Skip the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" books and many spinoffs. Instead, get "World Heritage Sites, 4th edition," which details all 936 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Unlike the subjective list of "1,000 Places," this book highlights each of the painstakingly researched World Heritage Sites with a map, a description and, in most cases, a beautiful photograph. There is no tacit suggestion that if you don't travel to these places, you'll be missing out, but it is indeed inspiring.


Curacao aims to lure visitors with deals

The Curacao Tourist Board has a slew of deals on hotels, attractions, diving excursions and more. Among the specials: Receive a free fourth night at the Hilton Curacao (a value of $150); a $100 food and beverage credit and 10-minute massage at Floris Suite Hotel (minimum three-night stay); a $25 combo ticket to the Curacao Ostrich Farm and Amazonia at L'aldea, a savings of $10; and a free round-trip shuttle ride from your hotel to a participating restaurant. Travel by Dec. 15. Info: 1-800-328-7222;