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Have guide book, will travel.

May 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

I’m hunting for a specific travel guide. Ideally, it will be sleek, graphically pleasing, comprehensive, compact, and contain numerous recommendations for restaurants, sights, and shops — it would be an added bonus if it contained 4-color, fold-out maps. A knowledgeable travel expert might naturally suggest Wallpaper* City Guides or Moleskine City Notebooks, both of which seemingly fit my criteria for said travel guide, unfortunately, these books fall exceedingly short.

Both guides offer 4-color, fold-out city maps, they’re both quite cute (sleek and compact) — one might even venture to say Wallpaper’s* guides are sexy, with their bold colored covers and white spines. But they’re both lacking! Wallpaper’s* lists of destinations (restaurants, shops, scenes) is minimal, maxing out at 4-6 suggestions for each category, and Moleskine seems to dedicate too much space to note taking, with it’s removable pages, customizable labels, and sticky notes. Neither guide book seems worth the coinage, especially since I have to buy one Wallpaper* or Moleskine guide and another more comprehensive, “this book says i’m a tourist” Frommer’s guide or what not.

When will the travel industry get smart and target its material to the influencing consumer who wishes for the perfect marriage of smart design and all-encompassing information in one unassuming paperback? Ugh.

Well, while I wait for the publishers to get savvy, can anyone else suggest a worthy travel guide?

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Posted by: kimberly phillips · Tags: travel