7 Sites and Apps to See Before You Travel

Visiting a new city anytime soon? Make sure to check out these websites and apps before you go.

Planning a trip anytime soon? Make sure to check out these travel websites and apps before you go.

Prioritize your itinerary. Chances are someone you know, or a friend of a friend, knows something about the city you’re heading to. If not, visit Yelp.com, which has essential insider information on different cities. The site aggregates user reviews on attractions, stores and restaurants across the nation. Find out what people who’ve been to the Empire State Building, for example, have to say about it, and whether they’d return or recommend it to a friend.

Find food. The last thing to do in a new city is to miss out on a good meal, or pass up regional cuisine. If you could care less about Zagat ratings, head to Urbanspoon.com – it’s designed to locate dining options, menus and reviews, all based on where you are and what you’re in the mood for. If, however, you are looking for a Zagat-rated spot, there’s an app for that, but it will cost you about $10 to subscribe for a year.

Find Wi-Fi. Planning on working while you’re away? You’ll want to know where to find wireless access. For a directory of Wi-Fi hotspots across the U.S., make sure to check out wififreespot.com.

Prep your phone. If you don’t have travel apps on your phone by now, you should definitely get them before your trip. An app called AroundMe utilizes your phone or iPad’s built-in GPS to scan what’s around you, helping you locate nearby gas stations, hospitals, and other services.

Track flights. All the info you need for an uneventful airport visit can be found on FlightTrack, an app for finding gate numbers, delays, cancellations, and alternate flights at over 5,000 international airports. If you prefer a free version that will also build your itinerary by importing info via email, check out TripIt. One review says it can often send you delay info faster than the airport can, but also notes some may find the ads annoying.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest