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1,000 Places to See Before You Die

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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 ...more
Paperback, 992 pages
Published May 22nd 2003 by Workman Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2003)
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Matthew Fisher that is not a question. of course it is bias. just like if you wrote a book about this topic, it would be about what you think, not what I would…morethat is not a question. of course it is bias. just like if you wrote a book about this topic, it would be about what you think, not what I would think.(less)
The Night Hawk (Erin) Go to the section of the country you plan to visit on your next trip and peruse all the highlights of that country. If it is in your interest to see…moreGo to the section of the country you plan to visit on your next trip and peruse all the highlights of that country. If it is in your interest to see these places, make time out of your trip to take a few detours, especially if situated in a town that is a day trip away from the town(s)/city(s) you are visiting. Happy travels!(less)
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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
Jan 18, 2016 Brina rated it liked it
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 ...more
Anne Broyles
Jan 01, 2010 Anne Broyles rated it it was ok
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
J Cravens
Dec 30, 2008 J Cravens rated it did not like it
Shelves: travel
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
Mar 24, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Martha Love
Jun 04, 2015 Martha Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2011 hissi rated it did not like it
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
Jun 10, 2010 Adam rated it did not like it
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......
Jul 14, 2011 Kyra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Steven Peterson
Jul 09, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2008 Susan rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2010 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2014 Aimee rated it did not like it
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.
Jennifer Short
Dec 25, 2011 Jennifer Short rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Jennifer Dumond
Mar 30, 2015 Jennifer Dumond rated it really liked it
A very fun book to browse through and get ideas from, but definitely a book that highlights hotels and restaurants for those with deep pockets!
Jul 15, 2014 Andrie rated it really liked it
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
Wanda Moore
Jul 21, 2015 Wanda Moore rated it it was amazing
I highlight places as I visit them.
Feb 28, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-reviews
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
Nov 27, 2008 Justine rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 25, 2012 Mona rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2009 Veronica rated it it was ok
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.
Justin Byrne
May 24, 2015 Justin Byrne rated it liked it
This is not, by definition, a book to read from cover to cover unless, that is, you're either extremely dedicated or, alternatively, crazy. Any list must be neither more nor less than one person's opinion. Unless your idea of a good holiday is podium dancing in Ibiza, you'll find something in here to tickle your fancy. My main criticism is that the bulk of the material tends towards the luxury end of the market. Rare indeed is the suggestion for a low cost or, Heaven forbid, free experience. If ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-sorted
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.
Mar 25, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 02, 2015 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, i-own-it
I didn't actually READ this 1200 page book, but I went through it and put checkmarks and dates by all the places I have visited so far. My husband and I spend much of our discretionary money on travel, and I thought I'd been to a lot of destinations, but this book makes me realize I've barely scratched the surface. I like that it doesn't just give the major cities and typical tourist destinations, but recommends a lot of special smaller gems. Oh, I still have many trips to plan! Even in a countr ...more
Adriana Fogaça
Aug 27, 2015 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Título original: 1.000 Places To See Before You Die
Título: 1.000 Lugares Para Conhecer Antes de Morrer
Autor: Patricia Schultz
Tradução: Cláudio Figueiredo/Pedro Jorgensen Junior
Editora: Sextante
Ano: 2006
Comprar: Nos seguintes sites: Amazon, Americanas, Submarino, Livraria Saraiva, Livraria Cultura e Livraria Folha


Este livro é um guia para quem ama viajar ou para pessoas que sonham em viajar para vários lugares, mas que ainda não tiveram a coragem para tanto. No caso, este livro pode ser
May 11, 2014 Coeli rated it it was ok
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
Kat Trina
Jan 25, 2016 Kat Trina rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
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
Pradit Pinyopasakul
A good reference for travelers.
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