The New York Times No. 1 bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” has been released in its second edition by author Patricia Schultz. Surely, you are correct in thinking that readers of the first edition have not covered all seven continents thoroughly in the intervening few years. The truth of it is, that once bitten by the travel bug, one is never done exploring. It could just as well be 10,000 places to see, so best to begin right away.
Your Bucket List and Your Knees
“I still have a bucket list a mile long after years of non-stop,” admitted Schultz during a recent media visit to San Francisco with Trafalgar Tours. Pointing to the philosophy that you don’t grow older and stop traveling; you grow older because you stop traveling, Schultz talked about Edith from New Jersey as an inspiration to us all. The two women met in the Peruvian Andes at the foot of Machu Picchu, where Edith and her husband had come to climb the ancient archeological wonder to celebrate a 70th wedding anniversary. Why Machu Picchu? Because, counseled the nonagenarian, “Your knees have an expiration date.”
Experiences Matter Most
Story-telling is paramount to every adventure, both during and after a journey. “We’ve learned that people want insider experiences,” explained Paul Wiseman, President of Trafalgar Tours. Some of the tour operator’s groups share experiences that bring them together “like a traveling United Nations.” The fun, he added, is enhanced by Be My Guest. Dining out in Tuscany, for example, is wonderful. But how much better it becomes when travelers join a genuine Italian count on his local market day, selecting fresh ingredients for a delicious homemade dinner they will learn to cook and share together in his own 15th-century villa in the hillside olives groves above Florence. Be My Guest is the meat on the bones of an unforgettable meal, day, trip, and even a lifetime.
Don’t Wait for Another 25 years
As a veteran travel journalist, Schultz has been packing and unpacking for more than a quarter-century. Trafalgar Tours have been operating tours for 67 years. Clearly, things have changed enormously in recent years, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the explosion of commerce in China. Yet there are wonders of the world that have changed very little over many centuries. Notably there are two things that have not changed at all: Travel is absolutely the best way to learn about the world we live in, and one mustn’t wait for a special occasion to take the next trip. As Schultz writes in her introduction, “The day you get off the couch and head for the airport, that’s the special occasion.”
The full-color second edition of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” and companion iPad app (Workman Publishing, $19.95, 1,200 pages) has added 28 new countries. Oh, dear. Time to reach for the passport.