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- Posted:Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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Backpackers get enchanted in New Mexico
New Mexico's Enchantment Card is designed to provide discounts at many of the travel-related businesses and attractions in the region and, while I'm sure you're thinking that there must be some sort of catch or other, let me assure you that I have thus far been unable to find one. The card itself is free and can be used in as many participating businesses displaying a 'Discover New Mexico' sticker as can be found. To get your hands on a card, all you have to do is visit the tourism department's website and fill out the form you find there, or alternatively you can go to any visitor information centre and get one on the spot - as long as you're over 16 years old, anyway.
Apparently, the aim of the Enchantment Card - which I'm increasingly liking the name of the more I write it - is to promote statewide tourism through the use of discounts. I have to say, I think it might work - I'm considering booking a plane and setting up in a cheap hostel in New Mexico right now.
If you're worried about looking like a geek flashing the card about, or the fact that the manufacturing of them is probably bad for the environment, not to worry. The cards look pretty cool - similar to a car number plate, in fact - and, at the size of a normal credit card, are made of recycled materials. It'll also make a good memento of your time in New Mexico.