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.
UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNERS
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.