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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.
Used this little gem for a trip to Laos. Afraid of turning on my phone in fear of data charges, this gem was great at directing me to spots all around. Durability is here as well as it folds easily and often.5
The pocket size really helped me be able to take this with me everywhere. Had some great finds that I never would have visited without this guide.5
An iPhone App would be a much better idea. No one needs to carry this around with them on a trip.1
I understand that this is a little different of a guide, but you can find all of this stuff online if you know what to search for. I wouldnt really pay $10 for this2
Why would I ever want to store this when I can just look up the most recent information on my smartphone? I just don't see the value here.2
While it looks cool and the presentation is appealing, the true application of this is dated and pretty useless. We all like buying products and that's great - but when we go on vacation or travel we are very discriminating about the products we take with us.
If a mobile friendly version came along with this then it might work. A thick weirdly folded map though? No thanks; I've got a phone.
This was really stupid and i don't have a use for it so i threw it out. It was a waste.2
For the price of one of these, a more comprehensive guide can be found. I just wasn't impressed by it.2
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