There’s an obvious resource for travelers that many don’t take advantage of and it’s so obvious, I never thought about sharing it as a tip until I saw a tweet from a perpetual traveler.

Nomadic Matt tweeted: “I will never figure out why travelers don’t use local tourism offices more. They exist to help you with whatever you need and are a wealth of knowledge staffed by LOCALS. Use them when you travel.”

Matt’s 100% right and I’ve taken advantage of them in countless countries, states and destinations including this past week up in Big Bear.

Many of these offices are in the middle of town or at an airport or train station that is staffed by locals who have so much knowledge and recommendations about where to eat, things to do and places to stay. And oftentimes, they have special deals so if you ever come across one, pop in and ask them questions. Trust me: They’ll have the answers you need.

Have you ever used one? What’s the best advice or deal they gave you?

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6 Comments On "An Obvious Resource That Many Travelers Don’t Take Advantage Of"
  1. Ross Copas|

    Local tourists offices are often closed when you need them. Unless you arrive in the middle of the day on a weekday, you’re probably out of luck. That’s been my experience over the years.

  2. Donald Smith|

    I always search for such offices (be it in a town, or a state). They will often send (for free) maps, literature, etc.

  3. Vincent Vanderbent|

    The local tourism office seems in dire need of reinventing itself. Local knowledge deserves to be preserved by dedicated and enthusiastic people – give them the tools and provide an incentive for tourists to visit by adding a coffee shop with locally made food, library, shower facilities and perhaps even a high quality B&B on site. Make ppl apply for membership before they can use the amenities. I have used tourist offices before and engaged in very informative conversations with the staff. They can be an invaluable resource.

  4. Kitty Morse|

    As a food and travel writer I always rely on local tourist offices for gathering all sorts of maps, brochures, etc.. and I ask for recommendations about the latest museum, hotel, and restaurant openings. I seek out local tourist offices abroad. Great resources!

    Thank you for a great newsletter. I recommend it to my traveling friends.

  5. Kitty Morse|

    As a food and travel writer I always rely on local tourist offices for gathering all sorts of maps, brochures, etc.. and I ask for recommendations about the latest museum, hotel, and restaurant openings. I seek out local tourist offices abroad. Great resources!

    Thank you for a great newsletter. I recommend it to my traveling friends.

    This is NOT a duplicate comment.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Thank YOU! I really appreciate the support

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