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1,000 Places to See Before You Die

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  24,000 ratings  ·  391 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 992 pages
Published May 22nd 2003 by Workman Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jacob
Mar 22, 2008 Jacob added it
I want to write the opposite of this book or an alternative to this book or a thousand alternatives to this book: A thousand places to avoid before you die or a thousand places to die at or a thousand middle of the road, boring, corporate, manufactured experiences, exercises in tedium to have before you die or a thousand places to have sex in public before you die or a thousand places to shoplift from before you die or a thousand books to burn before you die or a thousand pages of unremarkable m ...more
J 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 ...more
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.
Anne Broyles
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 ...more
Jeniffer Almonte
I bought this book, just like I always read travelogues and watch foreign movies, because I love to daydream about traveling all over the world and seeing all sorts of wonderful places. Daydreaming about travel is almost as good as actually traveling. Well...not really, but I enjoy it so much.

Anyway, this book features 1000 places in it, and you get to read about these cool places and dream about going there. What could go wrong?? It's a pretty foolproof idea, surely.

And yet if it was possible
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Kyra
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
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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 ...more
Tania McCartney
I am very well travelled and I found this list incredibly US-biased and devoid, with listings spouting 'the obvious' as well as the comparably mundane. Australia and New Zealand have about three entries between them, which I find blindsiding, as these are two of the most diverse and breathtaking countries in the world. And don't even start me on her blithely superficial understanding of the Asian continent. So very much is missed and lacking in beauty and spirit, it's as though the author slappe ...more
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
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Deviant Geek
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
Jennifer Short
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 ...more
Susan
Aug 10, 2008 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those wishing to jumpstart wanderlust
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
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
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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 ...more
Andrie
Ως λάτρης των ταξιδιών κατευχαριστήθηκα αυτό το βιβλίο όσο δεν πάει. Σίγουρα στη λίστα μου προστέθηκαν και άλλοι προορισμοί :)
Πλήρης ο οδηγός, ακόμη και με τηλέφωνα και διευθύνσεις. Σιγουρευτείτε όμως ότι έχετε τη νέα έκδοση. Πολύ καλοί οι χάρτες και οι φωτογραφίες που σε ταξιδεύουν μακριά.
Really loved it... θα επανέρχομαι συχνά
Connie
I haven't exactly read this book, but I've certainly had a good time paging through it. It's well written and interesting, and provides a lot of useful information.

I decided to review this book when I was looking through the reviews on Goodreads, and many of them read something like: "1 star--OMG the author didn't pick my favorite place on earth and she listed too many old hotels. This book is the worst." Let me emphasize this: There is no objective and definitive list of the one thousand best
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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......
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.
Mona
This is a book to skim and turn down the corners on the pages of places I've been lucky enough to actually see. After more than 40 years of travel, I've hardly made a dent. Plus....there are favorite places I've loved beyond measure that aren't included. It will probably end up in the Goodwill after I croak and some hapless buyer will scorn over the pinched corners. Too bad. Ha ha
Veronica
This book had the potential to be a great guide to all the "must sees in each city, but it sadly doesn't quite deliver. There are a LOT of great places missing and do you really need to see each 5 star hotel in every city?? 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is good for seeing where you might want to travel to next...and then buying the Lonely Planet when you book the tickets.
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.
Marilyn
This is beautiful book full of fascinating information. I downgraded my rating only because Big Bend National Park should have replaced one of the entries for Texas. While you may not agree with all of the selections, you are sure to find places you would not have considered had you not read this book.
Stacy
I enjoy reading about the places they recommend around the world and checking off places I've visited. I won't get to all 1,000 that they recommend, but I always feel so fortunate that I have the opportunity to travel to some amazing places and experience so many incredible cultures and people.
Coeli Lawhead
I am a travel writer whom needs to know about specific sites in specific locations without ever having gone to those places. This book lets the read know about the top sites in cities all over the world. The author does tend to focus on touristy locations and can be general in her explanations so more research is often required. My biggest problem with this book is that the author has written, almost word for word, text from other websites. I do extensive research for each of my articles and I r ...more
GONZA
Ci sono i libri da leggere, i libri da sfogliare e i libri da guardare e rosicare, come questo. Se siete prevalentemente stanziali o non avete sufficienti fondi da investire in viaggi, compratevi questo libro, in questo modo il prossimo posto da visitare o che visitereste, lo sceglierete tra quelli che l'autrice ritiene i migliori, sia dal punto di vista paesaggistico che architettonico. Notevoli sono anche le segnalazioni che riguardano gli spettacoli stagionali da vedere, peccato per la cartac ...more
Carolyn
I had the first thick edition, and the second addition has added more countries, 200 new entries and over 600 color photos. At 1200 pages this is an interesting reference book for anyone who loves to travel or dreams of doing so. Look through it to see where you wish to go next or what highlights you may have missed in places you have already seen.
I have one large objection to the book that it may discourage budget travelers from going anywhere if they rely on this book entirely without furth
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I_love_books
Die neue Lebensliste für den Weltreisenden: Plätze, an denen man unbedingt mal gewesen sein sollte
"1000 Places To See Before You Die" ist ein ganz besonderer Reiseführer. Er ist die Lebensliste der Autorin/Reisejournalistin Patricia Schultz und soll den Leser inspirieren, die schönsten Plätze der Welt zu besuchen.

Das "Globetrotter-Reisebuch" ist in acht Regionen – 1) Europa, 2) Afrika, 3) Der nahe Osten, 4) Asien, 5) Australien, Neuseeland und die Pazifischen Inseln, 6) Die vereinigten Staaten v
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George Anders
This is a brilliant idea for a book. And part of the reason that it's brilliant is that each of us would create a different list. So part of the fun of reading it is to pick minor quarrels with the author about the best hike/track in New Zealand ... or the most interesting jazz club in New York, etc.

That said, Patricia Schultz's tastes get annoyingly narrow and repetitive. Way too many fancy hotels, as other reviewers have noted. Too many perfunctory listings of game parks in Africa -- I think 8
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Chas Bayfield
This was a really fun read. My mum has the latest version (with colour pictures) and hers has more pages and different 'must see' places. It certainly gave me some wanderlust and I used it to fill an otherwise uneventful stopover in Hanoi. However, you have to read it with a sense of humour - 1000 Places to See Before You Die should really be called 'Lots of Places to See in the USA and a Few Elsewhere'! The US bias is staggering. Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal warrant less space than some islands ...more
purplemagnolia
This is one of those great books everyone should own, everyone with a passion or even just an interest in travel needs this book. I remember when I first saw it on the shelf in the book store. It was the type of book that literally leapt into my arms and said ‘buy me!”

At the front of the book there is a full page dedicated to this quote: “Life is not counted by the number of breaths you take but by the places and moments which take your breath away.” This describes rather aptly the philosophy of
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Rimma
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Read

I like the book, may be it doesn't have everyone favorite places, and it may not meet everyone ethics approval for not including all historical places , we should be knowing, and who cares if someone recommend you expensive hotel where people live on $5 a day, you don’t have to stay there. Life is different everywhere, you don't have to live by someone else standards or take someone else advice, you have option to consider all the possible
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