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1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition Paperback – July 1, 2015
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Every day, a new destination for your next adventure!
Tick off one destination at a time from your travel bucket list. Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller of the same name, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-a-Day Calendar captures all the pleasure and passion of travel, in beautiful full-color photographs, right on your desktop or kitchen counter. There are beaches along Hawaii’s Nāpali Coast, a 12th-century castle in Belgium, and endless food stalls in Hong Kong’s night markets. Plus quizzes, savvy travel advice on going off the beaten path, and quotes from travel enthusiasts: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.—Marcel Proust. A gift of inspiration for any traveler—actual and armchair.
Stop dreaming and get going!
An itinerary-in-photos for people who love to travel, from Patricia Schultz, author of the #1 bestselling book of the same name. Each month of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-a-Day Wall Calendar features a new destination with daily gorgeous images of eye-catching sites—on and off the beaten path—plus a map and detailed text about the featured location. Admire the cherry blossoms of the Imperial Palace’s East Garden in Tokyo one month, then zip-line over Whistler, ride the railway up the Jungfrau in Switzerland, and stroll leisurely through South Carolina’s Low Country gardens. Picture-a-Day Wall Calendars include hundreds of gorgeous full-color and black-and-white photographs that indulge our hobbies, curiosities, and obsessions. Each month’s grid includes a large image with informative text, plus additional images for nearly every day of the year.
“The perennial guide to iconic travel destination....We read the entire book, stopping to gasp, comment and bookmark several pages along the way.”
—The Huffington Post
“[1,000 Places to See Before You Die] has joined the canon of classic reference tomes that earn periodic updates and cozy homes on the bookshelf next to the thesaurus. It is sure to land under many trees this year.”
“Globe-trotters and vicarious adventure-seekers alike will find this full revamp of a world traveler’s bible even more informative and inspiring than before.”
“Schultz has given her iconic guide a complete makeover. With 500 new photographs, 200 new entries and 28 new countries, the second edition is more informative, budget-conscious and user-friendly.”
“It’s a big world out there, which makes it hard to decide on a vacation destination. The Internet can seem just as vast when it comes time to research. That’s why Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die deserves a place on your bookshelf. A great inspiration tool that includes both the obvious…and the less so.”
—The Washington Post
“She [Schultz] has managed to work a little literary magic here—and still keep her original 1,000 favorite places—by reorganizing and rewriting the content of the first edition. As always, her entries are irresistibly idiosyncratic, from ‘Beer in Belgium’ to ‘The Last Supper’ and Other Works of Leonardo Da Vinci.’”
“The names of authors who have sold millions of travel guidebooks are widely known: Fodor. Frommer. Steves. Oh, and don't forget Schultz. You know, Patricia Schultz. Still not familiar? Her signature title surely is: ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die.’ [She is] the travel expert who launched legions of bucket lists back in 2003 (before we even knew what a bucket list was).”
—San Jose Mercury News
“Whether they’re outdoor adventures or simply armchair travelers, readers on your holiday list will enjoy 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Informative, clear and accessible.”
—Ventura County Star
“Patricia Schultz’s classic bucket list book of travel musts have been updated, and the second edition has full color, revised information and about 200 new entries. It’s fun to peruse when putting together your travel wish list.”
—Chicago Sun Times
“1,000 Places to See Before You Die...should set anybody’s imagination soaring. It is a book to browse under the Snuggie on a long winter night and daydream with.”
—Delaware Star News
“For travelers who think they’ve seen it all, surely there’s a place you haven’t visited in this newly revised classic bestseller.”
—Pittsburgh Post Gazette
From the Back Cover
The world’s wonders, continent by continent: A trek through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. A sunrise balloon safari over the Masai Mara. Canyon de Chelly. The sacred festivals of Bhutan. The Amalfi Coast. Sailing the Mekong River.
In all, 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers: sacred ruins, coral reefs, hilltop villages, deserted beaches, wine trails, hidden islands, opera houses, wildlife preserves, castles, museums, and more. Each entry tells why it’s essential to visit and includes hotels, restaurants, and festivals to check out. Then come the completely updated nuts and bolts: websites, phone numbers, prices, best times to visit.
The world is calling. Time to answer.
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The other problem with the book is the lack of balance in covering the different regions of the world. The back cover informs the reader that 28 new countries have been added compared to the first edition, which is an improvement, but some regions are still very much over/under-represented relative to others. Britain and Ireland (0.2% of the world's land area and 1% of the world population) together take up 74 entries in the book. In comparison, India and China, which are much larger countries with greater geographical diversity, longer history, and far more UNESCO world heritage sites, only get 40 entries in the book - combined. I'm sure that all of the places recommended in the book for Britain and Ireland are wonderful places worthy of visit, but when making a list that's supposed to cover the entire world, the author needs to pay special attention to fairly representing every country and region of the world.
Finally, the snobbishness is still present in spades. Schultz continues to consistently recommend the most expensive hotels and restaurants in practically every part of the world. The entry for Istanbul (which is covered quite well, actually) lists 7 options for places to stay. The second-cheapest one runs at a cool $385. If I had to choose 7 accommodation options for a large city, I would probably suggest at least 2 upscale options, 2 mid-level (which I define as $100-250), and 2 budget options. I don't need a travel book to tell me that the most expensive hotel in town is probably a nice place to spend the night. With her apparent motto of "the more expensive the better" I should expect Outer Space to be one of the entries in the next edition of this book, what with its $100 million price tag. On the other hand, there's no Four Seasons or Park Hyatt hotel there, so maybe not.
This book is useful for travel ideas, and makes for an entertaining read about places you might not have heard of. But unfortunately, it often feels like an amateurish copy+paste job.
Trivia note: I counted that there are actually 1012 places in the book.