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Around the World, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers. Sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more. Each entry tells exactly why it's essential to visit. Th Around the World, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers. Sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more. Each entry tells exactly why it's essential to visit. Then come the nuts and bolts: addresses, websites, phone and fax numbers, best times to visit. Stop dreaming and get going. This hefty volume reminds vacationers that hot tourist spots are small percentage of what's worth seeing out there. A quick sampling: Venice's Cipriani Hotel; California's Monterey Peninsula; the Lewis and Clark Trail in Oregon; the Great Wall of China; Robert Louis Stevenson's home in Western Samoa; and the Alhambra in Andalusia, Spain. Veteran travel guide writer Schultz divides the book geographically, presenting a little less than a page on each location. Each entry lists exactly where to find the spot (e.g. Moorea is located "12 miles/19 km northwest of Tahiti; 10 minutes by air, 1 hour by boat") and when to go (e.g., if you want to check out The Complete Fly Fisher hotel in Montana, "May and Sept.-Oct. offer productive angling in a solitary setting"). This is an excellent resource for the intrepid traveler. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Around the World, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers. Sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more. Each entry tells exactly why it's essential to visit. Th Around the World, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers. Sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more. Each entry tells exactly why it's essential to visit. Then come the nuts and bolts: addresses, websites, phone and fax numbers, best times to visit. Stop dreaming and get going. This hefty volume reminds vacationers that hot tourist spots are small percentage of what's worth seeing out there. A quick sampling: Venice's Cipriani Hotel; California's Monterey Peninsula; the Lewis and Clark Trail in Oregon; the Great Wall of China; Robert Louis Stevenson's home in Western Samoa; and the Alhambra in Andalusia, Spain. Veteran travel guide writer Schultz divides the book geographically, presenting a little less than a page on each location. Each entry lists exactly where to find the spot (e.g. Moorea is located "12 miles/19 km northwest of Tahiti; 10 minutes by air, 1 hour by boat") and when to go (e.g., if you want to check out The Complete Fly Fisher hotel in Montana, "May and Sept.-Oct. offer productive angling in a solitary setting"). This is an excellent resource for the intrepid traveler. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

30 review for 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I have been fortunate in my life to have traveled many places in the world (all continents except Antarctica) so I read this much-hyped book with pen in hand. Where, given enough time and money, would I hope to go? This book listed plenty of options, but I found a large percentage of the author's "best places" to simply be advertisements for fancy hotels and restaurants. I cannot fathom putting Boston's Legal Seafoods or a fancy Parisian restaurant in the same category as Iguazu Falls, the Grand I have been fortunate in my life to have traveled many places in the world (all continents except Antarctica) so I read this much-hyped book with pen in hand. Where, given enough time and money, would I hope to go? This book listed plenty of options, but I found a large percentage of the author's "best places" to simply be advertisements for fancy hotels and restaurants. I cannot fathom putting Boston's Legal Seafoods or a fancy Parisian restaurant in the same category as Iguazu Falls, the Grand Canyon or China's Great Wall. I did add to my "wish to travel to" list, but I wish more natural or human-made wonders (many of which cost only the transportation there) had been included without the places only the very wealthy could go.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    What can I say about this? I'm still working on it! ;-P Hmm... And I probably should count how many places I already visited. Review to be continued. *lol* One day... some day? In the near or far future? Who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can I say about this? I'm still working on it! ;-P Hmm... And I probably should count how many places I already visited. Review to be continued. *lol* One day... some day? In the near or far future? Who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    I won this is as my free book from my library's summer reading program two summers ago. I didn't as much read the entire book as I skimmed it over with my mother who actually travels quite a bit. Her rating would be three stars because of the 1000 places many are not your usual can't miss travel stops. In fact many are actually places most travelers wouldn't necessarily go to. Of the 1000 she has been to about 50. She did stop at the place near Jackson, Mississippi on a road trip thanks to a tip I won this is as my free book from my library's summer reading program two summers ago. I didn't as much read the entire book as I skimmed it over with my mother who actually travels quite a bit. Her rating would be three stars because of the 1000 places many are not your usual can't miss travel stops. In fact many are actually places most travelers wouldn't necessarily go to. Of the 1000 she has been to about 50. She did stop at the place near Jackson, Mississippi on a road trip thanks to a tip from this book so all is not lost. And she does consult the book when planning vacations. I would give this around a 2.5 to 3 and I'm guessing my mother also would but for different reasons. When I'm reading a travelogue, I prefer an in depth look into the places and people visited as opposed to blurbs. This would, however, be an ideal book for people who travel a lot and would be like a reference to consult.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Cravens

