Alternative Travel Books; a Brief Guide

Alternative Travel Books; a Brief Guide

Celebrating travel guides that dare to be different…

As our focus here at _theBrief is to offer a groundbreaking, radical take on the traditional travel guides, we thought it’d be nice to have a look who’s making similar moves in the world of printed travel guides. Celebrating a selection of travel books that dare to be different, we’ve created our own little guide to inspirational travel writing, and present those who share our ethos on pushing the envelope somewhat…

Graphic USA: an Alternative Guide to 25 US Cities

Graphic USA

The United States of America through the eyes of 25 leading graphic designers…

From Baltimore to Miami, Seattle to Phoenix, Graphic USA presents an artists’ eye view of the United States with 25 designers giving you their unique insights into the cities in which they live. Hotels, restaurants, bars, nightlife, galleries and shops are all presented alongside unique artworks from the designers themselves. If you want to travel in style but off the beaten track then this book is a must – from the grungiest dive bars through to the most inspirational architecture, Graphic USA is an alternative travel guide with a thoroughly original slant…

Nectar & Pulse: Your Local Soulmates

Nectar & Pulse: Your Local Soulmates

Choose your ‘local soulmates’ and personalise your guide…

We recently featured Nectar & Pulse Travelguides over on We Heart and, billing themselves as ‘your local soulmates’, their guides are a particularly intriguing take on the traditional travel guide. Opting again to rely on knowledgeable locals, you can personalise your guides by selecting the local ‘soulmates’ who fit best with your interests – whether they be fashion, partying, arts or music. With Stockholm and Vienna already released and London, Barcelona and Paris soon to follow, Nectar & Pulse are a young and decidedly cool travel brand to keep a firm eye upon…

Le Cool Weird and Wonderful Guides

Le Cool Weird and Wonderful Guides

Edgy, vibrant, dangerous and breathtakingly cool…

All about experiences rather than what’s hip or now, Le Cool publish daring and original city guides via email weekly for Barcelona, Budapest, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and Vienna whilst also publishing their fabulous books for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, London and Madrid (in Spanish). Edgy, vibrant, dangerous and breathtakingly cool, these guides are not for the faint hearted, but most certainly for the traveller who wants to truly get under the skin of the city they’re visiting…

The Stylists Guide to NYC by Sibella Court

The Stylists Guide to NYC by Sibella Court

Beautifully designed guide to all things design in New York…

If you’ve got any sort of interest in interior design then what better way to discover a city than through the eyes of one of its top stylists. Having worked from the city for leading magazines and brands for some 10 years, Australian Sibella Court shares her tips on all things design in New York. Uncovering shops, galleries, spaces and hidden sanctuaries, Court comprehensively documents all this inspirational city has to offer in The Stylist’s Guide to NYC, a beautifully designed, innovative take on traditional travel books…

Hg2: A Hedonist’s Guide

Hg2: A Hedonist's Guide

Challenging destinations and original content from real insiders…

Damascus & Aleppo, Baku, Almaty & Astana… if you’re travelling off the beaten track but still value style and substance, then the rather brilliant Hg2 city guides are an absolute must. Of course there’s all the usual names – Madrid, Barcelona, Rome and London are all here – but there’s a strong focus on original content, with each of the guides having been compiled by writers who have lived in each city. Add into the mix some special editions – Eat London, Eat New York, Ski France/Switzerland and Italy, along with a selection online-only ski resort editions – and you’ve got a truly engaging selection of honest, intelligent city guides that bravely break the mould…

LUXE City Guides

LUXE City Guides

Lavish, decadent and and decidedly opulent…

If you’re nodding your head when we say style, glamour and sophistication, then LUXE’s city guides – all oozing with elegance, darling – are most definitely for you. Art scenes, hideaway beaches, top hotels and elite nightlife are just some of the fabulousity crammed into these handy pocket-sized guides, add into the equation their lavishly decorated and decidedly opulent box-sets – such as the White Tiger Chest we featured on We Heart last year – and you’ve got yourself a decadently desirable collection of engaging city guides…

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Founder and editor of the award-winning design and lifestyle online magazine, We Heart, and now _theBrief too. Ex-designer, rock star reject, lover of a good party. Lover of all things beautifully designed. Admirer of architecture. Favour eclecticism over minimalism. Equally as happy sipping wallet-stripping cocktails as I am spilling a plastic glass of beer down myself at a sweaty little music venue. Compulsive content consumer. Worryingly short attention span. Dogs not cats.

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