Independent travel to the Silk Road countries of the Stans—the heartland of Central Asia—is not recommended—not for any kind of inherent risk factor (the unresolved situation in Ukraine feels like light-years away), but simply because of language and cultural barriers, and the almost comical border crossings mired deep in old Soviet-style bureaucracy.
Francis Mallmann is the reigning star of food television in the Spanish-speaking world and the most famous and popular chef in South America. His first book, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way (Artisan Books, 2009), introduced readers to the secrets and flavors of traditional live-fire cooking.
For those who think there is nothing left to seek or nothing left untrammeled, the White Continent at the bottom of the world awaits – serene, magnificent, empty, surreal, and beautiful beyond words. Although the Seventh Continent – larger than the U.S. and Mexico combined– is the world’s most inaccessible, it is no longer a pipe dream for adventurers who place it high on their bucket lists. They return home with tales of a vast wilderness of snow, ice, water, and rock. And wildlife, an abundance of wildlife.
There is something inherently special about islands. The conventional image of a sandy palm tree–studded atoll is but one of countless interpretations, and I for one am as drawn to temperate destinations (the San Juan Islands of Washington, Scotland’s Hebrides) as I am to tropical (the Galápagos, the Maldives, French Polynesia), and as much to the larger masses (Corsica in France or Canada’s Newfoundland) as those you can walk around in a few alone-with-your-thoughts hours.
A too-brief stopover decades ago in Taiwan aka the ROC (Republic of China) left me with a lasting impression of friendliness and world-renowned food—and zero about the mountainous hinterland beyond the capital city of Taipei. I returned recently to find the streets lined with noodle shops and traditional teahouses cheek by jowl with Starbucks, 7-Elevens, shiny shopping mails, big-name hotels and the city's punctuation point, the sky scraping Taipei 101.
Many travelers feel that flying has lost its glamour. Others feel a growing need for Slow Travel or simply the need to stick closer to terra firma and a chance to enjoy the landscape that slips by when traveling by train. Here are just a handful of great rail adventures around the world that you may not know belong on your Bucket List.
What do I suggest you put on your see-it-sooner-rather-than-later Bucket List? Viewing the magnificent King of the Arctic in its natural environment is on my Short List, and I invite you to come along in October 2014 when I host a trip to the Canadian Arctic to experience the world’s largest concentration of polar bears up close and personal.
Patricia Schultz interviewed a fellow author with a focus on just one place: Paris. Patricia Wells has been living in France for more than 30 years, and knows a thing or two about where to get the best food.
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FIVE TRIPS TO TAKE WITH PATRICIA SCHULTZ
It's never too early to plan next year's vacation - Patricia will be hosting five great trips to very different locations in 2014 and 2015. Cruises, Trains, the Silk Road and Polar Bears, oh my! Learn more about why Patricia loves these places, and how you can join Patricia in the Baltics, exploring romantic Andalusia by rail, getting up close with the King of the Arctic or sailing the Danube.
10 Great Trips From the Last 10 Years
With the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die celebrating its 10-year anniversary this fall, I’ve taken the opportunity to strike out for places both familiar and new.
Mongolia is called the “Land of Eternal Blue Sky,” an unspoiled and undisturbed countryside of rolling steppes and fenceless grasslands. It is perhaps best known as the home of Genghis Khan and the nucleus of his powerful empire, which stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the heart of Europe.
Five of Patricia’s Favorite U.S. Destinations for Summertime Travel
Despite their proximity to Seattle, the forested, rock-faced San Juan Islands enjoy significantly better weather than the city and retain a decidedly bucolic allure: This is where Seattleites come to decaffeinate.
A Long Overdue Return to Japan
Following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, I knew it was time for a return to the island nation of Japan, and I’m happy to report that those dark moments already seem like part of the distant past of a country I have always held to be one of the earth’s most fascinating.
Travels with Patricia
Share with Patricia the excitement of stepping foot on the 7th continent during this extended exploration of Antarctica's wildlife and otherworldly beauty...this trip and three others allow you the chance to travel the world with Patricia in 2013.
Five of Patricia's Favorite Spring Destinations
1. Charleston, South Carolina
2. Holland's Annual Tulipmania
3. Galapágos, Ecuador
5. Cherry Blossom Season in Japan
Travel to Antarctica with Patricia
Patricia is hosting a trip to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions!
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Patricia's Five Favorite Places to Spend The Holidays
1. Vienna, AustriaClick here read more
2. New York City, NY
3. Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
4. St. Petersburg, Russia
Recent Travels with Patricia
Captain Cook first sighted it more than 200 years ago. James Michener saw it as a young WWII soldier and called it "the South Pacific at its unforgettable best" and "the most beautiful island in the world." I beheld Bora Bora for the first time only a few weeks ago, and I concur....Click here to read more
Patricia Schultz Anticipates Her Tour Around the World
On board the maiden voyage of TCS & Starquest's Four Seasons Around the World private jet trip is the New York Times best-selling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz, who will be one of the journey's guest lecturers. Here she gives us a sneak peek at some of the voyage's anticipated highlights and describes a few of her most beloved destinations.Click here to read more
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Enter for a chance to win a trip for two to one of the life-changing destinations featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the world’s best-selling travel book.
Relax in style in the British Virgin Islands. Tour exotic Korea, Spain or Nicaragua. Go on an exciting, wildlife safari in South Africa! One lucky winner will choose from one of five destinations!Click here to enter
Above Africa and Alaska, Awe Replaces Anxiety
In her New York Times “Frequent Flier” guest column, Patricia Schultz confesses to being a nervous flier, shares her favorite travel tune, and describes one of her most humbling travel experiences.Read more at the New York Times
The Story Behind the Title, and More
An in-depth interview with Patricia Schultz, where she shares the origins of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die; the story behind the title; what’s new in the second edition; and what she hopes to accomplish with the new book.Read more on Time.com
Patricia on CNN
For a sneak peek of what's new in the latest edition of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Carol Costello and Alina Cho talk with author Patricia Schultz on CNN. Patricia details places so varied as Dubrovnik in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and Charleston, South Carolina in the United States.Patricia Schultz on CNN