By Albhe Macmahon for Mailonline
Updated: July 21, 2023 at 18:07
Lonely Planet published its first travel guide in 1973, of course, long before Google and MailOnline Travel… when reliable travel advice was hard to come by.
The company’s books would continue to be an invaluable tool for travelers, and over the next few years the publisher printed 150 million guidebooks in 33 languages, covering places from Afghanistan to Australia.
In honor of its 50th birthday, lonely planet has released cover images for some of the great guidebooks of the past half-century, including the cover of its first guidebook, Across Asia on the Cheap, which sells for just $1.80.
It has also redesigned its iconic Blue Ridge guides, releasing a new set of travel guides with “deeper, more inspiring insights into how best to visit destinations, how to save time and money, how to take greener routes and connect with local communities, as well as personal stories from locals to provide a greater sense of community”.
Chris Zeiher, Lonely Planet’s Senior Director of Trade Sales and Marketing, commented: “Travel has changed a lot since 1973, but Lonely Planet’s much-loved guidebooks remain a central part of the travel process, and our guides continue to evolve with changing demographics, habits and aspirations, as well as new feedback from our loyal travelers.” Lonely Planet is 50 years old, but we still carry the same relentless spirit and desire to shape and inspire travel.
Scroll down to see a selection of wanderlust-inducing book covers from the ever-expanding Lonely Planet library…