Offbeat Guides – Create & Print Your Custom Travel Guides

I love traveling and Fodors.com is my first stop when I am looking up information on tourist destinations. offbeat-logo

Schmap is also an excellent & free travel guides resource. Schmap offers guides for different cities in downloadable format as well as a computer friendly format to take it in your laptop.

Offbeat Guides recently caught my attention in this space. They offer personalized, up-to-date travel guides that cover over 30,000 travel destinations.

The travel resources are gathered through a curation process by both professional and amateur travel experts.

Offbeat Guides is different where it allows you to customize your travel guide based on your travel dates, preferences and destination.

Offbeat Guides offers

  • Local maps
  • Festivals and events in the time of your travel
  • Exchange rates
  • Key phrases in the city’s language
  • Weather forecasts
  • Spiders crawl the Internet for up-to-date information on destinations
  • Both professional proprietary content as well as Creative Commons content
  • Get in electronic format or get it shipped in printed format
  • You can specify where you are staying and get local maps in your guide

In essence, you can build your personalized travel guide in 5 steps

Building a Guide in 5 steps

  1. Enter your destination
  2. Enter your current location
  3. Your name to get it personalized
  4. Enter your travel dates
  5. Enter where you are staying (optional)

Once you do this, your personal guide will be built and will be readily available as a PDF document. At this point you can further customize it by deleting parts you are not interested in. You can also add additional information such as your itinerary, other recommendations you have had, Family Travel Ideas or pretty much any content.

Pricing

Offbeat Guides can be obtained in a PDF format for $9.95 and you can print it yourself. or you get a full color printed guide as well as a downloadable PDF for $24.95.

They are also promising a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with it. Plus, there is also an affiliate program for travel related websites to promote and earn money off of this.

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My $0.02

I tried creating a personalized guide to Seattle and it came out as a nice 75 page personalized guide. I was completely impressed by the amount of valuable information in it. Especially the weather forecast and the events that were happening right in the time when I am going to be there.

Offbeat Guides is a worthy offering and is definitely worth the $10 you’d spend for a PDF. Some of the bookshop travel guides could offer time tested Travel information, but you can’t get up-to-the minute information like with this one.

Next time I need tips for traveling abroad, I know where to go to. I suggest a good mix of both for your upcoming trip.

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14 Responses to “Offbeat Guides – Create & Print Your Custom Travel Guides”

  1. Amy@anorexia tips February 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for sharing about these guides. When you went to Seattle did the guide let you in on places with local flavor that the normal crowds don’t visit? It is always nicer to experience the real parts of a destination not just the touristy parts.

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  2. Travel Information For Every Destination February 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    great post, very useful information,
    thanks for sharing!

  3. Steve@trade show guru February 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    hey K,
    Very cool. It isn’t just for travel though… I just generated a guide for where I live for this weekend. Why should the tourists have all the fun? I’ve also bookmarked the site for when I get a chance to travel. Thanks! Steve, the trade show guru

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  4. Jasmin Wilson@fashion & accessories February 16, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    I also love to use Fodors.com. It is one of my favorites when I am looking up information on vacations.
    Thanks for the links.

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  5. Josh February 16, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    This sounds like a great resource, like the first commenter said, it’s always good to stay away from the tourist places and really experience the place.

  6. Underarm Sweating February 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Great post.
    And couldn’t agree more with “Amy@anorexia tips” that is always nicer to visit real places not just tourist “crowded” places..

  7. Granite Worktops February 19, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    Can you access this site from a mobile device?

    Andy

  8. Baseball card boxes February 21, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    I really enjoyed this, I just did one for where I live, Manzanillo and it was great!

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  9. Bidet February 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Looks like a great resource, Im sure it would be very useful, especially if you like to travel to different places

  10. The Blogger Source February 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    If you could save on paper and use it mobile that would be a great thing.

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  11. amplifer March 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    Pretty slick looking system. When I’m traveling, i’ve found that a hard copy is mandatory, as I don’t want to be permanently tied to my computer.

  12. Cashmere April 16, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    That sounds interesting. Specially for some one like me who worked as a travel assistant in an agency for a year. It simplifies work to a large extent.

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  13. sweety November 14, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    Excellent article. Thanks for sharing this post. Could anyone suggest some tips on business safety travel?

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