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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (July 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552979555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552979556
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #458,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A call to travel. (Laura Robin National Post 2004-10-02)

An irresistible title with an challenge -- and the photographs -- to get your pulse racing... hidden gems. (Sunquest Magazine 2005-01-00)

Compact text and augmented by beautiful illustrations... a rich travelling life. (Brad Hooper Booklist 2004-09-15)

Look through these 256 pages, and you may become obsessed with trying to figure out how to see as many of these places as possible. (Millie Ball New Orleans Time-Picayune 2004-09-12)

The 300 photographs in the book are mouth-watering... Davey's writing is opinionated and to the point. The dude's been around. (Dana McNairn Edmonton Journal 2004-10-17)

A compelling list of 40 must-see places, lavishly embellished with spectacular photos... compact yet poignant essays (and Davey's prose equals his pictures)... highly recommended for all public libraries. (Lee Arnold Library Journal 2004-09-15)

Those who enjoy less strenuous and more leisurely pursuits will also be able to appreciate what's here... Gorgeous photographs add to the appeal. (Chicago Tribune 2005-07-24)

40 wonders worldwide with, of course, great photographs is sure to be a conversation piece and a stimulus to travel. (TravelScoop 2004-12-00)

Lush photographs and exotic locales... high-ticket laundry list for places that are still beautiful, and in some ways even pristine. (Globe and Mail 2004-08-14)

A sumptuous volume for the tourist in all of us... the photographs are stunning... will tempt you to get up and go, even if it means mortgaging everything you own and selling off some of the children. (Michael Hanlon Toronto Star 2004-12-12)

Each being the kind of place that is so fascinating that it entices you to go there as soon as you discover it exists... The photography is uniformly excellent... This book will transport the armchair traveler and excite the globetrotter. (Joy McDonell Canadian Camera 2005-01-00)

Personal and eclectic... some of the most photogenic locations on the globe. (Alex Good Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2004-10-16)

The first installment in what has become a beautifully photographed series... The subtitle says it all: 1,000 Ultimate Travel Experiences. (Westworld 2008-12-00)

An insider view of such mad adventures as chasing down white Spirit Bears in the rainforest and traveling by camel in Jordan... it's the little things that really flesh these stories out. (David Freed Hooters Magazine 2005-11-00)

About the Author

Steve Davey is a photographer and writer whose work is published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He contributed to the Digital Photographer's Handbook.


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Inspirational Aug. 19 2004
By D. A. Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was given this book recently and have to say it is probably the most inspirational travel book I have seen for many years. As a founder of an adventure travel company (Intrepid Travel) I see many books of this ilk - but this is altogether different and better. The pictures are fantastic and the copy very rreadable. It looks at 40 destinatiions - some mainstream, some off the beaten track. It makes you want to travel!
87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Ok at Amazon's price July 16 2005
By Wyote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The photography in this book matches the high standards set by similar books; although a couple of photographs of Petra were particularly good.

The information wasn't terribly important to me: if I really want information about Machu Picchu, for instance, there are several books filled with great information on that topic. But if you really don't know anything about Machu Picchu, this book will give you a bare idea of it.

My top 40 places would be different of course, and so would everyone else's. For instance, number one on my list would be Jerusalem, and number three would be Istanbul: neither got in here. Well, that's his perogative and I can't dis the book over it.

Some selections did surprise me. For instance, Shanghai is listed, but Xian isn't. I think most people would reverse that. Of all the great places in India, of course Varanasi (my number 2) and the Taj Mahal appear, and then the Jaisalmer Fort. Well, that's a reasonable choice, but I would have strongly preferred Mumbai or Amritsar.

Anyway, the real problem is choosing 40, rather than 80 or so. The world's a big, wonderful, interesting place after all. No mention here of the Amazon or the Congo, of Meteora or Mashhad, and so on.

The real reason that I bought this book is to inspire my girlfriend to travel with me: I think we all have that kind of thing in mind. For that, it'll do.

