On the road east of Erzurum, Turkey, bound for the Iranian border in 1974. Photo: Alamy
By Oliver Smith
June 18 2018
"Things to Buy" section: "Chicks can pick up easy money working for the escort services - they're quite respectable."
The [very first] book, which explains how to do the classic "hippie trail" or "overland", via Turkey, Tehran, India and Bangkok, on a shoestring budget, offers an eye-opening and often amusing snapshot of a continent – and the priorities of the young travellers exploring it. Forty-five years on, here are a few of the more curious excerpts for each country.
"We rolled up to the Afghanistan border at Islam Q'ala and could find no sign of officialdom. Eventually we found a group of rather stoned looking Americans sitting on the floor in one building. 'Where's everyone?' we asked, and got the obvious answer 'gone for lunch'. 'How long have you been here' we asked - 'about six hours'. 'Good grief what have you been doing all that time?' - 'blowing a little dope with customs'. Of course."
Should you be running low on cash or supplies, Kuwait was a good bet: "You can stock up here on everything at very cheap prices and get free medical care. Price for blood in Kuwait is probably the highest in the world, sell a pint or two if you are broke.
Full article http://www.traveller.com.au/become-an-e ... ers-h11j1j
Me too. I would pore over those books, planning, dreaming and budgeting. Those books were sexy. I was on their mailing list and they sent me paperback updates for free. I don't know how they could do it. LP inspired me to travel to unknown and off the beaten path places. I confess, I was a backpacker, and I believed in the ethos, but I used soap. I remember Tony Wheeler saying something like "Sorry Conrad, I support families by staying in smaller family run establishments." Nowadays, I see the folly, I know I support more families by staying in a 4 or 5 star hotel. When they created the Thorn Tree. I was crushed, it wasn't the same, and the dream had gone. It was now the age of the flashpacker; the dawn of a new era.Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote: ↑Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:09 pmI was a Lonely Planet fanboy from the late eighties up until Tony sold it to the BBC around 2007 (?),I must have had over forty copies of various country editions at one stage. There was something about getting your hands on a new edition, say India which was a tomb of a publication, to spend the next weeks working your way through planning the next escape.
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U can get it for free on amazon for ur kindle
https://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-Ac ... B00BG37DCS
well worth reading just to see how easy & cheap it was to travel back than
How did the first Lonely Planet book come about?
https://www.theguardian.com/small-busin ... e-gap-yearWe intended to go around the world in a year, live in Sydney for three months and come back to London. But even before we arrived [in Australia] we thought we’d make it a longer trip and spend three years away. We drove from London to Afghanistan in an old minivan and then made our way through Asia to Australia. While we were living in Sydney, we’d meet people [who’d ask about the trip] and they’d say what did you do, how did you do this, and we’d jot notes down for them. Back then the phrase “gap year” hadn’t been invented. There were people doing it, but the numbers [were much smaller] than today.
we got $45 in '75 which was just about enough $$ for a week travel/lodgingPrice for blood in Kuwait is probably the highest in the world, sell a pint or two if you are broke.
Always liked the lp for the map references.
As usual, the photography was excellent although in retrospect, it was probably not the best editorial decision to publish photos of naked children in a travel guide for Cambodia in the early 90s.
Did anyone ever visit the Boeng Kak Amusement Park?
Travel in the 1970s: Eight things that would shock backpackers today
You could travel for weeks without a Facebook feed
We wrote and received letters from friends and family. It was haphazard, but you discovered that being incommunicado is wonderfully liberating. Your loved ones wrote to you c/o poste restante and the central post office would hold letters for collection, at least in theory. Sometimes your mail would be filed under your Christian name but surprisingly it worked, most of the time. In some places you were advised to take your letter to the post office and watch them stamp the postmark, thus avoiding the possibility that the stamps could be peeled off and re-sold.
http://www.traveller.com.au/travel-in-t ... 70s-h10fgz
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