Do you have a “bucket list”? You know, a list of things you want to do, or places you want to visit, before you die? It’s not really something I like to think about, but the fact of the matter is, it’s a part of life. Eventually, everyone dies. What you do with your life before you die, is up to you. There are so many beautiful places to see in this world of ours, and an absolutely fabulous list of these has been compiled in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz.
I recently received this very informative book to review, and honestly, I am simply amazed at all of the destinations included in it. It certainly makes the world suddenly seem so much bigger, and reminds me of how few places I have explored in my time here on earth.
One thing I really love about this book, is that it is beautifully organized. The world is divided into eight regions, which are further subdivided geographically as follows:
Europe: Great Britain and Ireland, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandanavia
Africa: North Africa, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa, the Islands of the Indian Ocean
The Middle East
Asia: East Asia, South and Central Asia, Southeast Asia
Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
The United States of America and Canada: Subdivided by state or province
Latin America: Mexico and Central America, South America and Antarctica
The Caribbean, The Bahamas and Bermuda
The listings under each of these locations is further subdivided by:
Where: The distance of a site from a major city or airport.
Visitor Info: The official website of the region’s board of tourism.
Info and/or the Names of the Sites within the entry: The telephone and web address of the entry sites.
How: Information on recommended outfitters or operators who offer tours, treks, cruises, safaris, and other packages or customized travel to or within the destination.
Where to Stay: Recommended hotels and inns.
Cost: Prices for all hotels, restaurants, and organized trips
When: Highlights seasonal closings
Best times: The best months to visit, taking into account weather, local festivals, sports and leisure opportunities, peak tourist crowds, and other significant events.
There is also an index in the back of the book, which lists out all of the destinations alphabetically, making it very easy to find the places you are looking for.
This book is full of breathtaking pictures from most of the destinations contained in it, and it’s a traveler’s dream!
I took a look at the section for my home state of Maine, and I would agree that the places listed, Acadia National Park, Kennebunk, and Penobscot Bay are definitely some of the most beautiful destinations in our state. I am a bit biased though, and was just a touch disappointed that Baxter State Park, which is a 15 minute drive from my home town, was not included.
The book redeemed itself though, when I did a search for Grand Cayman Islands. Right there on page 1074, was the most beautiful place I have ever visited.
After reading through this book, there are so many more places I would love to visit in my lifetime. It has always been a dream of mine to visit Italy, and now if I ever do have the opportunity to visit, I’ll have a wonderful guide to help me figure out where to go.
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Interested in this book yet? I thought so! I have THREE copies to give away! This would make an excellent gift for the traveler in your family, or for a special Dad for Father’s Day! Or, keep it for yourself, and dream about the places you’d like to visit someday.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of the above-described book for the purposes of a review. All opinions are 100% my own.