The lonely planet:

- a Company which publishes guidebooks

-the first guidebook was released in 1973 (about south east asia)

-1976: guidebook about Nepal and himalaya

-1977: guideboooks about Europe, Australia, Africa and New Zealand

-Plays a very important role for Backpackers who are travelling in third- world countries because in the guidebooks a very useful Information (e.g. bus lines, cheap Hotels,etc.)