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Why I Use Free Travel Guides

Updated on August 31, 2017


Traveling is one of my hobbies and I am always happy about engaging into a new traveling adventure. Therefore, I plan my getaways ahead and I have always done so. I don't like getting to the destination and feeling unprepared. I usually even have a general idea about the way I will spend each day.

How do I prepare myself for each traveling experience? The answer is very simple: online. I always use free travel guides available on the web, read travel blogs and forums in order to get the information I need. Why? For a few reasons:

Free Travel Guides

Free online resources I use:

1. Up-to-date information

Not all travel websites and blogs are updated regularly. However, most of them are and they are easily detectable. Besides the evergreen parts (such as historical info on landmarks), many webmasters upload articles on recent trends within the traveling industry or recommendations for the current year and even season. If you are keen on a certain type of events (like music concerts or different types of festivals), free travel guides are the best resources to find this kind of tips.

2. Personal opinion

I prefer to travel on my own and highly appreciate recommendations from other fellow travelers. These tips you get from other people who have already had the experience you are up for are likely to help you personalize and enrich your traveling adventure.

3. Stereotypes

I remember a trip to Morocco a few years ago. During our flight towards the African destination I was going to discover for the first time, I was browsing a travel book brought along by one of my friends, just to get angry for the impressive number of stereotypes it contained. One of them, for instance, referred to women having to wear solely long skirts. I had used, as I always do, a variety of free online resources and had compiled my own list of things I wanted to do and see.

4. Media insertions

Pictures and videos are of utmost importance when getting informed for your next holiday as they can help you visualize your future experience. Every time I thought I would give hard print travel guides a try and went through local book shops looking for a suitable one I got out empty hands because of this very reason. Either there were no pictures (or low quality ones) or the whole book was made up of pictures, with very little or no information at all.

5. Price

As the name says it, we cannot speak about price when it comes to free travel guides. This does not mean I was or am not ready to pay the right price for the travel book that would suit my personal set of criteria. However, I haven’t found it yet.

What about you? What kind of resources do you usually use when preparing for a traveling adventure?

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What kind of resources do you use to find traveling information?


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    • KandH profile image

      KandH 5 years ago

      It's really important to do your research on a new place and probably even more so when you're traveling with kids - great advice!

    • sibian profile image

      sibian 5 years ago

      Online or hard copy, I think it is very important to read as much as you can about the places you are gonna visit.

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      mihaelaschwartz1 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I simply cannot remember what the world looked like without the internet.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Since information changes so quickly, sometimes print guides can't keep up. What did we ever do before the Internet?