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 eloquent word to breathtaking image, taking readers on a visual journey of the best the world has to offer.
While retaining the scope of Schultz’s vision and journalistic authority, this deluxe edition has been totally reconceived for the photographic format and features 100 percent new material. Whereas the original book included practical information such as where to stay and dine, this new book focuses on immersing the reader in gorgeous scenery—Patricia personally chose more than 1,000 color photos to express what it’s like to visit each location—and shares the must-do activities and must-visit sites for every destination.
The new images help readers feel joy, curiosity, awe, passion, nostalgia, inspiration and a sense of how lucky they are to live in a world filled with such beauty and wonder.
Hard as it is to highlight some of the destinations, among them are: tributaries of mist curling over the Great Wall, elephants grazing on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sun setting on the wild coast of Donegal, masked whirling dancers at a festival in Bhutan, the Metéora of Greece, the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar, and 994 other places. Every spread and page is designed to showcase the mesmerizing photographs and hold just enough of Schultz’s lively text that we know why it is we’re looking at them.
By the time the original book was published in 2003, Schultz says, “I had spent eight years researching and traveling – preceded by decades vagabonding around the globe – to discover and compile my own personal list of the world’s wonders. It was a daunting challenge but exciting and rewarding beyond description.”
The book, she adds, “has proved to be an enduring dream book for those new to travel as well as for veteran travelers curious to expand their bucket lists.”
So does the world need another 1,000 Places book?
“My answer is a resounding yes. Every year a new wave of adventurers comes on board with newfound determination to make their lives one of continued curiosity and discovery. And in this moment of insta-everything, this new tome guarantees a wealth of inspiration.
“While the original book will forever remain my life-changing first-born child, this edition is its sophisticated offspring.”
The new edition of 1,000 Places to See Before Your Die is available for purchase Oct. 29.
About Patricia Schultz:
Patricia Schultz is author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with over 30 years of experience, she’s written for Frommer’s, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel Weekly, where she is a contributing editor. Her home base is in New York City, but good luck finding her there! Visit 1000places.com.