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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

1000 Places To See Before You Die

I would like to take credit for putting together a list of the 1000 places you should see before the end comes for you.  However I did not do it.  Author, Patricia Schultz has and she’s updated her fantastic travel manual by the same name, (first released in 2003) the updated, second edition has recently been released and it makes a fantastic gift for those who travel, or those who dream to travel.  It contains more than 200 new entries  including more than 25 additional countries.  For those hardcore travelers out there, you already know how difficult it is to make the decision of where to go, what to see and what to do.  However I think it is even more difficult for those of us who have a limited amount of time and resources for our travel.  This book is a really wonderful resource to help in determining where, when and how you may want to travel, and what to see when your there.

Come with me and i’ll share this fantastic book with you.

I really like the way the book is organized for the reader, the author has divided the world into 8 regions, then further dividing those regions into smaller sections, it’s simple and easy to follow.  As an example, you have Europe, which includes Great Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.  From here the they are organized by country and within each country they’re organized alphabetically by region or town.  However it doesn’t end there in terms of organization.  Towards the end of the book there are themes the author has included that help to find places that fit within a category, such as Gorgeous Beaches or Outstanding Museums etc.  As with every list that someone else compiles there is some question as to why one place was included over another.  But I suggest you look past that, after all every list is subjective to the reader.

And if that’s not enough, each entry also ends with practical information that you may need such as telephone numbers, web addresses along with some prices for the sites that the author mentions.  There is a plethora of travel books out there, from my experience most of them are very good at delivering information that is useable and relevant.  What I really like about this one is that it doesn’t try to sell you on the idea of going to one place, such as London.  It sort of assumes your going to London, and while your there, don’t miss these special locations or sights.  This book is more defined in it’s micro presentation of places to see, I like that.  I for one already know what I want to see in London when I go, however London also includes locations I may not be aware of, 1000 Places To See Before You Die points you to the places that shouldn’t be missed.

Although I think the book is great, who wants to carry around a book, well your in luck.  The coolest feature of this book, isn’t the book at all.  There is also an accompanying Electronic Application for your iPad.  This App is fantastic, check it out here.  There are many features of this App that I like, but one of my favorite is the ability to flag those places you have already been to, and those you want to go to, essentially creating your future destinations list.

From the Map View you can simply tap on a map in the country your interested in, this will pull up a scrollable list below.  From here you can simply tap on any of the places your interested in.

 After you’ve selected a location you would like to know more about, it opens up with a page specific to that selection, loaded with a bunch of information for you from a Map of the area, to the detailed information about the place, along with your friends list and the rankings for this location.  With tabs that include Info, Tips, Photo’s and Similar locations you might also find interesting.  From this page you can simply tag this location as a place I’ve been to or a place I want to go.

 After creating your profile, which can be done by registering the app or signing in with your Facebook information.  Under your profile you will find a Map of the World with all the information you have tagged from places you’ve been to, to the places you want to go.  Under your profile you also have the ability to submit your own Photo’s and Tips.

I also like the Photo Matrix which allows you to scroll through nearly 1000 photo’s, tap one of these and you’ll get a full screen view along with ability to tag it with places I want to go or places I’ve been, effectively adding it to you future travel list.  Throughout the App you can choose to filter by region or category to help narrow down your choices.

Now, whats wrong with this App?  Well it’s response time is a bit slow at times.  It doesn’t rotate from landscape to standard view.  And although you can add “Friends” and create a network of friends and their travel experiences, it is not clear how you do that.  I realize this is nothing more than the author’s book converted to an Application, it’s done fairly well.  However I would also like to see a way to submit suggestion for places that are not listed in the book.

All in all, this is a fun Application and one that I find myself going back to time and time again, because of it’s ease in finding information about specific sights or locations.  For a limited time, this application is free through the Apple’s iTunes App Store, I don’t know how long that will last, so get it now while you can.  This one gets my Seal of Approval.

Happy Travels

http://www.travelwithscott.com

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