When 1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE was published in 2003, it pioneered the concept of the travel book as both wish list and practical guide. But the world and the way we navigate it have changed. And so has 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE, with a total makeover that makes it all the more intoxicating and irresistible.
We have all been asked that question, “Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?” The answer usually being based off a photograph or a movie we saw once, but Patricia Schultz opens wide the doors of our imagination with 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. With remarkable summaries of wide world adventures, she takes you everywhere from Africa to the Caribbean and then back home to North America (or Europe for some of you). And it isn’t just places, it is Eating, Drinking and Attractions like The Whirling Dervishes of Konya in Konya, Turkey.
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Where have you dreamed of going? Have you taken the time to figure out what places you might want to see before your traveling days are numbered? There are so many places I have wanted to visit in my life! My #1 Destination is Malta in Western Europe. I remember when it became a part of Europe a few years ago. It is a tiny island south of Sicily that was the very first of Europe’s planned cities and was constructed from its own limestone. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous destination and Patricia Schultz describes it and the places of significant importance in rich detail.
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1,000 Places To See Before You Die really opens your eyes to the smallest of places you might not have ever known, to those that are well framed in our thoughts. It is a daydream to read through it and also a bit of a historical journal as it goes through many histories of the destinations to visit. So whether you are looking for a mental escape or physically want to take on the world, this would be a wonderful guide to bring with you.
- New countries: Ghana; the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; Nicaragua; Qatar; Mozambique; Curaçao; the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu—all formerly off the radar, part of the Soviet bloc, or lacking tourism infrastructure—now welcome travelers. Patricia guides readers through these less familiar territories.
- New experiences: Recognizing that travelers don’t visit just Positano or Ravello–they take the breathtaking 30-mile scenic drive down the Amalfi Coast–Patricia merged these two entries into one. Likewise, when in Laos you don’t cruise the Mekong without visiting Wat Phou—so she combined them into an entry called Sailing the Mekong. Each of the 1,000 places is now a full travel experience, creating room for those 200 additional entries!
- Budget-conscious suggestions: Yes, the legendary Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires is still featured, but if you don’t want to shell out 450-plus dollars a night to stay there, go for brunch—a beloved local tradition—and hang your hat instead at BoBo, a stylish, playful, and far more affordable hotel. Same goes for restaurants—along with haute cuisine, Patricia offers up unbeatable neighborhood restaurants, atmospheric cafés, bistros, beach shacks, and even falafel joints.
- Full-color photographs: Suddenly the red roofs of Dubrovnik beckon against the azure backdrop of the Adriatic Sea, and the photo of women dancing to musique racine in vibrant blue dresses almost pulsates on the page describing the Voodoo Nights at the Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- And an interactive iPad app: Here is the world of 1,000 Places transformed into an interactive experience for today’s traveler. The vistas of the Gobi Desert are now truly only a finger swipe away. A choice between photo and map views creates new and exciting ways to explore. An interactive “bucket list,” the app acts as a travel log of the places you’ve been and the places you want to go. Plus your travel tips and photos are all easily shared among your friends.
This new full-color second edition has many beautiful photographs and also has tips for the budget conscious (that’s us!), you don’t have to spend a fortune to see the world – you just have to really have the drive to make it happen.
Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, she has written for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Everyday With Rachael Ray. She also executive-produced a Travel Channel television show based on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Her home base is New York City.
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Purchase: You can purchase 1,000 Places To See Before You Die for $12.46 on Amazon. There is also this really fantastic App you can get for your phone for $3.99! I love that App, it has some really beautiful images, plus you can tag them.
I received a copy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.