Pilloried by many a seasoned traveler, an old, well-thumbed guide book can jump-start more than a few great adventures. Just ask Brian Thacker.
He borrowed the original 1975 South-East Asia on a Shoestring from Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and used it as his only guidebook.
Forget what’s trendy along the Banana Pancake Trail now, Thacker wanted to find out what was still left and who was still around – minus the bell-bottoms.
And what an adventure he had.
He broke bread with a gang of ravenous rats, swam with a goat-eating crocodile and got hopelessly lost while traipsing through Portuguese Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Burma and Singapore.
In all, Thacker spent 12 unforgettable weeks uncovering Wheeler’s original Southeast Asia trail. He chronicles each step in Tell Them to Get Lost, published by Random House Australia.