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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 honestly don't see the point in paper guides anymore. Maybe maps, but even that...
I got the LA version, it's pretty useless to me.
This was a guide that I did not need as it is for a city that is largely irrelevant to me and did it really contain anything that I cannot find online on my iPhone? Suggesting the need to carry yet another item that is not needed is not practical from a travel efficiency standpoint. Also, how do I know any of the reco's are good vs. online you can see comparative reviews both from a content and volume perspective.
Hit the trash immediately.
An iPhone App would be a much better idea. No one needs to carry this around with them on a trip.1
It seems like a pretty nice guide, but it really didn't enhance my life in the same way the other products I've gotten from Birchbox do. I can always look up points of interest online if I'm going to New York. A static guide isn't going to always be relevant if I go in the future. This didn't really do anything for me. I can see it being a good product for someone who travels and has many chances to go to New York on a regular basis though. Just not a fit for me.1
Lot's of better ways of finding out about a city in the age of the smartphone. If it had a 24/48/72-hr "must do" feature, with convenient maps, then maybe, but even those get dated quickly (esp. w/r/t food and bars) in the best cities in the world.1
Im not gonna lie I thought this product was gonna make me feel younger it did not. disappointed in birch box on this1
I don't really know why this product exists in the age of the smartphone. Even if the information is good, and I was not in the city of the sample unit I received so I don't know, I think a digital version would be far more useful, because this paper copy would get left behind in my hotel, but my phone would go with me.1
Yeah I love guide books but this was a disapointment. First of all its supposed to be stuff that you cant find on the internet but I totally disagree. And how long will it be until its outdated? It should be an app that can always be updated if anything. Still cool idea though!1
This guide bills itself as sort of a more refined tool that will tell you things you can't find on Google, but for the NYC version at least, I didn't exactly find that to be the case. Nothing earth-shattering here, and even if there was, the format and the way the information is organized makes it very user-unfriendly. The time for this product was about 20 years ago, and even then it could have been better organized.1
i don't get it: what's the value here? if you want trendy then by the time these are published the trend has changed. i guess if you want small then this fits the bill. otherwise, the range of what's covered is too limited.1