I'm Tom Sheridan
me introduce you to my hobby of writing port guides. I spend 60
hours a week
Teddy Bear at my side. She is a big baby and wants a lot of
attention. If I spent less time playing with her, I
could write more guides.
guide takes about 3 weeks. I've written 38 so far and plan to add
one per month.
wish you a great cruise vacation,
GOAL = A Powerful Vacation Planning Tool
FREE Travel Guides
SAVE TIME Planning your vacation
highly visual travel guides with photos and maps showing the
relationship of the ship's dock to the town, tourist sites, and public
transportation. Includes information on what to see and do and
how to get there with emphasis on self-guided touring.
- The guides
are designed to "jump start" your vacation planning process by creating
a sense of perspective for the area, touring options, and issues unique
to the area. Maps and descriptions of popular tourist sites are
included with links to the best websites to make your internet search
time more efficient when planing your vacation for your priorities.
SAVE MONEY on shore excursions
- Until you are
familiar with an area, you won't know if low cost, self-guided travel
options are feasible such as walking, public transportation, renting a
car, etc. My guides include walking tour maps, details on where
to get public transportation, etc. when applicable. If renting a
car is a preferred travel option, I provide driving tour routes and map
coordinates that can be converted to GPS. As an example, see the
March, 2012 Corfu Greece Port Guide information on car rental and a
driving tour map.
FREE Travel Guides for IPAD, Kindle &
WiFi enabled devices
- The guides
are designed for use on WiFi enabled electronic devices. Take the
guides with you to study the maps and download information from the
included web links. The pdf guide files are small enough to send
as email attachments. You can print the guides, but printing is
expensive and paper is heavy. Electronic files are lighter than
paper and give you more flexibility.
INDEPENDENT, OBJECTIVE, NON-COMMERCIAL
- Most travel
guides focus on history and travel websites prioritize advertising over
travel information. My guides are singularly focused on providing
the best and most useful travel information available. I mention
history briefly and do not advertise, although I occasionally mention a
private tour guide, a restaurant, or a hotel that is one of my
FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT
improvement depends on user feedback. User input helps me
understand how you use the guides, what you like, and how to improve
them. Feedback has helped me understand that maps and self-guided
touring information are priorities. You also want more
information on shopping i. e., where the stores are and what to
buy. Many users want information on where to store luggage near
the ship's port. To the extent possible, I include this
information in new and updated guides.
- My email
address is on the last page of every port guide. Send me a note
and get on my email list to receive notification of new and revised
guides plus updates on what I am working on. Begin a dialog with
me to help me improve the guides. I also invite you to
collaborate with me on new guides. I list the "next" guide I will
be working on as the last item on the port guide page.
am truly amazed. These are the best, most practical and usable
travel helps I have ever seen.
been associated with the the travel industry for almost 30 years (now
retired). For each tour I planned or guided, I produced a tour
guide booklet. But mine never remotely approached the practical help
of your guides.
pictures and maps make your guides come alive giving the reader all
the tools needed to confidently explore important sites. You
answer many questions for which I have been unable to find answers,
like public transportation and local tour options. We prefer
independent sightseeing; your Port Guides are perfect for this.
am writing to say thank you for your very informative port guide to
Venice. It was so helpful, it was almost like having a
personal guide actually with us and certainly helped us to maximize
the amount of time we had in the city before joining our cruise
ship. We took your advice and stayed at the Hotel Tritone in
Mestre so that we didn't have to wrestle with luggage and what a
wonderful find that hotel was! Public transportation
links from the airport and across to Venice were exactly as you
described and made things go like clockwork for us.
I discovered your wonderful, valuable port guides, we had booked
tours that were going to cost us $1700. After reading and
studying your literature, we cut out several excursions or booked
what you suggested like the Florence Walking Tour instead of having a
guide all day. Your advice has saved us a lot of money and we
certainly appreciate it. In your honor I am going to donate
$100 to the Salvation Army.
your newest port guide. Having just returned from Portugal, the
Lisbon one is spot on!!! All your guides are phenomenal--I
can't even imagine the amount of time and effort you must put into
each one you create. Well done.
you so much for this elaborately, intelligently, thoroughly well
researched project/website, which will aid every single person!
your friends about my website and
of Mouth Helps Travelers
Learn About My Guide Tell your friends, travel agents, post a reference
to my guides on websites, travel blogs, etc.
- You are free
to copy my port guides and distribute them, but you must
leave the copyright notice and the guides intact. You cannot
disassemble the guides and distribute only a section of them, you must
distribute the complete guide intact.You can post a link to my website
on any website. If you place my pdf guide file on a website,
indicate the source is my website. When you reference my guides
and website on your website, please keep the information on my guides
separate from advertising and describe it as "reference or resource"
material. I don't want my guides commingled with advertising to
appear as "part of" some company, service, or product. I
want them recognized as independent, objective, non-commercial
travel guides.You cannot sell my guides. You cannot use them for
a commercial purpose. They are FREE, non-commercial cruise port/travel