    If you love luxury hotels, you will love this book. Otherwise - if you are looking for the places in the world to see before you die, look at UNESCO's ever-growing list of heritage sites, which isn't quite to 1000 yet, but will be in just a few years. As a world traveler, I can tell you that Schultz misses the mark again and again regarding the most beautiful or most interesting or most historic places to see in any given country (when she doesn't skip entire countries!). Talk to any world trave If you love luxury hotels, you will love this book. Otherwise - if you are looking for the places in the world to see before you die, look at UNESCO's ever-growing list of heritage sites, which isn't quite to 1000 yet, but will be in just a few years. As a world traveler, I can tell you that Schultz misses the mark again and again regarding the most beautiful or most interesting or most historic places to see in any given country (when she doesn't skip entire countries!). Talk to any world traveler who has made the mistake of buying this book, and you will get an earful of just how dreadful it is.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I don't know why I ever thought that reading someone else's ideas about the 1000 best places in the world would be an enjoyable experience. It's of course totally biased & unsatisfying. Do people really enjoy visiting historic hotels this much? Unf*ckingbelievable. I don't know why I ever thought that reading someone else's ideas about the 1000 best places in the world would be an enjoyable experience. It's of course totally biased & unsatisfying. Do people really enjoy visiting historic hotels this much? Unf*ckingbelievable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    hissi

    this books sucks.. when i started this book i thought i was holding a treasure, i thought this book will have all of my future regarding seeing the world. i thought this would be my map to the world to the most mesmerizing landscapes and adventures but i was wrong. this book contains all the fancy looking hotels and all the extravagant places.. no adventure, no marvels.. seriously, im disappointed with this book. it is like an international directory. period

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat Trina

    Alternate titles for this book could include: 1000 Self-Important Places to Fall Asleep Travel Guide for Schmucks with Money and No Imagination 800 Rich People's Houses and Overpriced Hotels, Plus Another Couple Hundred of The Most Obvious and Overrated Tourist Traps in the World. 1000 Wealthy-and-Upper-Bourgeoise Haunts to Gawk At While Pretending You're Not a Wage-Slave Before You Die of Stress-Induced Illnesses Caused By Overwork Trying To Pay Off The Debt Incured from the Vacations Recommended i Alternate titles for this book could include: 1000 Self-Important Places to Fall Asleep Travel Guide for Schmucks with Money and No Imagination 800 Rich People's Houses and Overpriced Hotels, Plus Another Couple Hundred of The Most Obvious and Overrated Tourist Traps in the World. 1000 Wealthy-and-Upper-Bourgeoise Haunts to Gawk At While Pretending You're Not a Wage-Slave Before You Die of Stress-Induced Illnesses Caused By Overwork Trying To Pay Off The Debt Incured from the Vacations Recommended in This Book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    This is my go to book for any travel at all - whether I'm going somewhere for work or personal travel. I team this up with a Lonely Planet country guide and jobs a good 'un. Honest about whats a 'must see' - the hotels and a bit aspirational for my budget though. This is my go to book for any travel at all - whether I'm going somewhere for work or personal travel. I team this up with a Lonely Planet country guide and jobs a good 'un. Honest about whats a 'must see' - the hotels and a bit aspirational for my budget though.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    It's an intriguing concept, and kinda fun to page through, but way too heavy on $300/night hotels, spas, etc. Let's say I'm going to Dublin (to open to a section at random). She recommends a festival, the Book of Kells and the pubs (possibly in conjunction with St. Patrick's Day). All good. But she also recommends a $65/plate restaurant and a $300/night hotel. I could forgive the restaurant if there was less of that kind of stuff. I prefer to use the almost-1000-long World Heritage List. Maybe it It's an intriguing concept, and kinda fun to page through, but way too heavy on $300/night hotels, spas, etc. Let's say I'm going to Dublin (to open to a section at random). She recommends a festival, the Book of Kells and the pubs (possibly in conjunction with St. Patrick's Day). All good. But she also recommends a $65/plate restaurant and a $300/night hotel. I could forgive the restaurant if there was less of that kind of stuff. I prefer to use the almost-1000-long World Heritage List. Maybe it's just as arbitrary in its own way, but at least it's the product of a consensus, and it's heavier on cultural and natural must-sees.

