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January 11, 2012

Written by Cathy Baker, mom of 2 beautiful girls from Missouri

I don’t know about you, but when the winter days get long, I start dreaming about our summer plans. So come, dream with me a minute…

…sunny beaches, mountain retreats, national parks, big cities…oh, the new adventures that await!

One thing I LOVE to do in January is to request *FREE* travel guides from places I want to visit!

First, I always request the state travel guide from my home state. (Because honestly, that is where we ‘travel’ the most!) Sometimes I also request the travel guides from the states that surround my home state. Last year I requested them for Arizona and Colorado, since I knew we’d be traveling there in the summer.  Travel Guides are FREE and offer beautiful pictures and all the highlights you need for visiting that state.  Sometimes they even include discount coupons.

If you do a simple Google search for “<insert STATE NAME> Tourism”, a link should pop up for the official free tour book provided by the state government tourism department. Many also have a digital copy available, but if you look, there is usually a link to request a paper. Just fill in the form on their website and within a couple of weeks, you should receive your guide in the mail! Note: Many major cities and tourism areas also have travel guides that they will send you for free also!

Of course this day and age you can always google and find lots on your computer, but there is still something fun about having a travel guide/brochure in your hand, sitting fireside, flipping through the pages with your spouse and/or kiddos and dreaming of places you might want to go one day.

So which travel guide are you going to request first?

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1 Comment »

  1. Heidi Farmer

      on January 11, 2012 8:50 am

    Oh I love this idea! I recently grabbed the Costco Travel brochure just because I needed some ideas and their photos got me thinking…


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