Jul 14

1000 Places To See Before You Die Giveaway

1,000 Places To See Before You Die.

The Sydney Opera House in gorgeous Sydney is one of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die in Patricia Shultz’s #1 New York Times bestseller and our North American readers can find out what the other 999 places are just by leaving a comment below.

Yes! After a couple of recent giveaways that have only been open to our UK and Australian readers, we finally have something for our readers from the US and Canada – the brand new, beautiful second edition of this massively popular book.

It’s a must-have for the travel-obsessed and lovers of bucket lists. This edition is in full colour, making the places even more desirable; there are some 200 new entries, spanning 28 additional countries; and there are a whopping 200 more pages with 600 lavish full-color photographs. You can see an excerpt here.

I must admit I’d never looked at the book until we were invited to host a giveaway, so I had always assumed it was purely an inspirational book, however, it is part guidebook as well, with some basic practical info at the end of each must-see, usually a hotel or restaurant, some contact details and prices. The hotels have a tendency to be high-end, positioning this as a guide for well-off travellers or an aspirational travel book, depending on how you look at it.

My only problem with the book is that it’s not critical or opinionated enough. The listing for Hotel Gellert in Budapest, for instance, suggests the hotel is sumptuous, focusing on its Art Nouveau flourishes, when in fact it’s looking very worn around the edges and we found the rooms quite tatty and neglected; our flower box was full of cigarette boxes. The historic baths, which are what draw most guests here are spectacular, however, the atmosphere was firmly austere, communist-era Eastern Europe rather than an exotic and sensual Turkish Ottoman period.

It’s also written very much from a North American perspective for a North American audience. Places considered off-the-beaten-track by its author are most generally not, such as “little-known” UNESCO World Heritage listed Alberobello, which sees a daily constant stream of tour buses visiting its famous trulli, conical white houses, some of which date to the 15th century (although the author incorrectly says the oldest date to the 18th century).

The book is weighty too, so it’s definitely not the kind of guidebook you’re going to take travelling. However, it’s still a beautiful book and it’s listings and lush images succeed in serving to inspire travel. It’s the kind of book you’ll keep on your bedside table and thumb through before bed so you can then go to sleep and dream of all those places you’re going to attempt to see before you die…

So, how do you get your copy of 1000 Places To See Before You Die?
* Tell us in one sentence: which place tops your wish list of places to see before you die and why?
* Leave your answer in the Comments below.
* The best three answers each receive a book.
* Note: this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.
* It ends Friday 10 August.
* Get in early – this one is even easier than the last one.

This announcement has been a long time coming, for which we sincerely apologise. If you want to know what’s been keeping us so busy, see this post. But let’s not waste anymore time in announcing the three giveaway winners. They are:

* Brandon – for being the first one to provide a one-sentence reason, as requested. Although we’re sorry to have missed your birthday, Brandon!
* Sara – for giving us all a good reason to add the Maldives to our bucket lists, and
* Laurie – because we agree that sunset-watching is reason enough to want to go to a place. And congratulations on your recovery, Laurie!

Winners can expect to receive an email shortly from the publicist of 1000 Places to See Before You Die. A big thanks to everyone who entered – we’ve got more giveaways coming on Grantourismo very soon.



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  1. Sara

    The Maldives are definitely on my list. I’m fascinated by learning about unique cultures. Given that global warming and the subsequent rising levels of the oceans threaten to eliminate these islands before the end of my lifetime, I think it’s almost a moral imperative to visit, document, and share with the world stories about these communities. Well, that and as an avid diver I can’t wait to blow some bubbles there! It’s everything travel is supposed to be: giving something positive to the place you’re visiting as thanks for the opportunity to explore their wonders.

    1. Lara Dunston

      That’s on my list too! Great reasons for going, Sara. Thanks for your entry!

  2. Carolyn

    Traveling the world is great, Italy where my Grandfather was born and would be wonderful to visit. But, I love B&Bs I would stay in small intimate places, I would even love the small towns nearby. I have lived all my life in Upstate New York and here in Michigan. Sometimes the best places are in your own back yard especially where you never visited before. Thats where I would start my “1000 places to be before I die”.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Your own backyard – great answer, Carolyn! Thanks!

  3. myfriendfromzurich

    Ahhh i wish i could visit all the 1000 places!! There are so many beautiful places on earth. My top three: the remote beaches of Panama, the wild nature on Big Island, Hawaii and as a Swiss I also have to say that we have some great mountains too! :)

    1. Lara Dunston

      Three? But we asked for one!

      Now, you’re Swiss, but are you living in the USA or Canada at the moment, as the giveaway is only open to Nth American readers.

