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1,000 Places to See Before You Die

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  39,535 ratings  ·  533 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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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 think…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)

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Jan 01, 2010 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
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)_/¯
Jan 18, 2016 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
Jayne Cravens
Dec 05, 2008 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 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.
Aug 14, 2011 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
Kat Trina
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 11, 2010 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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction
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.
Jan 18, 2014 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. ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
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. ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Martha Love
Jun 04, 2015 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
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
Jun 10, 2010 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 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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.
Deborah Edwards
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 10, 2008 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
Steven Peterson
Jul 09, 2009 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
* kyrat
Jul 14, 2011 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
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
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. ...more
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
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. ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jennifer Wilson
Dec 25, 2011 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
Nov 27, 2008 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. ...more
Mar 11, 2009 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. ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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