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Anyone with a smart phone can track down a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris or point you in the direction of the Forbidden City. But this slim, deeply researched line of guidebooks—don’t expect maps, illustrations, or any of the otherwise Google-able info you’d find stuffed in fatter versions—specializes in the type of locales known only to the natives. It’s the kind of unabashedly opinionated editorial advice that will send you happily flying solo. And it’s executed with so much brevity and class that the guides can fit comfortably into a pocket or your carry-on.
I have been a Birchbox customer for several months and I can honestly say that this is the first product that I have received that was totally pointless. Not only will I probably never use it (it was for LA and I live in DC), but in the digital age, I can access all of this information at the swipe of my phone. In addition, giving me a regionally-specific product that I may or may not use for years to come kind of defeats the purpose and element of surprise that Birchbox offers.1
I recieved the Chicago one in a box. This is completely useless to me. It is layed out terribly. It is a bunch of words thrown together without any breaks. No thank you1
The concept of the insider's guide has always faced trials. It's extremely hard to convey a long list of information properly to all types of people. This map is extremely long, far too wordy, and requires spectacles or perfect vision to read the small fine print on each page. It also assumes that everyone learns by text and not by images, sounds, textures, or other formats. I doubt I'll ever use this1
I live in N.Y. and would have liked to have gotten that local. I got one fot L.A. that I just threw out.3
I think that most of the information could be found elsewhere.1
Seems like a good guide. Its compact and easy to carry when traveling. Its going to get mailed to LA to my friend to see how useful it is as a guide.4
why not have an actual map with the fun stuff to do on the other side? i use my smartphone anyway...but it's a good idea!2
The guide has pretty good tips and hot spots that a new traveler can use. The guide is pretty easy to use and have tons of information. I feel that you might find the same tips if you do a quick search on google or your favorite travel site.
Since I am BBMan, I will give it a try when I plan a trip to Chicago with my girlfriend to test out the guide.
I received the Chicago guide, and it looked to have some pretty good recommendations. However, with the myriad of guides available online and other readily available sources, I would hesitate to purchase individual guides.3
Not a huge fan of the guide layout. Was hoping for some maps and more detailed info.3