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Savvy Tip: 3 Ways to Buy, Borrow, or "Steal" Travel Guidebooks

Savvy Tip: 3 Ways to Buy, Borrow, or "Steal" Travel Guidebooks

You've booked transportation and accommodations, so now it's time for the fun stuff. Well, maybe research isn't always fun, but it definitely gets you excited for all the things to see and do once you arrive. In the spirit of smart shopping, I've gathered up three tips to get the best travel guidance for your trip and not waste money in the process.

  • Buy — Before opening that wallet, do your homework. When looking to purchase a guidebook, there are so many options it's hard to tell which is most worth your dollars. My tip: Check out the brand's book for your local city. If its suggestions seem spot-on for things you like there, and the tone is appealing, that can be a good source for any destination.

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  • Borrow — If you're going somewhere for a one-time deal or looking to gather a lot of information at a small cost, that's where the local library comes in. Check out books beforehand, choose ones to bring, and return when the trip's done. Simple as that.
  • "Steal" — I don't mean stealing per se (obviously), but if you just want a couple tidbits on a city or topic, your printer can come in handy. While copyright laws don't allow legal photocopying of these books, many companies (like Time Out and Lonely Planet), have equally exhaustive web resources available at the click of a mouse. Make double-sided printouts of any essential pages — along with your own personal notes, if wanted — and binder clip or hole-punch, and ring-clip them together. It takes up less room and can make you look less conspicuous if you need to consult it in public.

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katie225 katie225 6 years
when i went to yosemite this year, all i spent money on was a topographical map with hiking trails listed. i borrowed travel guides from the library, and it worked out perfectly! the map was probably $3 at most, and the books detailed the hikes i wanted to take and the information i needed. the hard part was that during the summer, a lot of people want to go to yosemite so the books were hard to get a hold of.
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