Smart phone apps are amazing travel tools, but sometimes, they’re not the wisest way to navigate a city. That’s particularly true when you’re in a crowded urban area—a subway station, for example—where expensive gadgets might attract thieves. Plus, international data plans are expensive. Why use your iPhone if there’s a solution that costs less money and saves your battery?
That’s why on our recent Paris visit, we fell in love with Moleskine’s City Notebook. With its plain black cover, it could be any book at all. But once inside, you’ll find reams of amazing information for tourists, including Metro maps and street indexes, plus plenty of room to jot down favorite cafés, museum hours, and the digits of the cute garçon you met in Saint Germain.