  10. 4 out of 5

    HG

    Good book for people wishing to travel the world. I just wish it was in color instead of black and white.

  11. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    With a few minor exceptions, this is 510 pages of crappy vacation pictures. The places I found most interesting barely received a nod or kernel of information, but there were plenty of pictures of zoos, food, and abstract views that had no reference points at all. Had I not received this as a well-intentioned Christmas gift, I would have demanded my money back along with an apology for wasting my time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I am a great lover of travel, so naturally I picked up and actually even purchased this book. But when I delved deeper I realized almost everything within was outrageously priced! I know for a fact that my most magical moments abroad didn't cost a penny. I think this gives people the wrong idea about travel altogether. I am a great lover of travel, so naturally I picked up and actually even purchased this book. But when I delved deeper I realized almost everything within was outrageously priced! I know for a fact that my most magical moments abroad didn't cost a penny. I think this gives people the wrong idea about travel altogether.

  13. 5 out of 5

    LATOYA JOVENA

    Very well researched and extremely informative. I can tell that the author is certainly well read because she points out locations from books and movies. My bucket list is now an over packed suitcase.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars. Some of the places are fancy expensive hotels or restaurants, which might be amazing, but not my usual mode if tourism! However, it was fun to go through the book and mark the sites I HAVE seen as well as the sites I WANT to see. It's definitely more a source of inspiration than an actual travel guide although it attempts to be both. 3.5 stars. Some of the places are fancy expensive hotels or restaurants, which might be amazing, but not my usual mode if tourism! However, it was fun to go through the book and mark the sites I HAVE seen as well as the sites I WANT to see. It's definitely more a source of inspiration than an actual travel guide although it attempts to be both.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Martha Love

    This book was given to me as a gift a few months ago and I am happy to have it on my bookshelf of references. While I do recommend 1000 Places To See Before You Die as a Must Have in your personal travel library, it is more like an encyclopedia than a travel guide. It is easy to use and arranged by major regions of the world (8). So if you are planning to be in a particular area of the world, you might wish to check this book out before going so you do not miss seeing something you might otherwis This book was given to me as a gift a few months ago and I am happy to have it on my bookshelf of references. While I do recommend 1000 Places To See Before You Die as a Must Have in your personal travel library, it is more like an encyclopedia than a travel guide. It is easy to use and arranged by major regions of the world (8). So if you are planning to be in a particular area of the world, you might wish to check this book out before going so you do not miss seeing something you might otherwise have no idea exists, like unusual National Parks. While this is a great reference to have on hand, I actually prefer curling up in a cozy place and reading travel guide books for information about places to see in the world rather than an encyclopedia style. And I like the travel books that are written in a personal style like Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler and also Paul & Kiki's Guide to Vacationing in Italy: Making Your Tuscany Holiday a Treasured Memory. These personal travel logs give you not just the facts about interesting places to go that you may never have been to before but also how it feels to be there and important tips about traveling and even fun stories. 1000 Places to See Before you Die is a great book to have, and I suggest that you keep it somewhere in your house that you like to read very short passages, as each entry is just a couple of paragraphs and is a fun daily short read to widen ones worldly perspective, which is how I read it and enjoyed it. Martha Char Love Author of What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct

