If you are looking to have an outside-the-box travel experience and avoid the same tourist traps that most never make it beyond, picking up a unique travel guide is a great place to start. We’ve found five standout series, both for their great design and the wealth of information packed into their pages, to get you started on your own unique adventure.
In a unique spin on the traditional guidebook the CitiX60 guides tap local creatives, 60 to be exact, for their favorite local spots. Hand drawn covers give the guides added appeal, and don't scream "tourist" when you pull them out of your bag.
2. The Hunt Guides (formerly know as Eat Shop)
If you are on the "hunt" for a great meal or the best local shopping, this guide is perfect for you. The guides are beautifully photographed and well curated with an emphasis on featuring small, local businesses.
Consider these simple, colorful guides love stories to the places they cover. Filled with history, lore, and interviews with locals the guides give a sense of place then show you around with hand drawn maps and "best of" lists.
Perfect for design lovers, the Design Guides are beautiful enough to serve as coffee table books although we suggest you bring them along on your adventures. With an in-depth look at the local design scene both current and past they are a great way to gain a new perspective. (The Guides are currently sold out with updated versions in the works.)
With quirky, in-depth subjects including "The New York Burger Map" and "The Velvet Underground Map of New York" the Herb Lester guides have a choose-your-own-adventure sensibility. Witty illustrations and maps accompany tips for the best spots to eat, imbibe and explore.