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Travel Talk with Author Patricia Schultz

In 2003, writer and television host Patricia Schultz delighted travel enthusiasts with the breadth of her frankly titled book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Since then it has topped 3 million copies in print in over 25 languages. Schultz is now circling the globe a second time to research an updated edition due out in early 2011. Between trips to the Baltics and Anguilla, Schultz spoke with us about travel from her favorite city of all—New York.

Q Does your book's title scare people?
A At first people thought it was too alarming. What's alarming? Life is no dress rehearsal and there's so much to see.

Q Where do you most want to go next?
A I've never been to a good deal of South America—it's really underrated. I have a trip to Argentina and Antarctica planned for the beginning of next year.

Q What makes you want to stay home?
A The time right before I leave. I have to make sure everything is in place and that someone is going to feed my cat. I always get on the plane and just pass out.

Q What places should travelers visit before they disappear altogether?
A Glacier National Park. The glaciers may be gone in our lifetime. And I don't know how long New Orleans will last.

Q Where can we travel on a budget?
A Do your homework and you can go wherever you want. There are always ways to save, from staying in family-run hotels to using public transit instead of a car.

Q What's the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?
A Go through the mountain of junk mail for no other reason than to find the occasional bill buried in the middle.


This article was first published in May 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.