• By: Dan Donovan

Book Review: 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Book Review: 1000 places to see before you die review • A traveler´s life list
By Patricia Schultz

1197 pages • ISBN 978-0-7611-5686-4

There are tourists and there are travelers, Patricia Schultz is both. The world’s most popular travel writer is also the Global Brand Ambassador for Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the renowned international travel company that has been creating exceptional guided vacations for almost 70 years through Europe, North & Central, South America, Asia and Australia & New Zealand. Schultz was recently in Ottawa to share some of her wonderful travel stories and wisdom to a small crowd over a fabulous lunch at Giovanni’s in Little Italy. It’s easy to see why Schultz has over 4 million followers on Facebook, and why her latest book 1000 Places to See Before You Die is so popular. She has a gift for prose and captures the little gems of travel with wonderful and descriptive passages that literally make you want to get up and go there. She describes the diversity, beauty, variety and cultural vibrancy of the 1000 of the places featured in the book. A key theme in the book is about the incredible opportunities and access people have today to travel, like at no other time in history. The lower cost to travel, lower communication costs and the dismantling of artificial barriers to the flow of goods, services, capital, knowledge, and people across borders has made the world smaller and easier to get around. Schultz is also an astute observer of people and cultures. She notes that every travel destination is   constituted by a system of values, beliefs and customs reflected in its daily lives, and its perceptions about life, family, workplace, and living conditions.

This world’s bestselling travel book has superlative information and experiences, as well as a budget for everyone and practical guides that will help you navigate through your chosen destination. Whether its restaurants, museums, parks, boutiques, nightlife, historical places, and hotels, 1000 Places to See Before You Die is must read if you love travel.

The #1 New York Times bestsellers 1000 Places to See Before You Die published by Workman, and written by Patricia Schultz who is also the author of 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 30 years of experience, she has written for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Travel Weekly, where she is a contributing editor. She also executive-produced a Travel Channel television show based on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Her home base is New York City.