On a bench in Regen ’s Park, London, on October 7, 1970, a young man studying for MBA degree at London Business School met an Irish girl who first arrived in London.
The young man was about to graduate from the business school and become a nine-to-fiver.
As a matter of fact, he was going to become an engineer at Chrysler Corporation.
However, his life trajectory was about to change because of the girl in front of him.
The two of them fell in love at first sight and married a year later.
Normally, they would probably each get a stable job and live a middle-class life day in and day out.
But they think they want more freedom in their life.
As a result, the young couple bought a small car a year later and started an overland journey through Europe and Asia.
Eventually, they crossed the whole Oceania and arrived in Australia.
Here they met with many other people who want to travel on their own, all of whom are eager to know the details of their travels.
So the couple published a book to share their travel experiences.
In the end, they opened a company that popularized all kinds of travel knowledge and experience and thus became the richest backpackers in the world.
The young man is called Tony Wheeler, and the Irish girl is Mauren Wheeler.
That is how Lonely Planet was born.