  16. 5 out of 5

    mairywo

    It's nice to dream and make plans of where to go next. For this the book is fun, but I am a little disappointed and disturbed at the unequal distribution of places between the countries and continents. Dozens of places in the USA (almost 200 pages out of 900) and Europe, but only 11 in Russia, 5 of them in Moscow and 5 in St. Petersburg plus the Transsiberian Railway (that's a total of 8 pages)? You'd think Russia was the smallest country on the planet and only consisted of those two towns conne It's nice to dream and make plans of where to go next. For this the book is fun, but I am a little disappointed and disturbed at the unequal distribution of places between the countries and continents. Dozens of places in the USA (almost 200 pages out of 900) and Europe, but only 11 in Russia, 5 of them in Moscow and 5 in St. Petersburg plus the Transsiberian Railway (that's a total of 8 pages)? You'd think Russia was the smallest country on the planet and only consisted of those two towns connected by a railway...[return]Also the places listed in Switzerland are definitely not on my list where I absolutely have to take my foreign friends. They're mostly very snobbish places.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Way too Americentric for my liking. More than half of these places are incredibly "blah", and they left out a bunch that I would much rather see. Perhaps I'm just atypical, but I found the book frustrating. I found myself searching for places I want to visit so that I could learn more about them, only to not stumble across them. To top it off, a bunch of the suggestions are obvious. Do we really need an inclusion of the Louvre? DUHHhhhh...... Way too Americentric for my liking. More than half of these places are incredibly "blah", and they left out a bunch that I would much rather see. Perhaps I'm just atypical, but I found the book frustrating. I found myself searching for places I want to visit so that I could learn more about them, only to not stumble across them. To top it off, a bunch of the suggestions are obvious. Do we really need an inclusion of the Louvre? DUHHhhhh......

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.5 stars. This is really only one person's preferences and interests. Although I may not agree with or be interested in seeing all the places listed, I still think it does provide some solid information to those places that I may want to visit. A number of reviewers also commented on the expensive accommodation and restaurants, but again I think that's the author's prerogative and reader's choice. If you can afford it, then why not? Note: review is based on the revised 2nd edition. 3.5 stars. This is really only one person's preferences and interests. Although I may not agree with or be interested in seeing all the places listed, I still think it does provide some solid information to those places that I may want to visit. A number of reviewers also commented on the expensive accommodation and restaurants, but again I think that's the author's prerogative and reader's choice. If you can afford it, then why not? Note: review is based on the revised 2nd edition.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Edwards

    It has been a lot of fun to check off the places I have already seen in this book, and also to make note of the ones I want to see next. Any book that fills you with the intrigue of travel and the promise of new and exciting sights and experiences is worth a glance every now and then.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This really sets the bar a bit high. A thousand places just assumes right off that you have time and money since the rest of us drones have trouble getting time off to go visit Aunt Ida in Des Moines. I mean, come on. We were skimming through it at work - I cannot imagine anyone actually reading the whole thing unless they had a highlighter in hand and index cards 'cause that is how they roll. However, besides realizing I will not ever see 100 things at the rate I am going, it also made me realiz This really sets the bar a bit high. A thousand places just assumes right off that you have time and money since the rest of us drones have trouble getting time off to go visit Aunt Ida in Des Moines. I mean, come on. We were skimming through it at work - I cannot imagine anyone actually reading the whole thing unless they had a highlighter in hand and index cards 'cause that is how they roll. However, besides realizing I will not ever see 100 things at the rate I am going, it also made me realize I have questionable aim in the places I would choose compared to the higher end choices laid out in this puppy. So - let's just assume you have ten places to go because really, just going from the couch to the kitchen and back to the couch can be exhausting some evenings, yes? Well. 1) I want to eat a slice of key lime pie in Key West. 2) I want to go to Scotland and if I don't go soon, my daughter says she will clonk me over the head and drag me there as she is sick of hearing about it. 3) I want to see San Francisco because my mother loved it. 4) I don't want to see Niagara Falls but the husband has some obsession with it and I imagine it would be sort of cool to take one of those little boat rides where everyone wears rain slickers, so I have to include it. 5) Pablo Neruda's house in Chili. Isla Negra. And could I just move in? 6) Portland, Maine but without children as I have heard the combination of bookstores and restaurants is lovely... 7) England - but Virginia's England and C.S. Lewis' England and Mole and Ratty's England. A cousin-in-law who lives there said I shouldn't actually see England as the England in my head is really far more beautiful and quite fictional. 8) Long backroads and good b-b-q and people that say "hey". 9) Watch the sun set in a desert. Any desert. 10) Open to suggestions and changes of heart. Hmmm. Above book gets extra star for inspiring imaginative meanderings. That counts for a lot, inspiration.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    The spirit of this book is well exemplified by a quotation from Mark Twain (Page xv): "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tide winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." So, the author advances a listing of places throughout the world worth discovering. This is a companion piece to another volume of hers, in which she explores 1,000 places to see within The spirit of this book is well exemplified by a quotation from Mark Twain (Page xv): "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tide winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." So, the author advances a listing of places throughout the world worth discovering. This is a companion piece to another volume of hers, in which she explores 1,000 places to see within the United States. The world is divided into eight regions, for the purposes of organizing discussion: Europe; Africa; the Middle East; Asia; Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands; the United States and Canada; Latin America; the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda. In a brief review here, it would be impossible to illustrate each region in any depth. Maybe some samples from a few of the regions. Needless to say, any selection like this is apt to engender discussion--Why were some places left out? Why were others included? But that's part of the fun of a book like this! Europe: Some of the usual suspects like Windsor Castle, Winchester Cathedral, London, the Salzburg Festival, Vienna, Paris, Versailles, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Sistine Chapel. But there are other treasures as well: Bellagio, Rhodes, Ile de Re, Kinsale, and Ludlow. Africa: The Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel, Jack's Camp in the Kalahari Desert, the Cape Winelands, and so on. United States and Canada: Kenai Peninsula, Monterey Peninsula, Telluride, South Beach, Art Institute of Chicago (one of my favorite art museums), Art Gallery of Ontario, Nimmo Bay Resort, Polar Bear Safari, and the like. This is fun simply to browse. Choose a page at random and fantasize a trip there. . . . Again, lots of fun!

