British-born Australian award-winning entrepreneur and travel writer Tony Wheeler is the powerhouse behind Lonely Planet's decades-long legacy.
Bob Dylan's House
Historical landmark2425 7th Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746
"We drove through Hibbing, where Bob Dylan grew up, and went to the house where he lived from when he was six to 16 — when he left to become, no longer Robert Zimmerman, but Bob Dylan. We're shown around Bob's bedroom, the laundry chute where he'd put his dirty clothes down and his mother washed them — and he mentions that in one of his books. I love that. That was a high point of last year's travels."
The Oxbow Hotel
Hotel516 Galloway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, United States
"The Oxbow Hotel. The website said, 'We're a hotel with a hipster vibe.' And a bit further down, it also said, 'We offer senior discounts.' You get those two together so rarely, so when you combine the hipster vibe with the senior discount, it's great. Every room had a vinyl record player and a little vinyl library at the reception. You could check out three LPs, take them to your room, and play on the vinyl record player."
National Portrait Gallery
Art gallerySt. Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom
"In London, I'd recommend the National Portrait Gallery — that would be the first spot to see art. But come on, the British Library is great, the British Museum, they're all good. I've been to the Tate Modern only once this year, and there are a lot of other galleries and things to see."
Finca Vigía (Hemingway House Havana)
Museum3P93+3WX, Finca Vigía Km. 12 ½, J Sosa, La Habana, Cuba
"I love places like Hemingway's place [Finca La Vigía] in Havana; you go there, and it feels like the typewriter is still by the bed — he might just jump out of bed and type a few more pages, crossing all the adjectives, as he didn't like them. Places where people did things are always fascinating. It's one of the things to experience if you're in Havana."
Brett Whiteley Studio
Art museum2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
"If there's a colour for Sydney, it has to be blue, the blue harbour, and I always think of the artist Brett Whiteley, who was a rock star artist. You can go to his studio, which they've kept open. You can walk there from the centre of Sydney. It looks like he just turned off his tools, went to shoot up and died."