Tony Wheeler, Founder of Lonely Planet, August 2008 15. April 2009 Admin Domains (0) CLICK HERE for Tony's couch chat. Today there are over 500 Lonely Planet titles, each one with a 'between-the-lines message that travellers should respect the planet they wander. Tony believes that travellers enjoy themselves much more when they know more about the places they're visiting. Tony continues to play an active part in researching, writing and updating Lonely Planet guides.