Do you have a list of places to see before you die? Do you keep a tally of every World Heritage Site, National Park or World Wonders you’ve every laid eyes on? Do you keep a country count? Or do you go with the flow during your travels?
Dave and I are not the list maker types when it comes to our travels. When we first started traveling, we had a few dream things that we wanted to do like climb a mountain, learn to scuba dive, study yoga and ride a camel but we didn’t exactly have a list like on 1000 Places to See before you Die. However, to make our goals, we read a lot of books and magazines just like this for inspiration.
I was intrigued when we were contacted to review the book and given the added bonus of offering three PlanetD readers a chance to win a copy!
“When 1,000 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”
While I don’t think that life is a competition and that there is one set of rules as to what you need to see and do, I do believe in having something to inspire you and create a spark to get out there and see the world. Before we changed our lives to travel the world, we read a lot of books for inspiration. We scoured magazines, watched travel TV shows and even went to movies set in exotic locations because we wanted to feel like we were on vacation.
Travel Inspiration with 1000 Places to See Before you Die
That is why I think 1000 Places to See Before you Die is an excellent reference. If you don’t know a place exists, how can you know to go? You may not have heard of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa or Stubbs Island in British Columbia where you can view the largest concentration of orcas in the world, but Patricia Shultz knows and she shares information about it all.
1000 Places to See Before you Die is laid out as a reference book. It’s easy to read and easy to find the inspiration you are looking for. A mix between a travel guide and ideas to add to your bucket list, you can browse categories to check out what you want to see during your next trip abroad. Broken into 8 regions you can pop over to the chapter of where you are visiting next and find out what the must see places are in the location you are going to. You’ll find contact information, when to go, where to stay and how much it costs.
As I looked through gigantic the book, It was fun to say, “ooh, I’ve been there and I’ve seen that.”
Patricia travels very differently than we do so in certain places I would look at things and say, “how could she leave out this or how could she include that?” The United States section is way to large in comparison to the rest of the world in my opinion. Is America worth taking up 200 of the just over 1000 pages in a book covering the world? When vast countries like India that are so rich with ancient history, diverse landscapes and magnificent monuments garner mere 23 pages? It’s off balance. However as I said, we don’t travel the same way as Patricia Schultz and she doesn’t travel the same way as us. She obviously feels that 200 pages is worth it even if China gets a measly 20 as well.
As we said, we don’t believe in things being a competition and what she thinks is the must see 1000 Places to See Before you Die, won’t necessarily be what we think they are and most likely won’t be what you think they are. However, it a lot of fun to go through the book, find out about a bunch of places that you didn’t know about and compare her wish list with yours.
Quote from the book: “Life is not counted by the number of breaths you take but by the places and moments which take your breath away.” Click here to tweet this quote.
As I write this sentence right now, I have Cappadocia in Turkey open. We haven’t been there yet and as I read the book, I am reminded of just how badly I want to go. She writes a beautiful opening paragraph that instantly transports me to Cappadocia.
“Countless centuries of wind and water have sculpted Cappadocia’s surrealistic landscape from the soft volcanic terrain: Minarets, cones, spires, ‘fairy chimneys,’ and rocky pinnacles in shades of pinks and russet brown soar as high as five-story buildings.”
After reading that, who wouldn’t want to go to Cappadocia?
I find the book to be an excellent reference to keep in your favourite collection. Our friends Greg and Jodi used to have the best bathroom books at their house. I looked forward to taking a break during one of their parties to peruse their latest reads while sitting on the loo. I think this would be a great addition to their collection. I keep it at my workstation beside my computer since I work in travel while others may have it beside their beds to drift off to sleep while dreaming about a faraway land.
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Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Timesbestseller 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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