- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Periplus (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670028479
- ISBN-13: 978-0670028474
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unlikely Destinations - The Lonely Planet Story Paperback – Import, 2005
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Unlikely Destinations is more than just a travel story, although the places the Wheelers have been, how they got where they were going and what they've seen & experienced are incredibly thrilling in and of themselves. But this is also a love story between two people and between a married couple and travel, and eventually, a family of four and travel. It's a business adventure and cautionary tale, about starting your own business from nothing and turning it into a multi-million dollar company, despite or perhaps because of the many bumps encountered along the way. This is not a story about an overnight phenomenon, but rather it's about how much dedication, hard work, sacrifice and yes, love, it takes to follow the road less traveled.
I had a few minor gripes with the book, but nothing too serious. I would really have liked to have more of the story told by Maureen, and there were a few sections I felt like Tony was glossing over too much, but over all, this book just grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go until I finished the last page. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Disappointed is too mild a word for my opinion of this book. I found Tony Wheeler to be narcissistic and petty. I found his recanting of employee relationships and friendships gone sour painful. He blamed his business errors on outside forces, rarely accepting that sometimes things don't go as planned. His decision making process was entrepreneurial and often quite irrational, which likely made LP what it is: the hands-down world leader in travel guides. But he didn't really seem to understand is the other side of entrepreneurship: what can create success can also lead to failure.
His desire to give us too much information pervades the book. I honestly didn't want to know about his marital problems and his rebellious teenagers. I was interested in LP's views of the world and its cultures, and his take on the difference between writing, pleasure, and business travel. My chief complaint of LP guides is that they tend to be somewhat dry, as if the author was being paid to travel (which is true of course), and really didn't enjoy it all that much.
In all, if you're an avid traveler and frequent user of LP guides, this book could have a very different effect on you that the author may have intended.
This book about how Lonely Planet (LP) began and grew was great. I enjoyed reading about the overland travel from Europe through Asia in the early 70's and how Maureen & Tony started LP.
The book is a mix of travel, personal relationships, and business. I thoroughly enjoyed all parts. Great book for entrepreneurs & travellers alike.
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