TIME.com Names 50 Top Websites of the Year

Lonely Planet’s award-winning website, lonelyplanet.com, has been selected by TIME.com editors as one of the “50 Best Websites of the Year.”

The honored websites were recognized in five categories:

  • Essentials – What you may not know about the sites everybody knows

  • News & Information – Sites that cut through the data fog

  • Lifestyle – The places on the Web that make life easier

  • Entertainment – The places on the Web that make life more fun

  • Strictly Broadband – Reasons to boost your bandwidth

    Lonelyplanet.com was recognized in the Lifestyle category as the best ‘travel companion.’  “The site’s Thorn Tree travel forum is full of personal tales and tips you won’t get from any guide book,” noted writer Maryanne Murray Buechner.

    Established in 1994, lonelyplanet.com has a loyal following, resulting in more than 2 million unique visitors each month. Visitors to the site can shop for Lonely Planet products, exchange travel advice and opinions, research over 350 international destinations, get briefed on worldwide news events and read tales from on the road and off the beaten track.

    “It is an honor to be recognized as the best ‘travel companion’ website by TIME.com” said Tamar Lowell, Global Online Products Manager. “We will continue to work hard to be the best travel site on the planet and to provide information that inspires and enables travellers to connect with the world.”

    About Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel content provider with products and services including more than 650 guides to destinations around the globe, digital products and an award-winning website. Founded in 1973, Lonely Planet is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paris and London. For more information, please visit our website at www.lonelyplanet.com.