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Step 4: Read guidebooks

If you prefer to book a hotel separately, start by doing a little research on your own. A good guidebook will introduce a range of options, so even if you end up making reservations through a travel agency, you'll be more equipped to evaluate the deal your agent can offer.

Guidebooks also provide more personal reviews, whereas travel agents can generally just provide a checklist of amenities. Finally, guidebooks may lead you to smaller, more interesting local establishments that big booking systems don't handle.

Just make sure you select a guidebook that targets your particular needs, whether you're a backpacker or a creature of comfort. If you do find the ideal hotel using a guidebook, just make a quick call to reserve a room. Again, some smaller places may require you to mail in a deposit.

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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Define your needs
Step 2: Consider package deals
Step 3: Explore other discount options
Step 4: Read guidebooks
Step 5: Go online
Step 6: Call a travel agent

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