There area a ton of websites out there related to travel these days, and some very handy little clickies that I always seem to think about AFTER I get home. If you travel with your laptop, go ahead and bookmark some (or all) of these to have on hand the next time you’re on the road.
Takeout Taxi – Available in 15 states, this genius online food ordering system consolidates menus from dozens of local restaurants, lets you order whatever you choose from any or all of them, and brings everything to you straightaway. This is a perfect way to get to know some of the local cuisine if you’re really crunched for time, or if you don’t want to be shackled to the hotel’s in-house restaurant.
Creative Loafing – Available in 6 great cities, this is THE online spot for everything leisure-related you can imagine. Food, drink, dancing, arts, entertainment, coffeehouses, concerts, exhibits, museums … you name it, Creative Loafing lists it. It’s a great “zoom-in” to target exactly what you want to see and do before you hit the streets. Perfect for planning or on the spur of the moment.
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Spa Finder – Spa Finder lists tons of spas all over the world, many with extensive reviews. If you find some unexpected downtime during your next trip but don’t want a hit or miss spa experience, have a look around Spa Finder to get an idea of what’s available in the city you’re visiting.
Zagat – Going to be out and about on your next trip? Make sure you check in with Zagat’s surveys. They can help you avoid frankly sucky restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels.
There are millions of others out there, but these are a great place to start. Remember, anytime you run across a website that offers something cool you can use while traveling, bookmark it!