One Planet – a celebration of life, curiosity and the experience of travel

The release of this stunning collection of photography, featuring over 250 images from the Lonely Planet Image’s collection, marks Lonely Planet’s 30th anniversary.

The underlying theme uniting the photographs in this book is connection, travel’s most rewarding and profound gift, encouraging appreciation of the similarities in a world of different cultures, experiences, circumstances and environments.

Images with similar and opposing themes are combined, contrasted and compared in One Planet, while colours, shapes and patterns prove irresistible partners from the Philippines to Peru. Ultimately, the relationships between the images are quirky and thought-provoking, compelling the reader to find similarities rather than differences. For instance, a Shinto shrine near Kyoto, Japan, has striking parallels to another icon world’s away in Jaipur, India (the marble pavilion of the Amber Palace), while a lone Thai fisherman casts his drift net across turquoise shallows as a nomadic Tibetan woman flings a sling across Chang Tang, the world’s highest plateau, in northern Tibet. It’s these cinematic qualities that make One Planet such a gem.

The remarkable resemblances continue throughout One Planet. The faces of worldly wisdom collide – an aging Nepalese monk holds a meditative gaze while the knowing look of an elderly woman in Lisbon, Portugal, suggest closeness across continents. Images of lone travellers conquering amazing landscapes prove inspiring: a hiker traverses the Algoones Dunes of California while a daring ice climber faces more arctic conditions across the page. Every so often, One Planet surprises with a double page splash of colour and visual intensity – there are crowd scenes and spectacular scenery aplenty.

In the words of Lonely Planet co-founder, Tony Wheeler, ‘the world never seems to get any smaller.’ One Planet is certainly testament to the wonders of the world. See it for yourself.

One Planet Foreward by Tony Wheeler

It’s now more than 30 years since the very first Lonely Planet guidebook appeared on the shelves and, soon after, hit the road in the hands of the very first Lonely Planet travellers.

In the eventful years since the publication of Across Asia on the Cheap a great deal has happened in the world of travel. Peoples’ horizons have got far wider and destinations that 30 years ago seemed wildly exotic have become mundanely everyday. The numbers of visitors to many destinations have increased equally dramatically, places which once enjoyed a mere trickle of intrepid travellers now welcome them by the jumbo jet load.

For Lonely Planet the changes have been equally amazing. From that first book, which really was put together on a kitchen table, we’ve progressed to becoming a company with offices around the world, hundreds of staff and sales of millions of books every year. But through all the ups and downs one thing has stayed constant for travellers everywhere, for Lonely Planet and for me: travel remains one of the world’s most important activities.

Life on our planet today seems to involve a constant cycle of conflicts, misunderstandings and heartbreaks but travel is an equally constant reminder that we live in a wonderful world and it’s a world we all share.

Travel is hugely significant for the economies of many nations, it’s a source of great enjoyment and interest for enormous numbers of travellers, but even more important it’s the most positive way for people to meet people, to realise that we all share the same hopes and aspirations and to prove that we can work for a better world.

Despite many ups and downs and despite the innumerable wandering roads Lonely Planet has led me down over those years travel is still, for me, an all consuming passion. Put a ticket in my hand and point me towards the departure gate and I’m always ready to go. The images in this book are a clear reminder of just why that passion has never died, why my world never seems to get any smaller and why, happily, my addiction is likely to remain a terminal one.oordinator, Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet’s co-founders, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, are available for comment and interview from

Sept 21 – Oct 12 and Nov 27 – Dec 25.