  22. 5 out of 5

    * kyrat

    An enjoyable read. I was excited that I had been to over 120+ of the places she mentions - I was also chagrined to find out that I'd missed some stuff in places I've been. I will definitely consult this next time I travel as I plan my trip. HOWEVER, I would research a place and take with me a more detailed country specific guide (like Let's Go or Rick Steves) when actually travelling for other sites, hostel/hotel and food suggestions. Secondly, as others have mentioned she spends WAY too much pre An enjoyable read. I was excited that I had been to over 120+ of the places she mentions - I was also chagrined to find out that I'd missed some stuff in places I've been. I will definitely consult this next time I travel as I plan my trip. HOWEVER, I would research a place and take with me a more detailed country specific guide (like Let's Go or Rick Steves) when actually travelling for other sites, hostel/hotel and food suggestions. Secondly, as others have mentioned she spends WAY too much precious space on the US (if you're going to skip whole countries, it's probably ok to skip a few states). Thirdly, the spas/hotels/restaurants should only have been an add-on to the sites, not entries in and of themselves! (a "while you're there, check out...." note). It also saddened me to see her suggesting you spend $300-600 on a room in a country where people live on $5 a day. I know she had so much to cover and trying to narrow it down to 1,000 must have been awfully hard. I don't blame her for the ommissions (even though I was shocked -as everyone else probably is- to see my own top choices not in the book). I understand it's a subjective list of her own choices. Nonetheless, I'm going to use this note to add my suggestions: I would suggest that if you're ever in Poland, you visit the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camps. They are amazing, kept by the gov't so it has not been turned into a commercial tourist trap, but merely a place to learn about our history. The Wieliczka Salt Mines (near Krakow, Poland) are also amazing - the most amazing part is an entire undeground church (icons, floor, chandeliers, icons) made out of salt. Even for an atheist, it was a moving sight to see.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is quite the book. It goes into a summary description with useful information about each of the 1,000 places. It's a book to dream by and then go out and explore -- thus turning the written words into reality and finally memory. Love it! I hope I can keep exploring this book and places for many years to come. This is quite the book. It goes into a summary description with useful information about each of the 1,000 places. It's a book to dream by and then go out and explore -- thus turning the written words into reality and finally memory. Love it! I hope I can keep exploring this book and places for many years to come.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This is the book we turn to whenever we travel. The author has never led us wrong. She gives great recommendations on places to see, things to eat, places to stay and gives great insight into things to do and see off the beaten track.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I borrowed this from the library as a reference. My husband and I decided to make a list of all the places we'd like to travel. A vacation bucket list if you will. This book had some great ideas of places to visit, I highly recommend it. I borrowed this from the library as a reference. My husband and I decided to make a list of all the places we'd like to travel. A vacation bucket list if you will. This book had some great ideas of places to visit, I highly recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

    A super useful compilation of beautiful places around the world. Everytime someone I know is going to travel, I show them this book. Sure it has super short descriptions, but otherwise is pretty helpful. Keep the wanderlust vibes flowing. ⭐4.5/5

