Discover the Joy of... Lonely Planet's New Series

Lonely Planet’s new Joy of series has been created to inspire readers to do more of what they love. From the uplifting effect of exploring gardens and nature to the joyous sensation of taking a plunge in a wild-swimming spot, these books will take readers on a journey to all corners of the globe and reveal experiences that provide an intangible hit of joy, whether that’s exhilaration, calm, rejuvenation, wonder or something else entirely.

Series Format Hardback, 272 Pages, Cover size 245 x 192mm / 7.56 x 9.65"

The Joy of Exploring Gardens

Discover 60 of the world's most spectacular gardens plus 120 travel ideas to ignite a love of outdoor spaces. Featuring the history of every botanical gem, beautiful photography and trip planning tips, this uplifting book explores the restorative effects of flora and fauna, and the joy to be experienced from each of the inspiring gardens inside it.

Inside The Joy of Exploring Gardens:

- 60 in-depth profiles of gardens illustrated with beautiful photography; a Q&A section where you can read the insights and thoughts from an expert closely linked to the garden; and first-hand accounts from writers who have visited each outdoor space
- 120 extra must-visit garden destinations from all over the world
- In the know tips to help you get there including local transport, when to go, what to take with you, must-do activities, and experiences not to be missed

Foreword by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker. Her latest book is Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit.


The Joy of Wild Swimming

Dive into 60 of the world's most joyous wild swimming spots and discover a further 120 ideas for uplifting bathing experiences. Packed with inspirational expert insights, immersive photography, and essential trip planning tips, this remarkable book explores the open-water swims guaranteed to exhilarate, rejuvenate, restore and above all, spark joy.

Inside The Joy of Wild Swimming:

- 60 in-depth profiles of wild swimming spots, organised by region and accompanied by beautiful photography, plus first-hand accounts from writers who have experienced the joy of each swim
- 120 extra must-visit natural water destinations
- Challenge levels for each destination detail the the types of swimming conditions as well as the accessibility of each open-water sanctuary
- In the know tips and insights that show why each swimming spot is so joyful, plus what to expect from your visit, how to get there, the best months to go, what to take with you, must-do activities and experiences not to be missed

Foreword by Freya Bromley, author of The Tidal Year, which tells the story of her adventure swimming every tidal pool in Britain. Freya has written for publications including Lonely Planet, Financial Times, and National Geographic Traveller.


Promotional Assets for Retailers

To support the release of the Joy of series, we have created a suite of assets that can be used by retailers to promote the book to customers.

Please click on each title hyperlinked below to download further assets to use across your website, social media channels and other consumer touchpoints.

The Joy of Exploring Gardens:

The Joy of Wild Swimming:

PR & Media

The release of the new Joy of series will be supported by a campaign that will include:

  • significant media and PR outreach targeting broadsheet, long lead lifestyle, activity, travel media, and gardening and outdoor magazines 
  • extracts and interviews on release

    New Series: Releasing from September 2023

    The Joy of Exploring Gardens 9781837580590
    The Joy of Wild Swimming
    Series Format Hardback, Full colour, 272 Pages
    Dimensions 245 x 192mm | 7.56 x 9.65"
    RRP AUD $39.99 | GBP £19.99 | NZD $44.99 | USD $22.00