How to Make a Travel Brochure

Travel brochures are information packages to advertise local tourist attractions. Some are made by local states, some by individual travel agencies. A good travel brochure includes pictures of points of interest, local parks and landmarks. Description of each destination is also necessary to help tourists decide where to go and what to do. There are numerous software programs you can use to create a travel brochure. Professional software can cost you thousands of dollars. You can just easily design your travel brochures using Microsoft Word.

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Create your own travel brochures.

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Make a four-fold brochure with a finished size of 3.5 inches by 11 inches. Create two separate 11-by-14-inch drawing paper-sized documents. They will be printed back to back and folded up evenly.

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Open a new Microsoft Word document. Click the "Microsoft Office" button and select "New." Click "Brochures" listed in the Microsoft Office Online navigation pane. Select the desired 11-by-14-inch four-fold brochure template.

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Click on the text boxes and enter your own text. Click on the pictures and insert your own photos. Adjust size of text box and pictures by dragging on the sides and corners. To keep pictures proportional, hold "Shift" and drag on the corner. Highlight text to format to different sizes, fonts and colors. You can also create text effects by highlighting and using Microsoft's Word Art.

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Create your second page the same way you did your first. Enter your text into the text boxes and place your photos and graphics where you want them. Make sure to format your text in ways to draw attention to the special features of your reader's travel options. Use bold font, color and graphics to keep your reader's attention, but don't go overboard.

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Save the final design and email it to your local printer. Ask them to print it out on semi-gloss magazine paper stock back-to-back. Make sure you specify the total number of brochures you want and have the printer fold the brochures for you. They usually do this on a folding machine which gives the brochure nice, even folds.