Book Review | 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Title: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries

Author: Patricia Schultz

My Review:

My bucket list just got a little bit longer. Actually, it’s now a lot longer now that I’ve had a chance to check out 1,000 Places to See Before You Die! This is THE travel guide to buy if you are trying to decide where to go on a vacation or just have an genuine interest in geography and other cultures. I have always been interested in geography and took all the classes I could on the subject both in high school and university. Ask my friends how much random trivia I know and they will tell you I’m a bit of a nerd in that subject area.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die was originally published in 2003 and has now been recently re-released with new content added in. In fact, they’ve added 200 new entries, 28 additional countries, 200 more pages and more than 600 full-colour photographs. It’s been almost 10 years so much has changed!

The book is organized in 8 regions: 

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
  • USA & Canada
  • Latin America
  • The Caribbean, The  Bahamas and Bermuda

From there they are again broken down into countries so it’s very easy to find the region you are most interested in checking out.  The listings include information that travellers most need to know like closest major airports, hotels, restaurants, attractions, best months to visit, etc. I love the descriptions the author gives because I could visualize what it would be like to go there.

The first spot I wanted to check out when I opened the book was my local area, Nova Scotia. I was curious to see what places were close enough that we could drive to and check out. The first spot listed was the Bay of Fundy which is actually only a 15 minute drive from my home. We go there at least once a week in the nicer weather because we enjoy being close to the ocean. I learned that the Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world measuring more than 22 times greater than the average tide in open sea. Two other areas that were listed were Cape Breton Island and Lunenburg. We had been planning a trip to Cape Breton Island already, but now have added Lunenburg to the list thanks to this book.

As for travel outside of Canada, there’s SO MANY places I want to visit. I don’t even know where to start with this. Scotland is definitely high up there on the list. My mom’s side of the family is actually from the Scottish Highlands so I would like to go there someday. Argyll Highlands and Loch Ness are both located there. My grandma always used to tell us about the Loch Ness monster and it was interesting to see more information on how that legend began.

John and I are heading to New York City in August and it was listed in the books as well. The author gives a ton of information on top attractions, hotels, etc and other tips to help navigate the metropolis. Reading it just made me even more excited to go!

There’s also an iPad app for the book! It’s called 1000 Places To See Before You Die and is $3.99 at iTunes. It looks pretty neat and even has a feature where you can create a “bucket list” where you can pick and choose the places you’ve been and want to visit.

I encourage you to check out 1,000 Places to See Before You Die if you have a thirst for knowledge and adventure!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book. This giveaway is part of Fashionista Events, coordinated by The Chief Blonde of Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy Rose of ModlyChic. *

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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