I’ve always loved the title of that book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die.” The second edition just came out.
Everyone has that travel bucket list… but after reading this book, you may want to add to yours! And I’m going to give you the chance. After you read this post (really…continue to read please) go to my Facebook page and post one of the places you’d like to see before you die AND why – then you will win a free book. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracy-Gallagher/284725555177
We will send it out to the first three to respond, hassle free
I have already checked out this newer edition. No joke – it is almost 1200 pages long, and has 28 new countries added from the first edition.
This book is for the person who doesn’t want to go to the same place twice.. but would rather skim a number of places, getting a flavor for each. The book is useful for providing ideas of places one may have never thought to venture…which to me, is exciting.
In this second edition, the author included places that are hot destinations now, that surprisingly were not on her radar in 2000… (Nicaragua, South Korea, etc)
I was impressed she included the Mergui Archipelago… an incredible group of mostly uninhabited islands in Burma/Myanmar that I visited earlier this year…that was closed to travelers until 1997.
But overall, I found the book to be a pretty basic. general overview of the world. The author doesn’t get too into depth. The book is organized into regions…and then into cities/smaller regions. Within each region, there are “Top Attractions,” “Where to Stay,” ‘Eating and Drinking,” etc.
In those sections there are most things you would find in any guide book – For instance, you would expect a recommendation to Buckingham Palace for London….and you get one. I tested the book’s recommendations in places I have traveled many times, or knew best, like Arles and Avignon, France…
and I think she pretty much nailed the important basic things to see. More importantly, I think the book leaves out the right things that are over-hyped.
The more interesting recommendations come in the section “Other Must Dos”… unfortunately, not every city has an “Other Must Do List.”
What I really like about the book is the author’s approach – she tried to read everything she can get her hands on about a place, so she arrives with some perspective in her recommendations. No to mention ,she and I seem to have the same interests, so I would gravitate to the things she recommends anyway – like San Telmo Flea Market in Buenos Aires which is touristy but so interesting.. and Van Gogh’s sanatorium in St. Remy de Provence, France, which is a chance to walk in the artist’s shoes and see where he painted many of his works.
This is not a family travel book by any means – I didn’t see one mention of children..but then to be fair, that is a whole other genre. There are some pictures, just wish they were bigger.
Final thought: It is a fun book to keep on your shelf… and pick up when you get a dose of wanderlust. (Everyday??)
Remember – the first three people to post where you want to go before you die AND why on my Facebook page win a free copy of this book. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracy-Gallagher/284725555177