0263: /new.in.town

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The real time human guide book

For those who travel a lot, finding a good place to eat around your hotel is a task that isn’t hard, so much as it’s just… boring.  There are the usual places to check like Yelp, or asking someone at the front desk who rarely lives in the area, but sometimes you just want to grab a local off the street and ask them.

To do that from your hotel room, or even just waiting for the plane to deboard, just post your question on the local web in localweb.is/new.in.town.  There are locals who are eager to help travelers on the local web since it involves nothing more than having a friendly conversation.

Posting in /new.in.town isn’t really about getting a restaurant review that might be 6 months old.  That is what Yelp is for.  /new.in.town is about interacting with real people on the ground.  Sure, getting a restaurant recommendation is great, but people on /new.in.town like to go deeper.

“If you like Sarducci’s (4.5 stars on Yelp) then you definitely need to walk back to the Marriott along Seekonk pathway by the river, as the smell of fresh baked bread is in the air from the East side bakeries and it’s quite magical.”

The smell in the air doesn’t have an official rating on Yelp yet.

It’s also not unheard of that a recommendation and subsequent conversation in /new.in.town can lead to dinner plans and new and short-lived friendships.  The local web is what you make of it, and this often leads to a lot of serendipitous encounters.

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Image via Jim Penucci on Flickr

 

0044: /freedom-trail

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Crowd sourced tour guide

The Freedom Trail in Boston is a 2.5 mile twisting red line on the ground that passes by 16 notable, historical landmarks. There are guided tours available and also some explanatory markers along       the way, but the real action is in /freedom-trail.

Here you can find what the locals are saying about Faneuil Hall, like the best spots to grab lunch (spoiler: it’s Sultans Kitchen).  Or hear curiosities about Paul Revere’s house that aren’t in the brochure.  If you have localweb.is set to 100 yards these posts will pop up as you get close to the landmarks they were posted at.  It’s an organic, local experience that unfolds gradually on your phone, no app needed.

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