In Star Weekend Tan Tee Kuan finds out just what the writers for the Lonely Planet guidebooks go through to do their research, and it's not all sundowners on a sandy beach.
Says Kayala Ryan South-East Asia commissioning editor for the guides:
All authors who work for Lonely Planet are expected, first and foremost, to have extensive travel experience and excellent writing skills. They need to be adventurous, intrepid, independent, passionate and willing to work long, long hours. When we hire an author for a particular title, we look at a number of different factors based on the requirements of a specific destination.It still sounds like fun though ... and something I'd love to have a shot at myself! (I used to be an intrepid explorer before I had to become sensible.)