Does your family have a wish list of travel destinations?
Our family has enjoyed leafing through 1,000 Places to See Before You Die for years to build our own wish list and compare our experiences with the author’s, so when I was invited to review the newest edition and give three copies away to MomsTravelTales readers, I jumped at the chance!
This new edition features color photos of the destinations and more countries and destinations than the first edition. To keep the list at 1,000, Patricia Schultz lumped a few destinations together as excursions, so you are actually getting even more travel ideas jammed into this edition than the last.
No, this is not a family-specific travel book, but it still gives great insight on truly unique and gorgeous destinations worldwide.
For example, this weekend we’ll be traveling to Colorado with our three kids. After reading Patricia’s entry on Rocky Mountain National Park, I knew to plan extra time to allow our family to really take in the splendor. (And I promise to report back with photos!)
Each entry not only tells why that destination is spectacular, it also suggests places to stay (often in a range of prices), places to eat and often mentions tips for the best time to visit or special events to plan to see.
Just a few of the places she mentions our family has also enjoyed, including:
- La Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s other architectural creations in Barcelona, Spain
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates (where our kids snow-skied for the first time– indoors, and also visited the world’s tallest building)
- Edinburgh Castle and Festivals
- Tivoli Gardens in Denmark
Not everything mentioned is so far away. Patricia also covers plenty of sites state-side including
- Route 66
- Boston, Mass.
- Big Sky, Montana
- The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
- The Outer Banks
- The Thomas Jefferson Trail
- and one of my newest favorite discoveries, the Finger Lakes of New York
And yes, I’ll admit it, reading through some of the pages makes me smile, remembering pre-family travel, like when I bungee jumped in New Zealand. (Gulp!)
1,000 Places to See Before you Die is a great way to not only build a dream list of travel destinations, it’s also a great way to share geography with your kids in a very real way. Flip through the pages, pick a site to see, locate the destination on a map or globe and talk about what a trip to that spot might be like. You could even talk about what the people who live there might be like and plan how much a trip there might cost.
Do you want to dream of new travel destinations and either add them to your own list or live vicariously through Patricia’s experiences?
Workman Publishing is going to give three lucky MomsTravelTales readers their very own copy of the book so you can compare notes, daydream a little and plan your next dream vacation.
To enter, just leave a comment with 2 places you’d like to see before you die.
I’ll pick three comments from the list randomly to select the winners. This contest is only open to those with U.S. or Canadian addresses.
Comment quickly. This contest ends when Labor Day weekend ends in the Central time zone, midnight, Tuesday morning, September 4.
So… What are your two places you’d like to see before you die? Comment away and win!
This contest is now closed.
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