Not your ordinary guidebook
Sick of buying a guidebook, only to discover that they skimp on information, while offering hundreds of pages of hotels and passport agency phone numbers? Our handbooks are 100% commentary & logistics material, crafted specially for travel professionals.
Tales Trivia, & Tidbits
Of course you get all the dates and architects you need to answer pesky questions, but the focus is on great stories, trivia, and fun facts. Telling you the sparkly details that make a place interesting, with tidbits from history, pop culture, movies, and more.
Designed to help you learn quickly.
A format fit for guides. No fluff. Quick, sharp sentences filled with only the most interesting information. Bold text and bullet points to help you get to what you need quickly, and craft your own commentary.
Just some of the unsolicited praise we’ve received…
Frequently Asked Questions
These aren’t guidebooks like you find in a bookstore; they’re training manuals meant for professional tour directors and guides. Traditional travel guidebooks are light on content, and include a lot of “fluff” that doesn’t concern the working tour guide/director. These books are just the meat! They are the result of decades of research and on-tour experience delivering the material. The market is flooded with books that fill the pages with (sometimes useful) pictures, or thousand-page history books. These are books written by tour directors and guides who have the experience to choose the information that is the most engaging material for groups. You’d have to spend hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours to recreate what’s inside. Think of these more as professional training manuals than just another Frommer’s.
We’ve priced the books at the average cost of one hour’s pay as a local guide.
Shipping is free! But only to addresses in the US.
Books are sent via USPS Media Mail. If you’d like your book shipped by Priority or Priority Express Mail, that cost is on you.
Contact us for a quote if you’d like the books shipped elsewhere.
If you’re going to be in New York City, you can also arrange to pick up the books. This needs to be arranged ahead of time, pending availability.
Sure! Every single sight takes a different shape but here’s the Plaza Hotel in case you’re curious.
The books are all 5×8 inches, a standard paperback size. They’re printed paper thin enough to ensure that no copy is thicker than 1/2 inch.
I’ve worked hard to make the books thin, but still dense with tons of information.
NYC Volume I: 275 pages
NYC Volume II: 245 pages
Boston: 240 pages
Washington DC: 220 pages
Please keep in mind that we are not a huge operation like Amazon.com, and cannot ship with the speed of their Prime service!
Books ship within a week from the order date. US Media Mail takes anywhere from 2 to 10 days. If you’re in a hurry, contact us to arrange faster shipping!
Every two months a new version is brought to press, updated to include current logistics and commentary info for sights new and old.
The January 2019 release of the books will be a complete overhaul of all the material!
Yes! But not in the book; I’ve made online versions that you can easily access on your phone, computer, or tablet, so that you can orient yourself through your current location.
The maps are found at tourguideresources.com/maps, which you can bookmark and add to your phone’s home screen for easy reference!
New York is vast and overwhelming. In 2019 we will even be releasing a NYC III. Right now, the first volume focuses on 75% of the sights that every groups sees, student or adult. The Financial District, 9/11 memorial, Central Park, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, the big stuff. But just covering that alone yielded nearly 80,000 words. So Volume II covers all the extra “spice” that we add to our tours: a Greenwich Village walking tour; Chinatown, Soho, Brooklyn Heights & the Bridge, Harlem. You get the idea.