  4. Laurie

    As a thyroid cancer survivor, I would just once love to see a sunset in Hawaii. Having a doctor day the words “you have cancer” really makes you appreciate life and I want to live mine to the fullest. I hope to check this off my list one day soon.

    1. Lara Dunston

      My father died of cancer and although he died far too young he always lived by that philosophy. Congratulations on your recovery and great choice in Hawaii!

  5. Nick

    I really want to see the Aurora Borealis. I have just moved to Canada and it is on my list of things to see. To see something so beautiful and magical, that people since the dawn of time have witnessed and wondered at, is something I too would like to experience.

    1. Lara Dunston

      That’s high on our list too! Good luck!

  6. efrutik

    I would love to go to Iceland. Rent a car upon arrival and to explore the country as simple as that. There is something very inviting about Iceland especially landscape and the colors found all around the country.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Sounds great! Best of luck with your entry!

  7. Brandon

    In one sentence: my top destination would be Israel, particularly Jerusalem, becauase it is a timeless city whose history fascinates me (and my birthday is August 10 so this would be a nice gift :)).

    1. Lara Dunston

      Great reason! Happy birthday for August 10! And thanks for entering – good luck!

  8. Allison

    Scotland – and more specifically, do the Scotch trail – dram by dram! :) My family is from Scotland and my life wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t see where my lineage began.

    1. Lara Dunston

      We did a bit of the Scotch trail ourselves a couple of years ago! :) Best of luck!

  9. Ritu Mehta

    As most travelers it is is extremely difficult for me to choose one place, however if I had to it would be Italy, it seems like the type of place that has immense balance; everything from one of the earliest civilizations of the Roman culture, to modern day buzzing cities, to lush beaches along the coast, to incredible incredible food, to daily gelato (yes ice cream gets its own category) to an interesting culture, to get lost in conversation with its people, to relax in some world famous grantourismo’s to make hand gestures and pick up the language, to marvel at its architecture, and oh the shopping!!!

    1. Lara Dunston

      We’re big fans of Italy too! Good luck!

  10. Veronica Culver

    Top of my wish list of places to see before I die: Korea

    My biological mother was Korean (straight over from Korea). She and my father divorced when I was a baby and I wasn’t raised by her nor exposed to the culture. She has since passed and it would be amazing to go to her homeland.

    1. Lara Dunston

      We love Korean food, so that’s high on our list too. Love your reason! Best of luck!

  11. Damon Dominique

    I just got back a few days ago from backpacking all throughout Europe, and I’m already ready to hop on a plane to Bora Bora in the French Polynesia – the palm trees, tropical beaches, crystal clear water – there’s no reason they should get all that nature for themselves. :)

    1. Lara Dunston

      But you’re heading to Bora Bora now? Does that mean you’re about to tick off the top place you’d wanted to see before you died?

  12. Christina S.

    Living in the middle of the urban jungle of Washington, DC, I dream of miles of nothingness, of sand and sun, of ancient cultures and ancient traditions, of the amazing view of a most famous building peeking through a tiny opening in the rock at the end of the Siq. The #1 place I want to see before I die is Petra, Jordan.

    1. Lara Dunston

      We’ve been to Petra a few times and it’s extraordinary – especially the first time! Good luck!

  13. Linda C Hadfield

    My great, great grandfather came to America from Ireland. My father told me that ALL he had was a cord around his neck and on each end, was a can. One for food and one for water. My guess is, he came during the potato famine. He settled in upstate New York and started a family.

    I’d love to go back to Ireland and trace my family roots. I understand that my maiden name, Connell, used to be O’Connell, but my great, great grandfather dropped the “O” to avoid the persecution that many Irish endured when they came to America. I want to uncover the story of our ancestors to pass along to my children.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Oh wow, that is a wonderful reason to discover Ireland! I’d love to go there myself. Thanks for your entry!

  14. S. Fancy

    I would have to say that visiting the Galapagos Islands would be at the top of my list. A chance to see so many unique species would be amazing. It seems like a place that couldn’t be real, but you just have to experience to validate its existence.

    1. Lara Dunston

      The Galapagos Islands are definitely high on our list too. Thanks for your entry!

  15. Emma Tameside

    Oh how I would love to visit every one of these. Unfortunately my bucket list only has one secured destination, although to be fair, the destination is amazing! Kilimanjaro is an infatuation of mine. My uncle used to make regular trips to kilimanjaro, and would always bring home photographs. It just looks like an amazing mountain to climb.

    Thank you for the article by the way, I think my bucket list may be a little too long now though haha.

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