- 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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