February 28, 2013

Free Hostel World Pocket Guide Review

I was referred to check out this site Hostelworld.com.  It's a site that offers cheap lodging in many major cities.  One of the great tools they also have on their site are their Pocket Guides.  They have a pocket guides for 6 continents. (guess there isn't much to do in Antarctica)

Here is the description from their site:
"Are you sick of carrying around heavy guidebooks? Would you like to have a comprehensive, compact guide that is small enough to carry in your pocket?  Well now you can because Hostelworld.com is giving away Free PDF pocket guides for all of our top cities!"

Hostel World Pocket Guides are easy to download (as long as you have Adobe Reader) and print out very nicely.  It can also be easily folded so it is not so cumbersome.  I downloaded the guide for NYC only because that is the city I am most familiar with.  I just read through it, took me about 15 minutes.  Even though I have been to different parts of NYC countless times I want to go be a tourist!

This guide is broken down into 10 different sections.

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The Essentials and Climate

The Essentials which includes transportation information on getting there as well as getting around.   Climate briefly describes what the weather is like throughout the year.   Don't Miss which has 5 must see attractions.  Mark Your Calendar has an event for almost every single month of the year (nothing in February).

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New York for Free and A Day in New York

New York for Free lists 5 things to do that don't cost any money.  A Day in New York plans out a day for you with 9 stops that will give you a little taste of everything.  Neighborhood Watch has a short description of 4 very distinct neighborhoods that NY is known for.  Retail Therapy maps out 5 ways you can satisfy that shopping need.  Cheap Eats lists 5 places that you can get amazing food for reasonable prices.  After Dark has 6 different places with great night life.
 I can honestly say that this guide is great.  I have always wanted to go to NYC and "be a tourist" but since we live so close I feel like we take it for granted.  Sure I've been to Broadway plays, Times Square, been to museums but I now feel like there is so much I have missed out on.  I have never been to Central Park, Top of the Rock or the Brooklyn Bridge.  I feel so silly!

NYC is definitely a family friendly city if you know where to go.  There is so much to do you will be planning your next trip back while you are still there!

Now I want to check out some of the other guides they have and maybe plan a long weekend getaway!

What is your all time favorite city?


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