  27. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    Patricia Schultz curates the world. When she published the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, she created not only a new kind of travel book but a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests. While her original book (with more than 3.5 million copies in print) spoke to our minds, in a new edition, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before (from Artisan Books, an imprint of original publisher Workman), Schultz moves from elo Patricia Schultz curates the world. When she published the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, she created not only a new kind of travel book but a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests. While her original book (with more than 3.5 million copies in print) spoke to our minds, in a new edition, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before (from Artisan Books, an imprint of original publisher Workman), Schultz moves from eloquent word to breathtaking image, taking readers on a visual journey of the best the world has to offer. While retaining the scope of Schultz’s vision and journalistic authority, this deluxe edition has been totally reconceived for the photographic format and features 100 percent new material. Whereas the original book included practical information such as where to stay and dine, this new book focuses on immersing the reader in gorgeous scenery—Patricia personally chose more than 1,000 color photos to express what it’s like to visit each location—and shares the must-do activities and must-visit sites for every destination. The new images help readers feel joy, curiosity, awe, passion, nostalgia, inspiration and a sense of how lucky they are to live in a world filled with such beauty and wonder. The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/10/1000-pla...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wilson

    This is one of those books that can be used multiple ways. I've heard about people having competitions to see which of their friends can visit more of the places listed in this book. For me, I don't know that this is a book I would use to construct my "bucket list". After all, I tend to seek the out of the way, more unique, known only to "locals" places. One of my favorite memories in Europe was going to buy vegetables in a quaint little town in Holland with a local. That would never make a tour This is one of those books that can be used multiple ways. I've heard about people having competitions to see which of their friends can visit more of the places listed in this book. For me, I don't know that this is a book I would use to construct my "bucket list". After all, I tend to seek the out of the way, more unique, known only to "locals" places. One of my favorite memories in Europe was going to buy vegetables in a quaint little town in Holland with a local. That would never make a tour guide book, but I loved seeing the town, interacting with the locals, and enjoying a dinner complete with fresh vegetables we bought that afternoon. This is an updated edition, the first one having been published in 2003. I had only been to five of the places in the first book. Since then, I've been to 30 places. (Counting all Hong Kong, Los Angeles, etc. as a singular place.) For me, I think this book would best be used as a springboard of places I might want to see. I realize when you are compiling a list of only 1000 places, you lose out on many sights that are important, but I could think of different places I would have included in this volume, both in the USA and on foreign soil. (I was going to say Yad Vashem in Jerusalem is one of those places, but I just looked it up and it got a one sentence mention, so it was mentioned, but one of the most memorable places I've ever visited, and I would have given it more than a mention.) However, that's the joy of this book. It includes places I wouldn't, leaves out places I would, and gives a different "must see" perspective of this world, and after all, the world is as unique as the people who live in it, and everyone has their own ideas and opinions, and that includes what should be the "must see" places. It is enjoyable to flip through and learn about different places all over the world! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free through the Good Reads First Reads program.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Negin

    What an ignorant biased author. 1000 places to see before you die and you only put 10 most stereotypical photos of the Middle East with desert and camels!! Then put Turkey, Iran, Iraq very briefly as “Asia” not Middle East (face palm. Learn geography before publishing a book about places in the world?) Heavily biased towards touristy places, using a very white-centric language (“culinary revolution” of Denmark? While “dozens of columns left behind” for Persepolis!!) and hardly showing good photo What an ignorant biased author. 1000 places to see before you die and you only put 10 most stereotypical photos of the Middle East with desert and camels!! Then put Turkey, Iran, Iraq very briefly as “Asia” not Middle East (face palm. Learn geography before publishing a book about places in the world?) Heavily biased towards touristy places, using a very white-centric language (“culinary revolution” of Denmark? While “dozens of columns left behind” for Persepolis!!) and hardly showing good photos of real gems around the world. Sigh, white people. Sigh.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Underwhelmed by the book. I think it provides some good ideas if you are planning a trip somewhere and want a quick idea to run with without going out and buying Frommer's. But that's essentially what this is...a very general travel guide. There are a lot of great things left out...and some great things included. I consider it more of a coffee-table book. Not something you'd ever actually sit down and read cover to cover. Underwhelmed by the book. I think it provides some good ideas if you are planning a trip somewhere and want a quick idea to run with without going out and buying Frommer's. But that's essentially what this is...a very general travel guide. There are a lot of great things left out...and some great things included. I consider it more of a coffee-table book. Not something you'd ever actually sit down and read cover to cover.

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