how to make your own city guide

make your own city guide | almost makes perfect

you guys know i love to create travel guides, i find it super satisfying to explore new places and try to hunt down the cutest shops and restaurants while on vacation. gid’s not as into that challenge as i am, but he’s very patient.

you may also know i’m equally passionate about my own city, so i came up with a super fun idea to make a print version of my LA guide for out of town visitors. it’s a perfect little gift for special visitors, or perfect nightstand reading material for your own guest room (or even your airbnb).

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i used blurb to create the book, and it was so easy. i decided the easiest way to setup the book would be to separate each section of the city into separate pages, and then categorize by category. i created the whole thing within the blurb website, but they also have tools to do it in lightroom or indesign.

i really liked the simple template i used, the design of the guide feels modern and hip and kind of like a fancy $19 zine i’d buy at a bookstore. which is what i was going for, of course.

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it’s pretty fun to be a tourist in your own city, so in order to get some photos i just had to have for the guide, i took a few weekends to go eat my favorite foods just to get a good photo. any chance i get to eat lobster rolls… (those ones above are from knuckle & claw… they’re my faveeee)

i used all iphone photos and i’m super happy with the quality! basically it was easy and affordable and i love it so i now think that everyone should just make one to have around their house. it’s also easier than having to come up with suggestions every time someone comes to visit.

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  1. This is awesome! I don’t live in a big city, it’s more like a medium sized town. But even still, I’d love to make one of these because I love, love my town.

  2. This really cool. I want to try it. BTW is your book for sale or is there preview?

  3. I love this! I would love to make a few little city guides like this for my friends when they visit.

  4. I love this idea so much! I like to do this simple little printout, but this would be so much more fun!

  5. I love this idea! I’d totally be interested in purchasing one (or maybe eventually I’ll get my act together and make my own). 😉

  6. This is SUCH a great idea! Makes me wish I had more out of town guests!

  7. I came across this post after googling “how to make your own city guide”, and it was just what I needed. I have a dream to create the most perfectly curated city guide for my small-town. I have been obsessed with “The Scout Guide” for every city I visit.