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Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story Paperback – 15 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794605230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794605230
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..". a lively autobiography that is as interesting, informative and amusing as their series itself...This look back at their almost 40-year career divides neatly into thirds, with the first energetically covering their various travels while they get their business off the ground; ...the second frankly detailing why their early and 'often fairly shoddy productions' became popular because they "were still better than anything else around"; and the third refreshingly discussing their current business ventures." --Publishers Weekly

"As spirited and engagingly human as the books that have taught us how and why and where to travel, Tony and Maureen Wheeler's story describes a miracle (from 27 cents to a multi-million dollar empire) that is in its way as inspiring and wondrous as the temples of Pagan or Easter Island's statues. Whether penniless backpackers or heads of a global company, Tony and Maureen somehow always exemplify the very best kind of travelers' enthusiasm and curiosity." --Pico Iyer, travel writer

"Tony Wheeler, who often sleeps with a laptop stowed under his bed, does the majority of the writing, while Maureen offers welcome sidebars filled with her thoughts about a given situation. Neither shies away from writing about the strain running a company and constant traveling had on their marriage, which at times was rocky or the demands put on the lives of their two children, Tashi and Kieran, who just want to be normal teenagers and hang out with their friends instead of traveling the world." --Chicago Sun-Times

..".the Wheelers include everything from amusing anecdotes, to the struggle for finding the perfect 'cliche, but not a cliche' cover photo for their books. The result is a fascinating business success story and the tale of a maturing relationship." --ForeWord Magazine

"A naive young couple sets off across Asia and, somehow, against tall odds, ends up managing a publishing empire that straddles the globe. Therein lies a story. And the story is intermittently funny, full of false stats, frustrations, mistakes and numerous exotic locales. I think this book is ultimately more inspiring than a whole shelf full of self-help screeds. Go ahead, start on page one and follow your bliss." --Tim Cahill, writer and founder of Outside magazine

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Amit Jain
4.0 out of 5 starsA book about passionate travellers and old-fashioned entrepreneurship
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