Do you have a travel bucket list? You know, that list of places that you want to visit before you die. I do. At least, I thought I did. Then I read 1000 Places to See Before You Die and realized that my list was not nearly long enough.
1000 Places to See Before You Die author Patricia Schultz took some time to talk to Travel Smart Blog about this book that is inspiring travelers all over the world.
TSB: What was your inspiration for writing 1,000 Places to See Before You Die?
PS: A lifetime of traveling and 25 years of professional writing travel guides put me in a position where I felt like I had the knowledge and know-how to attempt a book of this nature. I craved a book of this nature myself and innocently believed the rest of the world did as well!
TSB: How many of these places have you checked off the list?
PS: I’ve never done an official count, but saying I’ve been to approximately 80% of these places feels about right to me.
TSB: What do you enjoy most about traveling?
PS: I love waking up in a foreign city and feeling like anything can happen. And I love being able to leave all the obligations, stress, problems, and distractions back home – despite the fact that my Blackberry comes along with me.
TSB: What do you enjoy least about traveling?
PS: I hate early morning flights that get me out of bed at 4am after 2 or 3 hours of sleep. After that, everything else during the trip is a cakewalk. I’m pretty relaxed about things.
TSB: What’s the one thing you always take with you when you travel?
PS: I am the queen of zip-loc bags – I use them in every size and bring lots of extras. Scarves take up no room and are great accessories to dress up any outfit. And I bring a ridiculous number of magazines for the plane – the movies they offer on board are unwatchable.
TSB: Do you have a favorite hotel or place that you have stayed along the way?
PS: I have discovered many remarkable hotels along the way. A recent favorite where I overnighted last week is found in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain: the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos or Parador de Santiago. Dating back to the 15th century, it is said to be the world’s oldest hotel. It is one of 80+ historical buildings (think old monasteries and convents) reincarnated as inns as part of the governments “parador” system.
TSB: What has surprised you most since writing this book?
PS: That – after all of these years since being released in 2003 – it continues to be so enthusiastically embraced by travelers young and old, rookies and veterans, in the US and around the world. I would have been elated with 2 or 3 translations: we have 23 of them!
Thank you Patricia! Everybody, don’t forget to download the 1000 Places To See Before You Die App to help you navigate as you set your course for adventure!
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