Born in Beacon, NY. Education: Georgetown University, graduated, 1975.
Home and office—New York, NY.
Writer. Taught English as a second language and did odd jobs in Italy, late 1970s; worked in public relations and did freelance travel writing in New York, NY, 1980s; executive producer of television program 1,000 Places to See before You Die, Travel Channel, 2007—; judge for Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.
W Award, YWCA of the City of New York, 2007.
(With Annie Brody) Made in Italy: A Shopper's Guide to Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, photographs by Enrico Rainero, maps by Arnold Bombay, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1988.
(With Craig Manley, Richard Saul Wurman, and Toni Sepeda) Access Florence and Venice: Plus Tuscany and the Veneto, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1998.
(With Reid Bramblett and Stephen Brewer) Frommer's Italy from $70 a Day: The Ultimate Guide to Comfortable Low-Cost Travel, John Wiley (Hoboken, NJ), 1999.
1,000 Places to See before You Die, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 2003.
Berlitz Pocket Guide Italy, Berlitz Publishing (Springfield, NJ), 2003.
Berlitz Pocket Guide Rome, Berlitz Publishing (Springfield, NJ), 2003.
(With David Lyon and Jonathan Schultz) Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Boston, DK Publishing (New York, NY), 2003.
(With Maria Lord) Berlitz Pocket Guide Florence, Berlitz Publishing (Springfield, NJ), 2005.
1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada before You Die, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 2007.
Contributor to periodicals, including Business Week, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Harper's Bazaar, Islands, Real Simple, and Travel Weekly. Author's works have been translated into twenty languages.
1,000 Places to See before You Die was adapted for calendars, a travel journal, a board game, puzzles, and a television series on the Travel Channel, 2007—.
Patricia Schultz had been an avid traveler and travel writer for years before landing on the best-seller lists with her book 1,000 Places to See before You Die, which has sold more than two million copies since its 2003 publication. The listings, each about a page in length, span the globe and include every imaginable type of attraction: natural wonders, theme parks, museums, restaurants, historical sites, boardwalks, and even experiences. Chaim Estulin in Time International found it "as provocative as it is encyclopedic," with "lively" descriptions as well as details such as prices and telephone numbers that make it "an insightful travel primer." Library Journal contributor Rachel Collins deemed the lack of color photographs one of the book's "few faults" but nonetheless concluded that "this all-encompassing tome makes for an excellent travel source for novice, pleasure, and vocation travelers." Characterizing it as "straightforward, user-friendly and more," Christopher Dickey in Newsweek International said that 1,000 Places to See before You Die "tells you what's beautiful, what's inspiring, and what's just unforgettable everywhere on earth."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
America's Intelligence Wire, September 27, 2003, interview with Patricia Schultz.
Booklist, September 15, 2003, review of 1,000 Places to See before You Die, p. 207.
Houston Chronicle, October 5, 2003, Harry Shattuck, "Places to See, Places to Fear," p. 1; March 25, 2007, Cragg Hines, "Wanderlust: Global Wish Lists; If You Haven't Pinpointed Places You Absolutely Must Visit, a Lot of Folks Now Are Eager to Help," p. 1.
International Travel News, January, 2004, Wayne Wirtanen, review of 1,000 Places to See before You Die, p. 14.
Library Journal, November 15, 1988, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, review of Made in Italy: A Shopper's Guide to Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, p. 72; August, 2003, Rachel Collins, review of 1,000 Places to See before You Die, p. 74; July 1, 2007, Elizabeth Connor, review of 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada before You Die, p. 110.
Newsweek, October 13, 2003, Christopher Dickey, review of 1,000 Places to See before You Die, p. 76.
Newsweek International, October 6, 2003, Christopher Dickey, review of 1,000 Places to See before You Die, p. 63.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 16, 2007, Katherine Calos, "Before You ‘Go.’"
Time International, December 8, 2003, Chaim Estulin, "Around the World in 80 Years," p. 10.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die Home Page,http://www.1000beforeyoudie.com (June, 2008).
Sydney Morning Herald Online,http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/11/1191696059121.html (October 11, 2007), "1000 Places Author Lives for Travel."
Today Online,http://today.msnbc.msn.com/ (October 16, 2007), Shivani Vora, "Best Places to See before You Die: From Coast to Coast, These Are the Must-See Spots to Visit."