Patricia Schultz has a dream job: traveling the globe and writing about it. She is the author of the international #1 bestsellers, 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE® (translated into 25 languages) and 1,000 PLACES TO SEE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA BEFORE YOU DIE, with almost 4 million copies in print. With these works, she has reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. She was recently chosen by Forbes as one of the 25 most influential women in travel, and was executive producer of the Travel Channel’s TV show based on her first 1,000 PLACES book.
The new second edition of 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE has 200 entirely new destinations, 28 new countries, full-color photographs, and more than 50 percent new material woven into the revised and expanded entries, which emphasize comprehensive travel experiences instead of single sites.
Family legend, never proven, is that Patricia’s family is somehow related to Mark Twain, who was a preeminent globetrotter of his day. Patricia’s own wanderlust began on the beach at Atlantic City, when she set off from the family beach blanket seeking adventure and was returned to an apoplectic mother several hours later by some relieved lifeguards. “I had heard the siren call of the great, global beyond,” she recalls, “and I had answered. I was hooked. I was four years old.”
While her college classmates headed for Wall Street, Patricia grabbed her passport and made a beeline for the airport, and soon discovered that she could make a living from her passion. Many guidebooks and articles later, she embarked upon the first 1,000 PLACES book, spending seven years augmenting the knowledge she gained from her own travels with information from hundreds of books and magazines and first-person reports from colleagues, tourist agencies, and individual travelers. How did she winnow it all down? “The common denominator I chose was a simple one: that each place impress upon the visitor some sense of the earth’s magic, integrity, wonder, and legacy. And sometimes places that were just plain fun.”
Patricia Schultz is a popular speaker at travel shows, museums, associations, and organizations both in the U.S. and abroad, She has written about travel for publications including The Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Traveler, and for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz. She was named godmother of one of Avalon’s newest ships and christened the Avalon Expression on its maiden voyage. In more than 25 years of travel writing, she has never lost her curiosity or passion. “Some people can speed from New York to L. A. without registering a thing,” she writes. “I can walk around my mid-Manhattan block and come home with a carton of milk and stories to tell. The number of miles covered has nothing to do with the real pleasures of travel–the inherent beauty of the world and the discovery it promises are all around us.”
- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Why They Made My Life List (with 30-image Powerpoint)
- 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die: From Travel Icons to the Unexpected (with 30-image Powerpoint)
- My Favorite Places in Europe
- The Art of Evocative Travel Writing: A Tough Job, But Someone Has to Do It
Meet Patricia Schultz
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- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Traveling to Stay Alive
- Above Africa and Alaska, Awe Replaces Anxiety
New York, NY
Patricia was wonderful!!! It was probably the best client event we have ever had in 20 years.
- Sue Brauner, VP, The Brauner Company (Investment Advisors)
Patricia Schultz's presentations are the true embodiment of what 1,000 Places to See Before You Die stands for: interesting, passionate, concisely filled with obvious and not-so-obvious experiences, and delivered in Patricia's warm, simple and authentic way. She reminds everyone in the room how vast and interesting our world is!
- Jaime Leon, co-owner, Travelwise (a member of Virtuoso)
Our conference programs are not complete until Patricia Schultz joins us. Our audience LOVES her, and so do we. Patricia has a knack for speaking to a packed audience while making everyone feel as though she's addressing them directly... I would highly recommend Patricia Schultz as your next featured speaker!
- Diane McLevy, Conference Director, Travel & Adventure Shows