Follow our writers Christa & Oli as they embark on an epic trip from London to Sydney, tracing the steps taken by Lonely Planet founders over 40 years ago.
Christa and Oli meet with the founders of Lonely Planet, and discuss their plan for the trip of a lifetime.
The great journey kicks off in Lonely Planet’s home - London, where Oil leaves his mark learning about the legendary street art scene.
Dominique Persoone is Belgium’s chocolate rock star, and his craft has given him a passion for travel. Christa and Oli sample his most notorious creation.
There’s renaissance faires and there’s this. French history-buffs-turned-architects are building an entire castle with period-accurate methods. Oli goes back in time with the craftsmen.
Christa and Oli put their Mini to the test. This leg of the journey takes them through the Italian Alps’ most infamous road.
The best way to communicate across the breathtaking valleys of the Austrian Alps is by yodeling. Oli is learning one-on-one with a pro.
The canals of Venice are some of the most tourist-transited places on the planet, but kayaking gives Oli a glance of the city’s hidden facets.
The Mostar Bridge could easily be taken for a colorful tourist attraction. When Christa meets the daredevil divers, she learns that it means much more to them.
It’s like something out of a post-apocalyptic thriller about space-communists. Bulgaria’s Buzludzha monument ruins are unlike anywhere Christa and Oli have ever been.
As the world’s crossroads, Istanbul sees a lot of commerce - so the Turks know how to make a deal. Christa tries her hand at haggling in the Grand Bazaar.
In Dubai opulence knows no bounds, and even Polo is next-level. Oli swings a giant hammer off the back of a giant animal.
Jaipur is known for colorful textiles and traditional dishes. Christa and Oli get domestic and try their hand at the local crafts.
Kite fighting in India goes back ages and has remained unchanged. Oli goes kite-to-kite with the neighborhood kids.
Visit one of the most sacred places on the banks of river Ganga and join Oli as he tries his hand at the Sitar.
Bagan’s wealth of temples makes for a game of punch-buggy like no other. Christa and Oli bike around spotting ancient treasures.
The fishermen of Inle lake gracefully row with their feet so they can fish simultaneously. Oli … gives it his best.
Bankok is a backpacker hot spot, but many outsiders inadvertently disrespect the religious community. Oli speaks to a monk about the right way to buy a Buddha souvenir.
With Thai food being such a hit around the world, Christa and Oli are curious to see what Thai people eat day-to-day. It’s definitely not bugs.
As terrifying as being 12 meters underwater with no scuba tank sounds, Christa and Oli learn how to make it a transcendental experience.
Oli discovers that Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands are as perfect for relaxing as they are for cultivating tea.
One of Malaysia’s holiest sites is also revered for rock climbing. Christa achieves new heights at the Batu Caves, learning how sport and spirit compliment each other.
Knowing Chinese folklore might make this theme park make more sense, but it probably doesn’t make it any less creepy. Oli is as baffled as he is unnerved.
To see more of Bali than resorts, Christa meets some of the famed local silversmiths. It’s charm all around as she makes a piece for herself.
Camping on a volcano saves you a step. Oli learns how to cook with magma’s natural heat and joins a Gamelan band.
Roasting a pig is for special occasions in Papua New Guinea. Christa and Oli are guests at this multi-tribe celebration.
Throwing darts is a national pastime in Papua New Guinea. Christa learns how they do it there and gives it a go.
The Huli tribesmen devote years of care and ceremony to growing perfect wigs. Christa and Oli get grooming tips and meet the Asaro Mudmen, who masquerade as vengeful spirits.
Long ago, Australia’s Cockatoo Island was an inescapable prison for the baddest of the bad. Now people escape to there for a relaxing time.
Sydney’s fish market is a seafood Mecca. Christa drops in to sample what might be the best Fish & Chips in the world.
To finish up their globe-spanning adventure Christa and Oli visit the Bondi Icebergs - a fellowship of serious cold-water enthusiasts.