There are some other books that I'd recommend checking out before you spend your money. For instance, "The Spirit of Asia" by Michael Freeman is excellent for that part of the world; and Joe Cumming's book "Buddhist Stupas in Asia" will inspire a lot of travel throughout Asia. I own those two books, but a few others also look very good to me: "Sacred Places Around the World," "100 Things to do Before You Die," "The Travel Book," and, for pure photography, books by Art Wolfe or Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Amid such company, I feel that this book is fine, and I don't regret buying it at all. But it's not exceptional in any regard, so I give it 4 stars. At Amazon's price ($13.50 as I write this), it is certainly a good deal, as some of the books I prefer are more expensive.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Striking Photographs Support One Man's Perspective on the World's Must-Sees July 18 2006
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I guess I should count myself lucky for having been to 22 of the forty places that travel photographer Steve Davey has identified as essential stops before dying. Along with a similar Time-Life photo essay book ("Heaven on Earth: 100 Places to See in Your Lifetime") and the Lonely Planet coffee table books ("The Travel Book" and "The Cities Book"), there seems to be a sudden flurry of these types of dream destination books on the market now. Even Patricia Schultz provides 960 more places than Davey ("1,000 Places to See Before You Die"), but the benefit of his entry is that we get a singular perspective based on the notion that we have a two-week holiday to get to each one of them. The usual suspects are here - the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Alhambra in Granada, Petra in Jordan - but there are some choices that are not as high profile and seem more personal to Davey such as Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland and Lalibela in Ethiopia. I am certain he would be the first one to tell you that this is not meant to be a comprehensive list since one can easily itemize the glaring omissions, but none of the forty seem superfluous.

Perhaps a slight exception is the inclusion of Manhattan and the Bund in Shanghai, both of which brings to question why other top-ranked metropolises are not included. Alas, this is apparently the start of a series of books Davey plans to put out, in which future volumes may put such questions to rest. The photographs are superb, and that is inarguably the main reason to consider purchasing this book. In case you're wondering, the remaining destinations are St. Petersburg; the Grand Canyon; Aitutaki in the Cook Islands; Pyramid of Kukulchán in the Yucatan; Iguassu Falls; Rio de Janeiro; Taman Negara Rainforest in Malaysia; Havana; Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok; Venice; Dead Vlei in Namibia; College Fjord in Alaska; Jaiselmer Fort in Rajastan; Karnak Temple in Luxor; the Galapagos Islands; Lake Titicaca; Greece's Santorini; Drakensberg in South Africa; the Great Barrier Reef; Tibet's capital Lhasa; Ephesus in Turkey; Monet's Garden in Giverny; both Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar in Tanzania; Makalu in the Himalayas; Australia's Uluru (Ayers Rock); Varanasi in India; Guilin in China; Dubrovnik; Samarkand in Uzbekistan; and Killlary Harbour in Ireland.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Great travel spots Feb. 4 2005
By M. Sedam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I liked this layout. Great photos with 3 or 4 pages on each site. Just enough information to see if you really want to travel there. The best news was I have visted 8 of the 40 sites the author lists. This is good bet if you ever wanted a list to mark off of great places to go see, this is starting point.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing and inspiring June 19 2006
By AcornMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Obviously not everyone is going to agree on what places in the world are "must-see." And while it's hard for me to understand how places like Paris and the Alps didn't make Mr. Davey's list, this book is full of awe-inspiring places that peaked my imagination and made me want to run out and buy lots of plane tickets. There are very few destinations in this book that I would not have included. In fact, there are many that I had not even heard of, or only vaguely recognized. Mr. Davey has done an excellent job of compiling his list. The photographs are colorful and stirring, and the descriptions (including some detailed logistical information) are informative. This is a great book for someone who is planning a trip, dreaming about taking a trip, or just interested in some of the world's more intriguing places. I really wish I could have given it 4.5 stars, because it seems unfair to knock a whole star off simply because I didn't think it was perfect. But because the book does leave out a few places that I think are fairly obvious for a list like this while including a handful that I don't think had any business making the list, I didn't quite earn a full five-star rating from me.


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