Not to be confused with the large book of the same name, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, updated ed. (2010) (1,000 Before You Die), this is a smaller stiff-cover paperback book that is designed to be used as a travel diary or journal of your personal experiences visiting places far and near!
The book is divided into 3 maim sections; about 100 blank, lined pages for recording the dates and places visited (plenty of space to write whatever you want about the scenery, food, sights, sounds, etc.), a small reference guide that has international dialing codes, time zone information, a few short phrases in multiple languages, and some metric conversion charts for temperature, weight etc., as well as clothing size equivalents, and a checklist of all the 1000 places mentioned in the larger book that can be marked off as you visit them. There's even room to add a few of your own at the bottom of each page if you wanted! I know I added in Cabo San Lucas to mine. You don't need to have the other book to use this one for its intended purpose. Interspersed in the blank pages are quotes and other interesting tidbits to read or to spark your own journalistic musings.
It's a great little item to take with you in a bag, backpack, or purse while traveling. If you wanted you could put post cards in the book as markers or use the attached red ribbon to hold your spot. There is a little folder in the front cover of the book that you can use for receipts or other small bits of paper but it's not very large nor is it expandable. If you like, you can glue another colored envelope on the back cover and make an additional place to tuck small items.
The travel journal makes a nice gift for anyone who likes to travel and who wants to record impressions of places visited. As a previous reviewer remarked, this item would be even better if it was spiral bound AND if it had a little band that held it closed. Other than those two small issues, I recommend the journal!