cost airlines, finding his route along the way. The 20 flights and 20 stopovers take him through some of the world’s most interesting cities – Athens, Istanbul, Kuwait, Kolkata, Bangkok – to name just a few.
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