Before the invention of smart phones, or to be more precise, before the invention of map and travel apps for smart phones, the Not For Tourists Guide to Wherever I Am Going was my constant travel companion. Although most of my traveling information now comes from apps, I buy an updated Not For Tourists Guide to New York City almost every year. This is true even though I live in New York City. To be clear, the Not For Tourists series of books are not generalized travel guides and they can't be effectively used to pick restaurants, sightseeing destinations or lodging. What the Not For Tourists guide is good for is really learning the geography of a city.For example, I have a google maps app on my phone, as well as hopstop, the public transit app. Between the two of those apps, I can find my way from any one address on the island of Manhattan to another address. That's certainly expedient, and at times I use only one of two apps to find my way. However, if I just use these apps I don't expand my knowledge or more importantly my understanding of the geographies of New York. If I use the Not for Tourists Guide to find my way; however, it requires a more active understanding of the way public transit interconnects with the City's gridded streets, or in areas like the West Village, where the streets are not in a grid at all. The Not For Tourists Guide are also a fun casual recreational read as well. It's much easier to page through a hard copy of a book of maps than it is to scroll the tiny map on even the biggest smart phone.